Herbert Lawrence Waite was born in 1896, the son of Christopher and Harriet Ann. Nee Mallinson.They began married life at 43 Undercliffe Street, Eccleshill but by 1891 they had moved to 39 Charnwood Road. Two other children, Mary Isabella and Christopher Gordon were born before Herbert.By 1911 the family had moved to 15 Park Street, Bare, Morecambe but Christopher died in Bradford in 1912 aged 56 years and when Herbert enlisted he was living at 2 Westfield Crescent.He enlisted in Wakefield on the 30th of October 1915 as Gunner 120418 as part of Kitchener’s new
army in the 77th Howitzer Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, 16th Irish Division which landed in Le Havre on the 17th/18th of February 1916. His unit was involved in the Battle of the Somme but not until Guillemont between the 3rd and 6th September where, south of Delville Wood, the second German defence system snaked down to the village of Guillemont. It became another place where men of both sides were cut down in their thousands, as attack and counter-attack took place. There followed the Battle of Ginchy on the 9th of September 1916 which could only be attacked
once Delville Wood and Guillemont were in British hands. The 16th Irish division took part in the Battle of Messines 7th to 14th of June 1917, in which they captured Wytschaete. The battle commenced with one of the heaviest artillery bombardments of the war. In August and September 1917 they also were involved in Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele as it became known, which failed in its objectives and descended into attritional fighting. Herbert died of wounds in the large Military Hospital in Etaples on the 28th March 1918 and he is buried in the Military Cemetery there.
His unit had been involved in the 1918 Somme offensive fighting in the Battle of St. Quentin and in the Battle of Rosieres and it was in one of these battles that he was wounded. He was 21 years of age.He left his effects to his brother in law John W Tuffley and his sister Mary Isabella who each received £11.19.0d and a War Gratuity of £10.10.0d to his brother in law and also to his brother Christopher who each received £5.5.0d.Herbert is not listed on either Eccleshill Roll of Honour but his name was in a list of the dead published later in a Parish Magazine.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks