Category Archives: Berkshire Yeomanry

George Murley

George Murley
Lance Sergeant
Depot Berkshire Yeomanry

Division  35

Murley, G photo  CIMG2113

George Murley was educated at Kendrick School, and later at Ardingley College, Sussex. The good news that his wife, had delivered a daughter, Katie, was announced on  February 16th 1917. The family lived at The Gables, Upper Redlands Rd. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs William James Murley of 87, London St., Reading.

George joined the Yeomanry some time before the war, and on the outbreak of hostilities volunteered for foreign service.

He was sent to Egypt, and was stationed for some time in Cairo, where he met with an accident, his horse throwing him and he broke his ankle which necessitated his return to England.  He was thus unable to go to Gallipoli with his regiment.  On regaining some fitness he was given clerical employment at Yeomanry House, and afterwards was transferred to Canterbury. Ordered in October 1918 to take a draft of men to Ireland he got wet through and caught a severe chill, and on returning to Reading, where his young wife was living, he found he was too ill to proceed back to Canterbury.  He was taken  to Wilson Hospital on the Saturday, suffering form pneumonia, and died on the Tuesday. At the time his father was also lying seriously ill.  He was given a military funeral.

He was 30 and prior to the war worked in his fathers business.  His papers were through for a  commission and he would have been gazetted on the 26th November 1918, he died on 5th November 1918. His is aregistered war grave but with a headstone chosen by the family rather than the portland stone war pattern headstone.

David William Leaver, Herbert Charles Hyde, Leonard Lever Hyde

David William Leaver
Trooper 70781
“B” Squadron 1st/1st Berkshire Yeomanry

Division 57

Leaver DW photo  CIMG2131

 David William Leaver is commemorated on a large headstone along with Leonard Leaver Hyde and Herbert Charles Hyde.  The family headstone has details inscribed on both sides of the stone and the three boys were obviously related.

David Leaver was the only son of Alice and Alfred Leaver of 52, Cumberland Road, Reading.  He was 22 when he died on 25th November 1917, of wounds received in Palestine. He is commemorated on the St. Bartholomew’s Church memorial.

At the announcement of his death his parents wrote:
“A bright spring time, a few days of summer and then the end.
Grief is for those left behind, not for them.”

He is buried in Ramleh Convent Garden Cemetery, Palestine.  William Victor Ross Sutton, son of Readings Mayor at the time, was killed in action  twelve days before him and is buried in the same cemetery.

The ‘In Memoriam‘ of 1918, Standard 23rd November, quotes the lines of the famous remembrance poem –
“He shall not grow old as we who are left grow old,
Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember him.”
Mother and Dad

In loving remembrance of “Our Dave”, a very dear brother and friend,
He passed beyond our touch, beyond our care,
But never beyond our love and prayer,
Mabel and Maggie

And in 1919 a friend remembered:
In loving memory of my dear pal (Dave), died of wounds at Ramleh, Palestine.
Two years have passed, I do not forget him,
For his memory to fade from my life like a dream;
But lips need not speak when the heart mourns sincerely,
For grief often dwell where it seldom is seen.

Herbert Charles Hyde
Rifleman 535423
1/15th London Regiment,
Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles.

Hyde HC photo

Rifleman Herbert Hyde was killed in action in France Sept. 1st 1918 aged 23. He was the eldest son of Henry Herbert and Ellen Florence. Hyde, of 62 Orts Rd.  An ‘In Memoriam’ states he was-

One who never turned his back,
But marched breast forward;
Never doubted clouds would break;
Never dreamed, though right were worsted,
Wrong would triumph.

Herbert Hyde is buried in Rancourt Military Cemetery , Somme.  Grave location A. 3.  Rancourt was in an area of severe fighting during the allied offensives in the late summer of 1918.   The village was taken by the British the day Herbert Hyde was killed.

 Leonard Leaver Hyde
Lance Corporal 534506
1/15th London Regiment,
Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles. 

Hyde LL photo

Leonard Leaver Hyde was on board HMS “Aragon“ going to join the BEF in Palestine when the ship was torpedoed in the Mediterranean on December 30th 1917. Leonard was aged 19. He was the brother of Herbert Charles Hyde and second son of Henry & Ellen Hyde.

He had  joined the army on Jan 29th 1917.  He was educated at St. Stephen’s and Reading Blue Coat School, and was a clerk at the GWR Goods office Paddington.

Herbert and Leonard are both commemorated on the Reading University College memorial.

Thomas John Leicester

Thomas John Leicester
Regimental Serjeant Major 70898
2nd/ 1st  Berkshire Yeomanry

War Plot
Divisions 71 & 72

Leicester TJ group photo

Thomas John Leicester was the husband of Fanny Elizabeth Leicester, of 36, Waylin Street, Reading.

Thomas Leicester had served in the Boer War and had obtained a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  He died on 31st March 1918.  Cause of death is not given, it is possible that it was influenza, there was a serious epidemic at the time.