Regiment : 2nd/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : 38430
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 19th August 1917 aged 22
Buried : Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium, Grave I. A. 3.
Relatives : Son of John and Matilda Pardoe, 15 Stocking St., Lye, Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Harry Pardoe volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and was later transferred, probably after return from injury, to the 2/6th Battalion of the Gloucesters in the 61st (Second South Midland) Division. They landed in France in May 1916 but suffered severely at Fromelles in July. They fought in the final stage of the Battle of the Somme and followed up the retirement of the German forces in 1917 to the Hindenburg Line. Their next fighting role was in the Third Battle of Ypres during the attack on Langemarck on the 16th August. Gains were made but casualties were heavy. Among them was Private Harry Pardoe who died of wounds in an Ypres Casualty Clearing Station.