Other names: Herbert Neville
Locations in this story: East Lulworth, DorsetEast Knoyle, WiltshireOborne, Sherborne, DorsetSouth AfricaMalawi, AfricaStafford, Staffordshire
Story: Herbert Neville Usher was born in East Lulworth, Dorset, on 9 Jul 1899 and baptised there on 9 Aug 1899 the son of Rev. Robert Usher and Alice Mabel Usher (nee Edwards). He spent his early life in East Lulworth and East Knoyle, Wiltshire, until by 1911 the family had moved to Oborne, Sherborne, Dorset. Herbert had enlisted with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment becoming a 2nd Lieutenant. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but had been awarded the Military Cross during the conflict. On his discharge he was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He left for South Africa during 1926 and apart from infrequent visits to the UK remained there until he retired as an Estate Manager and Planter. He had married Cicely May Cockerton in Malawi, Africa, on 16 Apr 1929 and, following her death in 1957, went on to remarry Ada Mary Cockerton in South Africa on 18 Feb 1960. About this time he returned to the UK and lived near Stafford, Staffordshire, until his death there on 10 Feb 1977. Of his brothers, Robert Howell Craster Usher, had served but later died in a flying accident in 1924 whilst Christopher Lancelot Usher had died of wounds in France during 1918.