Warburton, Henry (Harry) (1895-1917)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919


In the passing of Harry Warburton, who fell in action in France, our Moses Gate Church has lost a choice spirit. Always quiet and reserved, yet he had a living interest in all the concerns of our Church. He will be remembered for his kindly and lovable disposition. He was a consistent member of our C.E. and choir, and maintained a keen interest in our cause. The gracious influence of his life will abide. He had a deep and tender affection for his widowed mother. His letters reveal a fine note of faith and trust. Religion to him was real. He hated war, but he loved the great ideals of freedom and right and justice. He enlisted in May, 1916, and took his share in the suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. At the early age of twenty-two he fell and entered into the higher service. Much sympathy is felt for the mother and friends. A memorial service was conducted by the writer in the presence of a large and sympathetic audience.

L.J. Jackson



Harry was Private 24332 in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Battalion. He was killed in action on 7 June 1917

Harry worked in a cotton mill before the war.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/294

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  • The mother Alice, mentioned, was in fact Harry’s stepmother. His own mother died in childbirth with Harry. Harry’s father Henry Re-married but died in 1905. Alice took on the role of mother to Harry, then 10 years old the youngest of 5 children. Harry’s older brother Edward was my Grandad, my mum Edith Alice took her middle name from Alice and was a much loved grandmother to my mum and her sister. Alice was devastated at the loss of Harry and was on one of the first trips organised by the British Legion to visit war graves in Belgium. I have visited Harry’s grave three times since.

    By Joan Hamblett (11/11/2018)

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