Katy honours her family's World War One hero - The Rugby Observer

Katy honours her family's World War One hero

Rugby Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

KATY Ellis laid a wreath in memory of her great great grandfather at The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Belgium after only finding out about him by chance.

The 14-year-old from Rugby was one of 80 Warwickshire army cadets who joined a tour of the battlefields to learn more about World War One and to honour the soldiers who served in it.

And it was during a conversation with her grandmother about the trip she was about to go on that she told the teenager there was war hero in her own family.

Katy’s great great grandfather Corporal Percy James Rainsford Hendley served in the South Staffordshire Regiment died in August 1917. He was decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal – the second highest military honour to the Victoria Cross – and the Military Medal for his bravery.

Before he died, Corporal Hendley sent a letter to his mother saying: “Thank God I have done my duty, even if I fall tomorrow, for I am sure I should fall happily, especially now that I have brought honour to the family; but I know I should not bring disgrace.”

Katy said: “I greatly admire the men who went out and fought, and it is even more touching when it is this personal.”

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is one of four British and Commonwealth memorials to the missing in the battlefield area of the Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders.

The memorial bears the names of 54,389 officers and men from United Kingdom and Commonwealth Forces who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16th August 1917 and who have no known grave.

Corporal Percy James Rainsford Hendley (s)


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