When he was living at “Sunnyside”, Earls Barton in Northamptonshire in 1901, 34-year-old WALTER GARNER put down on the census return that he was born at Harrold. However, there is no civil registration record of his birth. I know that the surname Garner is a popular one in North Bedfordshire, and I wonder whether any present day inhabitants of Harrold might have any knowledge of a Garner family ever having lived there? Any help would be gratefully received, as we approach the centenary of his son’s death during the First World War. Having recently qualified as a teacher, Percy Garner was commissioned into the Welsh Regiment, and was killed near Fleurbaix in April 1918. He was only identified through his regimental buttons and dental records in 1928.

Peter Baxter

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