Rank: Private
Number: 50106
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 27 April 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Haringhe (Bandaghem ) Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Herbert had been born in Heaton Mersey, the son of William and the late Mary Jackson. He lived at the family home, 568 Didsbury Road, with his father and sister (Mrs Anne Heard).

He worked on the railway at Cheadle Heath for the Cheshire Lines Committee and, in his spare time, played various instruments with the Heaton Mersey Prize Band. Herbert had joined the local Territorial Battalion just after the outbreak of war (original service number 2405), going overseas in January 1915.

In the early spring of 1918, he had been expected home on leave and was planning to marry his fiancée. However, the massive German attacks of March and early April will have prevented this. It is not possible to identify what may have happened to Herbert as, at the time, the Battalion had been split into three. All three elements were in battle areas and subject to heavy attack either from infantry or artillery. What is known is that Herbert was wounded on 26 April and was evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station, some miles away. These Stations had full surgical facilities but, presumably, nothing could be done to save his life and he died the next day.

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