Regiment: Cheshire Regiment (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry militia)
Service No: 5823 (militia 3773)
Boer War service: 7 Jan 1900 to 26 Oct 1902
Date of enlistment: 8 Nov 1898 in Cheshire Regiment (10 Aug 1897 in militia)
Date of discharge: 27 Jul 1915 (in Army Reserve from 1903)
Reason for discharge: No longer physically fit for war service
Other information: Herbert served in WW1 – more information can be found on our Great War site.
Born: 23 August 1878 in Broughall, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Family: He was one of twelve children born to John and Mary Jane Thornton. He married Mary Moores on 24 February 1904 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Whitchurch and together they had two children. Mary died in 1916 and he remarried in 1918 to Elizabeth Palin and together they had four children.
Residence: In 1881 he was living with his parents and siblings at Melverley, Ash Parva, Shropshire. By 1891 the family had moved to 56 Green End, Whitchurch.
Employment: He was a labourer when he enlisted.
Death: 17 April 1947 in Tilstock, Shropshire, aged 68 and was buried in Tilstock churchyard