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Ilkeston,Derbyshire
Herbert was born in 1878 at Ilkeston in Derbyshire the son of Charles a coal miner and Selina Chamberlain née Blankley. His father Charles was born in Broom, Bedfordshre in 1855 and his mother Selina was born in 1856 in Epperstone, they were married on 7th May 1877 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, they went on to have 9 children in total however sadly 4 of them died prior to 1911, their surviving children were : - Herbert b1878 Ilkeston, Arthur b1881 Broom, Annie b1884 Leyton, Essex, John b1890 Bulwell and Samuel b1895 Redhill. By the 1911 Census the family were living at York Terrace, Furlong Street, Arnold, and are shown as: - Charles 56 yrs a coal mkiner , he is living with his wife Selina 55 yrs and 3 of their children Herbert 33 yrs a coal miner, John 21 yrs a coal miner and Samuel 16 yrs , a coal worker .
01 Jul 1916
1542967 - CWGC Website
15495
Private
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Herbert enlisted at Hucknall and was posted after training to the 11th (Service) Battalion Sherwood Foresters (affectionately known as “The Men from the Greenwood”) . 1st July, 1916, was the opening day of the battle of the Somme and the 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters were poised to attack the German positions in the area of Ovilliers. The Germans had very strong positions in this area and four lines of trenches forming a deep defensive position The battalion went over the top and advanced towards the Germans under a murderous fire from the enemy machine guns, however, the first wave managed to get into the first German line of trenches, some even getting into the second line. About 9.45am it became apparent that the Germans had returned to their first line and the 11th Battalion were ordered to consolidate it with the second wave. This was attempted, but, owing to the very heavy machine gun fire from both flanks and the front, hardly a man reached the German position. After the battle the immediate assessment of the casualties of the battalion was put at 530 officers and men out of 630 who went over the parapet. This figure was later adjusted as men managed to return to their own lines, in many cases severely wounded. Herbert was one of those who were killed by German machine gun fire in this attack. He has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme
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