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Bernard was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of John and Phoebe Harman. In 1901 they were at 2 Prestwood Road, with Bernard’s siblings Carmi, Nelly and May. By 1911 they were living at Fairview Cottage, 327 Prestwood Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, together with Barnard’s siblings May Harman and Lilley Lanford, and his nieces Gladys, Sylvia and Ivy Lanford. Bernard was a gas fitter.

Bernard enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2957), first serving in France from 5 March 1915. He was killed in action on 13 October 1915, although it was not until September 1916 that his entry in the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects states “Death officially accepted”. He is commemorated at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, as well as on the Heath Park Memorial.