Edward Ernest Hibberd

Date of birth: 1899
Place of birth: Semley, Wiltshire
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 41320
Died: 13th April 1918, aged 18 years
Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium


Edward was the twelth of 13 siblings born to Frank Reuben and Ellen Hibberd (nee Chubb), who married in Fugglestone St. Peter, Wiltshire on 7 June 1882.


Frank was born in Tisbury, Wiltshire in 1859 and he died in Southampton on 9 March 1941.

Ellen was born in Dover in 1857 and she passed away in Southampton on 30 November 1921, when living at 48 Winchester Road.


It’s difficult to know when the couple and the younger of their children moved to Southampton, but sometime soon after the 1911 Census seems most likely.



Florence   b. 1881 Bemerton   d. ??

Edith Ethel   b. 1884 Semley   d. 1968 Manchester   Married Robert Manson Newall in Prestwich in 1910.

Alice Mary   b. 1885 Semley   d. 17 March 1956 Bournemouth   Married Henry Charles Burridge in Bournemouth on 1 July 1912.

Fanny Ellen   b. 1886 Semley   d. ??

Harry Reuben F.   b. 1888 Semley   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Kate Judd in Southampton in 1914. Married Caroline Sarah Rose Riggs in Dorchester in 1928.

Sidney Albert   b. 1889 Semley   d. 1891 Semley

Mary Jane   b. 1890 Semley   d. 1959 Winchester   Married Garnet Edwin Frank Wadman in Gillingham, Dorset on 26 December 1911.

Maud Clara Clarence   b. 1892 Semley   d. 1965 Bournemouth   Married George Samways Beale in Poole in 1913.

Amy Louise Kate   b. 22 October 1893 Semley   d. 31 October 1983 Southampton   Married George Henry William James Wyles in Southampton in 1923.

Herbert William   b. 20 June 1895 Semley   d. 1975 Winchester   Married Mabel Hawkins in Southampton in 1922.

William   b. 13 January 1897 Semley   d. 10 December 1971 Southampton   Married Kate Poole in Southampton on 17 February 1923.

Edward Ernest

Frederick Percy George   b. 23 March 1903   d. 17 October 1985 Southampton



Edward initially attested into the Wiltshire Regiment, with the Service No. 35145….it is not known when he transferred to the D.C.L.I


The 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry was formed at the Curragh in Ireland in August 1914 and was assigned to the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division.

They landed at Le Havre on 15 August 1914 and fought in many important battles on the Western Front.


On 12 January 1916, the battalion was transferred to the 95th Brigade in the same 5th Division.

By 5 October 1916, the Division had left the Somme and was holding a quieter line near Festubert. This relatively tranquil period lasted until March 1917.


The Divison then fought in the Battle of Arras, including the capture of the strategically important Oppy wood.


On 7 September 1917, the Division was relieved before being dispatched to take part in the Third Battle of Ypres.

In early 1918, the Division was moved to Italy, to lines along the River Piave.


This relative peace and quiet was rudely interrupted when the Germans mounted a huge offensive in Flanders in late March 1918.


Edward perished during the Battle of Hazebrouck (12-15 April), probably in the defence of Nieppe Forest.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016


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