Private Hubert Veasey, 50508

  • Batt - 2/5
  • Unit - Lancashire Fusiliers
  • Section -
  • Date of Birth - 1899
  • Died - 10/11/1918
  • Age - 19

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of Joseph Henry Veasey, a hosiery framework knitter, born 1st November 1875 in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire and his wife Lucy Veasey (nee Riddington, married in the 2nd quarter of 1894 in the Blaby, Leicestershire district), born 10th August 1873 in Countesthorpe. Hubert was born in the 1st quarter of 1899 in Countesthorpe, he had one sibling, a brother Thomas William, born 24th June 1894 in Countesthorpe, in March 1901 the family home was at Soar’s Yard, Peatling End, Countesthorpe. In April 1911 Hubert was a schoolboy and was residing in the family home at Bakehouse Lane, Countesthorpe, together with his father, a hosiery trade worker, his mother, a hosiery trade worker and his siblings, Thomas, a butcher and Albert Edward, born 11th October 1906 in Countesthorpe, also residing in the family home was Hubert’s half blood sister, Eveline Riddington, born 14th May 1891 in Countesthorpe. In 1939 Hubert’s widowed mother was residing at 56, Main Street, Countesthorpe together with his half blood sister, Eveline Riddington, a hosiery trade winder.
Hubert’s Army enlistment documents do not survive, all that is known of his military service is that he enlisted into the Leicestershire Regiment, being allotted the service number 38081, and at some point was transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers and allotted the service number 50508, and it was while serving as a Private with the 2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers that he fell in action on the 10th November 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
The War Diary records: 10 Nov-18 – BOURQHELLES. The cavalry had encountered slight opposition on the LINE of LEUZE but had disposed of this. The enemy however offered strong resistance to the cavalry at WESTERN OUTSKIRTS of ATH, on the general line of the DENDRE. The Battalion was then ordered to attack and capture the SOUTH WESTERN BRIDGE HEADS into ATH. On moving forward to assemble the Battalion was observed by the enemy and subjected to heavy shelling. Attack commenced at 15 hrs 2 Companies in front, (“C” & “D”), remaining two Companies in reserve. Attacking Companies were held up by Machine Gun fire, and later by Trench Mortar fire also. But eventually succeeded in working from house to house and gaining the West bank of the CANAL. They continued to press the enemy all night, and succeeded in driving him off the MAIN BRIDGE HEAD and prevented him from blowing it up. Casualties: Officers; 2nd Lieutenant E.G.V. RIGHTON M.C. wounded, 2nd Lieutenant R.S. LUSH wounded. Total 2. Other Ranks: 8 killed, 19 wounded, 1 accident. Total 28.

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - Northwest (near Right Hand) Corner, Irchonwelz Communal Cemetery
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Lancashire Fusiliers
  • Former Unit n.o - 38081
  • Former Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Burial Commemoration - Irchonwelz Com. Cem., Belgium
  • Born - Countesthorpe, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - Leicester
  • Place of Residence - Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, England

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