2KEH 'H'


HAKEWILL, Charles (Charlie) Ernest. 1553. Private 2KEH then Private Royal Army Medical Corps 136683. Born 1880 third son of Reverend J. R. Hakewill of Maidstone. 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 Wars 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 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.

HALLOWES, George S. A. 1220. Private. 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. 1607. Private
HAMPSHIRE, Cyril Norman. 1258. Private. Commissioned Royal Field Artillery 18/12/1915 as a Second Lieutenant then Lieutenant.

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 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 and 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. Published an autobiography entitled as '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 J. 166. Private Commissioned Royal Engineers 29/05/1916.
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, Harry George. 1538. Private. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers 25/10/1917. Born in Sydney, Australia and studied medicine. Returned to Clonelly House, Peltigo, County Fermanagh, Ireland in 1914 where his mother Mrs. M. Hart had moved to. Entered France 4/05/1915. Noted by Jan Hart, his grandson on the Great War Forum in 2014 that his grandfather had a letter to his mother published in the paper in which he noted a a big gun firing named 'Silent Sue'.

HARVEY, William A. 152. Private. Transferred to Special Reserve 23/02/1919.
HARWARD, John E. 1835. Private. Discharged 18/04/1918.
HEARD, Edward T. 1202. Private. Commissioned Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps 20/06/1917 then Lieutenant.

HEARNE, Guillermo. R. 1233. Lance Corporal. Accidentally killed 10/10/1915. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, France.

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

HELPMAN, Walter Gordon. 1029. Private. Commissioned 2KEH 1/10/1915 as a Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps later Captain Tank Corps.

HENDERSON, David E. 1777. Serjeant. Died 13/04/1917. Buried in St. Server Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

HERBERT, Basil Chambers. 1246. Private. Commissioned 2KEH 1/10/1915.
HERBERT, R. 40567. Shoeing Smith. Photograph on www.ukphotoarchive.org.uk.

HEWETT, Henry Meyrick. 1474. Corporal. Killed in Irish rebellion 30/04/1916 aged 42.

HICKEY, Nicholas. 846. Serjeant. Discharged 23/08/1916.
HICKOX, Walter Edwin Cecil. 1041. Corporal. Commissioned Tank Corps 20/12/1917.
HIDE, George C. 1317. Private. Discharged 6/08/1919.

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. Commissioned 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment 19/03/1915.
HIME, John Robert Wilbroham. 72. Serjeant. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment 29/09/1915, promoted to Lieutenant King's African Rifles.

HINES, Henry. 1673. Private. Commissioned Royal West Kent Regiment 26/06/1917.
HINGSTON, Geoffrey. 1491. Private. Commissioned Somerset Light Infantry 29/01/1918.
HOBDEN, Jabez. 1449. Private. Discharged 10/03/1919.
HODGSON, Henry. 1475. Private. Discharged 6/09/1919.
HOLLAND, John. 872. Private. Discharged 22/05/1916.
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. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion Royal East Kent Regiment 11/06/1916. Lieutenant Royal Air Force.
HORNE, Charles 781. Discharged or Commissioned 10/12/1915. BWM record obscured.
HOPE, William R. 1733. Private. Commissioned 3rd Battalion, Border Regiment 31/07/1917.
HOWARD, Daniel. 1212. Private. Discharged 6/12/1919.
HOWARD, Frank M. 1440. Private. Discharged 6/08/1916.

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

HUNT, Harry Kingswell. 1148. Private. Born in the UK 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. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France.

HUNT, Phillip, Walter. 1559. Private. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 9th Middlesex Regiment 1/10/1915. Lieutenant 19th Rifle Brigade.

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. Captain and Quarter Master, Major and Quarter Master