Henry Erbro Hellyar

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 22587
Died: 7th October 1917, aged 26 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium


Henry was the fifth of 7 siblings born to William Henry and Lucy EMILY Hellyar (nee Brain), who married in Christ Church, Southampton on 21 February 1880.


William was born in Southampton in 1856 and he died in the city in 1918.

Emily was born in Gloucestershire in 1855 and she passed away in Winchester in 1942.



William Henry   b. 1880 Southampton   d. 1953 Southampton   Married Rhoda Christina Willan in Southampton in 1908.

Ada Lucy   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1980 Torbay, aged 98 years !   Married Robert Willan in Southampton in 1908. Robert was 22 years older than Ada. The couple ran a fish & chip shop at 27 Adelaide Road.

Ethel May   b. 1885 Southampton   d. 1908 Southampton

Albert James   b. 18 January 1888   d. 18 November 1940   Married Ethel May Light in Southampton in 1920.

The couple lived at 146 Northumberland Road, Northam. Albert died as a result of injuries received as a result of enemy action whilst onboard the Isle of Sark.

Somewhat sadly, it appears that Ethel may have taken her own life……she also died on 18 November 1940.

Henry Erbro 

Ernest   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1944 Southampton   Married Lillian M. Anstiss in Southampton in 1923.

Dorothy Annie   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 1906 Southampton



The 1st Battalion Hampshires was part of the 11th Brigade in the 4th Division.


Embarkation on to the Braemar Castle at Southampton took place on 21 August 1914, and the brigade disembarked at Le Havre a couple of days later.


Henry probably perished during the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele.


The battle took place on 4 October 1917, in heavy rain. It was seen as one of the most successful Allied attacks of the Battle of Passchendaele, but not for Henry.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016


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