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Frederick Proud HERD

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Surname: HERD

Forename(s): Frederick Proud

Place of Birth: Howgill (near Sedbergh), Yorkshire

Service No: 40775

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2/5th Battalion

Division: 59th (2/North Midland) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-09-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. D. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HOWGILL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Frederick Proud Herd was the son of James and Margaret Herd, née Proud. James was born at Howgill, Yorkshire and Margaret at Gilsland, Northumberland. Frederick was distantly related to Major Francis Morphet Twisleton (9/662) (q.v.).

1901 Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Gateside House - Fred P. Herd, aged 3 years, born Sedbergh, son of James and Margaret Herd.

1911 Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Banty Gill - Fred Proud Herd, aged 13 years, born Sedbergh, son of James and Margaret Herd.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frederick P. Herd, 40775, S. Staff. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Frederick Proud Herd, 40775, 2/5 S. Staff. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Frederick Proud Herd, 40775, 2/5 Bn S. Staffs. Date and Place of Death: 26.9.17 in action Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - James. £6.6s. 5d.

Frederick is commemorated in the 'Service Roll of Martins Bank'.

A short biography of Frederick is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Private Frederick Proud HERD

Private Frederick Proud HERD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: South Staffordshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: South Staffordshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 59th (2/North Midland) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 59th (2/North Midland) Division

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Surname: HERD

Forename(s): Frederick Proud

Born: Sedbergh, Yorks

Residence: Sedbergh, Yorks

Enlisted: Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmoreland

Number: 40775

Rank: Private

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Battalion: 2/5th (T.F.) Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 26/09/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 29510, West Riding Regt.

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Surname: HERD

Forename(s): Frederick Proud

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 40775

Rank: Private

Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment

Unit: 2nd/5th Bn.

Age: 19

Awards:

Died Date: 26/09/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Herd, of Bantyghyll, Howgill, Sedbergh, Yorks.

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SEDBERGH SCHOOL ARCHIVES

(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

SEDBERGH SCHOOL REGISTER 1910

1840 – Herd, Frederick Proud: (Day Boy), brother of No. 1722; born December 14th, 1897; left July, 1915. Great War:– Private, West Riding Regt. Killed in action September 26th, 1917.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (10 November 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

HOWGILL

Last week news was received by Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Herd, Bantygill, that their youngest son, Pte. Fred Proud Herd, was killed on September 26th in Flanders. Pte. Herd, who was 19, joined the Duke of Wellington’s Regt. in September, 1916, but on arriving in France in July, 1917, was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regt. From information received it seems that Pte. Herd met his death in the following manner:– The battle was over and the objectives obtained, when he, along with three others, volunteered to bring in the wounded. Whilst engaged on this errand the whole party were killed by the bursting of a shell. Pte. Herd was educated at Howgill School, and gained a scholarship at Sedbergh Grammar School, from whence he obtained a situation in the Kirkby Lonsdale branch of the Bank of Liverpool. Two of his brothers are out at the front. On Sunday a memorial service was held in Howgill Church. There was a large congregation. The vicar referred to Pte. Herd as one who was ever ready to help in any work connected with the church, and who had a very keen sense of duty. He exhorted all present to emulate the example set by him. The service closed by the playing of the ‘Dead March.’

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (10 November 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

HERD – Killed in Flanders whilst acting as volunteer stretcher-bearer, on September 26th, Fred Proud herd, South Staffordshire Regt., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Herd, Howgill, Sedbergh, aged 19 years.

SEDBERGH SCHOOL ARCHIVES

(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

The Sedberghian, VOL. XXXVIII. NO 6. DECEMBER, 1917. – Obituary Notes.

FREDERICK PROUD HERD

Private South Staffordshires.

(Killed in Flanders, Sept. 26th, 1917).

Herd came to the School, as a day boy from Howgill, in September 1910, and stayed until the end of the summer term 1915. After leaving School he worked at home and at Keighley for a year, and then followed his two elder brothers into the army, joining the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He was transferred to the South Staffs in France, and it appears that he was out with a party searching for wounded when they were all killed by the explosion of a shell. He was a quiet boy of modest character but possessed of that pluck and determination which has marked his family and fellow dalesmen.

THE FIRST WORLD WAR DIARY OF EDMUND HERD, 9th December 1914 to 30th January 1919 by Edmund Brian Herd and John Edmund Herd

(Printed in a series of articles in the ‘Sedbergh Historian’ the annual journal of Sedbergh & District History Society)

[Private Edmund Herd and his brother John (Jack), served in the 1/10th (Scottish) Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment)]

Extracts from the diary for 1917:

Sep 18 Sent in ambulance to Field Hospital at Poperinghe.

Sep 19-21 Feeling miserable and to make matters worse heard that Battalion or at least some of it, had been in the thick of an attack. Worse still, I heard that Fred, my younger brother (South Staffordshire Regt.) was at Vlamertinghe and I knew that he would be going into the line for the first time. Jack (my other brother) and I had always consoled ourselves with the belief that whatever happened to us Fred would be left.

Sep 23-24 Feeling just a little better but very uneasy about Fred.

Sep 25 Heard that South Staffs were back at Goldfish Chateau so went there and saw Fred for only a short time before he left for the line. His battalion relieved ours in front of Wieltje and the Scottish moved to Watou.

Sep 28 Went to camp at Vlamertinghe to find out if South Staffs were out of the line but they were not. Could get little information. (I remember the suspense was so great that I would have gone to Wieltje had it been possible)

Sep 29 Went again to Vlamertinghe and heard the worst. It was dreadful. He was only 16 when Jack and I enlisted. The Sgt. Major told me that he and another were killed whilst getting a wounded man either in or out of the trench. The battalion had suffered dreadfully. He died on the 26th. I returned to Poperinghe and wrote home.

Oct 4 Moved to Villers Faucon and travelled on small light railway. An amusing journey. The small bogeys rattled and swayed. (Miles of these little railways had been laid down as an alternative means of transport to the roads which Jerry had blown up.) I saw Jack. It was naturally a painful meeting.

Nov 4 Lovely day. Memorial service for Fred in Howgill Church, which was packed.
[Edmund was at home, on leave, during part of November.]

Dec 14 Fred’s birthday. Miserable, miserable and very hungry. Writing again, and inoculated again (this inoculation bothered us a lot because we did not trust Jerry and we were suspicious.)
[Edmund was by now a prisoner of war in Germany. He had been captured on the 30th of November.]

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (28 September 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

HERD – In loving memory of Pte. Fred Herd, Banty Gill, Howgill, killed in action September 28th, 1917. – Thy will be done.

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Private Frederick Proud Herd

Private Frederick Proud Herd

Courtesy of Edmund Brian Herd

Margaret Herd, née Proud, the mother of Frederick Proud Herd

Margaret Herd, née Proud, the mother of Frederick Proud Herd

Courtesy of Edmund Brian Herd

James Herd, the father of Frederick Proud Herd

James Herd, the father of Frederick Proud Herd

Courtesy of Edmund Brian Herd

Private John (Jack) Herd (standing) and Private Edmund Herd, the brothers of Private Frederick Proud Herd

Private John (Jack) Herd (standing) and Private Edmund Herd, the brothers of Private Frederick Proud Herd

Courtesy of Edmund Brian Herd

Dochy Farm New British Cemetery

Dochy Farm New British Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of David Shackleton

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

The identical memorial that was at the Skipton and other branches are lost

Courtesy of David Hearn (War Memorials Online project)

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

The Sedbergh men who gave their lives

Left hand panel - Top row (l-r): Private Thomas Cragg, Private Samuel Lakin. Second row (l-r): Private William Eglin Armer, Private Thomas Birkett Stockdale. Third row (l-r): Rifleman George William Burton, Private Frederick Proud Herd. Fourth row (l-r): Private Stephen Atkinson, Private Henry Wilson

Three-panel oil-painting, courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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