George Humphrey Herne: Tuesday 5th November 1918
George joined the 1/16th (County of London) Battalion (Queens Westminster Rifles) Regiment, with regimental no. 808 where he became a Sergeant, serving from November 1914 in France and Flanders, and rose through the ranks to become Company Sergeant Major with service no 550040. He died of his wounds aged 29 and is buried at Maing Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
George and Arthur are commemorated in one of the greatest works on soldiers killed in the Great War, which was subscription based, entitled “Soldiers Died in the Great War.” It was published in many parts, with each part focusing on a particular regiment.
George’s younger brother Arthur had been killed in action two years previously with the same regiment. George was born in Chelsea and baptised on 10 February 1889 in St Luke’s Chelsea. The family ’s neighbours at 24 Althorpe Road, George and Eliza Abbott, would loose their son George a few months later.