George William Herd

1465, Gunner George William Herd, age 21
Royal Field Artillery
Died 11 October 1916

Gunner 1465 Royal Field Artillery, died 11 October 1916 in Bath War Hospital from an infected gunshot wound and is buried at Englefield Green Cemetery in Surrey. 

 

George was born in Egham in 1895. His parents were George Henry Herd and Caroline nee Smith who lived at 101 Ranelagh Road Felixstowe in 1911, along with his sisters Maud & Elizabeth, later moving to Sunnyside, Buregate Road, Felixstowe.

 

He enlisted in the Drill Hall in Felixstowe in 1911 as part of Essex and Suffolk RGA (Royal Garrison Artillery).  He transferred to the 237th Brigade Royal Field Artillery in 1914 at the outbreak of the war. Landing at LeHavre, France 18 March 1915 he joined the British Expeditionary Force who were in great need of reinforcements.

 

Whilst in the field he agreed to continue his service for the duration of the war on 15 April 1916. On 23 September 1916 he suffered gunshot wounds to his buttocks & was shipped back to England three days later on the 26 September on board the Hospital Ship St Andrew. His death is recorded as due to gunshot wounds, tetanus & exhaustion, he was 21 years old.

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Grave at Englefield Green Cemetery

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Pension Record

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Royal Field Artillery

Extracts from Military Records