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Harold was born in Wolverhampton on 14 March 1893, the son of Charles and Helena Louisa Anslow. In 1901 they were living at 193 Coleman Street, Wolverhampton. They were at the same address in 1911 and Harold had become a locomotive engine cleaner. They were joined by Harold’s sisters, Dorothy Louise, Winifred Sarah, Muriel and Gwendoline, and brothers Bernard Creswell and Kenneth James. Harold married Amy Church in Wolverhampton in 1915, and they had twin daughters, Edna and Winifred, later the same year.

The Railway Employment Records on Ancestry give more details about his work. He started on 22 June 1909 as an Engine Cleaner at Stafford Road works, before becoming a 3rd Class fireman on 7 November 1911. There were a number of incidents during his period of work, including a bruised back, a burned eyelid, and causing his engine to have a slight collision with another engine “through not keeping a proper look out.” On 20 February 1915 there is a note that he “Left without notice”.

Harold enlisted with the 98th Light Railway Train Crew Company of the Royal Engineers (service number 283166). He died on 31 December 1917 (a note in the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects indicates that he drowned in the Mediterranean) and is remembered at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

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