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Person Details

BELK, Eric Herbert

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Seaton Carew,Co. Durham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 28/09/1915
Place of death: Hulluch, Loos, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 21
CWGC Ref: 727473
TWGPP Ref: 2499055

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 4th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2065

Relatives

Father Stephen Herbert BELK
Mother Minnie Seymour BELK (nee WALKER)
Sister Muriel BELK

Additional information

Private Belk was killed at the Battle of Loos. As many as 50 of his battalion comrades died on the same day in fierce fighting. Eric was just 21. Eric is remembered on the Loos memorial, panel 119-124, as well as Holy Trinity, Seaton Carew, Northumberland.
Eric Herbert Belk was born in Seaton Carew, Co Durham in 1894. In the 1911 census he was living in Paddington (13, Chepstow Place, London) with his widowed mother Minnie (also born in Seaton Carew). Eric's Gndrafather, Thomas Belk had been Clerk to the Justice and a Recorder in Hartlepool. His father Stephen Herbert (known as Herbert), was a solicitor, and he had a sister, Muriel, who was nine years older. Minnie Seymour Belk died on 1st May 1913, in Cookham, and it is possible that she had friends in the village. Eric had attended Shrewbury School. The census of 1911 shows that her daughter Muriel, was an overnight visitor to the home of Harry Dampier Law and his family, another of those commemorated on the Cookham War Memorial. She was listed as a 26 year old music student.
Eric was an Articled clerk at Mann, Burton, Yeates and Hart, solicitors of Surrey Street London. Eric’s claim to a place on the Cookham War Memorial comes because his mother, Minna, was living in Cookham at the time of his death. She was staying at ‘The Chestnuts’, Berries Road, when she lost her only son.
Eric enlisted in London on 28th September 1914. He was nominated for a commission in the Black Watch Regiment.

Resources

Summary: Resources
Letter available with information from Eric Herbert Belk's family to the memorial committee.

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