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2nd Lieutenant, 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Killed in action 28th March 1917, age 27

Buried in St. Leger British Cemetery.

Former student of law.


 

Herbert was born on 8th June 1889 at Gorton to Harry Fitton Pendlebury and Hannah Fielding. He attended Manchester Grammar School before joining Manchester University in 1906 to study law.

Herbert was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from November 1915 to February 1916. He joined the 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment and was attached to the 22nd Battalion when he died . A Captain Duguid said of him: “I never met anyone quite so neat and methodical. He paid scrupulous attention to detail, and his work was in consequence always thorough.” Herbert was part of the first wave on of an attack on 28th March at Croisilles in France against strong enemy wire. Some of them got through the wire and then Herbert dealt with a bombing post by throwing a bomb into it and firing his revolver enabling following waves to capture this post. With some men struggling to get forward Herbert pressed on alone into heavy rifle and machine gun fire in an attempt to tackle another post. As he did so a bullet struck him in the shoulder and then the head. He was killed instantaneously.

Herbert’s headstone is inscribed “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish” from John 10:28. He left effects worth £274 to his father, a commercial traveller.