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Harding, F.G., Pnr., 1918
In Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt is the Commonwealth War Grave of 192551 Pioneer Frank George Harding, serving with the Royal Engineers who died 05/06/1918.

We received the following message:

I've just looked at the website after reading something about it on a county list at Rootsweb and have been able to trace my great uncle, F G HARDING at St Michael's Church, Headlam Street, Byker. I'd like to contribute the following information if it is of any use or interest:-

Frederick George HARDING was the 2nd son of Frederick and Mary Ann HARDING of 34, Avondale Road, Byker.

According to the CWGC,"Pioneer 192551 "N" Special Company, Royal Engineers, died on Wednesday 5th June 1918. Age 20. He is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France.

My mother, Frederick's niece, has told me that he was under age when he signed up and lied about his age in order to be accepted.

His birth is registered in the March quarter of 1898 and, considering that he was awarded the 1914-5 Star, it seems likely that he enlisted at the age of 16 or 17.

I hope that this information is of some use. I live in the Middle East and look forward to visiting Frederick's memorial in the summer while on leave. We would have had no idea it existed if it were not for the website.

Frederick George Harding is remembered at Byker on B95.17

The CWGC entry for Pioneer Harding

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