4th November 1918

Harold Verrall

Sergeant, 40595, 6th Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment

Killed in Action/Died of Wounds, 4th November 1918

Harold Verrall, Sergeant, 40595, 6th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment, 50th Brigade, 17th Division
 
Born on the 27th of March 1893 in Winchester, Harold was the son of William Arthur and Emily Verrall (nee Allcorn) who resided at 27 Egbert Road, Winchester. Harold had two brothers, William Ernest, and Ernest Henry.  

Aged 14, Harold began an apprenticeship with Cobram and Clark a firm of Tailors in Winchester.  Whist training, he also became a Reservist member of the 4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment.  Having finished his apprenticeship in December 1910, Harold enlisted into the army full time with the Dorset Regiment.

Within six months of enlistment, Harold was promoted to Lance Corporal, whilst serving at Dorchester Depot Barracks, St Martin’s Road, Dorchester.   Army life did not appear to suit Harold as he reverted to the rank of Private at his own request soon after being promoted.   On the 1st of July 1912, Harold bought himself out of the army by paying a fee of £18.

Just over a month later on the 31st of August 1912, Harold was appointed PC 416 of the Hampshire Constabulary, on appointment he confirmed that he had served for 179 days with the 1st Battalion the Dorsetshire Regiment between 1911 and 1912 and also with the 4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment (Territorial).

Harold’s first posting within the Constabulary was to Westbourne where he remained for five years.  He was advanced to 2nd Class Constable on the 15th of September 1913.   His second posting, to Sutton Scotney came on the 23rd of February 1917.

On the 21st September 1917, Hampshire Constabulary General Orders reported that 2nd Class PC 416 Verrall had “permission to marry”. Harold married Agnes Emma Farthing.

On the 12th of April 1918, Harold was one of 31 Constables released from the Constabulary to join the army.    Harold re-enlisted at Bournemouth into the Dorsetshire Regiment, being posted to the 6th Battalion.

Sgt 40595 Harold Frederick Verrall was killed in Action in France on the 4th of November 1918.

Harold has no known grave and in remembered on the memorial at Vis-en-Artios, France, Wonston village and Sutton Scotney War Memorials and also on the Hampshire Constabulary memorial.





SON OF WILLIAM AND EMILY VERRALL, OF 27, EGBERT RD., WINCHESTER; HUSBAND OF AGNES EMMA NEWMAN (FORMERLY VERRALL), OF 2, MAYPOLE VILLAS, GRANGE RD., EASTLEIGH, HANTS.

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