Hebden & Variants Family Website


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The New Zealand family of William Alfred Hebden (E26/16) and Ada Cash (E27/16)around 1910. William (second from R.) was descended from the Nafferton Line. From L. to R., Ralph, Irene, Arthur, Ada, Jack (sitting between mother and father), Bill, William and Fred. Both Ralph and Bill fought with the NZ Expeditionary Forces in The Great War and survived to tell the tale. (Picture above and below right courtesy of James Hebden)




Items of WW1 Kit belonging to Ralph Hebden (D34/16)  left.  His certificate of Service (below) shows that he fought in  Western Europe from 1917 to 1918, which probably means he was with the New Zealanders at Passchendaele.  Shown above is the distinctive "Lemon Squeezer" hat worn by soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces, together with his cigarette case, lighter, dog tags, Bible/Prayer book and the WW1 British War Medal and the Victory Medal, together with  medal ribbons   (Image courtesy of James Hebden)








(Above)  A family bible belonging to George Hebdin and his wife Jane Bradley (D19/4 and D23/4), with the inside front cover recording their marriage, - May 8th 1823. The book may have been given to them as a wedding present. The names of their children and dates of birth are also recorded. The use of the family bible for recording major family events was common practice in the 19th Century.                            (Picture courtesy of Roberta Snape)

(Right)  All Saints, Kirkby Overblow has been used by the Hebden family since the late 1500's. Thomas Hebden from Otley (J16/13) and his wife Mary and their seven children were baptised here. The present church was re-constructed in 1780-1781, but the fabric includes a blocked Saxon doorway and the north transcept dates from the early C14. (Picture courtesy of Ray Wells)






(Above)   The impressive Certificate of War Service issued to Gunner Ralph Hebden, who served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War.  The certificate shows he fought in Western Europe, and is signed simply "Liverpool" representing the signature of the Governor-General of New Zealand the  Earl of Liverpool, GCB, GCMG, GBE, MVO, PC.  Ralph's War Service in NZ, overseas, total service and date of commencement and final discharge are shown in the little tableau in the bottom left-hand corner. The main picture shows a soldier writing "New Zealand" across a scroll of honour held by Britannia, Under her feet a dead eagle representing the defeated enemy is also held under the paw of a lion, with his lioness and four cubs. The background shows two battleships at speed, line ahead.