Hebberd John Bollom

Hebberd John Bollom ©

Hebberd John Bollom ©

Date of birth: 11th June 1890
Place of birth: Woolston, Southampton
Service No.: 437621
Rank: Private
Regiment: Canadian Infantry
Battalion: 1st
Died: 21st June 1917 aged 26 years
Death location: Belgium


NOTE: Although Hebberd’s name is not on Southampton’s Cenotaph or Memorial Wall, our researcher chose to research and tell his story.



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Before the War
Hebberd, born on 11th June 1890, was one of three children born to Charles Henry John (1867) and Rosa Kate Bollom (nee Robinson 1866- 20/07/1940).  His parents were married in Southampton in 1889.  Hebberd was baptised on 16th September 1891, in Woolston

When she died in 1940, Rosa left a Probate which named her married daughter:

“Bollom Rosa Kate of 12 Oak Road Woolston Southampton (wife of Charles Henry John Bollom) died 20 July 1940. Probate Llandudno 31 January 1941 to Mabel Emma Johnson (wife of Douglas Owen Johnson) and Charles Antell Fudge solicitors clerk. Effects £3001 2s 8d”

Hebberd’s siblings – two sisters – were:

Mabel Emma Bollom (1890).  Baptised on 7th February 1890, in Woolston

Cordelia Gwendoline b. 28th July 1893 and died as a spinster in 1977 Southampton.

In 1906 at the age of 14 (according to Passenger Lists) Hebberd emigrated to Canada.  He sailed from Liverpool, with his father, on 29th March aboard SS Canada.  No record can be found for his mother or sisters emigrating to Canada or visiting.

In the 1901 and 1911 census, Charles was not with his family on the night each census was taken.  The census return for 1901 shows Rosaand all 3 of her children  living with Hebberd’s uncle, William Chapman, at Oak Road, Woolston.  William had his own business as a Builder of Houses.  Rosa is recorded as married but has no employment.

The 1911 census shows Rosa and Cordelia are still living with William Chapman at Oak Road.  William Chapman is a widower, who at 81 is an employer in the Building Contractor Business.  Rosa was the Housekeeper whilst Cordelia wasn’t employed.


Military History
Hebberd was working as a farmer when he enlisted on 19th August 1915 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Canadian casualty card reads:

‘Killed in action’
This soldier who was attached to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company was killed during the afternoon of June 21st 1917 by enemy shrapnel, while at work with his section, road making on the Wulverghem-Messines Road.’

 Next of kin: father Charles of Glenreagh, Alberta, Canada.


Kandahar Farm Cemetery

Kandahar Farm Cemetery

 Hebberd is Remembered with Honour at the Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Their Memorial Register reads:

“Bollom, Pte. H. J., 437621. 1st Bn. Canadian inf. (Western Ontario Regt.). Killed in action 21st June, 1917. Age 26. Son of Charles H. and Rosa Bollom, of Glenreagh, Alberta. Native of Southampton, England. Grave/Plot Reference II. B. 35”





Hebberd was a pupil at Taunton’s School and is remembered on their memorial:


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1900 – 1904

Education and Employment: Hebberd was born June 1890 in Southampton, and his family lived in Woolston. In 1906 they emigrated to Canada. Hebberd worked as a farmer in Alberta.

Life during the war: Hebberd enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 19th August 1915. He served with the Western Ontario Regiment of the Canadian Infantry. He was attached to the 3rd Canadian Tunneling Company. They were road building on the afternoon of 21st June 1917, on the Wulverghem – Messines Road, when he was hit by enemy shrapnel and killed. Hebberd is buried in the Kandahar Farm Military Cemetery in Belgium.

 Hebberd died on 21st June 1917 aged 26 years.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 27th August 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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