Harry Read Mansergh was born in Bootle in 1891. He was the son of Thomas Read Mansergh and Emma Mansergh (nee Holgate). His father was born in Barrow, Lancashire and his mother was from Sawley, Yorkshire. They were married in Bury in 1889. They had seven children, three of whom died in childhood; Gladys (born 1890), Frank (b&d 1892), Norman (b&d 1893) Doris (born 1895), Irene (born 1896), Kathleen M (1900-1911) all born in Bootle.
 
His father described himself as a cow keeper and later as a retired dairy farmer. In 1891 and 1901 the family lived at 57 Queen's Road, Bootle where they ran a dairy with the help of a number of servants. By 1911 they were living at 19, Breeze Hill, Bootle. Harry Read was living at home at this time and was a medical and dental student.
 
After the war his parents moved to Elsinore, 35 Caldy road, West Kirby, Cheshire. His father died on the 30th May 1930. His effects were valued at £28924 10s 9d (almost a million pounds at current values.)  His mother died in 1944 aged 82 years.
 
He was engaged to Ruth Pennington at the time of his death. His sister Gladys Mansergh, had married Ruth Pennington's brother, Stanley Muncaster Stanley in 1912. Stanley was the son of Councillor Harry Pennington and was awarded the Military Cross during the war. In 1918 Mayor Pennington gave £1,000 to establish the Pennington (Peace) Scholarship at Bootle Secondary School in thanksgiving offering for the safe return of his son.
 
He served with the King's (Liverpool Regiment). His medal card records that he arrived on the Western Front on the 24th February 1915. It also gived the date of his commission - 7th March 1915. Soldiers Died in the Great War lists him as belonging to the 1st battalion, attached to the 9th battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment). His family were issued with the British Medal and Victory Medal and the 1915 Star after the war.
 
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 17th November 1916. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
GALLANT BOOTLE OFFICER.
COUNCILLOR’S SON DIES OF WOUNDS.
The sympathy of a wide circle of friends has this week gone out to Councillor and Mrs. T.R. Mansergh, of Tinto Lodge, Breeze-hill, in the death of their only son, Lieut. Harry Reid Mansergh, K.L.R., who was seriously wounded on Sept. 18th, and died in a base hospital in France on November 12th. Born in 1891, Lieut. Mansergh was educated at Bootle Secondary School, Merchant Taylors’ (Crosby), and at Bruges, and on the outbreak of was a dental medical student at Liverpool University. He “joined up” soon after was declared, and gained rapid promotion, being gazetted to a lieutenancy in Feby., 1915. He went through numerous engagements, including the Battle of Loos, when he was appointed temporary adjutant on the field. He went into action with 40 men and four machine guns, and at the end of the fierce onslaught only he, a sergeant, and two privates were left. Officers and men alike speak in the highest terms of Harry Mansergh’s courage, coolness, and resource, and Bootle people extend their sincerest condolence to the bereaved parents who have lost so gallant and promising a son.
 
Death notices were placed in the Evening Express on the 16th November 1917 by his parents and fiancee.
 
Rank, Forename(s), Surname Lieutenant Harry Read Mansergh
Regiment, Regimental No, medals Kings Liverpool Regiment
Cause and date of death, age Died of Wounds 12-Nov-16 aged 25 years
Information contained in notice Only son of Thomas Read and Emma Mansergh address Tinto Lodge Bootle
 
Rank, Forename(s), Surname Lieutenant Harry Read Mansergh
Cause and date of death, age Died of Wounds 12-Nov-16 aged 25 years
Information contained in notice Fiance of Ruth Pennington
 
 
Probate of Harry's estate was obtained at Liverpool on 19th January 1917 by his father. His effects were valued at £182 5s 9d (just under £8000 at current values.)