8 October 2018
Harold Dell Cansfield was born on 21 May 1883 and attended the Whittington School, Highgate, London and Owen’s School, Islington. He entered Harper Adams Agricultural College in September 1907, aged 15 and left on 23 July 1908.
Harold Cansfield died on 25 March 1916, age 32 and is remembered with honour at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Leper West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
The Menin Road ran east and a little south from Ypres (now Ieper) to a front line which varied only a few kilometres during the greater part of the war. The position of this cemetery was always within the Allied lines. It was first used in January 1916, and it continued to be used by units and Field Ambulances until the summer of 1918. The cemetery was increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated positions on the battlefields to the east and the MENIN ROAD NORTH MILITARY CEMETERY on the North side of the road at almost the same point. It was used by the units and Field Ambulances of another Corps from May 1915 to August 1916, and again to a small extent in 1917 and 1918. There are now 1,657 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery of which 118 are unidentified.