FEILING, Hubert St. Lawrence

Second Lieutenant, 1st Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

Born

July 1890.
Son of William Parnell Feiling and Isabel Louise of Bearsden, Ide, Exeter,

Education

Blundell's School, from the age of 11 yrs 10 months, “Westlake”, May 1902 – Easter 1903.

Service

He joined the 14th London Regiment as 2737 Private Feiling, afterwards receiving a commission in the Royal Highlanders gaining promotion to temporary Captain and then Full Captain.
Twice Mentioned in Dispatches.

Trench Diaries

The 1st Bn., Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) were part of 1st Brigade, 1st Division. Arrived in Doullens from Bethune on 6th July 1916 and during July saw front line service at Contalmaison on 11th July when Contalmaison Wood was taken and Black Watch trench established. On 19th July they were again in front line action at Bazentin Le Petit. In mid August the regiment were involved in unsuccessful attacks on Intermediate Trench and at the start of September they attacked High Wood. On the 3rd September fierce fighting to secure the rim of a crater from a mine blown under the enemy line at the eastern edge of High Wood. They took over the line opposite Fleurs on 20th September and with the New Zealanders made an attack on Drop Alley, returning to front line action in the same trenches on 25th having spent some days in Mametz. During October the regiment was in Henencourt and Becourt returning to front line trenches at High Wood again on 16th November.

Death

20th November 1916, aged 26.
Killed in action, Somme, France.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave VI. F. 8
Dantzig Alley Cemetery, Mametz, Somme.
Mametz is about 8k east of Albert. The cemetery is east of the village towards Montauban. The village was gained after very heavy fighting by the 7th Division on the first day of the Somme after very heavy fighting at a German trench known as Danzig Alley. The cemetery was begun in July 1916 and remained in use, mainly by field ambulances, until November 1917.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50°00’22.9” N 002°23’45.9”E.
The family chose to have the inscription “Service, not glory or reward, inspired his life.”

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew WO 339/32580 and Medal rolls WO 372/7
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/518
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.4876
“The Blundellian”, July 1916 p 247
Field visit (JEA & GRY 30/7/2006)

 

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