Hubert William Field

Name

Hubert William Field
17th June 1897

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

30/10/1917
19 years

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
203270
Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Battalion

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY
XLIV. C. 14.
Belgium

Headstone

>None

UK Memorials

Breachwood Green Baptist Chapel Memorial, Breachwood Green. St Mary's Church Memorial, King's Walden.

Pre War

Hubert William Field was born in Kings Walden, Hertfordshire on 17th June 1897 the son of William Field (B 1867 in Kings Walden) a Farm Bailiff and Emma Field, (nee Hill) (B 1863 in Kings Walden). The seventh of eight children.

1901 Census records Hubert aged 4, living with his parents, brothers Percy 18, Sidney 14, Alec 11, Hugh 6 Reginald 1, sisters Letitia 9, and Dorothy 7, at Wandon Green, Kings Walden, Herts.

Hubert attended Breachwood Green National School from January 1902, leaving in June 1911 when he reached the school leaving age of 14.

1911 Census records Hubert aged 13, at school, living with his parents, brothers Percy 28, Sidney 23, Alec 21, Hugh 16, Reginal 11, sisters Letitia 19 and Dorathy 17, at Wandon Green Farm, Nr Luton, Beds.

Wartime Service

Hubert enlisted in Hitchin, Herts, posted to the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment with the service No 203270.

Hubert was killed in action on the 30th October 1917, at (The Third Battle of Ypres) The Second Battle of Passchendaele (26th October to 10th November 1917). The Battalion took up positions on the evening of the 29th October 1917 about a mile and a half S. E. of Poelcapelle. On the morning of 30th October, the Battalion attacked at about 5.50am the attackers were met with heavy German resistance. The attack was held up by very heavy and boggy ground surrounding the Paddebeek, the ground gained was only about 200 yds, and short of the objective. The battalion was relieved at 7pm and marched out to Irish Farm. 

Hubert is buried in the CWGC Poelcapelle British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Additional Information

Part of 190th Brigade, 63rd (Naval) Division. His effects of £4-17s-1d, pay owing and £3, War Gratuity went to his father William. He is noted on the Kimpton Roll of Honour.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Paul Johnson, June Colegrove, Mark Morgan