"Big" Harry Higgs 1896 - 1972

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Harry and Big Harry in deckchairs
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Big Harry is on the left in this picture, with his younger brother Harry, my father. It was the only photo I had of him until recently, I was kindly sent the one below by John Hood.

Harry went missing after WW1 and the family assumed he had died. Later another child was born (my father) and they also called him Harry. Big Harry then turned up and from then was known as Big Harry

In the photo, I believe we were visiting 'Big' Harry at his home in Essex. I have a photo of his wife Violet.

Big Harry first married Helen Noonan They first had a son, Harry M, but he died within a year. They went on to have two daughters, Kathleen Mary and Eileen.

He then married a lady named Violet Dowling (though known as Lily).  My mum said he had a good job with Maples, the furniture store.  Then he worked in Hatton Garden.

They lived in Acton Street and then later moved to a bungalow in Ashford and eventually to Billericay.

At age 17 Harry joins the Territorial Army in 1913. The joining form can be seen here. It is in multiple parts: part1, part2, part3, part4, part5