Harold Kent

Harold Kent was born in Lincoln on 20 June 1892.

He was the son of John Edward and Emily Kent of 98 Castle Street, Bolton.

His father, the Rev John Edward Kent, was Headmaster of Bolton Church Institute School from 1902 to 1920.

Harold’s primary education was at St Faith’s School, Lincoln. He attended Bolton Church Institute from 17 April 1902 to 29 July 1910 in Forms II to VI

He appears on the 1911 Census as a bank clerk .

Two of the Kents’ seven children had already died before 1911.

After he left the Church Institute, The Rev John Edward Kent went to live in Lille, France - about 40 miles from his son's grave and close to those of many other old boys of the School who had lost their lives on the Western Front.


1909 Cricket Team

1909 Cricket Team - Harold's father is at the centre of the photo

Kent family tree - pdf

Harold's War

Harold enlisted as Private 3011 in the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. He arrived in Egypt on 26 September 1914.

He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery and served in “A” Battery, 10th Brigade at the time of his death. A 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery was in charge of two of the Battery’s six guns, which were medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line and reasonably mobile.

He died from his wounds in France on 16 November 1917 and is buried in Zuydcoote Military Cemetery.

Zuydcoote is a village in the Department of the Nord, near the coast about 10 kilometres north-east of Dunkirk. In the autumn of 1917, while the XV Corps was holding the Nieuport section, the 34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Zuydcoote. The Military Cemetery contains, for the most part, the graves of officers and men who died in these hospitals.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
30 November 1917

Died of Wounds

Died of wounds in France, Sec-Lieut. Harold Kent, R.F.A. aged 25. He was badly wounded on the 15th and died early on the 16th November. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.




Harold Kent

2nd Lieutenant

“A” Battery, 10th Brigade
Royal Field Artillery

Born: Lincoln 20 June 1892

Died: France 16 November 1917

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