Born: 11 May 1887.
Family: The fourth son of Samuel and Hannah France of Higher Heath, Prees, Shropshire. Herbert married Alice Ridgway in 1923 and they had 2 children together – Marjorie J and William H.
Civilian Occupation: Herbert was a blacksmith by trade. In 1939 his occupation was an estate sawyer.
Residence: At the outbreak of war, Herbert was still living with his parents. In 1939 he was residing at 10 Calverhall, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Died: In December 1972.
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery (previously Shropshire Yeomanry and Royal Garrison Artillery)
Service Number: 138227 (previously 1725 and 313782)
Date of Enlistment: 16 June 1914
Date of Discharge: 23 April 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation
Other Information: He enlisted at Oswestry and initially joined the Shropshire Yeomanry but was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery. In 1917 he was posted to the Balkans where he contracted malaria.