2KEH 'H'


HAKEWILL, Charles (Charlie) Ernest. 1553. Private 2KEH then Private Royal Army Medical Corps 136683. Born in 1880 as the third son of Reverend J. R. Hakewill of Maidstone, he attended Market Harborough Grammar School where his father was headmaster. He married Ida Ethel Maude Davies in 1908 in Chester and commuted to his stockbrokers business in London. In Braybrooke, the Cowley family farmed Lower Lodge Farm. Edwin C. (Ted) Cowley had served in the Boer War in the volunteer yeomanry cavalry and when volunteer recruiting started ahead of the First World War, Serjeant Cowley was recruiting for the 2KEH among his friends and contacts in the area of Braybrooke, Arthingworth, Harborough and Leicestershire. Names on the serving list for September 1914 were Arthur Gamble of Harborough; Albert (Robert) Swinfen of Kelmarsh, Arthingworth; Tom Tibbits of Clipston, and Billy West of East Farndon. The second list of December 1914 included Frank W. Jones of Great Bowden. Charlie may well have known all the other local recruits from Grammar School days. Although Charlie was a stockbroker in London he volunteered and is pictured in his uniform dated September 1914. Charlie served in France and Belgium in 1914/5 earning the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal (reverse with naming shown). When the 2KEH was disbanded in 1917, Charlie transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private. Charlie died in 1953. Information and photographs from local sources by W. R. (Bob) H. Hakewill, a published local historian in Market Harborough, UK.

HALLORAN, Maurice George Campbell. 923. Private. Enlisted 7/09/1914 in White City, London and entered France 30/09/1915. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps as Acting Serjeant, 73576 on 21/03/1917 then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Labour Corps 9/08/1917 at Boulogne. Australian born in Gundagai, New South Wales in 1881 and noted in Scots All Saints College, Bathurst, New South Wales Australia Roll of Honour. Died in 1926. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Madulsima, Ceylon in 1924.

HALLOWES, George S. Second Lieutenant 2KEH. Private KEH 1220. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned 2KEH 1/10/1915.

HALSEY, Arthur Raymond. 2198. Sapper. Listed on Absentee Voters List 1918 as with the 2KEH Reserve Regiment. Lived in Wandsworth, London England.

HAMILTON-WHITEFORD, R. Lieutenant Royal Air Force

HAMMILL, Maurice William. 607. Private. Enlisted 4/09/1914 and discharged 20/02/1915 due to sickness. Awarded Silver War Badge 65,159 and did not serve overseas.

HAMPSHIRE, Cyril Norman. 1258. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Royal Field Artillery 16/12/1915 as a Second Lieutenant then Lieutenant. Born in about 1888 in Santon, Brazil and died 11/05/1971 in Cape Town, South Africa. Eligible for Silver War Badge. 1914/15 Star Trio applied for from Mossel Bay, South Africa.

HANCOCK, Dennis. 1334. Private, Private Northumberland Fusiliers 61189

HANRAHAN, E. R. 1331. Private. KIA 9/10/1917 aged 28. Son of the late Thomas Hanrahan of Ballinacurra, Midleton, Co. Cork and of Nora Hanrahan of Glenbrook, Passage West, Co. Cork, Ireland. Born at Guildford, Surrey. Enlisted 1914. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

HARDING, Colin. Lieutenant Colonel CMG DSO, Barotse Native Police, 2KEH, 15th (2nd Birmingham Battalion) Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Born 15/08/1864 in Montacute, Somerset, England a son of Charles Harding and died 3/01/1939. Arrived in Bulawayo in 1894 and attained the rank of Corporal in the Rhodesia Horse. Saw action in the Matabele Rebellion in 1896 as a sub-inspector of the Mashonaland Mounted Police soon to become amalgamated into the British South Africa Police (BSAP). A brother Officer was John Norton-Griffiths, founder of the 2KEH. Harding was awarded a CMG for his services and promoted to Captain in 1897 and in November of that year a Major and Chief Inspector in command of the Native Police. In 1899, he was appointed Acting Resident Commissioner in Barotseland. Promoted to Colonel he commanded the Barotse Native Police after being refused service in a fighting unit. He resigned from the British South Africa Company on 31/03/1906. He became a District Commissioner in the Gold Coast where he left to assist in the raising of the 2KEH. He went to France with the 2KEH in May 1915 succeeding his old BSAP colleague Norton-Griffiths as Second-in-Command. In September 1915, he was appointed to command the 15th (2nd Birmingham Battalion) Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Codford St Mary. Returned to France 22/11/1915 and after an operation for appendicitis on 1/09/1916 he was no longer fit for operational service. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 1/01/1917. He returned to the Gold Coast and served as Provincial Commissioner and Member of the Legislative Assembly before returning in August 1921. He published an autobiography entitled 'Far Bugles' in 1933 and died 3/01/1939. Biographical details from an article by Tim Wright in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 83: 255-257, 2005. Portrait photograph (see Figure 319, Copyright Imperial War Museum HU 122864).

HARRIS, Leopold Jonas. 166. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Lieutenant Royal Engineers 29/05/1916. Mentioned in Despatches 11/12/1917 as a Temporary Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Entitled to a 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Awarded General Service Medal with Iraq clasp and medals applied for from an address in King's Gardens, London on service in Jerusalem, Palestine. Awarded the Order of the British Empire.

HARRISON, Harry William. 1616. Private. Commissioned in the Tank Corps 3/02/1918.

HARRY, Charles William. 1311. Corporal 2KEH. Tank Corps 112214 later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant then Lieutenant Royal Air Force

HART, Henry (Harry) George. 1538. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers 25/10/1917. Born 30/08/1894 in Johnson Street, Forbes, NSW, Australia and died 8/02/1964 in Kesh, Co Fermanagh, Ireland and studied medicine. Returned to Clonelly House, Peltigo, County Fermanagh, Ireland in 1914 where his mother Mrs Margaret Hart moved there. Noted by grandson Jan Hart on Great War Forum in 2014. Had a letter to his mother published in the paper in which he notes a big gun firing named 'Silent Sue". Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio c/o his mother's address in Ireland.

HARVEY, William A. 152. Private. Entered France 26/10/1915. Transferred to Special Reserve 23/02/1919. Entitled to a 1914/15 Star Medal Trio

HARWARD, John E. 1835. Private. Discharged 18/04/1918.

HEALY, Lawrence. 1512. Private 2KEH. Corporal 1/4th and 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers 61190. Entered France 5/07/1915. Awarded Military Medal as Corporal Northumberland Fusiliers. Trained with an Officer Cadet Battalion. Prior service with Irish Police Force. Awarded 1914/15 Star Medal trio as Corporal Northumberland Fusiliers.

HEARD, Edward Terence. 1202. Enlisted 9/11/1914 and served in France from 5/05/1915 and promoted to Corporal after fighting at Ypres, Festubert and Givenchy. Returned to England Feb 1917 and commissioned Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps 20/06/1917 then Lieutenant April 1918 with 8 Squadron. Killed in a flying accident 17/05/1918 aged 28 as a Ferry pilot (Lympne Aircraft Acceptance Park) at Weeley Heath, Little Clacton. Returned from the Sudan to enlist where he was an employee of the Sudanese Government from 1909. Commemorated at GOLDERS GREEN CREMATORIUM, England. Son of Mrs. Florence Heard, of 61, Newcastle House, Northumberland St., Marylebone, and the late Edward Heard. Born Greenhithe, Kent. His mother applied for his 1914/15 Star Trio.  Noted in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.

HEARNE, Guillermo. Ramon. 1233. Lance Corporal. Accidentally killed 10/10/1915. Born in Buenos Ayres, Argentina. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, France and photograph of headstone shown.

HEASMAN, George Harry.  Private 2KEH. Transferred to 2KEH from 11th Hussars. Commissioned Royal Flying Corps 24/11/1914. Entered France May 1916.  Killed in a flying accident whilst instructing a student in an Avro 504 aircraft (serial B3241) on 20/01/1918 with 85 Squadron at Pewsey, Wilthsire, England. He was an up and coming jockey pre-war and his father Henry Heasman was a race horse owner. Entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal. Born in East Grinstead on 26/08/1890 and buried in EAST GRINSTEAD (MOUNT NODDY) CEMETERY, Sussex, England. His brother Lieutenant Frederick James Heasman, Military Cross (3 June 1918) Mentioned in Despatches, Royal Artillery served in WW1 in the Ceylon Planters Rifles, Punjabi Regiment then Grenadier Guards died in service from meningitis in WW2 and is buried beside his brother.

HEATH, E. H. Second Lieutenant. From Reserve Squadron in England and arrived in Merris, France 28/06/1915.

HELPMAN, Walter Gordon. 1029. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2KEH 1/10/1915 then as a Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps later Captain 11th Battalion, Tank Corps. Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 25/01/1917. Address provided for 1914/15 Star Medal Trio as Orangeria Bay Government Plantation, Papua.

HENDERSON, David Ebenezer. 1777. Serjeant. Enlisted in London and was living in Blackrock, Dublin. Died 13/04/1917. Buried in St. Server Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland 31/08/1868 and married Florence Mary Jones in Kent in Oct 1903. Widow Florence emigrated to Western Australia with five children on 15/01/1921 and applied for his British War Medal and Victory Medal from an address in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. She lived to be 90. 

HERBERT, Basil Chambers. 1246. Private. Commissioned 2KEH 1/10/1915.

HERBERT, R. 40567. Shoeing Smith. Photograph on www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk.

HERRIG, Alfred Eric Max. 2039. Private. Enlisted in Croydon, London. Died in Curragh Military Hospital, Ireland on 11/07/1918 aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Herrig of 8 Langley Road, South Norwood, London. Widow Martha Helen F. Herrig. Name commemorated on the London - Estate Duty Office (Shepherd's Bush) War Memorial as AEM Herrig.

HEWETT,  Henry Meyrick. 1474. Corporal. Enlisted at Hampton Court, London. Entered France 4/05/1915 and badly wounded when blown out of his trench during the Battle of Loos. . Killed in Irish Rebellion 13/05/1916 aged 42. was in the list of soldiers mentioned in the War Office dispatch of 25th January, 1917, for distinguished service in connection with the war. With his companion, Corporal D'Alroy of the same regiment, Hewett performed magnificent services in clearing the neighbourhood of Thomas street, Cork Hill, Dame street, and South Gt. George's Street, Parliament street, and the lines of the quays, during Easter week. He was wounded five times in all, the final wound which killed him, having been sustained on the Thursday while he and his companion D'Alroy were engaged bombing a rebel barricade in North King street. They had just jumped over the military barricade in their rush when Hewett fell shot through the heart. On the previous Tuesday, Corporals Hewett and D'Alroy took a prominent part in the recapture of The Daily Express and Evening Mail Offices. Born in Barnet, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England in 1874.  Left Plymouth aged 17 and served for two years with Rhodes Mounted Police though the Matabele War.  Then he served with Plumer's Horse though out the Boer War being wounded once. He was a war correspondent in the East during the Russo-Japanese War. Buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Cabra, County Dublin, Ireland . Name commemorated on the 1916 Easter Rising Memorial Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery. Awarded Mentioned in Despatches and 1914/15 Star Trio. Son of Lieutenant General Edward Osborne Hewett C.M.G. (Royal Engineers) the first Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada. Brother George Osborne Hewett was a Lieutenant Commander on Royal Navy ship HMS Daring and another brother was believed to have commanded a Welsh Regiment.  Photograph of memorial gravestone shown. 

HICKEY, Nicholas. 846. Serjeant. Entered France 4/05/1915. Discharged 23/08/1916. Awarded Silver War Badge. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Died 15/09/1921.

HICKOX, Walter Edwin Cecil. 1041. Corporal. Entered France 15/05/1915. Commissioned Tank Corps 20/12/1917. Address provided for 1914/15 Star Trio Medals as Addiscombe, Surrey. Born 12/05/1887 in Clapham, Surrey, England and died Jun 1960 in Croydon, Surrey.

HIDE, George C. 1317. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Discharged 6/08/1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

HILDER, Frank. 3/10/1864 – 23/4/1951. Lieutenant 13/02/1902; Captain 20/12/1902 and second in command of D Squadron, Essex Imperial Yeomanry. On formation of the Territorial Force on 1st April 1908 he was posted and promoted to Major and Officer in Command of the newly formed Essex Royal Horse Artillery. Later he served as a Major in the 2KEH before moving to command the 2/3rd South Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. His final appointment was as commander of the XXI Corps Ammunition dumps in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. In 1895 he married Evelyn Mary Wood, the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel G.W. Wood of Ingatestone. A stockbroker who having made his fortune by the 1930s set himself up to support various causes and pursuits. He and his wife were joint honorary secretaries of the Essex Branch of the National Service League which was founded in 1907. He also subsidised the publication of the monthly journal The Patriot. Later he was elected MP (Conservative) for the seat of South-East Essex (1918 – 1923). He was High Sheriff of Essex in 1935, a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration. Owned Huskards at Ingatestone which operated as a 55-bed VAD auxiliary hospital from September 1914 to January 1919, with Mrs Evelyn Hilder as the Commandant. In June 1908 he presented the "Hilder Jug" silver to Colonel Colvin and Officers to be used as a Best Troop challenge cup which was regularly awarded up to 1961 (Biographical information courtesy of Michael Wood).

HILL, Jeremiah Charles Holmes. 1140. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment 19/03/1916. DoW 2/05/1917 and buried in Duisans British Military Cemetery, Etrun, France. Born about 1894 in Brentwood, Essex, England. Awarded 1914/15 Star Trio and claimed by his father, C. J. Hill of Maida Vale, West London.

HIME, John Robert Wilbroham. 72. Serjeant. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment 29/09/1915, promoted to Lieutenant n the King's African Rifles. Requested 1914/15 Star Trio from Bank Farm, Nantwich, Cheshire, England.

HINES, Henry. 1673. Private. Commissioned Royal West Kent Regiment 26/06/1917.

HINGSTON, Geoffrey. 1491. Private. Entered France 5/07/1915. Commissioned Somerset Light Infantry 29/01/1918. Entitled to 1914/15 Star trio.

HIRTZEL, Bernard Turner. 462. Serjeant. Enlisted at White City, London and entered France 4/05/1915. KIA 29/07/1915 aged 35. Born Shillingford, Devon, England 2/09/1871 the son of George and Ellen Mary. Name commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial and www.devonhonour.org.uk. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. 

HOBDEN, Jubery. 1449. Private. Entered France 15/07/1915. Discharged 10/03/1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal trio.

HODGSON, Ferdinand. R. 399. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Lieutenant 700th Motor Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps 10/1/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal trio and medals applied for c/o an address in Essex Street, The Strand, London.

HODGSON, Henry. 1475. Private. Entered France 5/05/11915. Discharged 6/09/1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

HOLLAND, John. 872. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Discharged 22/05/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.

HOLLIMAN, John Herbert. 1972. Private 2nd Company of London Yeomanry 1964, Private 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment 4266, Private 2KEH 1972, Private Tank Corps 112086.

HOLMES, Ernest D. 1637. Private. Commissioned 2nd London Regiment 4/09/1916.Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

HOOGTERP, Jan (John) Albert. 421. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion Royal East Kent Regiment 11/06/1916. Lieutenant Royal Air Force. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and medals applied for c/o Air Ministry.

HORNE, Charles 781. Enlisted 9/09/1914, entered France 5/05/1915 and discharged due to illness 10/12/1915. Awarded Silver War Badge 81399. Served with Belgian Army in 1914 and applied for 1914 Star but was deemed ineligible. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and requested from an address in South West London.

HOPE, William R. 1733. Private. Commissioned 3rd Battalion, Border Regiment 31/07/1917.

HOWARD, Daniel. 1212. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Discharged 6/12/1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

HOWARD, Frank M. 1440. Private. Entered France 5/07/1915. Discharged 6/08/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio but medals returned to stock under King's Regulations.

HUGHMAN, Harold R. Private 2KEH. Trial date of 18/01/1915 noted whilst stationed at Woodbridge.

HUNT, Harry Kingswell. 1148. Private. Enlisted at Croydon, Surrey, entered France 4/05/1915 and KIA 23/05/1915 aged 32 at the Battle of Festubert. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Hunt of 3 Bramley Hill, South Croydon; husband of Rhoda L. Hunt of 4 Bedford Park, West Croydon. Name commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France. Entitled to a 1914/15 Star Medal trio.

HUNT, Phillip, Walter. 1559. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 9th Middlesex Regiment 1/10/1915 then transferred to the London Regiment. Lieutenant 19th Rifle Brigade. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Littlehampton, Sussex, England.

HUNT, Stanley Brookes. Private. 1898-1955. Injured and went to Ireland to recover and noted that he was only one to come out of a hospital ward alive. Silver spoon engraved "Marksman Trooper S B Hunt 2KEH 1918" held by family. Information courtesy of the Wartime Memories Project.

HUNT, Walter Robert. Quarter Master and Captain later Major. Entered France 4/05/1915. Mentioned in Despatches. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Wandsworth Common, South West London.