Corporal Hubert John Bright
|Regiment:||Machine Gun Corps, Infantry Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||01/01/1897Born Holcombe||Date of Death:||17/04/1917|
|Memorial:||Not Listed||Memorial Inscription|
Hubert John Bright is on record as enlisting at Walworth, South London, and his initial posting was to the Rifle Brigade, service number Z/502. At some point he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, Infantry battalion, service number 25800.
He entered France on the 11th January 1915.
The 17th Machine Gun Company was part of the 17th Brigade and formed part of the 24th Division. It fought in the Battle of Arras.
The British effort was a relatively broad frontal assault between Vimy in the north-west and Bullecourt in the south-east.
When the battle officially ended on 16 May, British Empire troops had made significant advances but had been unable to achieve a breakthrough.
The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kms due west of the railway station.
Hubert John Bright was awarded the 1915 Star, the British medal and the Victory Medal.
A Death grant of £7. 3s. 4d and a War Gratuity of £13. 0s. 0d were paid to his father Frederick.
Association with Dawlish
At first sight Hubert John Bright has no clear connection to Dawlish for his parents moved from home to home wherever there was work. Frederick Bright married Charlotte Jarman(1874-1946) of Holcombe in the Oct-Dec Quarter of 1896. Hubert was one of twin boys born in Holcombe on 1st January 1897. Frederick and Charlotte are presumed to have roamed across East Devon as the recorded places of birth of their further children show. By 1911 they were living at “Burrows”, Clayhidon, Wellington, Somerset. see detail in the document below.
|Devon Roll of Honour|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Father, Frederick Bright|
|Last Known Address:||Queen Street, Honiton|
Machine gun crew on the Somme, 1916 (The Long, Long trail website)
Arras War Memorial (CWGC website image)
War memorial at Holcombe, St George's church
Machine gun Corps badge
|Hubert John Bright, life story|
|Poster for Service for H J Bright|
|Address given by Campbell Brown at the Centenary Commemoration Service|
|Clayhidon Tribute to the Bright brothers taken from 'The Upper Culm Valley in the Great War'.|
Free Birth Marriage Death records
Holcombe Village records
The Long, Long trail website history of Machine Gun Corps
Via subscription website, Ancestry:
UK, Army Register of Soldiers' Effects
Medal Rolls Index Cards
Roberts Family Tree – via Ancestry