Picking, Harold

Picking, Harold

Military History:

Royal Field Artillery


Service Number:
Not known

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell Village Cemetery


Harold enlisted with the army on 24th March 1909. He served in India under General Townshend until early 1915 when he was wounded in the hand and leg. During his convalescence the garrison moved to the Asian Theatre of War, Mesopotamia, Basra. After recovering from his injuries Harold re-joined General Townshend’s British-Indian garrison in the Siege of Kut Al Amara which started on 7th December 1915. After 162 days of near starvation and severe hardship the garrison surrendered to the Turks and all soldiers were taken prisoner, including Harold. Harold survived the War.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

Harold died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in June 1964 and is buried in the Ashwell cemetery.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                4th quarter 1888

Birth Place:                  Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                     4.1921


Harold was the second son of John and Caroline (nee Waldock) Picking born in the 4th quarter 1888 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire.  Harold’s parents both died before he was ten and he went to live with relatives in the village. He was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Harold married Fanny Mayes in April 1921 at Ashwell. They had three children: Herbert born in 1923, Eleanor O born in 1925 Harold G born in 1928.

Harold died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in June 1964 and is buried in the Ashwell cemetery.

Harold’s brother John also served in the War and survived.



Name:Harold Picking
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:6.1964
Enlistment Place:Not known
Regiment:Royal Field Artillery
Regimental Number:Not known
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:India
Asian, Mesopotamia

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