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Place of Birth: Waterfoot, Lancashire
Service No: 29/618
Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers
Battalion / Unit: 12th (Service) Battalion
Division: 21st Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-02
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 2 and 3.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
Robert Hebden was the son of Stephen and Betsy Hebden, née Slater? Stephen was born at Blackburn, Lancashire and Betsy at (Thick Bank?) Kelbrook, Yorkshire.
1881 Waterfoot, Lancashire Census: Ashworth Street - Robert Hebden, aged 1 year, born Newchurch, Lancashire, son of Stephen and Betsy Hebden. [Two brothers of Robert - William and Henry, named in this census, were living at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire in 1911.]
1891 Waterfoot, Lancashire Census: 8, Strasburgs Buildings - Robert Hebden, aged 11 years, born Waterfoot, son of Betsy Hebden (married).
1901 Rawtenstall, Lancashire Census: 455, Bacup Road - Robert Hebden, aged 21 years, born Waterfoot, Lancashire, son of Betsy Hebden, widow.
Robert was married to Clara Dewhurst in 1906. Clara was the sister of Lance-Corporal William Dewhurst (67733) (q.v.) and Private Thomas Dewhurst (270379) (q.v.).
1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 9, Hartley Street - Robert Hebden, aged 30 years, born Waterfoot, Lancashire, husband of Clara Hebden; William Hebden, son, aged 2 years, born Barnoldswick. [William died later that year and was buried in St Mary-le-Ghyll Churchyard, Barnoldswick.]
Robert Hebden survived the sinking of the R.M.S. 'Lusitania' on 7 May 1915, but his wife, Clara, lost her life. She is buried at Barnoldswick in St. Mary-le-Ghyll Churchyard.
Another 'Lusitania' link to the Craven area occurred on the 5 September 1917, when a Silsden born sailor, Ordinary Seaman John Clark (J/66434) (q.v.), was serving on H.M.S. ‘Stonecrop’ when it was pursuing the German submarine U-88. In the pursuit U-88 probably hit a British laid mine and sank. There were no survivors. The captain of U-88, Walther Schwieger, was captain of the U-20 when it sank the 'Lusitania'.
Robert was married to Mary Ann Nutter in 1916. Mary Ann was the cousin of Private Harry Nutter (202828) (q.v.) and Private Wilfred Ewart Nutter (38487) (q.v.).
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert Hebden, 29/618, 22 [nd] North'd Fus. K. in A.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Robert Hebden, 29/618, 22nd North'd Fus.; 12th North'd Fus. K. in A.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Robert Hebden, 29/618, 12th Bn Northd Fusiliers. Date and Place of Death: 2.4.17. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary A. £4 18s. 6d.
On the 10 August 1917, the 12th (Service) Bn Northumberland Fusiliers amalgamated with the 13th (Service) Bn Northumberland Fusiliers to form the 12th/13th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers.
A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
HEBDEN, Robert, aged 36 years, Northumberland Fusiliers, Church Street, [Barnoldswick], killed in action.
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Private Robert HEBDEN
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division
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