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Harold was born in Bradmore, Wolverhampton, on 21 July 1893, the son of John and Elizabeth Esther Hannah Anslow of 35 Church Road, Bradmore. They were at this address in 1911, together with Harold’s siblings John Walters, William Henry, and Martha Julia. Harold was a fitter helper at a boiler works at Ettingshall.

He became an Able Seaman with the Royal Navy (number KP/636), serving with the Anson Battery, Royal Naval Division. He died on 4 June 1915, killed as a direct result of enemy action. The Midland Counties Express on 24 July 1915 announced that he had lost his life while ijn action in the Dardanelles. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.