Richard Halse-Ley was born in London, England in 1881. He was educated at Sherbourne School and at the Crystal Palace Engineering School. In 1900 he moved to British Columbia.
He then spent six years in the Okanagan and the Kootenays as an assayer and as a chemist for the Hull Mines Smelter in Nelson B.C.
88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers
He then accepted a job as superintendent with the Giant Powder Company which he would later resign to join the 88th battalion C.E.F. at the outbreak of the Great War
Written by Geoffrey Hendrie and Nathan Waller
 Senior Officers Have Seen Service, The Daily Colonist, May 16, 1916, Page 5
 Ley, Richard. Attestation Papers, Library And Archives Canada. Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5633 – 28