Horley, Edwin Ernest & Fred


Name of Edwin Ernest Horley was recorded on Highfield War MemorialBitterne War Memorial and Southampton Cenotaph.

Fred Horley’s name was found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Birth registered for Edwin Ernest Horley, Oct-Dec 1886, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 40.

In the 1891 census, Edwin was living with his family at 154 Derby Road, Southampton. His father, Edwin (b.1860, Southampton) was a ships steward. His mother, Anne (b.1865, Southampton) and sister, Ethel A. (b.1890, Southampton) were present. Staying with them were Anne’s mother, Harriet May (b.1828, South Stoneham) who was living by her own means, and Anne’s brother, William A. (b.1862, Southampton) who was a carpenter.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 914; Folio 64; Page 28; GSU roll: 6096024.

In 1901 Edwin’s family were still living at 154 Derby Road. His father was not present, but his mother (now named as Annie) was shown as married. In addition to Ethel, he now had 3 more siblings; Frederick (b.1893), William (b.1897) and Arthur (b.1900).
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1053; Folio: 129; Page: 4.

Marriage recorded for Edwin E Horley to Daisy Napier, Apr-Jun 1916, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 180.

He was a Private (service number 355831) in the 2/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was killed in action 20 July 1918 during the Battle of Tardenois, part of the 2nd Battle of The Marne. 
Born St. Mary’s, Southampton, enlisted Southampton. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 12.
His medal cards showed that he was Acting Corporal and received the Victory and British Medals.

Fred Horley was listed as lost in the headmasters log for Highfield School. Two possible identities for this person have been found; one was Edwins brother Frederick Charles Horley (b.Jan-Mar 1892, Southampton) and the other was Frederick William Horley (b.Jul-Sep 1896, Southampton). Both had links to Highfield; Frederick William was shown living in Crown St with his grandparents in 1901 and Frederick Charles through the links that meant Edwin was mentioned on the Memorial. However both of these people survived the war and went on to live for a good while after even WW2.

Therefore it is believed the name in the log to have been added in error, perhaps having heard that a Horley had died.

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Birth, Marriage & Death records obtained from Freebmd.org.uk.
For war dead the 
burial information was obtained from CWGC.org