Chatteris WW1 Soldier Herbert William Mould (3/8604). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Private Herbert William Mould 1st Bn Bedfordshire Regiment, No 3/8604 Died: 4th September 1916 Age 32 Herbert William Mould was born in about 1884 in Chatteris, Cambs. In 1911 he was living with his parents, Robert and Mary, who ran the Red Lion Inn in London Road. He was listed as William in the census and was a farm labourer. His parents later lived at 28 Chapel Lane. In a newspaper article (Cambs Times 15th Sept 1916) it stated that Herbert was one of six brothers who served at the front. Herbert had joined the Bedfordshire Regiment (enlisting at Bedford) at the outbreak of war having previously been in the militia and was in the 1st battalion. His Lieut-Colonel wrote that “ He died in the moment of victory”. His mates said this “Herbert will be much missed by his mates, as he was a brave lad and never saw any fear.” On the day Herbert died, the 4th September 1916, the 1st Bedfordshires were to attack the Northern portion of Circular Trench East of Wedgewood on The Somme. During the morning of September 4th the British guns persistently shelled the trenches which the 1st Beds were holding so 2 of these trenches had to be evacuated as men were being buried. During the evacuation German machine guns killed many of the men. 30 men of the 1st Beds were killed by their own guns. Following this incident the advance was overall reasonably successful with the 1st Beds taking 160 German prisoners. Herbert was not so lucky. Herbert had been twice recommended for bravery in the field, once for having carried Pte H Bays of Chatteris to the dressing station, the wounded man being killed on route. This brave soldier has no known grave and is commemorated on Thipeval Memorial on The Somme.. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • Cambs Times 15th Sept 1916 inc photo • Medal Card • 1911 census • Soldiers Died • 1st Beds Diary Extract
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