Henry Roughsedge

Photo credit: International War Graves Photography Project

Henry (or Harry) Roughsedge was born on the 30th April 1883, the son of Thomas and Sarah. His father was a porter on the wharf and his grandfather, Peter Scragg, was a boatman.

He trained as a commercial clerk and found employment at the chief clerk of the Whiston workhouse near Prescot. In 1911 he was living in Rainhill with his aunt, another of Peter’s daughters, and her family, including his 12 year old cousin Thomas.


He attested at St Helens on December 4th, 1915, and joined the 13th (Reserve) Battalion of the South Lancashire regiment. His papers show us that he was 5’11 tall.

He arrived in Rouen on the 29th August 1916, and at some point was transferred into the 11th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment. With this Battalion on the 14th July 1917 in Flanders, he took a gunshot to the back and died the same day of his wounds. He was 34.

He is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

July 1917 war diary for the 11th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment