Private H. Roney  Service number 14171 royal-munster-fusiliers_badge

Regiment Royal Munster Fusiliers

Date of birth 1st quarter 1897

Date of death 23rd October 1918

Age at death  22 years


His Story

Henry was born in 1897 at Hackney the son of George and his wife Emma.   His parents were married on 17th March 1890 at St. Thomas, Bethnal Green.

In 1901 the family have moved to Laburnham Street, Shoreditch with their sons George aged 10, Harry 4 and Alfred aged 1.

In 1911 they are to be found at 5 Triangle Terrace, Hackney where the father George.  They have now been married for 21 years during which time Emma has given birth to 9 children, 3 of whom have not survived.

Henry enlisted at Finsbury for the Connaught Rangers as Private 5266 but later transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, No. 14171.   He served in both regiments at ‘Home’.

Henry died on 23rd October 1918 aged 21 at Devonport Military Hospital of influenza.   He was awarded the Victory and British medals which were sent to his parents at 53 North Street, Mare Street, Hackney.   His mother Emma received his effects totalling £22.17s.5d.