Altrincham WW1 

Harold Saxon MC

Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Sussex Rgt
How Died:Died
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:XXX
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 19th January 1882, the birth being registered during the March
quarter 1882 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref; 8a/183, the eldest son of
William John & Edith Amelia Saxon (nee Birch).

1891 Census - "Elmhurst", Bentinck Road, Altrincham.    Son - aged: 9 -
Scholar - born: Dunham Massey.   William J. Saxon - Married - aged: 40 -
occ: Solicitor - born: Northwich, Cheshire.   Also - Edith A. Saxon - Wife
- aged: 35 - born: Broughton, Lancashire.   Plus 5 siblings and 5 domestic

His father - William John Saxon died during the September quarter 1894 in
the Hastings R.D. - ref: 2b/23 - aged: 43.

1901 Census - No Trace.   His mother and siblings were residing at
Woodville Road, Dunham Massey.   

1911 Census - "Lyndhurst", Bentinck Road Altrincham.   Son - aged: 29 -
occ: Solicitor - born: Dunham Massey.   Head of household - Edith Amelia
Saxon - Widow - aged: 55 - born: Lower Broughton, Salford.   Plus 4 sisters
and 3 domestic servants.

He was captured on the 23rd March 1918 and held in the Rastatt PoW Camp,
later transferred to the Hesbcourt PoW Camp.

My thanks to the "Lives of the First World War 1914-1918" website for the
following information:-

Harold Saxon was a Solicitor, living with his Widowed Mother and four
unmarried Sisters when he was called up to serve his Country in 1915.He
first joined the Royal Fusiliers, attaining the rank of Corporal, then
joined the 9th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment where, on the 26th July
1917, it was announced that as a 2nd. Lt., he was awarded The Military
Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.At about this time he
was promoted to Captain and given command of 'C' Company.During the actions
on the 21st and 22nd March 1918, whilst facing the advancing German Army,
his position defending 'Trinket Redoubt' was overtaken and his Company were
captured and taken Prisoner.On the 11th December 1918, at the cessation of
hostilities Capt.Saxon was repatriated.

References to him appear in the Altrincham Guardian:- 31st July 1917 -
Award of his Military Cross at Vimy Ridge.   His death was reported in the
17/11/1922 edition of the Altrincham Guardian


Memorials found on:
St. Margaret's (Dunham Massey)
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