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Harry Birch is another of the men who died in the trench at Ypres on the day that Jack Baker was taken prisoner.

Harry Birch was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, the son of Harry and Ellen Birch. His address in 1901 is given as 17 Herbert Street, and Harry and his parents appear together with his brother Albert and sisters May and Sarah. By the age of 13, Harry is already a file cutter.

Harry enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8342). He was killed on the 26 October 1914. His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site gives his age as 29, although he was closer to 27. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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