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Horsley, Reuben
1884 - 1918


  • Enlisted:
  • at Kettering on 10 Aug 1914. Aged 29y
  • Description:
  • height 5ft 4in; weight 136lbs; chest 36in; eyes Blue; Hair Light Brown; marks Patch of brown pigment on left buttock; religion Congregationalist.
  • Occupation:
  • Bricklayer's Labourer
  • Previously served in:
  • Territorials[?] Northamptonshire
  • Next of kin:
  • (wife) Jane Horsley, No.2 No.5 Court, Northall St, Kettering

Service history

31 Aug 1914Posted to 3rd Battn Northamptonshire Regiment (10448)
11 Nov 1914Expeditionary Force
12 Nov 1914Posted to 1st Battn Northamptonshire Regiment
27 Apr 1915Illness: Influenza (admitted), Boulogne
04 May 1915Transferred to Conv Camp
06 May 1915Transferred to Harfleur to rejoin Battn
18 Jun 1915Punished: Being found with his equipment off, contrary to Battn orders, awarded 3 days Field Punishment no 2
14 Nov 1915Posted. Depot
18 Nov 1915Per HS "St Patrick" to England
22 Dec 1915Granted furlough until 1st Jan 1916. Address while on leave will be 64 Glendon Rd, Rothwell
09 Mar 1916Promoted L/Cpl Posted. 3rd
29 Apr 1916Posted. 2nd. France
27 May 1916To No.1 Entrenching Bn
13 Jul 1916Posted. 10th Bn The Lincoln Regt
20 Jul 1916Punished: Gambling in camp after lights out, awarded Deprived of lance stripe
08 Aug 1916Joined 1st Battalion in the Field
20 Aug 1916Gun Shot Wound R Thigh. Admitted
14 Sep 1916Joined. Etaples
26 Sep 1916Rejoined 1st Northamptonshire Regt
31 Dec 1916Punished: [Not known], awarded 7 days Field Punishment no 2
12 Jul 1917Granted leave to UK from 12 to 22 Jul 1917
12 Mar 1918Transferred to Roads and Quarries Battn Royal Engineers (30777)
13 Aug 1918Posted to 316th Road Construction Coy
03 Oct 1918Died of accidental bomb wounds GOC memo dated 14-1-19 states "Pnr. Horsley died as the result of injuries caused by the explosion of shell fuzes packed in an Officer's kit. Pnr. Horsley was in no way to blame and was on duty at the time."

1914 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Letter from Kettering District Council
Death certificate of youngest child
List of personal effects
Inquiry (1)
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