Henry Cumberlidge 1879-1956

Gunner 93433 Royal Garrison Artillery

Henry was born on 25 May 1879 in Rudyard, near Leek, in Staffordshire, England. He was the son of William Cumberlidge and his wife Sarah nee Dobson.

Henry initially joined the Army Militia on 17 September 1901 and served as Private 5907 in the 3rd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment for three months before joining the regular army on 2 November 1901. On enlistment Henry was described as:

  • Apparent Age: 22 years 3 months
  • Height 5 feet 10¼ inches
  • Weight 149 lbs
  • Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 38 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Dark Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Nil

On 2 November 1901 Henry became Private 6567 in the 2nd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment and signed up for seven years service in the colours and five years in the reserve. On enlistment in the regular army Henry was described as:

  • Age: 22 years 6 months
  • Height: 5 feet 10¼ inches
  • Weight: 154 lbs
  • Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 38 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Grey
  • Hair: Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Some contraction of toes, especially great ones.

On 1 April 1904, when stationed at Dagshai in India, Henry agreed to increase his service in the army to eight years in the colours. After completing 12 years service in the army with over six years served in India Henry was discharged on 1 November 1913 with over 8 years Army service contributing to his army pension.

Henry joined the Royal Garrison Artillery during WW1 serving as Gunner 93433. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Henry married Kate Stonehewer in 1917 in Leek, Staffordshire, England. Together they had a son Thomas Henry Cumberlidge born 21 February 1923 in Leek, Staffordshire, England.

Henry died in 1956 and his wife Kate Cumberlidge nee Stonehewer died in 1960.

Army Service Record

MILITIA ATTESTATION OF

No. 5907            Name: Henry Cumberlidge          Corps. 3rd Battalion North Stafford Regiment

What is your name?       Henry Cumberlidge

In what Parish, and in what Town, and in what County were you born? In the Parish of Rudyard in or near the Town of Leek in the County of Stafford

Are you a British Subject?            Yes

Where do you now reside?         Pool End In the Parish of Leekfrith in or near the Town of Leek in the County of Stafford

Where have you resided for the last twelvemonth? In the Parish of Leekfrith in or near the Town of Leek in the County of Stafford

What is the Name and Residence of your present Master? Mr P Nixon in or near the Town of Rudyard near Leek in the County of Stafford

What is your age?                        22 Years 3 Months

Trade or Calling:                           Labourer

Are you an Apprentice?               No

Single, Married or a Widower?   Single

I, Henry Cumberlidge do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

OATH TO BE TAKEN BY MILITIA RECRUIT ON ATTESTATION

I, Henry Cumberlidge do solemnly promise and swear that I will be faithful to Her ^His Majesty Queen Victoria ^King Edward VII her his heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the Militia, until I shall be discharged.

At Leek, 17th day of September 1901

Description of Henry Cumberlidge on Enlistment

  • Apparent Age: 22 years 3 months
  • Height 5 feet 10¼ inches
  • Weight 149 lbs
  • Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 38 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Dark Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Nil

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above-named recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

He can see at the required distance with either eye: his heart and lungs are healthy: he has the fee use of his joints and limbs, and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any description.

I consider him Fit for the Militia.

Date: 18th September 1901

Place: Lichfield

Certificate of Primary Military Examination

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him Fit for service in the Militia, and that I have examined this attestation and find it properly filled up

Date: 19th September 1901

Place: Lichfield

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 5907 Name: Henry Cumberlidge

Corps in which served: North Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 3

Attested, Private, 17 September 1901

To North Staffordshire Regiment 2 November 1901

SHORT SERVICE (7 years with the Colours…)

ATTESTATION OF

No. 6567            Name: Henry Cumberlidge                        Corps: North Staffordshire Regiment

What is your name:        Henry Cumberlidge

In or near what Parish or Town were you born?  In the Parish of Rudyard in or near the Town of Leek in the County of Staffordshire

British Subject? Yes

Age?     22 years 6 months

Trade or Calling: Labourer

Have you resided out of your Father’s house for three years?   No

Apprentice?       No

Married?            No

Have you ever been sentenced to Imprisonment?            No

Do you now belong to The Army…           Yes, 3 Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

Have you ever served in the Army?         No, except the Militia in which I am still serving

Corps willing to be enlisted?       North Staffordshire Regiment

I, Henry Cumberlidge do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements made.

OATH TO BE TAKEN BY RECRUIT ON ATTESTATION

I, Henry Cumberlidge do make Oath, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to His Majesty King Edward the Seventh, His Heirs, and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, in Person, Crown, and Dignity, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, His Heirs, and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me. So help me God.

At Lichfield on this 2nd day of November 1901

Description of Henry Cumberlidge on Enlistment

  • Age: 22 years 6 months
  • Height: 5 feet 10¼ inches
  • Weight: 154 lbs
  • Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 38 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Grey
  • Hair: Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Some contraction of toes, especially great ones.

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above-named recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

He can see at the required distance with either eye: his heart and lungs are healthy: he has the fee use of his joints and limbs, and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any description.

I consider him Fit for the Army.

Date: November 1901

Place: Lichfield

Certificate of Primary Military Examination

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him Fit for service in the North Staffordshire Regiment, and that due care has been exercised in his enlistment.

Date: 2nd November 1901

Place: Lichfield

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 6567 Name: Henry Cumberlidge

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 2 November 1901

Joined at Lichfield 2 November 1901

North Staffordshire Regiment, Depot, Attested, Private, 2 November 1901

Provisions Battalion 4th, Posted, Private 21 February 1902

Provisions Battalion 4th, Elected to come under the new messing rates Special Army order of 2nd April 1898, Private, 1 October 1902

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Posted, Private, 17 October 1902

North Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, Posted, Private, 10 February 1903

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Posted, Private, 26 October 1903

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Extended Army Service to complete 8 years with the colours, Private, 1 April 1904

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Granted Service Pay Class II Rate 4d, Private 1 April 1904

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Granted Service Pay Class I Rate 6d, Private 21 September 1904

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Granted 1 Good Conduct Badge, Private, 26 March 1905

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Granted Service Pay Class I Rate 7d, Private 2 November 1906

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Granted 2 Good Conduct Badges, Private, 26 March 1907

Transferred to Army Reserve, Private 1st January 1910

Army Reserve, B, Continued, Private, 1 January 1911

Army Reserve, Section B, Discharged on termination of first period of engagement, Private, 1 November 1913

Total Service Towards Engagement to 1 November 1913 (date of discharge) 12 years

Total Service Towards Pension to 1 November 1913 (date of discharge) 8 years 61 days

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Home from 2 November 1901 to 9 March 1903 1 year, 128 days

India from 10 March 1903 to 30 February 1909 6 years, 296 days

Home from 31 December 1909 to 1 November 1913, 3 years, 306 days

12 Years total service

Passed classes of Instruction: M.I. Certificate d/- Aldershot 14 January 1903 “Good”

Name and Address of next of kin:

  • Father William Pool End, near Leek, Staffordshire
  • Brother, George William (Y[ounger]), near Leek, Staffordshire

2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

I No 6567 H Cumberlidge desire to be brought on the rules governing issue of “Service Pay” from 1st April 1904, as promulgated by Army Order No 66, of 1902, and amendments in Army Order 193, of 1903

Dagshai [India]

1st April 1904

H Cumberlidge Private 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

Medal Roll

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY REGIMENT OR CORPS

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 266 and 301 of 1919.             5118

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Unit

Remarks

93433

Gunner

CUMBERLIDGE, Henry

Base Details Royal Garrison Artillery 93433 Gunner

 

Dover, 21 Dec 1919

Medal Index Card

Name.

Corps.

Rank.

Regtl. No.

CUMBERLIDGE

Royal Garrison Artillery

Gunner

93433

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medal.

Roll.

Page.

Remarks.

VICTORY

RGA 151B

5118

 

BRITISH

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Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatre of War first served in

 

Date of entry therein

 

 

 

 

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