Other names: Herbert
Locations in this story: Dublin, IrelandSouth AfricaShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersCambrin, France
Story: A presumption has been made that certain members of the Army attended at St. James's Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, when posted to Military Camps nearby. One of those named is Herbert Quarry who was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1882 the son of Professor Michael Quarry (Professor of Music) and Frances 'Fanny' Quarry (nee Whitham). Herbert had spent his early life in or near Dublin until he had enlisted on 12 Feb 1901 with the Imperial Yeomanry as a Trooper (Service No. 25207). He served in South Africa with the 74th Squadron VIII Battery for which he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with 3 clasps. He was discharged on 7 Sep 1902 having completed the terms of his engagement. At the outbreak of WW1 he had re-enlisted and joined the Dragoons as a Private (Service No. 5278). Shortly thereafter, on 8 Dec 1914, he was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant and joined the Royal Field Artillery and served in France with the 'F' 8th Trench Mortar Battery. He was killed in action on 2 Aug 1916 and on 22 Sep 1916 his name appeared in the London Gazette announcing he had been awarded the Military Cross for 'conspicuous gallantry in the field'. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He was buried in the Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Cambrin, Pas de Calais, France, (Grave Ref: P. 20.) His name appears on the War Memorial in St. James's Churchyard, Shaftesbury, as well as on the Royal Artillery Roll of Honour and the Ireland Roll of Honour.