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This section is where members can share family history research. Please keep this section focused on the HLI and associataed Regiments.

sgt william hendry PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by colin   
Friday, 28 October 2011 17:42

hi i am looking for information about my grandfather who served with the h l i 1st battalion from 1940/48 he was from liverpool and i know he my nan and my mum who just babe in arms where billited in creif ,he never spoke much about his time in the regiment and any information had to be extracted from him, i know he was one of the first unit across the rhine, and i am sure he was at some polnt in holland and from 45/48 in Palestine, and just some of the conversation we had i think in some sort of Italian conflict? maybe someone can help me shed some light on the battalion movement i know he was wounded sometime in 43 shrapnel wounds, we lost my grandad in 1989 so have big void, just wished i had asked more questions any help appreciated  thanks colin

Pvt J F Evans PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Godfrey Evans   
Monday, 24 October 2011 19:37

I am looking for any information about my Granddad,he was born in Wortley, Leeds  in 1893 and went into the Leeds pals in 1914 before going into the H L I where his army no was 25478. He was billeted in Montrose before going down to Folkstone Kent in readiness for deployment to France.

I have been told that he as a sniper and fought in most of the major battles,going from Belgium through France and down to the Swiss border. During this time he was gassed and hospitalised in Germany and Manchester,where after his recovery he was sent to Dublin to serve in the Black and Tans,he finally returned home in 1921 after being away 7yrs.


Godfrey Evans


Archibald McLeod PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by HLI Admin   
Friday, 16 September 2011 18:02



I am looking for more information on my granddad Archibald McLeod.

I know that he was a Regimental Sergeant Major in the HLI., based at Maryhill Barracks.

We have several photographs of him, but we are unable to say where they are taken

- he died when my dad was only 2 years old.

The picture shows granddad as the 3rd from the left in the 3rd row.

Archibald McLeod






















I have also attached a couple of pictures of him on his own.


Archibald McLeod


If anyone can help provide more information on Archie I would love to hear it -

battallion, army number, where he was stationed etc

(as the people who would have been able to help me on this are now dead - I left it too long before starting to look into my family history!)

Thank you,

Allyson McLeod ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by John Gibb   
Monday, 22 August 2011 15:44

I'm searching for a Hector McKinnon who was born on the Isle of Mull in 1868, there were four Hector McKinnons born in Scotland in 1868. I have been informed that a Hector McKinnon is on the 1891 English census and is with the 1st HLI in barracks in Dover, it gives his birth place as Scotland.

Can I find his service records anywhere that would show his specific birthplace?

Thanks & Reagrds.

John Duncan Leitch 15Th. HLI PDF Print E-mail
HLI Community - Family History Research
Written by Bill Wiencek   
Sunday, 14 August 2011 12:24

John was born in Helensburgh Dumbartonshire in approximately 1882 . He was the son of John Leitch of 14, West Clyde Helensburgh . John and his wife Christina C Leitch lived in Arbroath Forfarshire at 1 Culloden Crescent at the time of his enlistment in 1914 with two daughters Ina & Elizabeth . John s/n 3103 was KIA the night of July 15 1917 during the battle of the Dunes near Nieuport Belgum . I would like to thank my friends at The Great War Forum for much of the information we have of Johns war service . After spending two years of research I have adopted John as my own but he is actually my lovely wife's Great Grand Father . If this information could put us in touch with long lost family members in your great Country that that would be our ultimate goal.  Best Regards Bill & Catherine

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