Herbert Sadler (1895 – 1915) lived at Nursery Cottage, Braiswick when he went to North School, having moved from Mistley in Tendring where the family were living in 1901. Herbert left school in 1909 when he was 14 and worked as an assistant butcher.
Herbert joined the East Surrey Regiment which was based in Colchester in April 1915. He arrived in Boulogne on 27 July 1915. On arrival the regiment marched to the Osterhove rest camp on the outskirts of town where, according to the regiment war diary “the arrangements for the comfort of all ranks was excellent.”
In October 1915 the regiment were based near the Tambour Mines, close to Fricourt. Tunnels had been dug under German positions here and there were reports of German counter-mining. On 3rd October a patrol reported “talking and working in the German lines and also that their wire in places was as much as 8ft high”.
On 5th October just before 4pm, the East Surreys came under attack from ‘whizz bangs’ fired on the Tambour Duclos, and the next day, although quiet in the morning, saw Herbert facing “bombardment with Trench Mortars and High Explosive shells.” The war diary records that Herbert was killed in this attack. He was 20 years old.
Herbert is buried in the Norfolk Cemetery at Becourdel-Becourt.
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1903 – 1913 Admission Register
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British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army war diaries 1914-1922: 8th East Sussex Regiment