PASK, Herbert

No.5965, Private, Herbert PASK
Aged 33

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 19th June 1915

An Old Contemptible

Herbert Pask was born in Stoke by Clare ( Risbridge Q2-1882 4A:576), son of Walter and Hanna PASK (née PEACOCK). His father married Hannah in 1869, she already had a daughter Martha PASK, born 1864.

1891 census...Aged 8, he was at Lodge Farm, Chilton Street, Clare with his father Walter PASK [42] farm labourer; his mother Hannah [48] born Ashen; sisters Elizabeth [21] and Kate [13]; brother Willie [11]. All except his mother were born in Stoke by Clare.

1901 census...Aged 18, a hay binder, he was boarding at Pear Tree Cottage, Black Notley, Essex with Alfred and Sarah GALLEY. His parents and brother Willie were still at Lodge Farm, Chilton Street, Clare.

1911 census...Aged 28, a horse man, he was back in Chilton Lodge Farm, Chilton Street, Clare with his parents.

He enlisted in Saffron Walden. His number suggests that he had originally enlisted in the second half of 1901. If so his time with the colours must have been completed before 1911 and his complete 12 years by 1913 excusing him from mobilisation in 1914, in which case he must have volunteered again to have been in France/Flanders so early.

He died in Belgium at Hooge. The war diary just says 2 men wounded that day, but CWGC has Herbert and 1 chum killed. Few who fell at that time have known graves. .

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Herbert Pask is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, panel 21

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