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St James Church Taunton

World War 1 Memorial Project

Herbert Murless M.M.


Name: Herbert William Murless

Rank: Private

Service Number: 201322

Regiment:  Gloucestershire

Battalion/Unit number: 8th Service Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1898

Place of Birth: Mountain Ash, South Wales

Place of Residence: 37 Alfred St - 1911

Date of Death: 14th June 1918

Place of Death: France

Burial/Memorial: Soissons

On the outbreak of war Herbert William Murless, known as Bert to his family, was living in the parish in Alfred Street with his parents and five siblings. He had hoped to join up with his pals but was underage. Instead Bert journeyed to Bristol where, in 1915, he enlisted as a territorial in the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment. Bert was trained in camps in Northumberland, Yorkshire, Salisbury Plain and France. Whilst abroad he lost his Testament and wrote to the vicar of St. James for a replacement.

Bert was promoted to Lance Corporal and transferred to the 8th Service Battalion. His photograph, taken in a local studio, shows him with a good conduct chevron on one cuff and a marksman’s badge in the form of cross rifles. His subsequent ten months in France ended in June 1918 when he was killed in action in the Battle of the Marne. For an act of gallantry Bert was posthumously awarded the Military Medal.




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