Harry Graydon was born in Halifax in 1892, the son of Walter and Annie Graydon. He had an older brother, Norman, born in 1891, who also served in the Great War, and a younger sister, Mary Emeline, born in 1894. By 1911, Harry, his parents and siblings were living at Woodlands, Collingham. His father was a Master Tailor, and both Harry and Norman were assistant tailors.
The name H. Graydon (or Harry Graydon in some cases) appears on the lists of men serving in September 1914 (Wetherby News) and December, January and February 1915 (Collingham Parish Magazine). In the latter case the name is given as Private Harry Graydon, so we believe he served in the Army. Harry Graydon was also away from the village as an absent voter due to Naval or Military service in 1918 and 1919. However we cannot precisely identify Harry's military service as his service record file has not survived.
The medal rolls and index cards for World War One lists one man named Harry Graydon (Harry Clifford Graydon) who served in the Royal Fusiliers, but his record is annotated with the words "Presumed Dead" in 1918, and 'our' Harry Graydon was still marked as an absent voter in 1919.
There is a single medal record for a man named Harold Graydon. This man was a sergeant in the Yorkshire Regiment with a service number 21611. He was awarded a single British War Medal. This may be the Collingham man but we have no direct evidence to tie this record to 'our' man.
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