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Herbert John Palmer

Herbert John Palmer

Date of Birth

30 June 1885


Borough Road College


Grove Road School, Hounslow

Service number


WW1 rank


Royal Engineers, 121st Company

Theatre of war


Date of death

21 December 1916

Location of death

2nd Casualty Clearing Station, Bailleul, France


Bailleul Cemetery, France


Lieutenant Herbert John Palmer was the son of Eliza and Thomas Braithwaite Palmer. He was a regular member of his local church before attending Borough Road College for two years from 1904-06, and played rugby for the college team. He gained a BSc in 1907. Palmer joined up in September 1914 and was commissioned into the 121st Field Company Royal Engineers. After seeing serious fighting on the Somme he was transferred to a less active zone. On 19 December 1916, whilst behind the front line his right shoulder was wounded by a ‘chance’ shell. He died two days later at 2nd Casualty Clearing Station aged 31.


Entry on p.85 [Roll of Honour page], Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, Borough Road College 1903 applications, BFSS/2/9/14/27, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), 1907 Annual Report, The O.B.’s War Hum and Roll of Service (1918, 4th Edition)