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World War One

Harry Horace Quenby

DIED OF WOUNDS - 23RD JANUARY 1915 - AGED 44


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1873.

PRIVATE S/827. 2ND BATTALION THE QUEEN'S (ROYAL WEST SURREY REGIMENT.)

ENLISTED IN HENDON MIDDX.

COMMEMORATED IN LINCOLN (NEWPORT) CEMETERY, LINCOLNSHIRE.

 

In 1911 Harry lived with his mother, Harriett, who was widowed, in Back Street Clophill. He worked as a roadman for the County Council and had served in the Boer War. His father James, had been the Innkeeper and Master Baker at The Compasses pub, from 1877 to 1906. Harry was one of 6 children, 5 of whom had survived by 1911. James died in 1910 leaving an estate of £98 and 8 shillings to his wife. In 1910 James had owned "House Beautiful" in The Slade, which at that time was thatched. But his family did not seem to occupy it then, nor in 1911.


Harry had enlisted as soon as war had been declared. (He had also served during the Boer War.) He was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. His was shipped to France in November 1914. It fought at Ypres, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Loos and the Somme, later it was sent to Italy.

Harry died in Lincoln Hospital, of wounds he received at Mons, France.

Harry was awarded The 1914 Star, a medal for service in France or Belgium between 5 August and 22 November 1914.

The Ampthill News reported:- "Mr. Harry Horace Quenby, youngest son of Mr. James Quenby, for many years proprietor of the "Compasses" Inn, and Clerk to the Parish Council, and assistant Overseer, died on the 23rd ult. at Lincoln Hospital from wounds received in action. In the Boer War he was in the "E" Co. Beds. Volunteers. On the declaration of war with Germany, he immediately enlisted. Sincere sympathy prevails for his invalid mother, his brothers, and sisters. A memorial service conducted by the Rector was held at St Mary's on Tuesday evening and was attended by a large congregation. This is the first fatality, as far as we know, of the many brave lads from Clophill in the present campaign."