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Henry May VC
father, William Henry May born c.1855
mother, Margaret (Maggie) Fyffe c.1857 in
Married on 13th August 1879 in Bridgeton, Glasgow,
At the time of the 1881 census they were living at 198
Boden St. Bridgeton
At the time of the 1891 census they were living at 29
Hozier St. Bridgeton
Henry's 3 brothers:
3. James ( L/cpl James May 2nd Batt. KOSB was killed in action at
Lille, France on 18th October 1914.)
Henry's 2 sisters:
2. Smollet (Molly)
Christina Dewar on 5th June 1908
They had five children :
1. Agnes ( known as Nessie) born on 24th April 1909, who later married
2. Henry born on 1st March 1911
3. Margaret, born on 12th January 1914, who later married as O'May
Please get in touch with me if you can add any details
to Henry's family.
June 2004, Digby Hamilton, Wales, UK
Dear Webmaister, No reference to #Henry May's
6th child, Paul May Hamilton on your site.
The result of an ephemeral meeting on armistice night. No problem. Just
that you were asking for any more information on Henry's family and I
have some, in a box in the attic......
Enlisted on 29th August 1902 giving his
age as 18 ( he was 17 ) and occupation Labourer
Promoted to Lance Corporal on 18th Jan
1903 and received posting order on 27th January 1903.
Reduced to rank of Private on 16th
February 1903 for misconduct.
Awarded the Good Conduct Badge on 29th
Posted to 2nd Cameronians in South
Africa 4th March 1903 until 27th May 1904.
Transferred to the Reserve early and
with his agreement on 31st January 1905.
Mobilised on 5th August 1915.
Won his VC near La Boutillerie, France
on 22nd October 1914.
Wounded in the face by shrapnel on 2nd
November 1914 during attacks on the town of Ypres, france.
Invalided home after spending a period of time in the base hospital.
Returned to France in January 1915.
Discharged at the end of 13 years
service on 28th August 1915.
Rejoined on 4th March 1918 and was
commissioned into the Army Service Corps as a T/2 Lieutenant.
Temporary Lieutenant on
4th Sept.1915, Demobilized in 1919.
1914 Star with 'Mons' bar
Victory Medal 1914-19
British War Medal 1914-20
GVIR Coronation Medal
Dalmarnock Public School, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock
2. Royal Technical College Glasgow ( now
University of Strathclyde )
Worked as a tenter with Frew, Forrest & Company, Muslin
Manufacturers, Rutherglen Bridge Factory, 344 Main Street, Bridgeton,
Post Office Directory 1911-12
He was also employed as an inspector in a munitions factory after his
discharge on 28th August 1915 until he re-enlisted in 1918.
Became a partner in the Glasgow Manufacturing Company
A member of Masonic Lodge Glasgow at Glasgow No.441
Death see page 5 graveside photos
|Please get in touch with me if you can
add any details to Henry's life
23rd.Feb.2003 I met Henry May's
great nephew today, Jimmy Hall.
Henry May's wife Christine had a sister Marion Dewar ,
her daughter Helen Hall (nee Dewar) had three sons and two daughters.
Jimmy Hall is one of her sons born 17 June 1939.
I met Jimmy in Walker's Bar at Bridgeton Cross and not surprisingly he
knew very little about his Mothers's uncle. ( it was a long time ago)
He could relate one story however which his mother told him....one day
she was walking through Bridgeton with baby Jimmy in her arms wrapped
in a shawl, when they bumped into Uncle Harry ( Henry May) and
he gave the baby a '*wooden threepenny bit ' at the time his mother
felt this was miserly as most folk gave new babies silver
money! ( *The old threepenny coin was known as a
wooden thrupenny in Glasgow )
| Extract from e-mail Feb.06 Alison Wilson
Johnston (nee McIntosh) Great Niece
I am the Great Niece of Henry
My mother was Catherine Wilson McIntosh (nee May) daughter of Joseph
May, Brother of Harry.
I have been gathering info on Henry for around 8 years.
I have some personal items that would
have been given to my Grandfather by him. Don't get too exited they are
a signed photo of Harry after winning the V.C, also wearing the medal,
which I am sure is the one you are displaying on your web page. I also
have a poem or song written for Harry on his return by Pte A McIntyre
and lots of family Photos.
I have in the past posted details of
the poem on the internet hoping someone could fill in a missing verse.
Over the years I have exchanged
details with authors, enthusiasts and family.
I have been trying to trace Heather
Murray (nee Green) Grand Daughter, to Harry whom my Mother and Father
were close to in past years. Sadly to no avail but I have not given up.
I noticed that your web page had an entry for L/Cpl Murray who should
be the grandson to Heather, I have contacted Alldershot in hope they
can pass on my details to him or his family.
For our Canadian relatives I would be
glad to forward photos of the May's and extended family's. I remember
Great Aunt Sarah well as a child, and have a photograph of her two
children who died in infancy plus many more. If I can shed any light to
information anyone may or may not have please do not hesitate to get in
| Extract from e-mail Mar.2013, Robert Tucker
I am Robert
Tucker and I am writing a book about all the Scotsmen who have won the
VC. I accessed your website for Henry May VC and have gleaned a lot of
On the site it asks to contact you if I knew anything more about Henry.
Well, you have him with two brothers from his parents william and
Margaret. I have located three brothers. The one you seem not to have
is Daniel May born on the 8th May, 1881, at Bridgeton,
Glasgow. I hope this is of help.