Harry King


Service: Army

Regiment:  Royal Artillery 43 Battery, 61 (11th Bn. The City of London Regiment) Heavy Anti Aircraft.

Rank: Bombardier

Service number: 915098

Harry King was born in Partick, Glasgow in 1921 and educated at Hillhead High School. He was the son of  John N. King and Margaret McColl King née Black, who married in Blythswood Glasgow  in 1914 and later lived in Newton Mearns.

Harry's death on 19th July 1941 is registered in Swindon Wiltshire. Before the war began, Swindon was warned by its MP that it had been "placed in that category of towns which might be expected to have to withstand heavy air attack" from German bombers. This was probably  because of its massive Railway Works – one of the biggest industrial complexes in the world – but also one that was easy to spot amid the Wiltshire countryside. Key aircraft manufacturing facilities at South Marston and Sevenhampton, and the airfield at Wroughton, were still more reasons for the Luftwaffe to have Swindon high on its list of targets. Harry's  regiment was deployed on anti aircraft  defence and he died in the course of his duties. He is buried in Mearns Cemetery - Grave reference Sec. F. Grave 76.


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