Baxenden Lads: Bond HH

30th December 1917

PTE. 67715 HARRY HARGREAVES BOND of the Devonshire Regiment was drowned on December 30th 1917 when the troopship ‘Aragon’ was torpedoed and sunk as she entered Alexandria harbour in Egypt at the end of her voyage from Marseilles in France. Harry was joining the regiment for service in Egypt.

Harry was the son of Mrs. Bond of 21 Turkey Street Accrington, and was aged nineteen. He had been in the Army since February 1917. Before he enlisted he worked at Lang Bridge engineering works in Accrington. He attended New Jerusalem Chapel where his name is on the Roll of Honour.

Harry’s grave lies in the Hadra War Cemetery on the eastern outskirts of Alexandria. The area has contained from very early times the cemeteries of different nationalities or religious communities. It was opened in April 1916 for burials from hospitals in Alexandria, and remained in use until December 1919.

There are 1,738 war graves of men from many different lands, including France, China, the West Indies, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, etc, etc.