Herbert Reginald Ulric Egremont

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Battalion: 26th (3rd Wessex) Field Ambulance
Rank / Service No: Private, 1959
Died: 1st December 1916, aged 32 years
Buried: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France (Plot VIII, Sect. A, Row C, Grave 6)


Herbert was the youngest of 3 boys born to John and Marion Beatrice Egremont (nee Dewhurst), who married in King’s Norton in 1876.

John was born in Whitgift, Yorkshire in 1848. He died on 10 March 1892 “at sea.”

Marion was born in Netley in 1857 and she passed away on the Isle of Wight in 1933. She married Arthur Edward Parry in Southampton in 1900.


The family lived at Newlands Avenue, Shirley.


John’s death is interesting. His wife and 3 boys arrived in Southampton from Buenos Aires on 9 April 1892, so it must be assumed that John’s body was taken there.



John   b. 1881 Teignmouth   d. 4 September 1952 Surrey   Married Ida Henrietta Symons in Cuckfield in 1905.

Sydney Gerald Llewellyn   b. 1883 Shirley   d. 1962 Exeter   Married Minnie Carter in Southampton in 1913.

Herbert Reginald Ulric


Interestingly, Herbert was a “Hosier, Hatter & Tailor.” He was living with his mother and one brother in Bexley Heath at the 1911 Census, and he left £366 2s 11d to his mother after his death.


The 26th Field Ambulance served with the 8th Division and was formed at Hursley Park during October 1914, from regular army units returning from around the British Empire.

They landed in France in November 1914 and remained on the Western Front throughout the war.


Herbert perished during one of many actions during the Battle of the Somme. He was originally buried at Fresnoy-Andainville Communal Cemetery, but his grave was moved in October 1920.


Terlincthun Cemetery contained 3,300 burials in July 1920 but, for many years, it remained an “open” cemetery and graves continued to be brought into it from isolated sites and other burial grounds throughout France where maintenance could not be assured.


It now contains 4,378 Commonwealth WW1 burials, and the cemetery suffered considerable damage during WW2.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 14th July 2016


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