CARDWELL, HARRY 23131 Pte 6th Battalion 38th Brigade 13th Division


Born Leyland Enlisted Leyland Living Leyland Killed in Action Mesopotamia 9th March 1917

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 31st March 1917

Information has been received by Mr Henry Carr (sic), Broad Street, Leyland, of the death in action of his son Pte H. Carr, on March 9th in Mesopotamia. Pte Carr was 26 years of age and enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on March 7th, 1916 prior to which he was employed at the Leyland Bleach and Dye Works.

Although the above account gives the family surname as ‘Carr’, it is in fact Cardwell; just how this error came about is hard to understand, but ‘Carr’ may have been used as a contraction of Cardwell.

Preston Guardian Sat 31st March 1917

Reports the death of Harry Cardwell in almost identical terms as the Chorley Guardian, but gives the address as No. 6, Broad Street and gives his name as Harry (photo).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine June 1917

‘Roll of Honour’. A Memorial Service was held on the evening of Ascension Day for the following who have died in the Service of their Country:- The five men listed includes Harry Caldwell.

Chorley Weekly News 19 May 1917

Reports the above Memorial Service and states that Harry Cardwell was of Towngate (see Electoral Roll later for address).

Pte Cardwell’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Harry Cardwell is commemorated on the:-


Members of the Loyal North Lancs. Regiment are commemorated on Panel 27. No next-of-kin information.

The memorial is within Basra War Cemetery which is about 9 km north-west of Basra.

Register of Electors, Leyland - 1918

Towngate, No. 6 Broad Street  Cardwell, Harry  Naval / Military vote.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register

11th July 1890-Bapt:  Harry son of Henry and Elizabeth Cardwell of Leyland

‘British Regiments’, Brigadier E. A. James.

The 6th Loyals left Port Said 14th Feb. 1916, and arrived Basra, Mesopotamia on the 5th of March.

Cardwell, Harry. WE Waring  2003