Edward Leigh was born at Wexford, Ireland, on 15 August 1867 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Hampshire Regiment on 9 May 1888. Promoted Lieutenant on 4 January 1890, and Captain on 17 April 1899, he served in India and then in South Africa during the Boer War where he commanded the 7th (Hampshire) Mounted Infantry. He took part in the operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to January 1902; in the Orange River Colony, December 1900 to October 1901; and in the Cape Colony, February to March 1901. Severely wounded at Ondwerwact on 4 January 1902, for his services on this date he was Mentioned in Lord Kitchener’s Despatch (LG 25 April 1902 - ‘For good service and gallantry in action at Ondwerwact on 4 January 1902’).
Leigh served as Adjutant of the 4th Volunteer Battalion from 20 April 1904 to 21 July 1905, and was promoted Major on 22 July 1905. He subsequently served with the 2nd Battalion during the Great War in the Gallipoli theatre of War from 25 April 1915, and was killed in action on 1 May 1915. He is buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.
QSA (3) Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (6809 Pte. J. Oakley, Hampshire Regt);
AGS 1902 (1) Somaliland 1902-04 (5809 Pte. J. Oakley, 1st. Hamp. Regt.);
1914 Star, with clasp (5809 Pte. J. Oakley (1/ Hamps. R.);
British War and Victory Medals (5809 Pte. J. Oakley, Hamps. R.)
James Oakley, from Cutpound, Hampshire, was born in Alton and enlisted at Winchester. After seeing earlier service in the Boer War and the Somaliland 1902-04 campaign, he served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 20 September 1914, and was killed in action on 10 May 1915 during the Battle of Frezenberg, an action of the Second Battle of Ypres. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium.
DCM Ed VII (3168 Q.M. Serjt: H. G. Davies, Hampshire Regt.) minor correction to surname;
QSA (3) Johannesburg, Paardeberg, Cape Colony (Q.M. Sgt. H. Davies, 2nd Hampshire Regt.);
KSA (2) (3168 Qr:-Serjt: H. Davies. Hampshire Regt);
1914-15 Star (Q.M. & Lieut. H. G. Davies, DCM Hamps. R.);
BWM and VM (Q.M. & Capt. H. G. Davies.)
Henry George Davies, a carpenter from Portsmouth, enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment at Winchester on 16 July 1890. Appointed Quartermaster Sergeant on 22 March 1898, he served in South Africa during the Second Boer War from 4 January 1900 to 28 September 1902 for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conducted Medal, after being earlier Mentioned in Despatches (LG 29 July 1902). Discharged “Free” on 29 October 1904 after 14 years and 106 days’ service, he was later appointed a temporary commission into the 11th Battalion Hampshire Regiment upon its formation on 9 September 1914, before entering France and Flanders on 18 December 1915. He was hit on the left side of his forehead by a piece of high explosive shell during the period 29 - 30 June 1916 whilst serving at Loos, which he removed from the wound himself before being returned to the UK on 7 July 1916. Upon recovery, he returned to active service in France, before later developing further shell shock in early 1918 following heavy shelling. After further hospital treatment in the UK he returned to France, but suffered further lapses making him unfit for active service. He was released from service on 8 June 1919.
Henry Davies died on 6 October 1933, after which his widow successfully applied for financial assistance to the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation. From 1 January 1934 she was in receipt of an award of 15 shillings per week until she became eligible for an old age pension.
CB breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, with integral silver-gilt riband buckle;
Afghan (1) Kabul (Lieut: H. W. Smith. 67th Foot.);
IGS 1854 (3) Burma 1889-92, Burma 1887-89, Burma 1885-7, clasps remounted in this order, as usual, with top lugs missing (Captn. H. W. Smith 2nd Bn. Hamps. R.);
QSA (3) Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Lt. Col. H. W. Smith 2/Hamp. Rgt.) engraved naming
CB London Gazette 26 June 1902.
Howard William Smith was born in London on 2 August 1858. Commissioned Second Lieutenant into the Militia on 23 July 1878, he transferred to the 67th (South Hampshire) Foot on 4 June 1879 before service with his regiment in Afghanistan.
He saw subsequent active service in India and Burma for which he was Mentioned in Despatches.
He further served during the Boer War as Commandant at both Komati Point and Johannesburg for which he was again Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 17 June 1902), and was appointed a CB.
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Transvaal (4082 Dr: R. Perrett, 2: Hampshire Regt.);
KSA (2) (4082 Dmr: R. Perrett. Hampshire Regt.);
Army LS&GC GV 1st issue (4082 Dmr: R. Perrett. Hants: Regt.)
Richard Perrett was born in Gosport, Hampshire, in 1875 and attested there for the Hampshire Regiment on 24 May 1893, having previously served in the Regiment’s 3rd (Militia) Battalion. Appointed a Drummer on 20 June 1897, he served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War 4 January 1900 to 28 September 1902, and was discharged on 29 July 1911, after 18 years and 67 days’ service.
He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal per Army Order 280 of October 1911.
In later life he was employed as a Civilian Storekeeper at the Fleet Air Arm Station, and died in Eastleigh, Hampshire, on 10 February 1950.