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Herbert Arthur Tanner


Christian Names

Service Number




Herbert Arthur



D Sqn, Royal Wilts Hussars



Enlisted at





73 Wood Lane

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death



Died - Complications after being kicked by horse




St Sever Cemetery



Next of Kin

Next of kin address


Ruth Tanner (Mother)

73 Englands



Son of Mrs. Ruth Tanner, of 73, Englands, Chippenham, Wilts, and the late Frederick C Tanner.

County Roll of Honour

More Wiltshire Heroes

The men of Wiltshire have taken a glorious part in the titanic struggle now raging. Week by week the list of honoured dead grows longer: but 'Who dies if England live?' We give below the portrait of four more Wiltshire heroes whose lives have been gladly sacrificed in the sacred cause for which the Allies are hourly pouring out their blood and treasure.

Capt Frederick Gore Trowbridge Rifle Brigade
Pte EWT Matlock Trowbridge Canadians
Pte Leonard Percy Watson Bradford Wiltshire Regiment
Tpr Herbert Arthur Tanner Chippenham Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

The honours of war have their greatest realisation on the battlefield, but among those who have gone forth to serve King and Country and are doing so with equal keenness and devotion, there are many who fall by the way and give up their lives in the service of their country, the victims of disease or injury. To the number of those who have thus crowned their service by sacrificing their lives must be added Trooper HA Tanner, the news of whose death has been received with great regret, and has drawn forth sympathy with the bereaved parents and members of his family.

Trooper Tanner, who had only just passed his 21st birthday was the second son of Mr and Mrs FC Tanner of 73 Woodlane, Chippenham. As a boy he was a pupil at the Westmead School and was a member of the Church Lads Brigade and Boy Scouts, He showed considerable talent for sketching and painting and was an enthusiastic angler, being a member of the Chippenham Angling Club. He served his apprenticeship with Mr T Hamblyn, dentist, Chippenham and about eight months ago joined the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. Trooper Tanner came from a family of soldiers, being the grandson of Colour Sergeant F Blanchard of the 54th Northumberland Fusiliers and later of the permanent staff, Devizes. After service at Chippenham he was stationed at Tidworth and about Easter last, he was attached to D squadron, RWY and sent to France where he served some time at the base at Rouen. Later he moved nearer the firing line and wrote stating that he been through an interesting and exacting time under shrapnel. Later he had the misfortune to meet with an accident, being kicked by a horse. Serious complications ensued and he was removed to hospital and then sent back to Rouen. The doctors first hoped to be able to get him well but after a week in hospital he grew worse and the end came suddenly on August 14th. Deceased was buried the following day in the cemetery at Rouen and was accorded full military honours. All who knew him regret his death and none more so than his schoolmates and companions both in civilian life and in the Army for he was of a bright and cheery disposition and a good comrade.

Wilts Times 26 August 1916

Casualty list published in the Wilts Times 16 September 1916 listed:

Tanner 1560 HA Tpr Yeomanry

Wilts Times 16 September 1916

In ever cherished memory of Tpr HA Tanner (Dear Bert) who died in the General Hospital Rouen August 14 1916 aged 21.

Death took the from us in a foreign land
We were not near to clasp thy dying hand
But though the partingís left us heartsore, desolate
For thee the hand of death did not unlock the golden gate.
And thou hast passed within itís hallowed portal
Whilst we in hopeful sorrow wait the blest reunion in the life immortal

Ever lovingly remembered by his Mother, Father Brothers and Sisters
Englands, Chippenham 9 August 1917

Wilts Times 11 August 1917

In loving memory of dear Bert who died at Rouen Aug 14 1916.

Sleep on dear one, and take thy rest:
We loved thee well but God loved thee best.

Never forgotten by Nancy

Wilts Times 11 August 1917

In ever loving and cherished memory of Trooper Herbert Arthur Tanner (Royal Wilts Yeomanry) who served his King and Country in France and died in the General Hospital, Rouen August 14th 1916.

Thy passing from us, though two years have fled,
Has indeed made sore our hearts and life a dull grey way;
Yet, recognising Thy higher gain, how could we wish you back again?
Rather, we look to that sweet after-life when fleeting time is done,
And hearts made sad through parting here are there again made one.

From his Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.
Hazleby, Englands, Chippenham

Wilts Times 17 August 1918

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial


St Paulís Church

St Andrewís Church


Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church Yes
Pewsham Street Yes
Boys School
Congregation Church




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