Herbert, Owen William Eugene

Third son of Patrick Herbert Herbert of 4 Argyle Road, Kensington and his wife, Beatrice, daughter of Lord Justice Selwyn. One of his two brothers came to the shool, the distinguished author and lawyer Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, author of a novel about the First World War called “The Secret Battle” and later a series of sketches about the legal profession, entitled “Misleading Cases”. He entered Mr. Cook’s House from Mr. C.R. Jelf’s school at Folkestone, and became a Commoner Prefect and a member of Sixth Book: he also played in O.T.H. VI, and in 2nd XI (Association) and represented the School at fencing.

He passed into RMA Woolwich in August 1911, and two years later obtained a commission in the R.F.A. His battery, the 109th, left for the front very early in the war.  He was last seen on the night of 26th-27th October 1914, near Neuve Chapelle, while on his way to visit a forward gun, the officer in charge of which had fallen. Neuve Chapelle was captured by the Germans the following day.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Herbert
  • Forenames or initials: Owen William Eugene
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 18th May 1893
  • Date of Death: 26th November 1914
  • How Died: Missing presumed killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LE TOURET MEMORIAL: Panel 1