Herman, George Alfred


Son of Robert Alfred Herman, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Amy Herman, he came to Winchester from King’s College Choir School, being third on the Roll to College in 1904. He was Prefect of School in 1909 and Prefect of Library the year after, won the Junior Duncan Prize for Mathematics and the Science Prize, and was bracketed first for the Richardson Mathematical Prize. He was a Colour Sergeant in the O.T.C. and in 1911 was awarded the King’s Coronation Medal given to the most meritorious officer in the corps; he also stood on Dress for College XV. He was elected to a Scholarship at Trinity in 1911 and took his degree in the Law Tripos in 1914.

When the war came he at once obtained a commission in the Cambridgeshire Regiment where he served alongside Arthur Innes Adam (Coll 1907-1912) (see individual entry) who was killed in action 15th September 1916. They both managed to obtain a week’s home leave in October 1915 but on their return missed their connection and spent the day looking round Amiens. They then “wandered for two days all over the countryside looking for the regiment; having found the same, we proceeded to march with it for three days westwards; i.e. away from Germany. Why, we don’t quite know, but we thought for a while that we might be going to the very latest in theatres of war….”   By June 1916 Herman was Second in Command of Adam’s A Company who noted that he was “sitting in a dug-out, waiting for the return of my valiant second in command, Herman, from a rather tricky scouting expedition…..”     On July 19th, he led a raid on the enemy lines near Givenchy, and was never heard of again. He is commemorated on Pier and Face 16B of the Thiepval Memorial, and also on the war memorial at St Mark’s Church, Barton Road, Cambridge.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Herman
  • Forenames or initials: George Alfred
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1904-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 1st June 1892
  • Date of Death: 19th July 1916
  • How Died: Missing in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 16B of The THIEPVAL MEMORIAL