Harry Herbert

Harry Herbert (1895 – 1917) lived with his family at 55 Albert Street when he was at school and later when, at 15, he worked as an errand boy.

He enlisted with the Rifle Brigade in Colchester in September 1914 when he was only 18. He claimed to be 20 on his attestation papers which made him eligible to serve overseas. After initial training in Winchester he left Folkestone for France in July 1915, just months before his 20th birthday and was killed in action at Cambrai in November 1917.

The Battle of Cambrai introduced a new tactic to the war: using tanks and smoke barrages to break through rather than a preliminary artillery bombardment. On 20th November 1917, when Harry was killed, the advances were successful, but subsequent events lead to these early gains being lost.

Harry is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial along with over 7,000 UK and South African servicemen who died between November and December 1917.


Sources
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
1901 census
1911 census
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
CWGC