Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 20194
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 6th August 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 104 to 113.
Relatives : Son of Ruth Lavinia Stafford, 16 Green Lane, Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Harry Stafford attended Wollescote school. He volunteered for the Worcesters and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion. After training at Blackdown on the Salisbury Plain they sailed from Avonmouth in May 1915 for the Mediterranean and Gallipoli, where the initial attack in April had failed to capture the peninsula. They spent some time on Imbros and a few days near Cape Helles. On the 6th August they landed at Suvla Bay without opposition. They moved cautiously forward but their assault on the Turkish position was a disaster. No ground was gained and the casualties were huge. Pte Harry Stafford was one of those killed in action on that day.