Richard Harbut

Date of birth: 1879
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 5856
Died: 6th July 1915, aged 36 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium


Richard was the youngest of 6 siblings born to James and Elizabeth Harbut; a marriage date and maiden name have not been easy to track down.


James was born in Portswood in 1833 and he died in Southampton in 1894.


Elizabeth was born in Le Havre, France in 1840 and she passed away in the city in 1922.



Henry John (HARRY)   b. 1858 Southampton   d. 10 January 1918   Married Julia Fanny Weldon in Southampton in 1889…lived 202 Derby Road & had 5 children.

He left £214 14s to his wife.

Thomas Albert   b. 1865 Southampton   d. 9 March 1941 Luton   Married Emily Gatward in West Ham in 1896. Left £3518 8s 1d to Emily & Vivian Arthur Harbut.

Elizabeth (Bessie)   b. 1869 Southampton   d. 1920 Southampton

Flora Amelia   b. 1872 Southampton   d. 1942 Gosport   Married Henry Simpson in Southampton in 1896.

James Albert   b. 1874 Southampton   d. 1888 Southampton



The Hampshire 1st Battalion became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in August 1914, just prior to landing at Le Havre for action on the Western Front.

There were no major battles fought on the Western Front between May and September 1915.


It was a period of static warfare, with an average loss of 300 Commonwealth servicemen per day, from sniping and shellfire.





Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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