HILDER [M.M.], Harry Louis

No.GS/4767, Acting Corporal, Harry Louis HILDER M.M.
Aged 23

8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Wednesday, 3rd May 1917

Harry Hilder was born in Great Livermere (Thingoe Q3-1893 4A:758), baptised in St Peters, Gt Livermere on 6th August 1883, son of Baptist and Alice HILDER (née RICHER).

1901 census...Aged 7, he was at The Street, Great Livermere with his father Baptist HILDER [45] gardener's labourer; his mother Alice [42] born Hemmingstone; brother William [16] gardener's labourer; sister Constance V [6]. All except his mother were born in Great Livermere.

1911 census...Aged 17, a railway clerk, he was boarding with widow Mary Jane TAYLOR and her grandson James ALEXANDER at 2 Egerton Road, Melton Mowbray. His parents and sister Constance were at Gt Livermere (CWGC have them at Park Gardens, Gt Livermere. There was another sister, Alice M (1887)

The pension card has his mother at 44 Great Livermere.

Enlisted in Nottingham.
The war diary is very comprehensive see here http://qrrarchive.websds.net/PDF/ES00819170503.pdf but in summary:
The attack at Cherisy began in some confusion due to darkness and the rear waves catching up with the leading waves, despite which their first objective was reached, a few prisoners taken, some dead and many managing to slip away in the dark. With a rolling shrapnel barrage the attack was made on the final objective, the enemy again retreating. By 6.45 am the final objective had been taken and some were actually in Cherisy village.
Around 7:45 the Germans were seen in the sunken road south of Cherisy and despite machine gunning them they got into the south of the village and then started a barrage and counter attack to recapture Cherisy, this they accomplished and the battalion had to retire to their support line. The casualties were reported as 13 officers and 381 other ranks. Lt. Col A.P.B. Irwin was less than happy in his report of the operation

CWGC puts the dead at 55, of which only 3 have an identified grave, the rest are named on the Arras memorial.

The Bury Free Press of 16th June 1917 reported

We regret to announce the death of Lance Corpl. H.Hilder, who was killed in action on May 3rd. The deceased was 22 years of age, and a son of Mr. and Mrs.B.Hilder, of Great Livermere. He belonged to the Machine Gun Section of the East Surrey Regiment. He was awarded the Military Medal in November 1916 for bravery in the field. Much sympathy is felt in the village for his parents, whose remaining son is serving with the colours in France.

Memorial to brothers Harry Hilder and William Hilder which is next to their sister Constance Hilder Gobbitt in the cemetery.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Harry Hilder is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, bay 6

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details