Harold was born in Melrose, MA. Jan. 16, 1889. He graduated Melrose School (Class of 1907). He went to Boston College Class of 1911. He was an engineer, salesman and dealer in steam specialities. He was a member of the Methodist Church of MeMelrose. He enlisted in the service April 2, 1912. He was a Corporal of Troop A of the 1st Squadron of Cavalry and enlisted at Boston on the 2nd day of April 1915. He was a marksman and a good horseman. "He was honest and faithful". June 5, 1917 he enlisted again in Allston, MA going to France in WW1. He was a Sergeant First Class in Company C, 101st Field Signal Battalion.
He served in the battles of Champagne-Marne---Defensive, Aisne-Marne, Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, -Offensives
Defensive Sectors- Chemin-des-Dames, Toul-Boucq, Pas Fini, Rupt, Troyon
He departed the US on Sept. 22, 1917 and returned April 17, 1919.
He received many medals and the Medal Of Verdon.
He was 5ft. 5½in. auburn hair and blue eyes.
He married Ruth Critchett on June 10, 1916. They had two daughters, Ardel and Marcia.
They lived in Melrose but summered in Limington, ME. Staying in a home on property that had been in his family. They also had a camp on Pequaket Lake. He moved to Maine a couple of years before his wife came. As she stayed in MA while Marcia finished high school. He and daughter, Ardel were in ME together while she attended college. He raised chickens and farmed. He loved to go to the horse races and kept file cards on all of the horses and jockeys.
He looked a lot like President Eisenhower.
He died of myocardial infarction - due to arterosclerosis. He died at his home on Oct. 3, 1964. He is buried in the Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, MA. His wife is also buried with him.
As a child I would go every weekend to see my grandparents and each time that I would leave he would tell me, "go to school tomorrow and tell the teacher she is a PYG-hog".
He liked to laugh. He and Ruth bickered all of the time.