Harry Pipe was born in 1896 in Bradford the son of John and Ellen, nee Bond. By 1911 John and Ellen were living at 8 Fagley Road with their four youngest children. Harry, at 14 years of age, was working as a stone cutter at a stone quarry but prior to enlisting he was working for Messrs Whitaker and Co. Old Brewery and the family had moved to 65 Fagley Road.Harry enlisted on the 20th of December 1915 as Private 27487 in the 18th Battalion of the West
Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). The 2nd Bradford Pals were formed by the Lord Mayor and city on the 22nd January 1915 and on the 17th of December 1915 the Brigade departed Liverpool for Egypt to guard the Suez Canal. Harry did not join until three days after the departure but it is likely that he joined his Battalion before the opening battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
His division were also involved in the Operations on the Ancre 11th January to the 13th March 1917 and the third battle of the Scarpe 3rd to 4th May 1917. Harry went missing on the 4th when he was 22 years of age. His parents later received information that he was believed to have died.He is buried in the Douai Comm-unal Cemetery. Douai was captured by the Germans on the 1st October 1914 and remained in their
hands until17th of October 1918. The cemetery was used during the occupation years by the Germans for prisoners of war so Harry either died in the prison camp or his body was found on the battlefield and recovered for burial by the German army.He left his effects to his father John who received £1.11.4d on the 16th of November 1917 and a War Gratuity of £5.0.0d on the 29th of October 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks