Herbert Roach

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Gunner

Service No:           40937

Unit:                     29th Bty. 42nd Bde., Royal Field Artillery

 Herbert was the 4th child of George & Sarah Roach; in 1901 they were living at Crofts End Road, St. George, Bristol. Herbert’s father was a coal miner. In 1906 Herbert signed on for 3-9 years’ service with the Royal Field Artillery at Newport on 3rd January 1906. His profession was recorded as blacksmith. In 1909 having served with the colours for 3 years Herbert was transferred to the Army Reserve. Later in 1909 Herbert married Eliza Needs in Bristol & their son Herbert Geo was born in 1910.  In 1911 the family were living at 8 Gordon Road Whitehall Bristol, Herbert now employed as a coal miner.

At the declaration of war Herbert was immediately recalled to the colours and on 19th August 1914 he arrived in France with the 42nd Brigade R.F.A. under the command of 3rd Division. 3rd Division was one of the first British formations to move to France and remained on the Western Front throughout the war. It took part in most of the major actions.

Herbert was killed in action on the Somme, during the Battle of Delville Wood, on 27th July 1916.

Herbert is buried and remembered with honour at the Quarry Cemetery, Montauban. Grave reference I E 1

Image by CWGC

Herbert was awarded the 1914 Star with Clasp, The British War Medal and The Victory Medal. These were sent to his widow who at time of receipt had remarried (Mrs Eliza Burley) and was living at 32 Sherbourne Street, St. George, Bristol.                    

 References

British Army WW1 Service Records

Medal Index Cards

The Long Long Trail

UK Census 1901 & 1911

Commonwealth War Graves Commission