PTE JOHN WILLIAM HERLEY 15/447

PTE JOHN WILLIAM HERLEY 15/447

Born Beeston Leeds 1893.

Killed in action France 1/7/1916

John William Herley and his two sisters were the only children of Ada Mabel herley a widow and the late Edward J Herley, who had been a stationer and bookseller.

At the time of his enlistment ,John was working as a clerk with a local glass merchants and living with his widowed mother and two sisters at their Grandmothers house at 23,Cemetery Road, beeston hill, Leeds. He joined the Pals on the 3rd of September 1914 and served in C Company number 9 platoon in Colsterdale Egypt and France, on the 1st of July 1916 he was part of a light trench mortar battery, that was to go over the top with the front line troops and help support and consolidate the objectives they were expected to achieve, sadly very few made their objectives, and many fell within the first few yards.

The Yorkshire Evening Post of 24th July 1916 reported:

Pte J.W Herley (23) was killed by shrapnel whist carrying a wounded comrade Pte W Sowden to safety, he was the only son of Mrs Ada Herley, of Harehills Leeds.( See Footnote )

John William Herley is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France.

15/835 Cpl Walter Sowden Born Beeston Leeds, and John Herley were True PALS ,they lived a few doors away from each other in Beeston, they had grown up together played together and joined up together, they also served together in C Company number 9 platoon, Walter survived his wounds and the war, returning to his family on the 14th of June 1919.

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