1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Henry (Harry) Renshaw

Contributed by: Yvonne Parker, on 2009-04-07

Sgt H Renshaw MM DCM
First Name Henry (Harry)
Surname Renshaw
Year of Birth 1883
Year of Death 1970
Regiment South Staffordshire Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Claypole, Lincolnshire

Henry (Harry)'s Story

Henry enlisted in the 17th Lancers at Grantham on 2nd June 1899 for the C orp of Lancers a the age of 18. He was discharged on 31st Aug 1904 as being medically unfit. During his service he was awarded the South Afri ca King's 1900-1902 medal. He was wounded a Spion Kop, a bullet went through his leg and shot his horse from under him. His brother George made the bullet into a horseshoe for him and he wore it on his watch chain.

Henry enlisted in the Sth Staffordshire Regiment in 1914. His civilian occupation being recorded as Fettler. He was discharged with the rank of Sgt no 5270 on 21st June 1917 after being gassed. During his service he was awarded a Military Medal and Distinguished conduct medal. Because he was gassed Henry slept in a tent by the river in Claypole for many years.

At some time he worked in a Foundry. He had his leg amputated at the age of 80 and died in 1970 - he is buried in Westborough.

Other memories

mr d renshaw., westborough 2009-08-24

Henry was my great grandfather, upon retiring he was a gardener, whilst living at Claypole he was the otter catcher at Claypole Mill. As far as I am aware he moved to westborough in the mid thirties.

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