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HARRY BIDWELL
Age:20
Rank:Private
Service No:201591
Date of Death:12/12/1917
Regiment:King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Unit:8th Bn.
Cemetery:
Favreuil British Cemetery
Grave Ref:II. D. 17.


Harry Bidwell was born in Royton in 1897 to parents Walter & Phillis.The Bidwell's had nine children, six of whom survived childhood - Harry being the youngest of those. Until he joined up in late 1915 he worked at the Fir Mill. Harry was a member of the Royton PSA Brotherhood. PSA stood for 'Pleasant Sunday Afternoon' and was a national effort by non-conformist churches to involve young men in social and religious activity on Sunday afternoons.
After going on active service in August 1916 he would have been involved in the Battles of the Somme and of Arras.
Harry was killed on December 12th 1917 alongside the following men:

MILLER ROBERT 21 Private 30588 from Preston     
MITCHELL THOMAS Private 241552 from Kendal       
WILLIAMS ARTHUR Private 243025 from Liverpool

After Harry's death, his mother (his father had already died) received a letter from an army Chaplain saying that he was very well liked by his officers and comrades, as he was such a lively lad.