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Harry was born in Wolverhampton in 1877, the son of Joseph and Mary Churm. In 1901 he was living with his parents at 73 Grove Street, Wolverhampton, along with sisters Eliza, Elizabeth Ann and Florence. By 1911, he was living with his widowed father at 62 Grove Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton. By this date, Harry was an ironworker.

Harry enlisted at Ashon-under-lyne in the 4th Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (first number 4273, then number 201457). He was killed in action on 31 July 1917, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.