Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Harold Leonard PADDON

Trooper 1768

1st Battalion Hertfordshire Yeomanry

Died of Wounds 1st September 1915 aged 26

Born in 1889, in Poundstock, Cornwall.  He moved to Hertfordshire, first living in Bramfield near Hertford as a groom to Mr Percy Garratt; however when Mr Garratt moved to Highfield in Stanstead Abbotts Harold moved with him and stayed on in service as a groom.

Harold joined the 1st Battalion, the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, a cavalry regiment.  When they were sent to Gallipoli, via Egypt, on 19th January 1915, they became part of the 10th Mounted Brigade but were used as dismounted infantry.

On 7th August 1915 Allied attacks captured Green Hill and Chocolate Hill, two spurs of high ground, from the Turks, a second attack on Scimitar Hill failed and the front line remained stationery.  It was during this attack that Harold was wounded in action.

When he died he left a will and the sum of £17.19s.11d was left to Mr Garratt.

He is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Gallipoli and commemorated on the Hertfordshire Yeomanry Plaque in St. Albans Cathedral.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1915 Star

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