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Harry OKE


Medal card : Pte. - (1) Sgt. - 1/ 25th London Regt. India . (2) Lt. / 2nd Lt. India Army 
India G.S. Medal - 1908., G.S.M. Iraq,. Unclear where served in WW1. Card addresses - (1) 62 Lightcliffe Rd, Palmers Green, N.13. (2) c/o Wearne Bros Ltd, Orchard Rd, Singapore.
Medal roll : 25 Londo. India 3.2.16 to 25.5.17., Sgt. 6(f)(v) 26.5.17 to 16.8.17., India 17.8.17 to 29.3.18. Commissioned.
[1/25th Regt. Address Book*] - 'D' Coy. - Sgt. - Drummer, 96 Holsworth Sq, W.C.

 Harry was born on 28th June 1894 in Holborn, London, the son of Eber, a police constable, and Adele Mary (nee Webster) also known as Mary Adele. He was baptised on 29th July 1894 at St. Bartholemew, Gray's Inn Rd, London. 

He was a Drum Major in the 25th.

He appears in the following issues of The Londoner

      V. No. Pg.    
Oke H. Sgt. Bug. 1 2 38 Nov 1916
Oke H. Sgt. 2 5 134 May-Jun 1918
Oke Harry   2 4 114 Feb-Apr 1918
Oke Harry   3 2 74 Jan 1918
Oke     1 4 76 Feb 1917
Oke   Bugle Maj. 1 5 88 Mar 1917
Oke     2 6 158 Jul 1918
Oke   Sgt / Drummmer 3 1 1 Aug-Sep 1918
 

National Army Museum Catalogue

  • NAM. 2004-05-43 - 1
    Typed transcript of a letter written by Sgt Harry Oke, 1/25 London Cyclists from Baird Barracks, Bangalore, dated 1915 in error, should be 1916, later in manuscript. Describes the troopship journey to India on SS Ceramic, arrival in Bombay, Indian people and the journey to Bangalore. From a collection of items relating to Sgt Oke, World War One, India (1914-1918) and World War Two, Far East, prisoners of war (1941-1945). 
    See transcript
     

  • NAM. 2004-05-43 - 2
    Photograph of Sgt Harry Oke, 1/25 London Cyclists with his pipe in India, 25 Dec 1916. Marked on reverse, 'Love from Harry India 25 December 1916'. From a collection of items relating to Sgt Oke, World War One, India (1914-1918) and World War Two, Far East, prisoners of war (1941-1945).


 

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