Born: 11th June 1880, Woolwich, Kent.

Died: 27th September 1914; age 33; died from Gunshot wounds received in action at the No. 5 General Hospital, Angers.

Henry’s widow, Martha Leftly received official notification in late October 1914 that her husband had died.

Residence: 8, Potter Street, Ipswich.

Occupation: Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 26th November 1902.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 29203.

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Brigade, Ammunition Column.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Body exhumed from Angers West Cemetery, Marine et Loire, in May 1973 – identified by the headstone and records from January 1925. Re-buried 11th May 1973.


Grave Reference:


Terlincthun British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Maria Leftly, of North Woolwich, London; husband of Martha Hannah Taylor (formerly Leftly), of 11, Albert Street, Ipswich.






1881   8, Upper Elm Grove Street, Plumstead, Kent.


Henry was 10 months old and living with his parents & sisters.

Robert Leftly, 32, an Iron Furner, born Charlton, Kent.

Maria Leftly (nee Baalham), 28, born Polstead, Suffolk.

Minnie Lydia Leftly, 8, born Plumstead, Kent.

Bella Ellen Leftly, 7, born Plumstead.

Elizabeth Mallissia Leftly, 5, born Plumstead.

Priscilla Eleanor Leftly, 3, born Plumstead.


1901   62, Formount Road, Plumstead, Kent.


Henry was 20 years old, a General Labourer at the Royal Arsenal. He was living with his uncle, 30 year old, Arthur Leftly, an Examiner at the Royal Arsenal & his family.


1911   The Potash Cottage, Bentley, Suffolk.


Henry was 29 years old, a Labourer on a Farm. He was married and head of the household.

Martha, 26.

Henry, 1.


Henry’s father Robert Leftly died 1888, Maidstone, Kent. His mother re-married in 1893 to Walter Spackman, born 1861, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.


Henry left Sutton School before attending Plumstead High Street School, Greenwich. His first day was the 9th September 1893 and he was expected to leave on the 1st September 1893. Walter Spackman was recorded as his stepfather and the family were living at 46, Hartville Road.


In 1904, in Ipswich, Henry married Martha Hannah Johnson, born 1883, Walton, Suffolk.

Martha and Henry had two  sons:

Henry Albert Leftly, 1910, Woolwich, Kent.

George William Leftly, born 1911, Bentley, Suffolk – died during the Second World War – 17th February 1944, aged 32. He was ranked a Sergeant, service number 5824435 for the Royal Artillery. George was laid to rest at Anzio War Cemetery, Lazio, Italy.


Soldiers’ Effects to Nartha Hannah Taylor – widow.


Henry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.


Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Brigade, Ammunition Column:


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