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Remembered Today:

John Henry Gill Headley


AlanCrax

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While researching a branch of our family's history, a contact of mine came up with the following person:

John Henry Gill Headley was born in 1886, the son of a well known bakery and grocery concern in the West End of Leicester. I have been unable to substantiate most of his life story except for that part relating to World War I.

The assertion is is JHGH acted as a Regimental Sergeant Major for the Leicestershire Yeomanry during the war years.  There is a photograph of a man taken about 1914 wearing a jacket with a crown and crossed muskets on the sleeve foream both sides. Nothing else on the sleeves or the shoulder tabs.

 

I have been unable to find any reference in various sources that might confirm this. I would be grateful for some guidance.

 

Many thanks - Alan

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Many thanks

 

That's most helpful.

I don't think I've come across the "Leicester Cyclists" before although I have heard of other squadrons using bikes to get to the front.

Do we know where they actually served?

 

Cheers Alan

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Hi Alan,

 

I don't think that he served overseas. FMP have some service papers which they've indexed under the given name of Joseph (link), the headline pages of which are:

 

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Regards

Chris

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13 minutes ago, AlanCrax said:

Many thanks

 

That's most helpful.

I don't think I've come across the "Leicester Cyclists" before although I have heard of other squadrons using bikes to get to the front.

Do we know where they actually served?

 

Cheers Alan

The  long Trail might be of help

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-yeomanry-regiments-of-1914-1918/leicestershire-yeomanry/

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Many thanks, that's all most helpful.

 

Kind regards

 

Alan

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