Herbert Neal died just fifteen days after being sent to the front line. He was born at Hambleton on 19 November 1891, the son of Edward and Ruth Neal. The family later moved to Whissendine. Herbert was a farm worker before joining up with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment on 7 September 1914. He went out to France on 10 September the following year, and was killed in action at Loos a fortnight later, aged 23 (see contribution below for further information). He has no known grave, and is remembered on panel 34 of the Loos Memorial, named as H Neal. He is recorded in George Phillips' Rutland and the Great War as being called James Herbert Neal and being from Whissendine, but is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as Herbert Neal. However, there is no Neal on Whissendine's war memorial. But there is a Herbert Neale (with an "e") of the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment on Essendine's war memorial. If this is the same man, albeit with two mistakes on the plaque, it may have been that Herbert was working in Essendine before joining the army.
The photos of Herbert and his family are posted by his great nephew Geoffrey.
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