Harold Wilfred Asbrey 13 August 1917

Harold Wilfred Asbrey, born in 1896 was two years behind Langley Attwood at school, and was killed in action the day after the Dryden boy. A Kettering lad, he attended Laxton School for four years, leaving just two years before the War began. At U14 level, he came second in the 100 yards dash and that same year (1909) he won a Speech Day prize. He attended Borough Road College in Iselworth, Middlesex from 1915-17, presumably to train as a teacher, but it is not known if he achieved any qualification there.

He joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in 1917 as a private, so must have been killed within weeks of arriving at the Front. He was buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery near the city, close to the School House boy, Walter West, who was killed 15 months earlier, in the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

Harold Asbrey was 20 years old at the time of his death. His parents had the following words inscribed on his gravestone: “His bright spirit still lives in the hearts of those who loved him dearly.”

He is commemorated on the Kettering War Memorial and in the Royal Sussex Regiment’s Chapel in Chichester Cathedral.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow