Lance Corporal Herbert W. Carpenter

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.

Born in about 1885 the son of Albert and Mary Carpenter, of Reigate and husband of Mary Ellen Carpenter, of the School House, Abinger Common Dorking. His father was a wheelwright. In 1911 the family were living in Oxford Road, Merton. An older brother was employed as a clerk and Herbert was an assistant school teacher.

He took up the appointment as teacher at Abinger sometime between 1911 and 1914, which was the year he married Mary Mitchell at Chertsey. A son, Herbert Colin was born in 1915, their only child. Herbert was killed aged 33 in action on 29 September 1918 and was buried at the Unicorn Cemetery in L’Aisne. He left £238 to his wife in his will. A sad postscript, his son Colin, having been to Cambridge enlisted in the RAF and was killed in 1940. He and his mother both gave their address as the School House in Abinger and Colin was buried at St James’ Church.

Lived Oxford Road, Merton then Abinger
Son of Albert and Mary Carpenter of Reigate
Husband of Mary Ellen Carpenter of the School House, Abinger Common
Regiment 7th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number 64014
Date of Death 29th September 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 33
Cemetery Unicorn Cemetery, L’Aisne, France
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