LANGLEY, Lancelot James

No.338401, Gunner, Lancelot James LANGLEY
Aged 35

140th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in Action on Monday, 30th September 1918

Lancelot James Langley was born in Ashley ( Newmarket Q1-1882 3B:536), baptised in Ashley cum Silverley in 1882 son of Charles and Hannah LANGLEY (née RUDLAND).

1891 census...Aged 9, he was at Mill Road, Ashley,.with his father Charles LANGLEY [36] carpenter; his mother Hannah [35]; brothers Norman Charles [6] and John Samuel [4] and his twin sister Winifred Ellen [4]. All were born in Ashley except for his Lakenheath born mother.

1901 census...Aged 19, a journeyman butcher, he was still at Mill Road, Ashley with his parents, brothers Norman (an assistant carpenter)and John; sisters Winifred and Rachel [8] born Ashley.

In Q4-1905 (Newmarket Q5-1905 3B:1171) he married Lilian Annie DEAVES [26-1-1883].

1911 census...Aged 29, married and a butcher, he was living in Moulton with his wife Lilian [27] born Kentford. Their butcher's shop was what is now Hempstead Lodge at the cross roads.
His father had died in 1908, his mother has not been found in this census, but she lived until 1920.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 6th November 1916.
Towards the end of the war the 140th Siege Battery were part of the 1st Army, equipped with 6.6" howitzers. Their whereabouts on 30th September 1918 has not been found. Haynecourt is just to the North west of Cambrai. The cemetery was started immediately after the 1st Canadian and 11th Division took Haynecourt on 27th September 1918.

The Bury Free Press of 26th October 1918 reported :-

We regret to record the death of Gunner L.Langley, of the Siege Gun Battery, which sad event occurred on September 30th whilst serving the guns. Gunner Langley answered the call of duty in November 1916, going out to France the following May. Letters of sympathy have been received from the officer commanding the battery and from the sergeant, who testifies to the high qualities of the deceased soldier and of the warm esteem in which he was held. Previous to enlistment he carried on business as a butcher in the village, where he had lived for over ten years, his genial and courteous manner earning for him many friends, and sincere and heartfelt sympathy is felt for the bereaved widow in her sorrow.

Lancelot Langley is buried in Haynecourt British Cemetery, France, grave 1:C:16

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