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Harry Egginton was born Henry John in Wolverhampton in 1882, the son of James and Sarah Egginton. In 1901, they were living at 3 Walsall Street, together with Harry’s brothers Bertie, Ernest, James, and Thomas, and sisters Florence, Jessie, Louisa and Nellie. By this date, the 19-year-old Harry was a carpenter. Harry later worked for Mander Brothers paintworks. He married Elsie Brommage in Wolverhampton in 1916, and they moved to 14 Mostyn Street. They do not appear to have had any children.

Harry enlisted in the 11th Battalion of the Border Regiment (number 33536). At the age of 35, he died on 2 December 1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, as well as on the memorial for Mander Brothers.