Harold George Tabernacle

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No P/7556
Date of Death 03/11/1918
Age 36
Regiment/Service Military Police Corps, Military Mounted Police (E.E.F.) Formerly Middlesex Hussars
Cemetery Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery

Harold was born on 17th July 1882 in Margate, Kent to Ernest Tabernacle, a successful auctioneer, and his wife Mary. Ernest and Mary had four other children; Norman (b.1884), Gordon (b.1885), Percy (b.1886) and Hilda (b.1889). Following Mary’s death, Harold married Lois Ellen Smith and had three more children; Ernest (b.1898), Lois (b.1902) and Paul (b.1906). Harold’s eldest brother, Norman, enlisted in New Zealand and was also posted to Egypt, as part of the Veterinary Corps. Norman survived the war.

The duties of the Mounted Military Police were mainly concerned with traffic control, the maintenance of discipline in the back areas, and the running of military prisons. Their duties also included ensuring that British soldiers behaved properly in dealing with local civilians. They would not normally deal with cases of civil unrest unless it involved threats to British personnel or premises, or to back up local police in case of need. 

His paternal cousins, Guy Truman and Robert Spong, also died in the First World War and are also remembered on the St Paul’s memorial.