Lance Corporal Harold Bordycott was engaged, together with German prisoners of war, in clearing a minefield in Normandy when one stepped on a mine, causing an explosion. There were several casualties and Harold was seriously injured. He died later in a field hospital.
Harold was the son of Harold and Ruth Bordycott and the husband of Anne. He was aged 30. They had a son, aged four. Harold attended St.John's, Stonefold, Church and School. He was a former Sunday School teacher. When he married he became a member of the congregation of St.Mary's Roman Catholic Church. He was employed at Walter Holland's bakery for some years, but he worked for Messrs. P. Drake, building contractors, before joining the Army in 1940. He played football for Haslingden Villa.Harold lies in Bayeux War Cemetery, France. The cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France. It contains 4,144 burials plus 505 war graves of other nationalities, the majority of which are German. Harold's grave is in Plot 2, Row F, Grave 5