No.115258, Gunner, Herbert MORTLOCK
Aged 38

213rd Siege battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in Action on 25th September 1917

Herbert MORTLOCK was born in Shimpling (3rd qtr 1879 Sudbury 4a:526) son of Charles and Ann Sarah MORTLOCK (née DRAKE)

1881 census...Aged 1, he was at Shimpling Sreet with his father Charles MORTLOCK [30] farm labourer born Shimpling; his mother Ann [32] horse hair weaver born Thurston; sister Myra [11] born Lawshall; brothers Harry [6] and Edgar [3] both born Shimpling.

1891 census...Aged 11, he was still in Shimpling with his parents; sisters Myra and Ruth [9]; brothers Harry, Edgar, and George [7].

He married Kate GREENWOOD in 1899

1901 census...Aged 21, a farm labourer, he was in Alpheton with his wife Kate [22] born Lawshall.

1911 census...Aged 31, a farm labourer he was at Green Tree Fram, Shimpling with his wife Kate; sons George [10] born Alpheton, Alfred [7]and Charlie [2] both born Shimpling; daughters Phoebe [5] and Edith [1] both born Shimpling; fsther in law widower Edward GREENWOOD [69] born Bradfield. His widower father was still in Shimpling with his brothers Geworge and Walter, sister Myra and her husband William FREEMAN [43] born Great Bradley.

Kate died in 1913. Their children were :- Alfred [8-8-1903], Phoebe Ann [20-2-1906], Charles Frederick [7-6-1908], Edith [16-1-1910], Walter [5-3-1912] and Herbert Frederick [17-7-1913]. Edith and Walter went on to Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, W.Australia. On the pension card his chlidren were care of Mrs T BRIGHTON, Long Melford (ex Sudbury Infirmary). Tom BRIGHTON is named as his legatee.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 8th August 1916. Mobilised in Royal Garrison Artillery on 13th August 1916, he gave his age as 38, from Shimpling, a farm labourer, a widower with 6 children. He was 5 feet 8.5 inches tall, chest 36 to 38.5 inches.
Posted to BEF on 20th May 1917. He successively seved in 46 Coy - 225 Siege btty - 299 Siege - 46 Coy - 341 Siege battery before going to France and the 213th Siege battery.
The Siege Batteries used heavy calibre guns and were usually opetrated from further back behind the lines, but nor being mobile, were always subject to enemy counter bombardment
Initially buried in a small cemetery at what is now KRUISKALSIJDE along the Menin Road, he was re-interred in nearby Birr Cross Road in January 1919

Herbert Mortlock is buried in Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium 3:E:27

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