Henry Linney

Date of birth:                   1868
Place of birth:                  Southampton
Date of marriage:           19 November 1893
Place of marriage:          Southampton
Service No.:                      P1928
Rank:                                    Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division:     Military Foot Police
Died:                                     16 February 1917 aged 49 years
Death Location:               Boulogne, France

Life before the War
Henry’s parents were John and Emily nee Warner who married in 1864 in Southampton.  Henry had 7 siblings – William 1867, Frederick 1869, Emily 1873, George 1876, Alfred J 1878 died 1959, Helen 1881 and Martha 1883.  In 1881 Henry along with his parents, were living at 26 French Street, Southampton.  Henry, with his brother William, were errand boys who possibly worked for their father who was a grocer.  His father died in 1890 which left his mother to bring up the children while continuing to run the shop at 26 French Street with help from her older children.

By 1891 he was serving with the 2/ Hants Regt as a Private.  He was stationed at the Military Barracks, Milton, Gravesend, Kent.

Henry’s army documents confirm his marriage to Bertha Warne, a spinster, born 1870 in Kings Sombourne, Hampshire, on 19 November 1893 in Southampton; also details for the date of birth for his daughters Bertha on the 8 March 1901 and Winifred on 10 June 1906.  No mention of his son George, who was the eldest child.

In 1901 he was living at 196 Portswood Roa,d Southampton with his wife Bertha plus children George born 1894 and Ellen born 1901.  The census details names his son as George, however he was registered as Henry George in the birth indexes, while Ellen was registered as Bertha Ellen.  Henry was employed as a Police Constable.

By 1911 the family had moved to 10 Dover Street, Southampton.  The family included his wife Bertha with children George a painter, Bertha (aka Ellen) and Winifred born 1901, however, she was registered as Emily Winifred.  Henry was still serving as a Police Constable. The census showed that they had had 4 children but one had died.

Military Service
Henry confirmed he had already served with the 2nd Battalion Hants Division.  For the First World War he enlisted into the Military Foot Police, Regimental Number P/1928.  His application for attesting was agreed on 28 July 1915 at Aldershot, Hampshire.

Henry, while in the field, suffered with bronchitis from which he died on 16 February 1917.  He had suffered with this illness since 26 January 1917 and had been admitted for medical attention on several occasions.

The Military Police forwarded to Mrs B Linney at 10 Dover Street Southampton on 30 May 1917 the personal effects of her husband which included 1 disc, letters, photos and cards, 1 pipe, 1 razor, 1 silver watch and case, 1 pair of eye glasses and case, 1 Testament, 1 tobacco pouch, 1 cotton bag and 1 purse.

Bertha was advised on the 14 August 1917 that she would be awarded 20 shillings pension for herself and one child which would take effect on 20 August 1917.

On the 2 February 1922 she acknowledged receipt of the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Henry is remembered with Honour at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Historical Information
Boulogne was one of the three base ports most extensively used by the commonwealth armies on the western front throughout the First World War.  From October to the end of the war Boulogne and Wimereux formed one of the chief hospital areas.  Boulogne Eastern Cemetery contains 5,577 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

Corps of Military Police – The following from their records was written about Henry Linney:

“Rank: Lance Corporal. Army No. P/1928 Military Foot Police. Awarded the Victory and War Medals. He was born, enlisted and resided in Southampton. Died. No inscription on gravestone. Enlisted 24/7/1915 age 46 years, occupation Police Constable and had served in the Hampshire Volunteers. Embarked Southampton, arrived Harve 3/7/1916 on SS King Edward, 5/7/1916 Boulogne, 16/8/1916 Dieppe, 22/10/1916 Rouen, 5 Army, 02/07/1917 admitted to 19 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, bronchitis. The following items were returned to his widow Mrs B Linney, 10 Dover Street, Southampton. 1 disc, letters photos and cards, 1 pipe, 1 razor, 1 silver watch and case, 1 pair of eyeglasses in case, 1 tobacco pouch, 1 cotton bag, 1 purse. His widow and one child received a pension of 20/- per week. Police review. 9/3/1917 page 80. Southampton. The death is announced from overseas of Lance Corporal H Linney, from bronchitis, at the age of 49. He had served in the Southampton Force as a Constable for nearly 25 years, during which time he was a keen member of the Police Rowing Club. He joined the Military Foot Police for active service and after serving in England went to France in July 1916. National Roll of the Great War 1914 – 1918, Section IV, Southampton, page 236. He volunteered in June 1915 and was drafted to France. In this theartre of war he was engaged on many important duties for about two years. He contracted a chill and died in February 1917. He was entyitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals. 10 Dover Street Southampton”

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