Heath Family

  • Percival Albury Heath, born 1893
  • Percy Heath in Royal Engineers uniform
  • Percy Heath (standing) in France, 1916
  • Percy Heath and Maggie Heath (and their 5 children, Margaret (the eldest), Aubrey b. 1922, Ken b. 1925, Gerald b. 1929, Dennis b. 1931
  • Charles Heath - father (licensee of The King and Queen) and wife Elizabeth (née Gleed) in 1922
  • Walter William Heath wearing Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry cap badge
Archive Notes:

Charles (b. 1854) m. Elizabeth Gleed from Garsington (b. 1855) - Three children-Charles, Walter and the youngest, Percival Albury Heath all served in WW1. See also Genealogy section.

Percival Albury Heath was born in Holton in 1893. In 1881 the family was living in Bell Row and Charles was a gardener. In 1901 and 1911 Charles was the publican in the King and Queen. Percy's occupation in 1911 was given as Butchers' Assistant. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1914. In 1921 he married Margaret Wood in Wellington, Shropshire and they had five children, Margaret, Albury, Ken, Gerald and Dennis.

Percy joined the Army Service Corps on 7 September 1914 and was posted to France in October 1914 as a Horse Transport Driver. As such he was one of the relatively few men entitled to the 1914 ("Mons"). Star. In March 1916 he was transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Train Conductor. He was demobilised in May 1919.

Walter William Heath joined up on 4 September 1914 and was posted to Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at Bodmin and then to 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, serving at Gallipoli where he received a bullet wound to the face. The bouts of malaria took over his military career and he became very ill as a result.

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