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More information about WW1 hero

By 30th January 2023Farming, History Stories, World War 1

The Heritage Bank has recently received more information about Harry Legg who won the Military Medal and Bar in the First World War.

Harry had been born and brought up in Buriton and, at the age of 14, he had started working as a gamekeeper with his father on the Buriton Manor Estate, which was then the home of the Bonham Carter family.

During WW1 Harry was a Runner for his Battalion Headquarters, involved in the fighting at Passchendaele and the Somme. He was wounded and spent time in Ireland convalescing. His medals were awarded for bravery in the field and his exploits are described in the Heritage Bank Book: “Buriton and the First World War: Through Local Eyes” (see here)

The newspaper cuttings, discovered by Oliver Bradley, explain that when Harry left the Bonham Carter estate he moved to the Slade Estate, Froxfield, for six years and then on to Thedden Grange, Alton, until just after World War Two.

“But Harry went on to work until he was 75, the last 12 years as park keeper in Alton’s public gardens.”

Some of the cuttings mark Harry’s Golden Wedding anniversary (he had married Mary (Queenie) Treagus in May 1923) and some provide obituaries to Mary (in 1976) and to Harry who died just two weeks before his 90th birthday.