Horace Herbert Warden


About Horace Herbert

  • Name
    Horace Herbert
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    30 June 1897
  • Birth town
    Willoughby Waterless, Leicestershire
  • Resided town
    Rafly Leicestershire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Ratby, Leicestershire
  • Date of death
    17 July 1980
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Royal Field Artillery


Horace Herbert Warden was born on 30 June 1897 at Willoughby Waterless, Leicestershire to parents William, a granite quarryman, and Sarah Anne (nee Thompson).  In both 1901 and 1911, the family lived at Stamford Street, Ratby, Market Bosworth.  Horace’s mother, Sarah Ann died in 1910 at the age of 50.  In 1911, Horace Herbert (13) was a shoe hand and his siblings Will (23) a hosiery hand and Ivy May (10) and Maud (8) were at school.

Herbert enlisted on 5 August 1916 and joined the 37th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery at Leicester.  He was aged 19 years 37 days, 5ft 5ins tall and weighed 125lbs.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force from 15 February 1917 and was posted to 18th Divisional Ammunition Column in France from 23 February 1917 to March 1919.  He joined the 65th Brigade Ammunition Column in March 1919 and transferred to the Western Divisional Ammunition Column on 19 April 1919.  He was posted to 312th Brigade at Aylesbury on 19 September 1919 and transferred to the Army Reserve Class Z on 15 December 1919  Herbert was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

When he passed through Peterborough East Station on 8 October 1916, he may have been was travelling home from his base at Cavalry Barracks in Norwich and wrote in the visitors’ book:

“I thank the ladies most heartly for the way in which they made me welcome on my stay here for the short time while passing from Norwich for Leicester on my way home I am sure it is very good of them.”

 Herbert married Dora Cragg at Market Bosworth in 1922.

In 1939, Herbert was living with Dora at 17 Station Road, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.  He was employed as a loader in the Urban District Council Cleaning Department. Dora’s occupation was a circular operator, hosiery.  No record of any children has been found.

According to the probate record Horace Herbert of 3 Mill Drive, Ratby, Leicestershire died on 17 July 1980, aged 83 years.

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