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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
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Pte 269214 Harold Mathison

  • Age: 31
  • From: Wrexham, N.Wales
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 23rd June 1917
  • Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
    Panel Ref: Panel 4 & 6

Harold Mathison was born in late 1885 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, and baptised on 13th December in St. Paul’s, Tranmere.  His parents, Edward Mathison and Martha Nelson were married in St. George, Everton, in 1864.  Edward, a joiner, was born in Durham, and Martha in Tranmere.  Harold was the youngest of twelve children.  He had brothers James, George, Charles, Frederick, Alfred, and Frank, and sisters Emily, Lilian, Ada, Beatrice, and Amy.  His mother died in 1888, aged 43, when Harold was two years old.

In 1891 his widowed father, with the six youngest children, is living at 13 Lowther Street, Birkenhead. His father ‘s occupation is joiner. Harold is 6 years old.

In 1901 Harold is living with his married brother Frederick, his wife and three children, in Afongoch, Rhosllanerchrugog, Denibighshire.  Harold is 15, employed as a van boy.

His father died in 1907.

In 1911 Harold is still living with his brother Frederick, his wife and now five children, at Gardden Hall Farm, Ruabon, Denbighshire. Harold is 25, single, employed as a colliery labourer, below ground.

Harold enlisted in Wrexham, as Private 8085, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and at some point was transferred to 19th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment and given the regimental number 269214. He was killed in action on the 23rd June, 1917 aged 31. By June 1917 the 19th Bn was in the Ypres salient, in the front line south of Hooge. On the 10th the 19th is relieved in the line and marches back to Brandhoek.  The Battalion War Diary for 23rd June records:  

 “At night practically all the battalion were out on a working party digging an assembly trench and suffered casualties:  7 OR killed, 13 OR wounded, 1 OR missing.” 

Pte Harold Mathison was of the 7 other ranks the others being George Ashbrook, Norman Garside, Andrew Harron, Harold Hart, Frederick Owen and Joseph Spencer mentioned in the Battalion diary.

His body was never recovered, or subsequently lost, and he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres, Belgium.

Soldiers Effects went to brothers George, Charles, Frederick and Alfred, sisters Beatrice Campbell and Lilian Davies, nephews George and James, niece Alice


Killed On This Day.

(106 Years this day)
Thursday 6th July 1916.
Pte 15309 George Cochrane
27 years old

(105 Years this day)
Friday 6th July 1917.
Pte 49498 Norman Birkhead
26 years old