HARPER, Isaiah, T3/026632, Driver.
288th Company, 37th Divisional train, Army Service Corps.
He was born in Darlaston in 1895 and was the son of Job and Sarah Ann Harper.
He enlisted at Darlaston on the 24th November 1914; he gave his address as 5, Beard St, Darlaston and his occupation as Labourer (iron)
He joined his unit on the 27th November at Bradford, Yorks.
On the 29th April 1915 he was admitted to the Military Hospital at Tidworth, Wiltshire where he died of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis on the 4th May 1915, he was 19 years old.
He is buried in Plot C. 145. Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England.
During the First World War, the cemetery was used for burials from Tidworth and Fargo Military Hospitals
His mother had the following inscribed on his headstone.
DEEPLY MOURNED BY ALL WHO LOVED HIM FOR EVER WITH THE LORD.
As yet I have been unable to find any entitlement to medals for Isaiah, as he never finished training or left England he may not have qualified.
From his records we know that he was 5’ 5” tall, 9st 12 lb and had a tattoo on his right fore arm.
Driver means Horse driver, according to the answer given to the Army by a previous employer he was able to ‘drive a pair’ (ie. a two horse cart)
At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 35, Addenbrook St, Darlaston.
Job Harper. H (48)
Sarah Ann Harper. W (50)
Job Harper. S (28)
Richard Harper. S (25)
John Henry Harper. S (23)
William Harper. S (20)
Isaiah Harper. S (16) Labourer (Hay & corn dealer)
Arthur Harper. S (13)
Hilda Harper. D (6)
His older brother John Henry Harper is also on Darlaston War Memorial.