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Harold was born in Fulham, London, on the 22nd June 1882, the son of Reuben & Jemima Tavener. The family later made their home at “Homeleigh”, Essex Road, Stevenage. Harold emigrated to Canada in 1908.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army on the 19th July 1916 and, after his training, was posted to France. On the 17th April 1917 his Battalion was in a support area east of Neuville St. Vaast and the Unit War Diary shows that there was no enemy activity. However, it does record that 1 man was killed and 2 others wounded, probably as the result of artillery shell fire. He has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Vimy Memorial to the Canadian Forces.