GASTON Harry Leonard
Regiment : 35th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 6388, Worcestershire Regiment.
Service number : 83223
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 32 on 28th September 1918
Buried : Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium, Grave IV. F. 5.
Birthplace : Kidderminster, Worcestershire, enlisted Redditch
Relatives : Son of Henry and Pamela Gaston, of Kidderminster; husband of Lillian Gaston, of Birchfield, 132, Other Rd., Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Also appears on : Kidderminster War Memorial. Kidderminster St John the Baptist Church. Redditch St George's Church WW1 Memorial.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral under Kidderminster and Redditch casualties.
Harry Gaston enlisted in the army for the duration of the war on 9th December 1915 at Redditch. On his attestation form he gave his age as 29 years 4 months, his occupation as an Outfitters Manager and his address as 132 Other Road, Redditch. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall and gave his next of kin as his wife Lillian Gaston (nee Woolley) of the same address. The couple had married on 10th September 1914 at the Baptist Chapel in Evesham.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by Jillian Coombes:
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 20th October 1917:
Gaston H. L. D (830223) – Machine Gun Corps from Redditch
The Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger, Saturday 16th November 1918:
Other Local Casualties
Gaston H. D. (83223) Act-Cpl. – M.G.C. from Redditch
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger digitised by and courtesy of Martin Stephens: http://www.bromsgrovebmsgh.co.uk