24 August 2017


Horace Langford Wesley, to given him his full name, was born in Stretham, Cambs, in 1889 and was my second cousin twice removed.  Tenth of the eleven children of George Westley Langford (who changed his surname to Wesley when he married) and Jane (nee Rowell), Horace was christened in St James, Stretham on 18 December in the same year.

Horace grew up in Stretham and was boarding at 'The White House' in the village at the time of the 1911 census and was working as a farm labourer.

When he first enlisted, Horace joined the Suffolk regiment along with many other lads from Stretham, but clearly transferred to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry as he was serving with them at the time of his death one hundred years ago today.  He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

We will remember them.