Bugler Henry Jolliffe


Henry Jolliffe was born on 23 September 1872 at 3 Waterhouse Street, Everton, Liverpool. the second or third of four children of music hall musician Henry Augustus Jolliffe and his wife Elizabeth (nee Cooper). He grew up in Liverpool and followed his father's trade in the music industry. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his parents at 28 Everton Terrace and working as a theatre musician.

At the end of 1911 or early 1912 the North Irish Horse must have advertised in the English papers for musicians. Jolliffe was one of at least three to take up the offer. He enlisted in the regiment at Belfast on 30 April 1912 (No.706), giving his trade as 'farmer'. (See also Joseph William Fisher and Henry Charles Abery.)

Jolliffe attended the annual camps in 1912, 1913 and 1914 and following the outbreak of war, was mobilised on 8 August 1914. On 21 October 1914 he transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.5960) and was posted to the 5th (Extra Reserve) Battalion.

Jolliffe remained with the 5th Battalion throughout the war at Belfast, Holywood and Ballykinlar in Ireland, and at Larkhill from April 1918. He was promoted to the rank of bugler on 9 April 1917.

Jolliffe was discharged at Dublin on 6 September 1918 (paragraph 392 xvi, King's Regulations), suffering from DAH (disordered action of the heart), which was determined to have been aggravated by his military service.

His character was recorded as "very good". His papers stated that he was "a very good man; discharged owing to ill-health which was aggravated by ordinary military (not field) service. [He] desires employment as a musician at Liverpool. Leaders of orchestra are asked to give him a preference in view of his military service."

After his discharge Jolliffe returned to Liverpool. At the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Everton Terrace and working as a musician. He died in Liverpool in 1956.