Harry Avery first appears in Chailey Parish Magazine in March 1916 where his name is one of several noted in a special list of attested men. In April 1917 he appears again as Avery, Pte H, TR Batt. In December 1917 he is noted as serving with the 3rd Norfolk Regiment and by January 1918 with the 7th Norfolk Regiment. His last entry in the Parish Magazine appears in July 1919 where he is still noted as serving with the 7th Norfolk Regiment. He was given the army number 32967.
The 7th Norfolk Regiment was a New Army Battalion formed at
in September 1914. It formed part of the 51st Brigade in the
17th (Northern) Division throughout the war. Lincoln
Chailey resident Reg Philpott remembered Harry Avery as Henry Avery.
Another Avery, J Avery, also served in the First World War and it is possible that Harry was related to him. Like Harry, his brothers Thomas and Arthur both served in the army during World War 1 and both survived.