Herbert Palmer

Name

Herbert Palmer

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

06/10/1917
20

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
38798
Bedfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ZANTVOORDE BRITISH CEMETERY
III.G.20.
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

Herbert was the son of George & Hepzibah Palmer of 4 Venables Yard, Church Path, Stevenage.

Wartime Service

After joining the Army, the young Farm Labourer was posted to the Western Front, arriving there on the 30th September 1915. He took part in some of the most intense fighting of the Great War and was to eventually lose his life during the closing stages of one of the major British offensives, The Battle of Passchendaele. The offensive had been launched on 31st July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6th November. Although it resulted in gains for the Allies it was by no means the breakthrough General Haig intended, and such gains as were made came at great cost in human terms. The area had suffered some of the heaviest rains it had seen for 30 years and this, combined with intensive shelling from both sides, had turned the ground into a hellish morass. The Battalion arrived at Sanctuary Wood in the Ypres sector on the 3rd October 1917. Over the next few days they would be involved in an attempt to capture Polderhoek Chateau. However, these attacks proved to be unsuccessful due to both very heavy German machine gun and artillery fire plus the almost impenetrable mud which reduced any attack to a crawl. Herbert is buried in the Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson