Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval
Children: Elsie, Evelyn
Regiment: Pince of Wales’s Own
Herbert Milner was born on the 27th November 1878, the son of Levi and Catherine, nee Long.The family were living at Fagley Road and Levi was working as a blacksmith’s assistant. Levi died in 1889 aged 46 years and in 1891 the family were living in Charnwood Road and Herbert at 12 years of age was working as a spinner in a worsted mill. By 1901 the family were living at 34 Charnwood Road and Herbert is working as a warehouseman.On the 13th of February 1904 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, Herbert at 25 years of age and working as a warehouseman married Linnie Wild aged 22 years of 12 Hutton Terrace, Eccleshill.
The couple went to live with his family at 34 Charnwood Road where their eldest daughter Elsie was born. By the time their second daughter Evelyn was born in 1907 the family had moved to 41 Raglan Terrace. Both daughters were baptised at St Luke’s Church. By 1911 they were living at 67 Institute Road and Herbert was working as a stuff warehouseman for Messrs Arthur Walker in Leeds Road.He enlisted on the 16th February 1915 as Private 18/237 in the B Coy. of the 18th Battalion of the
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) formed by the Lord Mayor of Bradford on the 22nd of January in 1915. On the 17th of December 1915 the Brigade departed Liverpool for Egypt to guard the Suez Canal but left on the 6th March 1916 when the Brigade was transferred to France as part of the build up for the Somme. On Saturday 1st July 1916 the attack opened at 7.30am and the 18th Battalion were slaughtered as soon as they got on top of their trench. Herbert was among the dead of the 18th Battalion whose casualties of more than 400 officers and men represented some 70% of
the Battalion’s men who took part in the assault. Herbert was initially pronounced “missing” but his family were informed later that autumn that he was officially confirmed as having been killed in action. He was 37 years of age. He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial where the names of officers and men who fell on the Somme battlefields from July 1915 to February 1918 are recorded and who have no known grave.Herbert left his effects to his widow Linnie who received £3.8.9d on the 22nd February 1917 and a War Gratuity of £5.10.0d on the 27th September 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks