World War I
Herbert Ernest Chillmaid

On the 31st June 1916 Herbert Ernest Chillmaid joined up for the duration of the war. He was 17years and 1o months at this time and by trade he was a dog trainer. He lived in Town House Farm , Ingatestone with his father and mother, Edward and Emily. Herbert had three brothers, Arthur aged 20 who was with the 1st Essex in Ireland, Charles aged 17 who was in the 20th Hussars in Tidworth, and Walter aged 16 who was still on the farm.
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Herbert was just over 5foot tall and weighed 104 lbs when he joined up, his physical development was described as good. As he joined he seems to have moved around a bit as his record shows him in the army reserve on 2nd June 1916, just one day after joining, which would have been because of his age. It wasn’t until February 1917 that he was mobilised and sent to the Cycle Regt 7th Kings Own Royal Regt, Norfolk Yeomanry. On 2nd September he embarked from Folkestone, but had moved to the Suffolk Regt yet within the next nine days he had made yet another move, and this was his last, to the 6th Battalion Yorks and Lancs Regt service number 33701. He must have returned to England as he was in Ripon when on the 15th March he had a dirty rifle on parade and received 2 days confined to barracks, five days later he was posted to the B.E.F France on the 20th March 1918.
The regiment was involved in the Battle of the Canal du Nord which lasted four days at the end of September. The British part in the great general attack upon the whole German front was to begin in the early morning of September 27th. On the evening before a great bombardment opened on a thirty-mile front, from a point about two miles northwest of St: Quentin, as far as the Sensee River northwest of Cambrai. On the 29th Two corps of the Third British Army of which the Yorks and Lancs were part attacked at the St. Quentin Canal at Marcoing. This was the decisive day of the great battle and was marked by many glorious feats of arms.
Herbert Ernest Chillmaid aged 19 was killed on 29th September 1918 and was buried at Quarry Cemetery, Marquion.,which was captured by the 1st Canadian and 11th Division on 27 September 1918. Quarry Cemetery (called also the Chalk Pit Cemetery) was made by fighting units after the battle and used during the following month for burials. After the war, the Army bureaucracy swung into action and Emily Chillmaid received a series of letters sending her Herbert,s effects, his war medal entitlement and his plaque and scroll. An end of yet another young life.
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