Other names: Herbert Henry
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFreshford, SomersetFranceAlwold Crescent, Woolwich, LondonTanyard Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury
Story: Herbert Henry Light was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd December 1877, 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. The 1939 Register shows him living at 61 Alwold Crescent, Woolwich, London, and described as a Harness Maker (Retired). He died in Woolwich in 1951. Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.