Major/Temporary Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Hartley

Major/Temporary Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Hartley

J.C.Hartley served in the South African war between 1899 and 1902 and was present at the Relief of Ladysmith and also saw action at Colenso and in the Tugela Heights between 14th and 27th February 1900. Between the months of March and June 1900 he served in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria.

In November 1901, his regiment went to the Cape Colony, North of the Orange River; here J.C.Hartley saw action at Ruidan.

On the 10th September 1901, J.C.Hartley was mentioned in Despatches. Along with his M.I.D., he also recieved the Queens South Africa medal, with 5 Clasps and the Kings South Africa medal, with 2 clasps.

On the 27th October 1914 J.C. Hartley was promoted to the rank of Major, and became second in command of the 18th (Service) battalion, (1st Public Schools battalion) Royal Fusiliers. (City of London Regiment).

On the 28th June 1916, two days before the battle of the Somme, Major Hartley transferred from The Royal Fusiliers, to the “Leeds Pals”, becoming second in command to Lt Colonel R.B.Neil, who had taken command of the “Leeds Pals” after Lt Colonel S.C.Taylor had been wounded.

Major Hartley assumed command of the “Leeds Pals”, on the 1st July 1916, because Lt Colonel R.B. Neil had been seriously wounded, and on the 13th July 1916 he was given a temporary commission, as Lt Colonel, thus becoming the fifth man to command the “Pals”

Lt/Colonel Hartley, along with Captain Gibson, was slightly wounded on the 26th August 1916, but not seriously enough to leave the battalion.

The battalion parade, on the 7th September 1916, was to be his last. At this parade Lt Colonel Hartley fastened the ribbon of the Military Medal to 15/300 Pte George Robson, 15/690 Pte Harold Reynolds and 15/195 Pte Harold Child.

On the 16th September 1916, Lt Colonel S.C.Taylor returned to command the “Pals”, and Major Hartley, returned to the 18th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

In 1917 Major J.C.Hartley retired from the army.

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