Harry Hopkins

View Harry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
40399
Rank:
Private
Service:
Worcestershire Regiment
Origin:
Date of birth:
14 December 1895
Date of death:
18 November 1916
Age at Death:
20
HOPKINS Harry

Known information

Harry Hopkins died in the closing stages of the Battle of the Somme, the last Rutland soldier to die in the battle. He was born on 14 December 1895 in Barrowden, the son of Jesse Hopkins and his wife. Harry was an ironstone labourer, and enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment on 5 May 1916 before being transferred to the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He went to France in September the same year. His battalion was occupying trenches known as Fall, Autumn and Winter near Flers when he was killed by a sniper on 18 November. In the battalion war diary for that day there is simply a reference to a visit to the front line by the Commanding Officer of 88th Brigade. Harry's Platoon Commander wrote: "He was one of my best men and a very willing worker, and he was, I am sure, a son to be proud of .. It was his first time in the trenches." Harry is remembered on Pier 5A of the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. A plaque to his memory was put up in Barrowden's Baptist Chapel but this is now a private house. The owners handed the plaque over to the parish church of St Peter's where it can be seen today. Harry is also on Barrowden's war memorial inside the church.

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  • Barrowden Memorial
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  • Thiepval Memorial
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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.
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