YOUNG ORDERLY KILLED (Burnley Express 19th May 1917)
sad news published today of the death in action of Pte. Harry Cross, 1416,
Scottish Rifles, coincides with the anniversary of the death of his bosom
companion, Pte. Albert Graham, whose portrait appeared in the “Express”
a year ago. Pte. Cross, who was only 20 years of age, and the fourth son
of Mr. & Mrs. Cross, of 13, Cotton-street, Whittlefield, was in the
Lewis Gun Section of the Scottish Rifles battalion out with the Egyptian
Expeditionary Force. News has been received that he was killed in action
on April 19th, and as he had been out since January 1916, he has seen
much fighting. Although so young, Pte. Cross enlisted on August 20, 1915,
previous to which he was a weaver at Burrows’ mill, Whittlefield.
He was connected with St. Oswald Mission, and played football with the
mission team. He was his officer’s orderly, and was very much esteemed
by that gentleman. All the four sons have joined the forces; of the other
three one is know in France, a second is in training in Scotland, and
the third has been discharged from the Army.