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Arthur Robert Herne: Sunday 8th October 1916

Arthur became Lance Corporal 5276 in the 1/16th Batt. London (Queen’s Own Westminster) Regiment.  He was killed in action aged 25; his body was never found and is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, one of 72,195 missing of the Battle of Somme.

The Herne family had lived at 22 Althorpe Rd since at least 1901 and their father was a Carpenter/joiner originally from Norfolk.  Arthur and George, both born in Battersea, were Robert and Sarah Ann’s their only children. By 1911 Robert had become a solicitor’s estate foreman.  The family were to lose both boys.  Both brothers were born in Chelsea, became insurance clerks and joined the London (Queen’s Own Westminster) Regiment, 1/16th Batt, D Company.