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1885 - 1916


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2nd Lieutenant Harry Todd

  • Age: 27
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: M.G.C.
  • Commemorated at: Etaples Military Cemetery
    Panel Ref: XLVIII.C.4
The case of Second-Lieutenant Harry Todd is a peculiarly sad one. He joined up in August, 1914, saw much hard fighting right through the long war, and then on the 29th October, 1918, a few days before the armistice, succumbed to pneumonia at the 20th General Hospital, and was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. He was 27 years of age.
The son of Mr. William John Todd and Mrs. Todd, of 17 Rawson Road, Seaforth, and an old scholar of Christ Church School, Waterloo, he was apprenticed to Messrs: F Chaloner and Sons, Timber Merchants, Liverpool. He possessed a good tenor voice, was in the choir of St Thomas' Church, Seaforth, and sang at local concerts and entertainments. Football and cricket claimed a great deal of his leisure time.

He was among the first to join the "Pals" and went with them to France on November 5th, 1915. In January, 1917, he came home for his commission, and after a period at Gailes Cadet School was gazetted to the 13th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He again served on the Western Front from September, 1917, to January, 1918, when he was sent to Grantham for training in the Machine Gun Corps. On May 1st following he returned to the front, and remained at the post of duty until his fatal illness.

Both in the army and civil life Lieutenant Todd won much love and confidence. The Rev. Stephen Phillimore, Vicar of Seaforth, writing to the bereaved mother said: "After so many years constant fighting to meet his end that way is extraordinarily hard... I loved Harry ; he appealed to me enormously. His confidence in one's judgement, his beautiful openess and his tremendous earnestness all went to prove what a splendid fellow he was, and one of the saints on earth. You must be a proud mother to have reared such a son, and Seaforth is proud of him.

"He was a real soldier" wrote a member of Messrs: Chaloner & Co, "and had worked his way up to responsible positions, thus proving that he not only desired but succeeded in serving his King and Country to the uttermost."

The above extract was taken from Liverpool's Scroll of Fame.

He now lies in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

We currently have no further information on Harry Todd, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old