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Private Herbert Arthur Garrett - Dawlish World War One Project

Private Herbert Arthur Garrett


Service Army Service No. M/334051
Rank Private
Regiment:Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport)
Date of Birth: 1897
Born Penge, Kent
Date of Death: 07/10/1917
Memorial: Holcombe Memorial Inscription

Service History

Herbert Arthur Garrett enlisted at Newton Abbot in the Mechanical Transport section of the Army Service Corps on May 28th 1917, at the age of 19 and 9 months.

In a short service career he embarked on “Corinthia” at Devonport on 28th July, trans-shipped to “Princess” at Durban, South Africa on 11th September and disembarked in East Africa at Kilwa Kiwimji on 19th September.

He was admitted to the military hospital at Kilwa on 4th October with dysentery and died three days later.

A telegram was sent to his father dated 6th October saying that his son was dangerously ill and he died the following day. The news reached his family on the 10th October 1917.

Association with Dawlish

Herbert A Garrett was the only child of John Thomas Herbert Garrett (1871-1933) and Edith Annie Johnson (1875-1959). J T H Garrett was the son of an Inn Keeper, Luke Garrett ( the King's House Inn, Chilthorne Domer, Somerset in 1871). J T H G had been born in Chilthorne, near Yeovil.

After the death of Luke Garrett, his widow moved to Penge, Lewisham. J T H Garrett married Edith Annie Johnson in Croydon District in 1895. By 1901 their son Herbert Arthur Garrett had been born and they were living at 1 Taplow Villas, Adams Hill Road, Lewisham, and J T H G was a retail silversmith's assistant. A change of career took place, for they moved to 'Homeleigh', Holcombe by 1911 when the census records him as a “fruit farmer and small farming shopkeeper”. The father is shown as Herbert Garrett on the census.  (see Documents, below, for extended history)

Devon Roll of Honour
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site


Next of Kin: John Thomas Herbert Garrett.
Last Known Address: 'Homeleigh', Holcombe


Army Service Corps cap badge WW1

Memorial Tablet, St George's Church, Holcombe, Nr Dawlish

Memorial tablet, St George's Church, Holcombe, Devon

Teignmouth Seafront War Memorial, north face.

Free birth, marriage, death refs

Holcombe Church War Memorial panel

Notes from Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth

The Army Service Corps in the First World War

Other refs via subscription website

census data

UK, Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919

Army Service Record (partial)

Bardon family tree (Ancestry)

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects

Probate Record (JTHG)