St. James from Park Walk

Herbert Henry Light

Surname: Light
Other names: Herbert Henry
Other people in this story:
George Frederick Light
Bethsheba Light née Stevens
Emily Light née Dicks
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Freshford, Somerset
Alwold Crescent, Woolwich, London
Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury
Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Herbert Henry Light was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd December 1877 and baptised at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, on 20 Mar 1878 the son of George Frederick Light and Bethsheba Light (née Stevens). The family lived in Tanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury. Herbert married Emily Dicks in Freshford, Somerset, on 21st September 1901 and they went on to have two children. He served for 6 years with the Dorset Volunteers and re-enlisted as a Driver Saddler with the Army Service Corps on 7th October 1914 (Service No. TS/3096). He served in France from 29th October 1914 to 29th September 1916 and latterly in the UK. He was demobilized on 25th May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. At the time he was reported to be suffering from heart trouble, dysentery and varicose veins and applied for a pension which was ultimately refused. Both the 1921 Census and 1939 Register shows him living at 61 Alwold Crescent, Woolwich, London, and described as a Harness Maker (Retired). He died in Woolwich on 4 Jul 1951 and was buried nearby on 9 Jul 1951. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.


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