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West, Herbert Henry

Driver Herbert Henry West (T4/070495)
Died on Monday 29th March 1915, aged 36
Son of James & Rosa West of Tape Lane
Father's occupation: Carter (Step father)
Born Q3 1878 at Cholsey, Berks
position in family: 1
Local address: Tape Lane, Hurst
Regiment:Army Service Corps
Died:Monday 29th March 1915
Battalion at:Home
Commemorated:Grave at Aldershot Military Cemetery

Herbert West was born in Cholsey in 1878 to Rose Baldwin, a Field Woman. He was born out of wedlock and was initially known as Herbert Baldwin. Rose and Herbert lived with Herbert's grandparents in the former workhouse in Cholsey.

By 1891 Rose had married James West, an agricultural carter, and Herbert was living with them in Battle Cottage, Goring. Ten years later Rose had moved with Herbert to Hatchgate Cottages, Hurst and Herbert was working as a cowman on a farm.

Nothing is known of Herbert's life from this point onwards except that he served in the Army Service Corps during the First World War. No medals were awarded to Herbert and so it is unlikely that he served overseas. Herbert West died in the UK on 29th March 1915 and rests in Aldershot Military Cemetery; he was thirty-six years old.


Herbert West at Aldershot Military Cemetery
Aldershot Military Cemetery

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon