Joe K. Hackney. [Bandmaster]

. Local newspaper entries indicate that by 17th October 1914 Private J. K. Hackney had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the time it was indicated that he was serving in Battalion H.Q.
. Extract from Camp diary - Tuesday 14th July 1914. = The weather continues ideal, and every detail of camp work is in order.  The food is even improving, while the work, though very thorough, is by no means heavy.  The band played in the camp on Monday night, and Bandmaster Hackney's "Company" is daily improving.  Amongst other music they have mastered is the newly adopted Regimental March " A' Hunting We Will Go" a happy selection on someone's part.  In spite of the heat, inter - Company football matches seem popular. 
. Extract from Camp diary - Sunday 19th July 1914. = The first parade was for Church service, which was conducted by the Chaplain (the Rev. K. D. Knowles R.D. rector of Brampton).  He preached a very practical sermon on manliness.  The singing of the hymns was led by the band, under Bandmaster Hackney.  It may be observed here that the Fletton musicians have improved immensely in their primary work, to say nothing of their gaining proficiency in rifle cleaning and ambulance duties.  To return to the service - the concluding voluntary was " A' hunting we will go." 
  1/1/1915 - Bandmaster Sergeant W. J. Hackney has been transferred from the 1st Cyclist Battalion to Huntingdon, and is attached for duty as Bandmaster.
. From a local newspaper dated 1/1/1915 - Bandmaster Sergeant W. J. Hackney has been transferred from the 1st Cyclist Battalion to Huntingdon, and is attached for duty as Bandmaster.
. From a local newspaper dated 6/11/1915 -  A company of the 3 rd Battalion, Hunts. Cyclists visited Facet last week. The men, despite the inclement weather, looked remarkably fit. Lt. McNish was the officer in command. The first Battalion band was in attendance under Bandmaster Sergt. J. K Hackney. The village was packed, and the tone and spirit of the band was excellent. A halt was called at the top of the village, where a box of apples and pears was distributed to the men by the kindness of the residents. The band afterwards journeyed to Peterborough and the other men to Huntingdon.
  From a local newspaper dated 16/11/15 - The fine military band of the Hunts. Cycle Battalion now staying in the district paraded at Fletton, New Fletton, and Woodston on Monday, and also gave selections at various stopping places. This splendid band, formerly known as the Fletton Victoria Brass Band, is conducted by Mr. Hackney, and its rendering of the many pieces reflect great credit both to performers and conductor. There is no question but the standard of this splendid band will give a decided help to recruiting.
. .D 18962 - 1/1/1915 - Bandmaster Sergeant W. J. Hackney has been transferred from the 1st Cyclist Battalion to Huntingdon, and is attached for duty as Bandmaster.
 
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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith