Daniel Rhead

Submitted by Richard Ellis

Daniel was Richards Grandfathers brother.

Text as submitted by Richard


1990 Private Daniel Rhead 1st battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Daniel was born in Hanley on 15 August 1885 and baptised as a Catholic on 31 August 1885 at St Mary’s and St Patrick’s church Lower Foundry Street Hanley Stoke on Trent.    His parents were Samuel Michael and Ellen Rhead (née Riley).  He was confirmed at the new Hanley Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Jasper Street on 4 October 1896.  His widow, Edith, received £15/11/6 in 1916 and a war gratuity of £6/10/0 after the war.  He was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp and the British War and Victory medals.
His  name is also on the Hanley war memorial
Daniel enlisted in the 3rd battalion the North Staffordshire Regiment No 6556 on 29 January 1904 in Hanley.  He was living at 15 Charles Street Hanley with his parents.  He worked for Thomas Huntbatch as a labourer in Hanley.  He was 18 years and 6 months old, 5’ 4 ½” tall, weighed 116 lbs, had a fresh complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair.  He had a scar on his left index finger.  He passed his medical at Lichfield on 30 January 1904. He gave his religion as Roman Catholic.  He attended training in 1904 for 49 days but purchased his discharge on 1 December 1904.
However, this was not the end of his military service as he went on to join the Northumberland Fusiliers in Burslem in June 1906.  After basic training, he was posted to 2nd battalion at Badajoz barracks Aldershot.  He remained in this battalion for his first two years in the army.  He gained his first good conduct badge on 13 June 1908 while the battalion was based at Goolspen camp (?), Holmsley Hampshire.  On 10 October 1908, a draft of 105 privates left the 2nd battalion for Dover destined for service with the 1st battalion in India. He served with the battalion in India but left the army after 1911 when he took up an offer of an early discharge.   
Sometime before 1907 he sent a photograph of himself to his brother, Owen, when they were both serving in India. The photo shows him with his regimental colours on either side. We still have the package that contained the photo with its address to Owen in Daniel's handwriting, but the photograph itself has been lost. He was still a soldier at the time of the 1911 census, staying at Pontefract barracks.  He settled in Sheffield and married Edith Handley early in 1914 in the Eccleshall Berlow area.  After the war, she remarried Walter T Bates in 1920 in the same area.
He was still a member of the Army Reserve and, as such was mobilized on the declaration of war.  He left for France on 8 October 1914 and was killed in action on 26 October 1914 at Neuve Chapelle.  The official war diary of his battalion gives a detailed account of his movements from 8-26 October 1914.


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