World War 1

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Harold Lackenby




Service Number:


Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, 1/7th Territorial Force



Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue

Service History:
Enlisted at Alnwick, Northumberland.

Born about 1886, at Denwick, Northumberland, the son of the late William John Lackenby (b. about 1849; at Warkworth, Northumberland; in 1891, a Quarryman, Labourer), by his wife, Hannah Mary Lackenby (b. about 1850; at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland), of Denwick.

One of eight children. His siblings were: George William (b. about 1874; at Newcastle; also a Quarryman, Labourer); Charles Alexander (b. about 1877; at Newcastle; another Quarryman, Labourer); Mary (b. about 1879; at Newcastle; who became a Dressmaker); Thomas Gibson (b. about 1882; at Denwick); Annie (b. about 1885; Denwick) & twins, Elsie & John William (b. about 1888; Denwick).

In 1891, the family occupied two rooms at Denwick. This may still have been the case in 1901, by when Lackenby's father described his occupation as Foreman in a Sandstone Quarry.

There is no mention of John William in the 1901 Census, nor Charles Alexander. The former may not have survived &, perhaps, the latter was old enough to have left home.

By 1911, Hannah Mary was a widow. She still lived at Denwick but only with Lackenby, who, then, was a Stationary Engineman at a local Freestone Quarry, together with his older siblings George William & Mary.

Husband of Annie Hall Lackenby (née Wardman), of Bilton, Alnmouth, Northumberland. Their marriage was registered at Alnwick in the third quarter of 1917.

'Soldiers' DiedÂ…' records Lackenby as having been resident at Pauperhaugh, Northumberland.

Local Memorial:
(Possibly) Alnwick, Memorial Plaque in former premises of the DukeÂ’s School (Source: For Duke's School, Dudley George; August 2018) Denwick War Memorial (Source: