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Harry Dore

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When Richard DORE was born on 4 April 1876 in Leafield, Oxfordshire, his father, Benjamin, was 29 and his mother, Betsey, was 30.

He married Rosina Franklin on 1 August 1903 in Dalston Holy Trinity,Church, Hackney,,Middlesex, London. At his marriage,Richard [aged 27]states he was a Labourer and Rosina [aged 26] was a cook.

Rosina had been born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire in November 1876 daughter of John Franklin and his wife Fanny Partridge. In the next fifteen years they had six children.

When Harry Dore was born in the later end of 1919 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, his father, Richard, was 43 and his mother, Rosina, was 43. Little is known of their lives, except that they spent many years in London at various addresses where Richard was a builder’s labourer.

By 1939 Richard, Rosina and son Percy are living at 3 Manor Farm Cottages, Kingston Road, Frilford, almost opposite Collins Farm. It is assumed that Harry was living here too, and this is probably the address that he left when he joined The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey), as Soldier 55339004 and was then somewhere in France.

On the 18th August 1944, Harry was killed Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45 at the age of 24, he was now Lance Corporal Harry Dore. He lies at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Basse-Normandie, France. His grave is inscribed by his family.


Harry is remembered in the Memorial Plaque in St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bagpuize, and on Memorial Green War memorials, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire.

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Many of the soldiers had others who had served in the services at the same time or before them. Many of course never returned home. This was the case with the Dore family.

For the most part, the men buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery were killed in the fighting from the second week of July 1944, when Caen was captured, to the last week in August 1944 –source:


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