Born: 21 June 1899 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Family: He was the youngest child of Charles Leonard Blencowe, a baker, and his wife Margaret Winifred, nee O’Hara. His siblings were William, Catherine, Albert, Charles, Frank, Percy and George. He married Edith Alice Skitt in Quarter 2 1920 in Whitchurch, Shropshire. They had six children, Robert, Katherine, Dennis, Cyril, Terence and Dorothy.
Residence: On the 1901 Census the family were living at 43 Yardington Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1911 they had moved to 30 Bargates, Whitchurch, Shropshire. This was address shown on the Territorial Force Attestation document in 1915. Sometime after his marriage in 1920 he set up home at 24 Bargates, Whitchurch, Shropshire, the address shown on the 1939 Register. At the time of his death in 1954 he was still living in Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Employment: At the time of the 1939 Register his occupation was said to be a painter.
Died: Quarter 2 1954 in Whitchurch, Shropshire aged 54.
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, South Lancashire Regiment and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers)
Service Number: GS/112435 (previously 4205, 44785 and 49702)
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known
Other Information: His brothers Albert, Frank, George, William and Percy also served in WW1. Percy was killed in action in Belgium on 8 July 1917 aged 20. The other brothers survived the war.
Harry first enlisted on 11 October 1915 in the Territorial Force of K.S.L.I. but was discharged 80 days later for mis-stating his age. He declared that he was 19 years 4 months of age when in fact he was only 16 years and 4 months. He subsequently rejoined the Army but we have no record of the actual date.