Harry Halkon

Private, 40905, 1/4th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, killed in action, 17th May 1918, aged 18

Born at Garthorpe in 1899 the younger brother of Frank, Harry was the fourth son of the eight children of George and Ann Elizabeth Halkon (nee Maw). His mother was born at Crowle, his father at Luddington.

The family’s first six children, including Frank and Harry were all born in Garthorpe where his father was a farmer in Pig Street (Island Road). However around 1900 the family had moved to Sandtoft Grange then later in the 1900’s to Dykesmarsh Farm, Moorends. Prior to enlisting in the army Harry
worked as a draper’s assistant.

Harry enlisted in the army at Pontefract, most likely in September – October 1917, from where he would have been posted to a Training Battalion. Following his training he was allocated to the 1/4th King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), in 164th Brigade of 55th Division, and arrived in France to join them in March 1918.

In April 1918 the 1/4th King’s Own were involved in a notable defensive action at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, near Bethune on the French/Belgian border. On 17th May they were still manning the trenches in the same area when at 4.00am the battalion was subjected to a short but heavy artillery bombardment. Harry Halkon was one of the four casualties of the bomabardment. The battalion were relived from the sector that evening.

Most likely buried in a battlefield grave the site of which is now lost, Harry is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Not on the Garthorpe Roll of Honour Harry is commemorated on Thorne War Memorial.