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WILLIAM HALL

CHARLES HALE

GEORGE FRANCIS HAMER

HENRY HANDY

WALTER EDWARD HANDY

GEORGE HANDLEY

REGINALD HARDING

ALBERT HARDING

ALBERT HARRIS MM

ALBERT HARRIS

JOHN HARRIS

CHARLES HARRIS

WALTER LOUIS HARRIS

CHARLES LAMBERT HARRISON                                                                                                                                              FULL REPORT
Charles was born in 1892 in Hackney, London and enlisted with the 1st Bttn of the Grenadier Guards after leaving school, and having served his time he left the army on reserve and became an asylum attendant.  By 1911 Charles was still in London, working as a cook, but moved to Birmingham to join the Birmingham City Police on 10th June 1913 aged 22, serving on ‘A’ Division with warrant number 8332.  He was recalled to the Guards on 5th August 1914.  The 1st Grendaier Guards left for France, from Southampton, on 4th October 1914 aboard the S.S. Armenia and the S.S. Turcoman, arriving in France the same day and marching to billets at St Andre. On 9th October 1914 the battalion entrained at Ostend and transferred to Ghent, moving by stages to Ypres arriving on 14th October 1914. On 19th October 1914 the battalion attacked Kruiseecke but were forced to retire to a line running from Kruiseecke to the Ypres-Menin Crossroads. The following days these positions were continually attacked by the Germans but the line was held until 27th October, when the battalion was moved to bivouacs in Sanctuary Wood.  It was during this withdrawal, undoubtedly done under fire, that Charles was killed.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

WILLIAM HARRISSON

ALBERT HATHAWAY

LEONARD ERNEST HAWTHORNE

GEORGE WILLIAM HAYNES

WALTER WILLLIAM HAYNES

FREDERICK JAMES HAYWARD

RUFUS JOSEPH HAYWARD

LOUIS HEAD

JOHN WILLIAM HEEKS

ALFRED HEMMING

HENRY HENDERSON

ARTHUR S HERBERT

ALFRED THOMAS HERBERT

FRANK HERBERT

FRANK HIBBERD

JOHN HICKMAN

HARRY HICKMAN

WILLIAM HICKSON

HENRY HIGGINS

ALBERT HILL

HARRY HINTON

ARTHUR GILBERT HODGES

WILLIAM HOLLAND

CHARLES HOLTOM                                                                                                                                                          FULL REPORT
Charles Holton
Charles was born in 1891 to Charles and Alice Holtom, residing at 14 Conybere Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.  His father was a carriage lamp maker and his mother a seamstress.  In 1901 they also had a lodger, Walter Cole, who worked with Charles Snr.
Charles had a younger brother, Ernest, born in December 1892.
Charles joined the Birmingham City Police on 14th August 1914, at the age of 23, appointed to the 1st Special Police Reserve and was assigned to work in the Chief Constable's Office in Corporation Street, Birmingham.
His brother, Ernest, joined the army on 19th October 1916 and served in France in the Motor Transport section of the Army Service Corps.
On St Georges Day in 1918 Charles enlisted in the army, joining the Grenadier Guards.  This was a month after the German Spring Offensive and St Georges Day would have seen great efforts to recruit new soldiers, using the current crisis to best effect.  As Guardsman 33265 Charles enlisted in Chelsea barracks, but served the remaining months of the war in the UK and never reached France, thus did not qualify for any medals.  He was demobbed on 22nd February 1919, transferred to Z Army Reserve and rejoined the Birmingham City Police.
Ernest also survived the war, albeit after fracturing his ribs when he fell off a lorry in October 1918, being transferred to the Army Reserve in March 1919.

ALFRED HOWARD

SAMUEL HOWARD

ERNEST HOWLES

FREDERICK THOMAS HUDSON

WILLIAM HUDSON

FREDERICK GEORGE HUGHES

GEORGE HUGHES

JESSE HUGHES

JOHN HUGHES

THOMAS GEORGE HUGHES

HARRY HURCOMBE MM

HORACE VICTOR HUSSELL

FRANCIS HUSSEY