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Harold Charles Highway was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of John and Beatrice Highway. He attended St Peter’s Collegiate School, and passed the Oxford Preliminary Local Examination in 1911. He later worked at the Chillington Tool Company.

In October 1915, he enlisted in the Army Service Corps and was drafted to Mesopotamia (in modern-day Iraq), where he held a post on the Purchasing Staff at Felujab. On 15 May 1918, he unfortunately died of typhus, and is buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. Along with his brother, Frank, who was killed in action in April 1918, he is commemorated on the St Luke’s Church Memorial in Blakenhall. His details are also included in a small article in the Express & Star on 21 May 1918.