1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Herbert Lyddall

Contributed by: David Morrow, on 2008-11-09

Herbert Percy Sydney Lyddall
First Name Herbert
Surname Lyddall
Year of Birth 1888
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Royal Sussex Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Belfast, Antrim

Herbert's Story

His father George was a Sergeant in 2Bn RSxR; Herbert and six siblings were born in Chichester Barracks. Herbert joined his father's old Battalion in 1906. Posted to Belfast in 1907, he met and married Jeanie Brown in 1908. When the Battalion returned to England in 1912, he went into the reserves, being mobilised on 7 August 1914. 2Bn fought at The Aisne, Ypres, and Guinchy before he was sent out of the line in February 1915 after contracting Typhus. Unfit fot the front, he was posted to 3Bn in order to train new recruits in Sussex.

Went back to the front when he didn't have to...

Promoted to Lance Corporal, the youngest of his five children was born in May 1917. Despite his illness, he volunteered to return to the front when he wasn't obliged to. He was posted to 7Bn in November 1917, which fought at Camrai that month, breaking through the Hindenburg Line. He was posted missing during an attack on trenches west of Banteux on 25 November; his body wasn't recovered, and he was later declared KIA. He had been back at the front for just 16 days.

Jeanie never accepted his death, believing he was still just 'missing'. With the help of grandparents in both Belfast and London, she raised five children. She died in 1973, never letting Herbert's memory, nor her love for him, die. With many great-great-grandchildren, Herbert's death is something which still touches the present. Gone but not forgotten, his name is recorded on the Louverval Memorial near Cambrai.

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