Herbert Zabiela

Date of birth:                     1881
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       718004
Rank:                                     Sergeant
Regiment / Division:      London Regiment
Battalion:                             23rd (County of London) was in 2nd London Regt, Service No: 3257
Died:                                      5 April 1918 aged 36 years
Death Location:                Aveluy Wood, France

Life before the War
Herbert was born in Southampton in 1881 to parents Alfred Antoine and Mary, nee Murphy.  Herbert’s grandfather was Antoine Zabiela who was born 1806 in Cognac, France.  In 1838 Antoine left France sailing to Southampton, Hampshire before leaving again to live in Guernsey.  His children, including Alfred Antoine Zabiela, Herbert’s father, were all born in Guernsey.

From birth indexes it appears Herbert was born in the Southampton area, however it is not until the 1901 census that he is mentioned again in any records.  There was no trace of his parents either.  In 1901, he was living at 39 Markham Street, Chelsea, London and gave his occupation as a Clerk at an Electrical Company.

In 1911 he was living at 29 Cambridge Street, St George Hanover Square, London.  Herbert was living here with a visitor, Carleton Witton.  Nobody else was mentioned although the census was completed and signed by Clara Elizabeth Taylor, the landlady.  The Electoral Register for the same year shows Herbert was living at 40 Moreton Street London.  He was renting one room on the first floor for 7 shillings per week.  A Mrs C Taylor was also living at that address.

War Service
Herbert enlisted on 27 November 1914.  He gave his mother Mary as next of kin.  He served at home from the date of enlistment until 22 December 1914 when he was posted to Malta, staying there until 26 August 1915 when he was posted to the Mediterranean.  He left there and went on to France on 24 April 1916.  On 23 June 1917 he went back to the UK until 12 June 1917 when he returned to France and stayed until his death, killed in action on 5 April 1918.

His personal items which included discs, wallet, letters, photos, cards, purse, lock of hair, unused big envelope, whistle, 5 keys on a ring, 2 ampules in a tin box and part of cap badge were all sent to his mother Mary Zabiela at 25 Alfred Road, Spring Grove, Kingston on Thames.  He also gave details of close family.  He confirmed he did not marry or have any children, that his father Alfred was deceased and that he had only one sibling, Florence May, who married in 1907 to Stanley Henry Hobson and with whom she had a son, Reginald Hodson.

Herbert is Remembered with Honour at the Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France.

He received the 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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