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Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire
Service No: ---
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 'D' Coy 18th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Bradford)
Division: 31st Division
Date of Death: 1916-07-01
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE
Harold Colley (born 3 March 1891) was the son of William Henry and Harriet Colley, née Pulleyn. William was born at Bradford and Harriet at Goldsdborough, Yorkshire.
1891 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 19, Osborne Street - Harold Colley, aged 1 month, born Bradford, son of William H. and Harriet Colley. [Harold had a twin brother, John.]
1901 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 879, Barkerend Road - Harold Colley, aged 10 years, born Bradford, son of William H. and Harriet Colley.
1911 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 879, Barkerend Road - Harold Colley, aged 20 years, born, Bradford, son of William Henry and Harriet Colley.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harold Colley, 2955, Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps & 2/Lt West Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: Egypt. Date of entry therein: 22 December 1915. Correspondence: Address 1: (Father) W.H. Colley Esq. 879, Moor Park Terrace, Bradford. Address 2: W.H. Colley (Father) 37, Victoria Gardens, Horsforth, Leeds.
The informal title of the 18th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Bradford) was the 2nd Bradford Pals.
Harold is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour' and on the Hanson Higher Grade Council School War Memorial, Bradford.
A short biography of Harold is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).
Photograph courtesy of Ermysted’s Grammar School Archive.
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
COLLEY, Harold A. [Additional]
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2nd Lieutenant Harold COLLEY
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division
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