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Vasey, H., Gnr., 1918

Harry Vasey

In Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France is the Commonwealth War Grave of 80820 Gunner Henry Vasey M.M., serving with the Royal Field Artillery who died 05/05/1918.

Henry or Harry Vasey the son of Jonathan and Sarah Vasey was born in 1896 at Stanhope. Jonathan (1860-1943) and Sarah (1862-1931) had in total 13 children of whom 9 were living in 1911; they included William (1884 at Tow Law), Thomas (1885 at Stanhope), Elizabeth (1887 at Stanhope), Mary (1891 at Stanhope), Maria (1893 at Stanhope), Jennie or Jane (1895 Stanhope), Harry (1896 at Stanhope), Albert (1898 at Stanhope), Annie (1900 at Stanhope) and Lancelot (1904 at Tow Law).

In 1891 the family are at The Butts Stanhope and Jonathan is a Limestone Quarryman. In 1901 they are at 22 Prince Row Tow Law and Jonathan was a Coal Miner Stoneman. By 1911 another move to Lark Cottages Cornsay and Jonathan was a Miner waggonwayman. Harry aged 14 is a Miner Driver.

Harry enlisted at Consett and joined the Royal Field Regiment. He embarked for France 30th April 1915.

Harry was awarded the Military Medal.

Harry was killed in action May 5th 1918. He is buried at Fouquieres Churchyard Extension. His parents added "Worth of Everlasting Love" to his headstone.

Harry was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal sent to his parents at 6, Inkerman, Tow Law, Co. Durham.

In 1939 Jonathan a retired miner and a widower was living at 5 Aged Miners Homes at Tow Law.

Harry Vasey is remembered at Tow Law on T57.01 and on T57.04

The CWGC entry for Gunner Vasey

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk