Harry Bertram Caines (1893-1916)

Harry Bertram Caines was born in mid-1893, the son of Albert Caines, a brewer, and his wife Elizabeth, of Hill View Terrace, Upper Wyche. The Caines family were of modest means, and of the eleven Caines children, six had died before 1911.

By 1911 Harry was earning a living as a poultry merchant; at the time he lived near the Wyche with his sister Jessie, her daughter Ivy and her husband, John Stephen Freeman, who also happened to be killed in the war.

At the beginning of the war Harry joined up and became a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Herefordshire Regiment. He served in the Dardanelles.

On 27th November 1915 the Malvern News reported that Harry “was wounded at Gallipoli on 5/9/15 whilst attached to the Machine Gun Corps. A bullet passed through his helmet into his shoulder. He was brought to hospital in Malta, where he went on military police duty. His father and two uncles were in the army and a cousin [actually his brother-in-law], Bdr J Freeman, RFA had already served at the front for 14 months by November 1915.”

After recuperating, 23 year-old Harry was sent back to the front. Sadly he was killed in action in Egypt on 4th August 1916. His brother-in-law died the year after, but his father Albert survived the war and returned home.



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