Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Cumnor, Berkshire
Date of marriage: 5th January 1918
Place of marriage: Christchurch District, Hampshire
Service No.: 65110
Regiment / Division: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Died: 29th July 1918 aged xx years
Death Location: At Home
Life before the War
Henry’s parents were William and Mary Ann nee Allen. William was born in Oxford 1860, dying in 1892. Mary was born in 1863 Piddington, Oxfordshire. Henry’s siblings were:
William b. 6th September 1886 d. 1970.
Emily Sarah b.1890
Clarence John b. 1892 d.1965.
Henry’s father was an Agricultural Labourer as entered on the 1891 census return. The family lived at Wood End Farm, Wood End Cottage, Cumnor, Berkshire. Mary Ann’s mother, Sarah Allen, was living with them.
By 1901, William senior had died and Mary Ann had married George Peesley in 1896. She had a further three children as stated on the census, with George. These were George b.1896, Charles b.1898 and Edgar b.1899. The Maule children (transcribed as Maude) were living with them. George Peesley was a Blacksmith and William Maule worked as an Agricultural Labourer. They were all living at Cleveley, Enstone, Oxfordshire.
By 1911, all the Maule children had left home (although no further trace after the 1901 census for Clarence until his death). George Peesley was employed as an Estate Blacksmith at Glympton, Woodstock, Oxon. With him was his wife Mary Ann and children George who was employed as a Gamekeeper’s Help and Edgar was at school. Their son Charles had died.
In 1911, Henry, having left home, was living at 19, Bath Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire as a boarder. He was employed by a Cartage Contractor as a Carman. Emily Sarah was a General Servant to the Eeley family and living in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. William junior, his wife and child, were living in Chieverley, Berkshire, where he was a Domestic Gardener.
On the 5th January 1918, Henry married Kate Yaldren in the Christchurch District, Hampshire. Kate was born in 1893. They had a son Henry Ernest Harman Maule, who was born on 4th August 1918 in Southampton, just a few days after his father passed away. Kate married again in 1922 to Harry Ashford.
On the 13th January 1915, Henry enlisted for Service with the Royal Field Artillery. He was posted to France with the British Expeditionary Force on 24th January 1915. Having suffered a gunshot wound to his left thigh on the 8th August 1916, he was admitted to 12 General Hospital, Rouen, France, where he was treated before being transferred to the Medical Hospital, Bramshot, Hampshire. After his discharge from hospital, Henry was posted to the Royal Field Artillery Officer Cadet School at Forest Row, East Sussex. He fell ill and was admitted to the Grange Hospital, Worthing, Sussex on 4th February 1918 suffering from Pleurisy. He was later transferred to a Care Home where he developed emphysema, and had an operation on 25th March. Henry’s condition improved for a time, but needed a further operation on 12th July. Sadly Henry developed a septic embolism and died on 29th July 1918.
Henry is Remembered with Honour at the Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery.
He is also mentioned on the Memorial Wall next to Southampton’s Cenotaph.
His wife Kate was living at 2, Union Street, Canal Walk, Southampton.
For his service to his country, Henry was entitled to the 1915 Star, the British Service and Victory Medals.
Researched by Becky Lonergan November 2013.