Brother remembered as part of Corby Council’s World War One commemorations

Harry Austin will be remembered on September 22

Harry Austin will be remembered on September 22

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The second of three local brothers to lose their lives while fighting in World War One is to have his 100th anniversary marked as part of Corby Council’s ongoing commemorations of the Great War.

The authority will be raising the flag outside Corby Cube on September 22 to mark 100 years since the death of Corby soldier Harry Austin.

He is one of many soldiers to be honoured as part of the council’s ongoing commemorations.

Harry, son of John Thomas and Alice Austin (nee Silsby), was born in Corby in 1892.

It was recorded that the family lived in Main Street, Corby, in 1901 and Harryn was later recorded to have been working as an ironstone labourer in the 1911 Census.

There is further reference to Harry residing in Sheep Street, Kettering, in 1915.

Harry enlisted in Kettering, serving as a Private in the Northamptonshire Regiment 1/4th Battalion (3826).

He had been in the 3rd Battalion, Special Reserve Northamptonshire Regiment, and was mobilised on January 27, 1915.

According to his medal record, he disembarked in Turkey on July 29, 1915.

It is recorded that Private Harry Austin was killed in action in Gallipoli on September 22, 1915.

He is buried at the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery and commemorated on Kettering War Memorial.

Harry had two brothers that were also killed during the war.

Percy Austin, who served in the 3rd Battalion (8638) before transferring to the 2nd Battalion.

He was promoted to Corporal and was killed while serving in France/Flanders on March 14, 1915.

The other brother Alfred G. Austin served as a Private in The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment 10th Battalion (39397).

He served in France/Flanders and was killed on August 4, 1917.

For more information about Private Austin and details on other local soldiers who died 100 years ago go to www.corby.gov.uk.