Lance Corporal 32663
5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Died of spotted fever (usually caught from ticks) at Etaples on Tuesday 24th July 1917.
During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick.
Herbert is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery.
Herbert was born and enlisted in Belper. He was married to the daughter of Mr and Mrs George Blount of Penn Street Belper. His wife received notification of his illness and was granted a pass to visit her husband in France, she was at his bedside when he died and stayed on to attend his funeral.
Prior to enlistment he worked at Ambergate Wireworks.
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