Albert HERBERT Hounsome

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Whitchurch, Hampshire
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 25020
Died: 20th April 1917, aged 29 years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France


Herbert was the fourth of 9 known siblings born to Newton and Lizzie Maud Hounsome (nee Elliott), who married in Whitchurch in 1883.

The couple are known to have had 11 children, one of which died in infancy. This child is noted below, so it is a mystery what happened to the other 2 children.


The family latterly lived at 350 Priory Road, St. Denys, having moved from Whitchurch to Southampton some time between the 1901 & 1911 Census.


Newton was born in Whitchurch in 1856 and he died in Southampton in 1919.

Lizzie was born in Lepe in 1858 and she passed away in Southampton in 1935.



George Newton   b. 1884 Whitchurch   d. 1963 Birmingham Married Florence E. Castle in Wandsworth in 1925.

George “deserted” from the 131st Heavy Battery of the R.G.A on 14 March 1915, having been in Hilsea Hospital for 50 days in the latter half of 1914.

On 5 February 1915, he “broke out” of a military hospital in Lewisham and struck a Police Constable whilst drunk !!

He married Alice Luck in Reading in 1932.

Charles William   b. 1885 Whitchurch   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Lucy Ellen Greentree in Havant in 1913.

Annie F. Clara   b. 1887 Whitchurch   d. 1967 Reading   Married Arthur Pearce in Southampton in 1912. Married George E. Shipton in Reading in 1922.

Alfred   b. 1890 Whitchurch   d. 1892 Whitchurch

Harry   b. 1891 Whitchurch   d. 25 May 1955 So’ton General Hospital   Left £394 1s 1d to his brother Sidney.

Sidney   b. 1894 Whitchurch   d. 1971 Southampton

Thomas Edward   b. 29 September 1897 Whitchurch   d. 7.4.1917 France   See separate story.

Lizzie Louisa   b. 1899 Whitchurch   d. 1989 Potters Bar   Married Ernest W. G. Young in Southampton in 1921.



The 2nd Hampshires took part in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign before departing from Alexandria in March 1916, bound for Marseilles and action on the Western Front.


The battalion was part of Allenby’s Third Army in the 29th Division, which has its own memorial in Newfoundland Park near Beaumont-Hamel.

This marks the spot where the division lost many hundreds of men on the first day of the Battle of the Somme (1.7.1916).


The Division was based at Ronville, near Arras, on 11 April 1917. It marched through Arras on 12 April and was in action later that day on the Cambrai road, near Monchy Le Preux.

Still based in that village, the 29th was tasked with capturing Infantry Hill. This was achieved, but the men were easily driven back because of the lack of support.


The German counter-offensive was so effective that it was only thanks to the 4th Worcestershire and 2nd Hampshires that Monchy wasn’t lost.


It is almost certain that Herbert lost his life during these actions.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


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