Herbert Short

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           16666

Unit:                     12th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment


Herbert was born in St Paul’s Bristol in 1880-90s. Very little firm details are available in respect of his family & residence. The record of soldier’s effects however records his mother as Jane Marsh & a brother Albert Frederick. A Jane Marsh married to Richard was living Whithall Road St.George in 1911 so this may be the link with the Parish of St George although one must admit that there is some speculation here.

The 12th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment – better known locally as ‘Bristol’s Own’ was formed and trained in Bristol until June 1915 when it moved to Yorkshire then Salisbury Plain before landing in France on November 21st 1915. Herbert was among the original men enlisted to the Battalion.

Between then and October 1918 when it was unceremoniously disbanded it fought in all the major battles in France and Flanders and also served in Italy in late 1917 and early 1918. It gained 22 Battle honours and lost one third of its original men.

Herbert was killed in action on 6th May 1917 at that time the 12th were at the small village of Fresnoy 3 ½ miles east of Vimy Ridge where they had relieved the 1st Canadian Infantry.

Herbert has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial; Panel Bay 6.

Image by Doug Crew.

Herbert was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal. 


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

Register of Soldiers Effects 1901-1929

1891,1901 & 1911 UK household census

The Long, Long Trail

“Bristol’s Own” by Dean Marks.