BORN HULL 1872. SON OF JOHN AND SARAH ANN TEMPLE, OF 3 COLLEGE ROW, GREEN LANE, WINCOLMLEE, HULL. HE HAD TWO BROTHERS, REUBEN AND GEORGE AND ONE SISTER, MRS HOWELL, AT 4, JOHNSONS BUILDINGS, GREEN LANE, HULL. EMPLOYED AS A DOCK LABOURER.
HUSBAND OF MARY ELLEN TEMPLE, AT 9 CORAL GROVE, GRANGE STREET, HULL (WAR PENSION ADDRESS). HE HAD FIVE CHILDREN.
HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL PALS, ON 09/09/1914. SERVED WITH THE 11TH EYR, IN EGYPT AND FRANCE. KILLED IN ACTION, ON 25/03/1918, AGED 46. COMMEMORATED ON HULL’S BLENHEIM STREET ROLL OF HONOUR. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 21/01/1919.
HIS BROTHER, GUNNER, ALFRED TEMPLE, SERVED IN THE EAST RIDING GARRISON ARTILLERY AND DIED IN HULL, ON 16/05/1919, AGED 47.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE HERBERT TEMPLE 11/623. Born in October 1872, Herbert was the third of five children to John and Sarah Temple. The oldest volunteer I have researched so far, he had lived quite a life already. A Dock Labourer by trade, he has already served in the Army for three years as well as having spent a period at His Majesty’s leisure for ‘Drunkenness’. Herbert married Mary Helen Moody on 28th July 1898 and the couple lived at 9 Coral Grove, Grange Street, Hull with their five children. Whether it was duty or poverty or a last chance of adventure that drove him I don’t know, but Herbert left his wife and children to enlist in the 11th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Tradesmen’, 2nd Hull Pals on 9th September 1914. Discipline did not suit him and he has three charges on his rap-sheet from events whilst training in Ripon when on three occasions he was charged and docked pay for various offences including overstaying a pass and stealing intoxicating liquor. Herbert nevertheless has a clean record once the fighting started and served in Egypt, on the Somme and at Oppy Wood before fate caught up with him. Herbert Temple, a father of five, was killed in action during the German Spring Offensive on 25th March 1918. His body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial; he was 46 years old.