Honeybourne Worcestershire

Hubert Tomlinson

When George and Bessie Tomlinson died in the small village of Honeybourne or Church Honeybourne in the late 1940s and early 1950s, their gravestone was also added with the name of their son, Hubert Tomlinson.

Also their son Hubert
who died of wounds in France
13th April 1918 Aged 21 years

Hubert was their only son. He enlisted at Chipping Campden in the border territory between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. He had served initially both with the 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, and the 8th Battalion Glosters before ending up in the 2nd/5th Glosters.

The 2nd/5th Glosters were in action in the Spring Offensive, they suffered heavy casualties. Hubert was wounded in action probably in the Battle of Lys which took place through much of April 1918. Germans attacked with heavy numbers attempting to neutralise weakened and tired allied forces.

In October 1919, eighteen months since his death, Hubert's grave was discovered and removed to Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery north of Bethune in France. It had originally been marked with a German cross; meaning that he was buried by the German forces either because he had been a prisoner of war or that he was discovered by them.

Hubert's name is written upon the war memorial sited just outside the church door.

These are the men who never returned from the Great War whose memorials lie at Honeybourne in Worcestershire:

Private Hubert Tomlinson

DoB 1897 Honeybourne, Worcestershire DoD 13th April 1918 France age 21

26859 2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Also served: 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Buried: Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France