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TIPTON, Herbert


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

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 03/12/1914
Place of death: Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, London
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 19
Cemetery Name: Cookham Parish Cemetery
CWGC Ref: 648682
TWGPP Ref: 4160695
Address: 10 Apsley Cottages Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 9872


Father William TIPTON
Mother Eliza TIPTON
Sister Annie TIPTON
Brother William TIPTON
Brother Charles TIPTON
Sister Alice TIPTON

Additional information

Herbert Tipton was the second son and fourth child of William and Eliza Tipton. He had elder sisters Alice and Annie and an elder brother William. Lastly there was Charles who was born in 1900. Their father was born in Merthyr Tydfil and had married Eliza who came from Burnham in Buckinghamshire. By 1901 they were living in 10, Apsley Cottages in Lower Road Cookham and were still there ten years later. Herbert's father was a groom for a cab proprietor, and when Herbert left school he became a farm labourer. All three brothers enlisted and Charles and William survived the War.
Herbert enlisted with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion. This Battalion was moved to Boulogne on 14th August 1914 and was a regular battalion, so perhaps Herbert signed up before the outbreak of war and was already a trained soldier. Once on French soil they were immediately engaged in the main battles of 1914 - the Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and the first Battle of Ypres. Presumably during one of these confrontations, Herbert was wounded and he was then invalided back to Britain where he subsequently died of his wounds in Queen Alexandra's Hospital in London. He was buried in Cookham Parish Cemetery, a soldier who came back home, but with fatal wounds. He was probably 19, as noted by the Cookham War Memorial Committee.

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