Switch to full style

Moderator Control Panel

Having trouble tracking down a wartime ancestor? Share your queries – and help fellow researchers – here
Post a reply

Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:43 pm

Hi

I'm doing a bit of research for a friend. She's trying to find out if the William Thomas Henley that appears on this medal card might be her William Thomas Henley. One piece of information on the card seems promising, eg: having firstly been with Queens Royal Regiment, but without his service record it's difficult to be sure. We've searched on Ancestry, but it looks as if his record was probably one of the ones lost during WW2.

This is what we know about him. He was born 9th January 1895 in Cranleigh, Surrey. His parents were Thomas Henley and Mary Jane Squelch. He married Lily Harriet Hughes in 1920 and lived in Guildford. The death register shows he died in 1970.

Is there anywhere else we can search to find out if the medal card belongs to this man?

Any help would be most appreciated.
Attachments
William Thomas Henley Medal Card.jpg
William Thomas Henley Medal Card.jpg (263 KiB) Viewed 1446 times

Re: Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:23 pm

Findmypast has British Army, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment 1901-1918
Including W T Henley 1290
It's a brief transcript
Attested 31 Aug 1914 (as per card)
Age 19 years
Says length of service 3 years
from Rough Register Of Recruits 1914-1917
Reference QRWS/1/3/3

That looks like a card associated with the Silver War Badge?
Sgt William Thomas Henley, 19117, MGC, has one.
Discharged 28.9.18
Seems to give age - 23 years and 8 months
debbie65 wrote:He was born 9th January 1895 in Cranleigh, Surrey

Re: Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:32 pm

A Thomas Henley and a Mary Jane Henley are on the 1918 electoral register at 23 Sycamore Road, Guildford.
In the Division 2 voters at that address are Albert Edward Henley, and William Thomas Henley, both absent (Naval or Military) voters.
Neither of them are listed as NM voters in Spring 1919.

Re: Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:18 am

Thanks ianbee

The electoral register info was very useful. I'm also grateful to you for taking a look at the medal card. A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful!

I'm now pretty convinced that this medal card belong's to my friend's William Thomas Henley. The age details match up well for him, and another search of the birth register for William Thomas Henleys confirms him to be the best fit.

Thanks again.

Re: Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:05 pm

From the weekly casualty list for 20 Nov 1917 (Daily list of 13 Nov):

Machine Gun Corps.... Henly (sic) 19117 Sjt W (Cranleigh)

Re: Sgt William Thomas Henley MGC 19117

Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:34 am

avaline wrote:From the weekly casualty list for 20 Nov 1917 (Daily list of 13 Nov):

Machine Gun Corps.... Henly (sic) 19117 Sjt W (Cranleigh)


Hi avaline

Thanks soo much for that - it's definitely my friend's William T Henley, he was born in Cranleigh!
Post a reply