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Remembered Today: 2.Lieut Herbert LUMB RFA who died 08/10/1915 commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL Turkey



Remembered Today: Second Lieutenant Herbert LUMB A Bty. 66th Bde. Royal Field Artillery who died 08/10/1915 HELLES MEMORIAL Turkey (including Gallipoli)

Many thanks to @corisande @David Porter @David26 for their assistance to bring together the information about Herbert Lumb.



2nd Lieut. Herbert Lumb RFA


Herbert Lumb was born in 1887, the youngest son of James Lumb, a barrister and justice of the peace, and his wife Isabella. [1]

He was educated at Harrow from 1901 to 1905, his athletic ability earning him a place in the  Gymnasium VIII, 1903-4-5. He then attended Clare College Cambridge where he was in the 1908 Gymnasium VIII. He became well known in the rowing world being Captain of the Clare College Boat Club in 1909, joining the London Rowing Club on leaving Cambridge. [2]

Lumb was Called to the Bar of the Inner Temple, and joined the Northern Circuit. He was also rowing correspondent for the Times. On the outbreak of the War Herbert Lumb enlisted in the Artists Rifles. [3]

He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery as a temporary Second Lieutenant on 12th September 1914. [4] Second Lieutenant Lumb was posted to 66th Brigade Royal Field Artillery on it's formation. [5]

The 66th Brigade RFA were part of the 13th (Western) Division, a Kitchener K1 division of the First New Army. Originally consisting of three gun batteries, it re-organised to four batteries in February 1915. The Division were allocated to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as part of the reinforcement of the Gallipoli theatre. They landed at Cape Helles (Gallipoli) 26-28 July 1915. [6]

Herbert Lumb died of  Peritonitis [7] on the 8th October 1915 and was buried at sea. [8]


The 66th Brigade RFA received news of Herbert Lumb's death on 21st November, the war diary recording; [5]

"News received privately from relations of the death of 2nd LIEUT. H. LUMB, A/66 who was admitted to Hospital and evacuated on OCTOBER 9th. This officer was in that Battery from its formation and had done most excellent work throughout" 


Second Lieutenant Herbert Lumb is recorded on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey  (Panel 21 to 23). [9]





Herbert is commemorated on the Harrow School Shrine, Clare College Cambridge War Memorial and the London Rowing Club Memorial Book.





[1] Harrow School Roll of Honour book

[2] Reading Mercury 23 October 1915

[3] Harrow School Memorial Book

[4] London Gazette Publication date: 11 September 1914 Issue: 28899 Page: 7222

[5] War Diary 66th brigade RFA November 21st 1915

[6] Long Long Trail - Royal Field Artillery (13th Divisional Artillery)

[7] UK Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

[8] MIC WO 372/12/161462

[9] CWGC https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/681542/herbert-lumb/

Edited by ianjonesncl


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