By Jon Malings


James Henry Hone Malings (1885 - 1929)

James served from 1914 to 1920 in the Royal Engineers and Northumberland Fusiliers.

Extract: Description Medal card of Malings, James H H
Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Engineers 160536
Northumberland Fusiliers 47870 Private
Royal Engineers 160536 Private
Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/13


He was the son of Robert Malings and Elizabeth Bennet Hone.  Robert was a brother of Joseph Edward Malings (the chemist) and farmed Great house Farm/Castle Farm for a while.  James HH was born in Adderbury and then the family moved to the Roebuck Inn in Drayton in 1891 so his only Deddington Connection is through his father.

He was christened May 22 1885 in Adderbury and was buried April 7 1929  in Drayton churchyard with his father Robert and mother Elizabeth Malings.

John Thomas Malings (1878-1933)

John  served in the 20th Hussars in South Africa and Egypt, emigrated to Canada in 1907 and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force by subtracting 6 years from his age!  His father, John Thomas (another brother of Joseph Edward) farmed at Fritwell in 1871, was a Music teacher in the Horsefair in 1881 then farmed at Boddington and Burton Dassett.
Extract: Soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Regimental number(s): 466749
Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5868 - 53
Date of Birth: 02/06/1878 - editor's note: as stated above, this age is 6 years too young to get under 40!
Attestation paper:  
John Frederick Malings, born Fritwell
Next of Kin = father, current address Bloxham
born June 2nd 1878
Occcupation = Farmer
Previous military service
20th Hussars, South Africa, 28 months ?
20th Hussars Egypt  21 months ?  India  5.5 months
?7th Hussars  ??
Declaration made June 20th 1915.

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