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Sgt Harry Balfour Sleigh
1st 5th and 2nd 5th
Lancashire Fusiliers

Service Number 200013 Died 09/04/1918
Aged 28
2nd/5th Bn.
Lancashire Fusiliers
Son of Mary Ellen Sleigh, of 8, Malvern Avenue, Bury, and the late Thomas Sleigh

First Name:
Harry Balfour
Circa 1890
Age:28 Birth Town: Bury, Lancashire
Resided Town: Bury, Lancashire
Nationality: British
Date of Death:
09/04/1918 Fate: Killed in Action
Parents: Mary Ellen Sleigh, of 8, Malvern Avenue, Bury, and the late Thomas Sleigh.
Rank: Serjeant Service Number:200013
Duty Location: France And Flanders

Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal

With the information in Harry Balfour Sleigh's record, it is likely that they were entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal

With the information in Harry Balfour Sleigh's record, it is likely that they were entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.

Memorial Death Plaque Of WWI

The next of kin for Harry Balfour Sleigh would have been sent this death plaque after the war to commemorate all of the war dead. Over 1 million were issued in total.

* Medal entitlement listed above is worked out using the same methodology the MOD used for issuing them
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Other collections may hold more or different data for this person.

First Name:
Harry B
Regiments served with:
Unit Rank Service Number
Lancashire Fusiliers Serjeant 502
Lancashire Fusiliers Serjeant 200013

Geoff Pycroft's Research
and subsequent emails to Paul Halstead.
Sgt Sleigh first served with 1/5th Bn in Gallipoli. His Regimental Number at that time was 502. He was evacuated back to the UK due to illness / disease and following recuperation posted to 2/5th Bn on the Western Front. He was KIA on 9th April, 1918 in the same battle as 2 Lt. Schofield VC and is buried along side him in the Vieille-Chapelle Cemetery.
That's a good find you made in the Bury Times Archives (as below) and brings things together very nicely.
You will note from the entry I sent you from the Forces War Records Web Site that it shows in the information section that he was the son of Mary Ellen Sleigh of 8 Malvern Avenue, Bury and the late Thomas Sleigh.
The Bury Times archive entry confirms his involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign and he would have been a member of the 1/5th Bn at that time of course with his previous Regimental Number.
Not only were hundreds and thousands injured during the fighting at Gallipoli, but similar numbers were withdrawn from front line action due to illness and disease. They were initially evacated back to Egypt and then if necessary returned to the UK for further or continuing treatment. It would appear that this was the case with Sgt. Sleigh. I previously sent you a link to read about the 1/5th Bn activities during WWI.
It was most probably the case that following his recuperation in the UK he was posted to the 2/5th and sent to the Western Front. I also sent you a link to read about the 2/5th war time activities. Again as I explained the loss of the Service Records during the London Blitz of 1940 is an impossible hurdle to over come. It would have confirmed his transfer etc to the 2/5th Bn.
You asked about Goree on 9th April 1918, the date he was KIA. The place name / location is from Volume 2 of the History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1914-1918 by Major-General J.C Latter, CBE., MC.
Click on this link then scroll through to page 116.

Goree would have been a small village / hamlet in the Givenchy area, the scene of huge battles throughout WWI.
Click on this link to read about Lt. Schofield VC who was killed the same day in the same battle....it will give you some background to the events of the day.They are buried next to each other are they not?


Interesting note Phil Mather the LF museum Archivist lives on Malvern Ave but a little higher up the Ave