Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Norwood, London
Service No.: 204678
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 15th (Service) Battalion
Died: 4th September 1918 aged 22 years
Death Location: Belgium
Life before the War
Rodney was born 1896 in Norwood his father, William John Thomas, was born in 1863 and baptised on 5th July 1863 in Shirley, Southampton. William died in 1928. His mother was Mary Ann F nee Bartlett, who was born in Chadlington, Oxfordshire in 1864 and died in 1919 Southampton. William and Mary married in 1888 London. His siblings were:
Alice Maud Mary b.1893. She married George Leonard B Harwood in 1914 Surrey. She died in 1950 leaving a Probate:
“Harwood Alice Maud Mary of 61 Chestnut Road Shirley Southampton (wife of George Leonard Harwood) died 12 February 1950. Probate Winchester 15 May 1950 to Walter Harold Newton grocery store manager. Effects £384 1s 1d”
William Charles b.20th January 1897. He married Margaret Elsie Hubbard on 20th May 1918 at St. James, Coulsdon, Surrey. He died in 1970 in the Wandsworth district, London.
Isabella Elizabeth b.1898 and died 20th August 1944 Droxford, Hampshire. Isabella didn’t marry.
John Thomas b.5th December 1899. Married Christine Kennedy in 1927. d.1982Mary Ann b.12th September 1905. Married Mr. Robinson in 1928. Died 1986.
In the census of 1901 the family were registered at 3, Stoney Lane, Norwood, Surrey, William was working as a Police Constable.
In the census of 1911 the family were registered at 23, Northumberland Road, St. Mary’s Parish. William, now a Police Pensioner and Master at Arms, was employed by the Shipping Company. William junior was also working for the Shipping Company as an Apprentice Sail Maker, whilst Rodney worked as an Office Boy.
William and Mary state they had 10 children, 4 of whom died prior to the census.
Rodney also served with the Hampshire Yeomanry as a Private, service number 935.
|Name:||Rodney Hugh Manley|
|Birth Place:||Norwood, London|
|Death Date:||4 Sep 1918|
|Death Location:||France & Flanders|
|Battalion:||15th (Service) Battalion|
|Type of Casualty:||Killed in action|
|Theatre of War:||Western European Theatre|
Rodney is Remembered with Honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belguim. He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.
His family have the “Deadman’s Penny” which was given to his mother following his death. We would like to thank Leesa Valteris and her family for giving us that information and taking an interest in his story.
Researched by Becky Lonergan October 2013