King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918

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Garratt, Harold Wheale

Private ▪ 1st Birmingham Pals, 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Harold Wheale Garratt, born on 17th January 1896, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1906. His father, Alfred, was a provisions merchant, and the family lived at 73, Beeches Road, West Bromwich. Harold’s two brothers, Ralph and George, were also Old Edwardians, but neither of them served during the war.

Harold appears little in the School magazines, but the School Lists suggest that he was a strong linguist and mathematician in the Modern School (which offered a curriculum that emphasised scientific rather than classical subjects).

Harold enlisted as a Private Soldier in the 1st Birmingham Pals Battalion (14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment), and was sent to France. He was killed on 23rd July 1916, on the Somme, aged twenty. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, and left his estate of £312 to his father.