On this day in 1917, Hubert (or Herbert) William Bane (1898-1917) died of wounds sustained in action on the Western Front.
Hubert, a private in the 1st Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, was 19 when he lost his life at Mendinghem in the Battle of Passchendaele on October 8, 1917.
He enlisted in May 13, 1916 and served in the British Expeditionary Force from August 21 that year.
He was buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.
His grave includes the inscription: ‘Gone but not forgotten.’
He is commemorated on Wraxall War Memorial, near Bristol.
Strangely, Hubert is listed on Commonwealth War Graves Commission records as Henry John Bane.
Born on July 21, 1898 in Backwell Common, Somerset, Hubert was the son of Henry James Bane (1861-1954) and Rosina Rebecca Nicholas (1863-1944), who for many years lived at Belmont Lodge, Tyntesfield, Flax Bourton, Somerset. He attended Wraxall Boys School. In 1911, aged 13, he lived with his parents and worked as a market gardening assistant.
Hubert was the brother of Beatrice Bane (1884-1966) who married George Crook (1902-1983) on February 6, 1932 in Withleigh. George was the son of John Norrish Crook (1873-1961) and Annie Kingdom (1876-1957). Annie was the daughter of Abraham Kingdom (1838- 1917) and Mary Ann Roberts (1841-1923). Mary was a sister of John Roberts (1829-1919), my great-great grandfather who had 30 grandsons serving in the Great War.
Mendinghem Military Cemetery where Hubert was buried. Picture taken on March 20, 2012 by Wernervc (CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mendinghem_Milit._Cem.18d.JPG