5833668, Gunner, Herbert Arthur VOSS
Aged 31

12th Regiment ( The Honourable Artillery Company) Royal Horse Artillery
Killed in Action on Monday 30th November 1942

Born on 26 October 1912 [Newmarket 3b:834], son of Sidney Arthur and Annie Elizabeth VOSS (née CROMPTON) of 5 Kimberley Terrace, Field Terrace Road, Newmarket. His mother died in 1934 and his father married Rose E PEARSON in 1937.

In the 1939 register Herbert was butler at Egerton House,London Road, Newmarket for William Jarvis. At 5 Kimberley Terrace, Field Terrace Road, Newmarket were his father Sidney Arthur [17-6-1889] a stableman, and his step mother Rose E [3-8-1887]. There are 3 closed records.

Herbert's unit was part of the 1st Army ( 6th Armoured Division, 6th Support Group) in North Africa. After the "Torch" landings, the plan called for the Allies to advance along the two roads and take Bizerte and Tunis. Once Bizerte was taken Torch would come to an end. Attacking in the north towards Bizerte would be British 36th Infantry Brigade,and to the south British 11th Infantry Brigade. The operation narrowly failed with the modest attacking forces getting to within 10 miles (16 km) of Tunis before the Axis troops which had mainly been flown in were able to organise their defences and repel the Allied advance. By the end of 1942 a stalemate had set in as both sides built up their forces.

Herbert and two others of his unit were the only Artillery men killed that day, most casualties being from Parachute Regiment AAC and the Queens Royal West Kents. Herbert was buried with Gunner Pickersgill at 8GR/RSG/2052 ( map not yet found) and re-interred in Massicault on 3rd March 1944.

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Herbert is buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia Ref- III.F.7.
and is also commemorated on Exning Road plaque which is now kept in the Exning Road Working Mens Club

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