Other names: Hugh Grant
Locations in this story: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, DorsetFerndown, DorsetPoole, DorsetHampreston, Dorset
Story: Hugh Grant Lankey was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 14 Apr 1899 the son of Frederick Lankey and Annie Lankey (nee Grant). He lived his early life in West Street, Fontmell Magna. He had enlisted and joined the Royal Fusiliers as a Private (Service No. GS/76651). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he had served with the 23rd and 26th Companies in April 1918 eventually transferring to the 10th Company on 25 Jul 1918. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. At the time of his discharge his parents had moved to Victoria Road, Ferndown, Dorset, and Hugh lived with them until he married Muriel Gertrude Horsey in Hampreston, Dorset, on 16 Feb 1930. By the time of the 1939 Register his wife and child were living at 'Fontmell', 559 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Dorset, but there was no mention of Hugh. He could possibly have been back in the forces at that time. His death was recorded on 3 Feb 1974 in the Poole, Dorset, Registry and his last address accords with the 1939 Register. His brother, Charles Lankey, also served in the conflict.