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Person Details

STREET, Herbert Cecil

Memorials

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

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 26/08/1918
Place of death: Ovillers, France
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 27
CWGC Ref: 546259
TWGPP Ref: 3305062
Address: 2 Station Road Cookham
Address: Tartar Hill Cobham, Surrey
Address: The Pound Cookham
Address: 2 Chertsey Cottages Chertsey Road Byfleet Surrey

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment
Rank: Private
Service Number: 59271

Relatives

Father George STREET
Mother Fanny STREET
Wife Gertrude Mary STREET (nee FARMER)
Brother George STREET
Sister Elsie STREET
Brother William STREET
Brother Arthur STREET

Additional information

Herbert Cecil was born in Cookham in 1891 to George and Fanny Street who lived in the Pound. Herbert had four siblings and all three of Herbert's brothers also served in WW1. Their father was a bricklayers's labourer but Herbert set out on a career as a butcher. On 20th October 1912 he was lodging in Parson's Green in London when he married Gertrude Mary Farmer age 20, of Rectory Road, at St. Dionis Church, Fulham, London. Her father George, was a brewery traveller. The couple set up home in Byfleet at 2 Chertsey Cotttages, Chertsey Road, where he traded as a butcher.
Herbert used his trade when he enlisted on 10th December 1915, to be an Army Service Corps supply butcher with the Welsh Regiment. He served as a private with the 14th (Service) Battalion, otherwise known as the Swansea Pals. The battalion had been formed in October 1914 by the Mayor and Corporation of Swansea and the Swansea Football and Cricket Clubs. With no apparent link to South Wales it is assumed that they needed an ASC butcher and Herbert was available. The battation landed in France in December 1915 and saw action in many of the major battles of the war. They suffered very severe casualties in Mametz Wood during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, after which they remained away from major action for a year. They returned to the front in 1917 for the Third Battle of Ypres and in 1918 they were in action in the Second Battle of the Somme and the battles of the Hindenburg Line. Herbert was wounded at some point during the Second Battle of Bapaume, dying of his wounds. He is remembered at Orvillers Military Cemetery

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