Harry Eele was born in Thame in 1883, one of nine children of William and Emma (nee Dorsett) Eele of Aylesbury Road. He became a fellmonger dealing in sheepskins and in 1904 he married Alice Clara Attwell in Thame. They lived in Wellington Street, and had six children.
It is likely that Harry was conscripted in 1916 when the Military Service Act included married men. Initially he was posted with the Wiltshire Regiment, probably to the 2/4th Battalion who were serving in India.
He was then transferred to the 222nd Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) stationed on the north west frontier area of what is now Pakistan.
It was here, at Abbottabad, that 164282 Private Harry Eele died from influenza on the 6th November 1918, age 35, one of the millions of deaths from the 1918 worldwide pandemic.
He was originally buried in Abbottabad Cemetery, but since the partition in 1947 the grave has subsequently been neglected or lost and his name is now commemorated on the Karachi Memorial.
In Thame, Harry is remembered on the town war memorial and on the honour boards of St Mary’s and All Saints churches.