|Date of birth:||28th July 1888|
|Place of birth:||Cranborne, Dorset|
|Rank:||Stoker First Class|
|Regiment / Division:||Royal Navy|
|Died:||9th March 1916 aged 28 years|
|Death location:||East Coast of England, his body was not recovered.|
Herbert George Colbern’s naval record has not survived. He served under his birth name of Elliott as a stoker, first class (service number SS106810) The following information on his naval service is transcribed from The National Roll of Honour: “He had already been in the Royal Navy for 8 years (enlisted 1906 aged 18) when war broke out and was engaged in the ‘Europa’ landing troops at the Dardanelles. Returning to home waters, he served on HMS ‘Fauvette’ and was drowned when that vessel struck a mine off the East Coast on 9th March 1916.”
The Fauvette was seconded to the Navy and used as an armed boarding steamer. On 9th March 1916 the Fauvette was steaming towards the Thames Estuary when she struck two mines laid by a German mine laying submarine off North Foreland, on the East Coast. The ship went down in four minutes, drowning two officers and twelve naval ratings.
(from: : http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/ships/fauvette.html)
Herbert George Elliott (Colbern) was posthumously awarded the Victory medal, the British medal and 1915 Star medal in recognition of his services to his country and is inscribed on the cenotaph at Southampton “lest we forget”
The Star campaign medal of the British Empire was awarded for service in World War One. Also known as the Mons Star. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Pip’.
The British War Medal was awarded for service in World War One. Also called the British Empire campaign medal, it was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918. The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Squeak’.
The Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal was awarded to those who received the British War Medal and was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Wilfred’.
Life before the war
Herbert George Elliott was baptised in Cranborne on 28th July 1888 the son of unwed Maria Elliott (born 1867 in Cranborne, Dorset). No father was named. In the first quarter of 1891 his mother Maria married dustman Jacob Colbern (born 1865 in Edmondsham, Dorset)
Their marriage was registered in Wimborne district vol5a page433.
They had a total of 5 children.
The following Siblings of Herbert George Elliott (Colbern) are confirmed from parish records:
- Frank Hugh was born in 1892 He died in 1916
- Ethel M was born in 1894. She probably married Alfred Jesty in 1912 in Alverstoke, Dorset and they had one daughter, Irene born in 1913.
- Elsie May was born in 1898. No further information was found for her.
- Beatrice Annie was born in 1900. In 1922 she married Arthur Best and they had 1 daughter, Edna born in 1928.
No census record of the family was found for 1891. It is likely they were in the Bournemouth area given the birthplace of their daughter in 1894. By 1898 they were in Southampton
In 1901 the family lived at 8 William Street, St Marys Southampton. His father Jacob was employed as a corporation dustman. Herbert George was using the surname of ‘Colbern’ at this stage.
In 1911 the family lived at 2 Graham Street Southampton. His father was employed as a corporation labourer. Herbert George was home on leave from the Navy in Portsmouth.
Researched by DHW – March 2013.
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