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Herbert Jesse Wiltshire


Christian Names

Service Number




Herbert Jesse

7972 Pte 2nd Btn Wilts Regt



Enlisted at


Bulkington, Devizes 28   Melksham

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

08/07/1916 Bernafay Wood, Somme Killed in action




Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban G 22 France

Next of Kin

Next of kin address


John and Jane Wiltshire (Parents) Bulkington Devizes


The following details were sent to me by Tim Dowle.

"The father, John died in 1905 and Jane remarried and moved to Chippenham with her new husband and children, she is in Chippenham on the 1911 census with 2 children from her first marriage (Frederick Richard and George Ernest). Herbert's death was announced in the Wiltshire Times as 7972 H J Wiltshire (Chippenham). He is not listed on the Bulkington memorial and as the family were then settled in Chippenham I believe it is him on there.

Herbert's brothers also served and survived:
Francis - served Wilts Regt 1897- c.1903 Thomas - Wilts Regt 1898-c1901 & 1914-1919 (POW) William - Wilts Regt 1907-1919 (POW 1914) George - RFA, 1914-1919 Frederick - Worcester Regt, 1917-1919

Frederick lived his entire life in Chippenham and became a foreman at the dairy.

My interest in all this is that Herbert's elder brother Francis was my Great-Grandfather. I am also very interested in the Wiltshire Regt history, 1897-1919 and in particular the militia in which Herbert and William Wiltshire both served before joining the regular army".

Tim then sent more details

"My Gt Grandfather was 4681 Pte Francis John Wiltshire, born 1879 at Bulkington and enlisted 1897, initially served 2nd Bn Wilts but was moved to the 1st in India in 1899 and therefore missed the Boer War. Discharged around 1903 and was not recalled in 1914. Died 1965, aged 89 having earlier survived his house being bombed in the Bristol Blitz.

Second eldest was 5117 Pte Thomas Wiltshire born 1881, served 2nd Btn approx 1898-1901 but for some reason didn't go with the Bn to South Africa. Served in the reserves and mobilised in 1914, taken POW 24.10.14 and repatriated in 1919. Died 1954.

Other brother 7638 Pte William Wiltshire born 1891, initially served in the Wilts militia before going full time in 1908, discharged to reserve in 1913, mobilised 1914, POW Sept 1914 and repatriated 1919. Died 1963.

7972 Herbert Wiltshire born 1888. Initially served militia but only did a few months 1904/05. Enlisted as a regular in 1907 and served through until death in 1916.

George Ernest Wiltshire, born 1895 served Royal Artillery, enlisted after was started, badly injured and sent home to die but lived until 1951. Was ARP in WW2 in Bristol.

Frederick Richard Wiltshire, born 1899. Served Worcestershire Regt 1917-1919. After was lived all his life in Chippenham, died 1981.

Unfortunately I have no photos of any of them. I have two of George's four medals. He was looked after by Francis and his family in Bristol after his discharge and as George had no children of his own his possessions went to Francis's family and therefore my grandmother. My grandmother was born in 1911 and could remember WW1 and her uncles going off to war, she only died in 2008 and from her I have George's medals and matches case he carried through the trenches.

All the brothers were born in Bulkington but after their father's death their mother remarried (becoming a Drewett) and she moved to Chippenham along with the children still living at home."

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial


St Paul’s Church

St Andrew’s Church


Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church
Pewsham Street
Boys School
Congregation Church

Last updated - 27/03/2011



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