No.2613830, Sergeant, Harry WARDEN
Aged 27

6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 17th March 1943

Harry Warden was born on 31st May 1915 at Bures [Sudbury Q3-1915 4A:1566), son of Charles and Kate Ellen WARDEN (née CLEMENTS).

In the 1939 register he was a police constable, together with PC Joseph RICHARDSON lodging with widow Sarah VALENTINE (later PARISH) at 4 Myrtle Road, Brentwood. His parents were at 39 Cuckoo Hill, Bures in September 1939, father a farmer, with brother Edgar (1926).

Thanks to ttps://memorial.essex.police.uk/world-war-2/harry-warden/ we know that he joined the Essex County Constabulary on 13th June 1938. He had previously served in the Army from 23rd October 1933 to 14th March 1938. His initial posting was to HQ, then on 6th August 1938 he moved to Brentwood, thence, on 5th December to Laindon. He returned to Brentwood on 13th September 1939. He married Evelyn F TUFFIN of Halstead on 20th November 1939 and was recalled to the Army 2 weeks later.

No connection with Stoke by Clare has been found. Possibly his wife had moved there.

Harry Warden, first joined the army in 1933, serving in England and Egypt. He then joined Essex police, working at Brentwood CID, presumably being post to Stoke by Clare sometime before he was recalled to the army in December 1939. He was posted abroad in June 1942, but was killed nine months later, aged 27, when the lorry he was travelling hit a mine.
He left his 24 year-old wife Evelyn, daughter Greta and son Terry.

Harry Warden is buried in Sfax War Cemetery, grave 2:AA:5

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