1896 Nov 26. Born Rugby, Warwick.
1901 census at Leicester
1916 Jul 14 Enlisted. His father was William John Rainbow Hartwell (as in censuses)
1917 Apr 26 Gazetted 2nd Lt. - Harold William Hartwell,
1918 Oct 26. Machine Gun Corps. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts.: — H. W. Hartwell
1919 Jan 18 Demobilised as Lt.
1921 Jan 17 Joined ADRIC with service no 1539. Posted N Coy
1921 Mar 19. Promoted Section Leader and CQM
1921 Aug 30. Reverted to T/Cadet at own request and relinquishes the appointment of CQM
1922 Jan . Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1925 Oct 26. Lt. Harold William Hartwell, late M.G. Corps, having been convicted by the Civil Power, is deprived of the rank of Lt. There was an Embezzlement case of Lloyds Bank v Hartwell in the Times, but no details were given. 6 months gaol for 3 sample charges of embezzlement, with 52 other charges taken into consideration
1939 Register. I suspect he is Harry W Parsons living at Micorbet Buttermere Avenue , Blackpool C.B., Lancashire,. He is a municipal surveyors assistant. The date of birth is correct, and that is the alias he used in Army - see MIC & above police report