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The research for this blog post has been completed by work experience students from Pool Hayes School.


bellinghamHarold Bellingham was born in Wolverhampton on 4 March 1894, the son of Harry and Sarah Jane Bellingham. In 1901 they lived at 3 Lamas Street, together with Harold’s siblings Richard Henry and Hilda Gladys. By 1911 they were at 144 Leicester Street, and were joined by 6-year-old visitor, Jessie Pumford. Harold was an engineers turner at the locomotive department of a Railway Company.

At the age of 19 he enlisted in the Royal Navy, become a Stoker 1st Class (service number K/19780). He lost his life while on duty on 26 December 1915, whilst on the HM Submarine E6 (Maidstone). His next of kin was given as his mother Sarah, now living at 227 Dunstall Road. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Details of his death were announced in the Express & Star on 22 January 1916.