HARWOOD George William
Regiment : 16th (Reserve) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : TR77168
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 22nd April 1917
Buried : Welland (St. James) Churchyard, Worcestershire, England, at North-West corner of Church.
Birthplace : Born and resident Malvern, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : Welland War Memorial as William George Harwood with the additional information: Private Glos. Regt.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
William Harwood was born at Broad Green, Broadwas, Worcestershire on 16th September 1898, the son of Ernest and Sarah Harwood (nee Weston). When he enlisted in the army he was living in Upper Welland and worked for Malvern Urban District Council as a gardener. He died of bronchopneumonia and heart disease in a Military Hospital in Chiseldon, Wiltshire and was buried in St James Churchyard, Welland on 28th April 1917 aged 18.
Source for additional information: the archives of the Worcestershire Soldier Museum:
The birth of William George Harwood is registered in the December Quarter 1898 under the Martley Registration District.
Malvern News, 12th May 1917:
The Reverend G.K.M. Green writes in the Malvern Wells Parish Magazine: “It is with real sorrow that we record the death of George William Harwood, who for over four years had worked in this parish and attended our church, though he lived with his grandparents in Upper Welland. He was put forward for Confirmation by our vicar and was confirmed by the Bishop of Worcester in December 1916. One of his last acts before being called to the Colours was to make Communion at our altar. His young life was cut short by pneumonia after a chill during his time in training. His body was laid to rest in Welland Churchyard on the 28th April”.