Herbert was born in Reddish and appears to have lived all his life there until he enlisted in the army. His parents were John Henry Dailey and Maria Dailey. The 1901 Census records John, then aged 38, working as a "hatters blocker". Maria, then 41, was a card room hand in a cotton mill. Herbert was also working in the cotton industry as "cotton yarn gasser". A "gasser" was either an employee who worked in the mill's gas room de-fumigating cotton or one who applied gas to finished cotton threads to smooth them.
The Census also records his younger brothers and sisters - Albert (10), Florence (6), John (10) and Maria (8).
In later life, Herbert got married. His wife is thought to have been Annie Bollington and they married between October and December 1903. After the war, Annie was living at 5 Sefton Street, South Reddish. It's not known if this is the home she shared with Herbert.
Herbert's original service number, 2790, suggests he volunteered for the army in early 1915 and was originally drafted to the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. This is accordance with his inscription on the South Reddish War Memorial. At some point, probably in the latter part of 1916, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion.
He was fatally wounded in the fighting described here. Herbert will have been evacuated from the battlefield to a Casualty Clearing Station at Lijssenthoek, several miles away, where military surgeons will have tried, unsuccessfully, to save his life.