It is possible that Herbert Hutchings was born at Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead in 1892, and in the 1911 Census he was registered as a Farm Labourer. On 1st August 1915 he married Florence Emma Botwright, from Bedmond, and in November of the same year the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine recorded that a son had been born to the couple.
The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour recorded Herbert for the first time in December 1915, serving with the Army Service Corps (ASC), and he was recorded with that unit until March 1917, when he was listed serving with the 3rd Bedfordshire’s. At some point in 1917 Herbert was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment, and he served with that unit until the end of the War, and beyond.
Herbert was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Autumn 1918, Spring 1919 and Autumn 1919, still serving with the 1/5th Bedfordshire’s, and his home address was given at Bedmond.
Hebert survived the War, as did his brothers in law Edward, Percy and Benjamin Botwright. Benjamin Botwright was discharged in March 1918 after being wounded in November 1917. His fourth brother in law, Arthur Botwright was killed in action on 16th August 1917.