Harry Mortimore was born in Modbury in 1894 and lived with his parents and brother and sister in New Road. He was the son of Alfred J Mortimore, a builder and contractor and his wife, Jessie A Mortimore.
Harry is listed as a mason in the 1911 census.
Enlisting in Liskard, Harry joined the Army and served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. In early 1917, after rest and reinforcement, the 2nd Devons returned to Ypres and fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres – Passchendaele. At the end of November they took part in a successful attack before repulsing a German counter-attack. This action cost 34 lives, including those of their new Colonel and Second-in-Command.
He died on 25th November 1917 ,aged 23, and was reburied after the war in 1920 in Tyne Cot Cemetery. His memorial reads ‘Lord, all pitying, Jesu blest grant him thine eternal rest’
|Address:||New Road, Modbury|
|Next of Kin:||Son of Alfred J Mortimore, builder and contractor, and Jessie A Mortimore of New Road, Modbury. Younger of two sons and a daughter, Blanch (b. 1907)|
|Unit||2nd Bn, Devonshire Regt|
|Died On:||25th November 1917|
|Where Buried:||Reburied in 1920 in Tyne Cot Cemetery. Cemetery ref LV11.C.43|
|Memorial:||'Lord, all pitying, Jesu blest grant him thine eternal rest'|