Trooper Hal Wardale King, 2577, was the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. Wardale King, of Oldswinford House, Stourbridge, Worcs. He was killed in action on 23rd April 1916, aged 21.
Hal and his friend John (Jack) Preece joined Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry) in September 1914.
During his service with the Yeomanry Jack wrote home to his parents as often as he could telling them about the training, life in the camp, the food, the journeys and the people he had met. The collection of letters also includes letters from Hal to Jack's family and particularly Mrs Preece who he called 'My Dear Other Ma'
|Hal King Back Row 2nd from left|
In December 1915 Jack wrote about how they had spent Christmas and describes the visit that he and Hal made to the Pryamids and Sphinx which he says 'are well worth a visit'. Hal sent a photo postcard showing him and Jack and another soldier on horses in front of the pyramids.On 4th April 1916 Mrs Preece wrote to Hal thanking him for her birthday gift and telling him about life at home, the family and how many eggs they were collecting on the farm. The letter was returned to Mrs Preece unopened.
the Yeomanry Regiment