Harry was the youngest child of William Sharpe a Police Constable and Mary Ann Eliza Lowe from Warwickshire who had married in 1883. In 1891 they were living at Paget Street in Loughborough with their first four children, Lilian born 1884, Mabel born 1885, Agnes 1887 and Francis William born in 1889. The first three were born in Hinckley. Three more children were to follow Frank born 1894, George born 1896 and finally Harry born in 1899.
By the time of the 1901 Census the family had moved to 106 Milligan Road in Aylestone. William was not listed on the Census as he was working overnight as an Asylum Attendant at the Lunatic Asylum in Humberstone.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 479 Welford Road, William was still working as an attendant. Harry now aged 12 was still at school but all his siblings were working. Lilian was a Blouse Maker, Agnes a Stitcher, Frances was a Bottom Sourer, Frank was a Leather Cleaner and George was a Turner.
Harry Died of Wounds on 3/8/1916 at the age of 18. He is buried at Couin British Cemetery in France and his inscription reads ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’. The cemetery was started in May 1916 by field ambulances during the Battle of the Somme. It was closed at the end of January 1917 as it was not possible to extend. It contains 401 Commonwealth burials and 3 German graves.