Reginald Robert Manley.

Reginald joined the HCB at their HQ in St. Mary's Street Huntingdon on the sometime before the 14th May 1915 when he first appears in their records.  He indicated that his occupation was Grocers Assistant.

He indicated that he came from 8 Ferrars Road, Huntingdon, and was given a HCB number and was posted to D Company of the 2/1st Battalion as a 'Bandsman'.   There is the possibility that he, initially, entered the 3/1st Battalion.

In Battalion orders no. 242 part 2 raised at 6.00 pm, Vine Cottage, Chapel St. Leonards, by Lieut. Col. M. D. Barkley, 2.1 H.C.B. on 13 October 1917, he was granted proficiency pay class 1 instead of class 2. This was from 7th June 1917 and at the time he was in D Company. He served with the 2/1st Battalion of the HCb on the East Coast of Lincolnshire.

His father was also noted as being a policeman at Stanground, in the north of the county as well as being stationed at Huntingdon.

One unverified record indicates that he went to France and was transferred into the Bedfordshire Regiment. 

His parents were noted as Samuel Thomas & Betsy of 20 Bank Avenue, Somersham.

His brother also served in the HCB - Percy James Manley.

Reginald Manley survived the war and went back to live at Somersham where he ran his own the Fish & Chip Shop in Parkhall Road in Somersham.


The bugle on the left is the same one that is shown with Reginald in the above photo.  It is still in the family and turned up at at the recent book launch of the Colne village war memorial.

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. . Martyn Smith