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Forename(s): Herbert

Place of Birth: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Service No: 235344

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 2/5th Battalion

Division: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-07-31

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 33.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Herbert Sellwood was the son of John and Rebecca Sellwood, née Kirk. John was born at Binfield, Berkshire and Rebecca at Watermillock, Cumberland.

1901 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census: 1, Roefield Cottage - Herbert Sellwood, aged 3 years, born Clitheroe, son of John and Rebecca Sellwood.

1911 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census: 10, Back Commons - Herbert Sellwood, aged 13 years, born Clitheroe, son of John and Rebecca Sellwood.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Herbert Selwood, 235344, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Herbert Sellwood, 235344, 2/5 Lanc Fuslrs. Date and Place of Death: 31.7.17. Death Assumed. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Rebecca. £15 12s. 9d.

Herbert was killed in action during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Battle of Pilckem, 31 July-2 August.

The identity of Herbert Sellwood on the Rimington War Memorial was found by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe. He is also commemorated on the Clitheroe War Memorial.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Lancashire Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

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Forename(s): Herbert



Enlisted: Clitheroe, Lancs

Number: 235344

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Battalion: 2/5th Battalion


Died Date: 31/07/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 2696, E. Lancs Regt.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): Herbert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 235344

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit: 2nd/5th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 31/07/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. R. Sellwood, of S.W. 30th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.

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‘Clitheroe Times’ (8 October 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

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Herbert Sellwood, of Back Commons, and John Swales, of Bawdlands, with the 4th East Lancashires at Peas Pottage have been promoted to the rank of lance-corporal.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (24 May 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)


‘Presumed killed,’ was the official notice received, yesterday week, by Mrs. Selwood [sic], Back Commons, respecting her third son, Herbert, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who was reported missing on the 31st July, 1917. During the intervening ten months, the mother has made inquiries through various channels in the effort to elicit information as to the fate of her son, but without success, and she had resigned herself to hearing the worst.

Although most of his working life was spent in the countryside, Pte. Selwood was an adventurous soul. When war broke out he was only 16 years of age, but without counting the cost, he made his way to the nearest recruiting office and succeeded in joining the Army. Subsequently, however, his age was discovered and, to his regret, he was not drafted out to the front until May, 1917. Two of his brothers had preceded him, Lance-Corporal Walter being with the East Lancashires on Gallipoli, where he was wounded so severely as to incapacitate him from further fighting, and only last week was transferred from Heaton Park to Scarborough. Private Ernest has served with the Cameron Highlanders, a wound in the left hand, sustained on the Somme, resulting in him being discharged, whilst a fourth brother expects to join up in July. This record of service, splendid though it is, is enhanced by the fact that Miss Florence Selwood is serving as a nurse at a military hospital at Wisbech, near Cambridge.

The late Pte. H. Selwood formerly worked at Pendleton Hall, but he was in service at Rimington when he responded to the call for soldiers. He was a popular member of the young men’s class at St. Mary’s Sunday School.

By the same post that brought the above notification, Mrs. Selwood received a letter informing her that a nephew had been killed.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (6 July 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

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There was a large assembly of mourners at the [Clitheroe] Parish Church, on Sunday morning, when an impressive memorial service was held for nine young men, members of the congregation, who have recently fallen in the war, and whose names figure on the Roll of Honour:

Signaller Jos. Whitehead, King’s Shropshires; Sec.-Lieut. Willoughby F. Hargreaves, R.A.F.; Signaller G.W. Hague, Lancs. Fusiliers; Pte. Wm. Robinson, Welsh Fusiliers; Lance-Corporal Jim Leeming, Welsh Fusiliers; Pte. Herbert Sellwood, Lancs. Fusiliers; Bombardier James Heyes, A.F.A. [R.F.A.]; Sergeant Tom Black, Scottish Rifles; Pte. Richard Townson, Lancs. Fusiliers [sic].

At the close of a very fitting discourse, in which reference was made to the fallen, the hymn, ‘Peace, perfect peace,’ was sung, the organist (Mr. Shaw) played the Dead March, and trumpeters sounded the Last Post.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (2 August 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)


SELWOOD – In loving memory of Private Herbert Sellwood, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was missing, July 31st, 1917, and officially reported, May 23rd, 1918, to have been killed.

He sleeps beside his comrades
In a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in words of love
In the hearts he has left at home.

May heavenly winds blow softly
O’er that sweet and hallowed spot,
Though the sea divides his grave and us
He will never be forgot.

From Mother, Sister and Brothers. 8, North Parade, Clitheroe.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (27 September 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

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At the Moor Lane U.M.C., on Saturday morning, in the presence of a large congregation, a wedding took place, the bride being Miss Sarah A. (Annie) Dugdale, a member of the Choir, and daughter of the late Mr. M. Dugdale and of Mrs. Dugdale, Whalley road, and the bridegroom ex-Private Ernest Sellwood, son of Mrs. Sellwood, Back Commons. The bride was attended by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Harold Dugdale, and given away by her brother, ex-Private Fred Dugdale, Mr. R. Kenyon being best man. The nuptials were performed by the Rev. W.H. Jeffries, M.C. The organist, Mr. G. Cowgill, played the Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin,’ and the hymn, ‘The voice that breathed o’er Eden,’ was sung.

[The article above refers to Ernest, the brother of Private Herbert Sellwood, who was killed in action, 31 July 1917.]




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