HADLEY, Peyton Sheldon

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Lieutenant / Northamptonshire Regiment,Infantry

Died on 25 October 1918

Captain. Born 27th March 1895, 1st son of William Sheldon Hadley (Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge) and Edith, his wife, of The Master's Lodge, Pembroke College, and Heacham, Norfolk. He was at Charterhouse [B] 1909 - 1914, where he was a good scholar and an outstanding sportsman. He won a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge but shortly after the declaration of war he took a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment, joining 7th Bn. [This was a sportsman’s battalion raised by the Northampton Rugby international Edgar Mobbs, who was later himself Battalion Commander and died at Passchendaele.] He won the M.C. In the autumn of 1918 he was seriously wounded and was invalided home to the Central Military Hospital, Eastbourne. Here on 25th October 1918 he died of pandemic influenza. There were about a dozen other influenza deaths at the hospital October - December that year, including two nurses. His grave is in the north-east part of St. Mary’s churchyard, Heacham North Norfolk. He lies under a private stone, bearing inset in bronze the cross of sacrifice and the military cross. His parents are buried next to him. His younger brother was the composer Patrick Hadley, who was also wounded in the closing weeks of the war, losing a leg, but survived.
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