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Name Herbert Gore Eager
Date/Place of Birth 24 Dec 1892 / Government Civil Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Parents' Names Robert Edward Eager; Alice (nee Gore)
Father's Occupation/Location Overseer, Public Works dept; Hong Kong
Father's Death/Incapacity Fever
Admitted to AO 12 Aug 1898 (Aged 5)
Admission No 5304
Left OWS&AO 17 Dec 1907 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Edinburgh
Enlistment Location Edinburgh
Service/Rank/Number Army; Sgt; 1093
Battalion/Regiment 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
Killed/Death 23 July 1916 (Aged 23)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Thiepval Memorial
Memorial Reference Pier and Face 6D
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Herbert Gore was born to Robert and Alice Eager on 24 December 1892 in Hong Kong, China. Herbertís father, a Government worker, died in Hong Kong, of fever, when Herbert was less than two years old. Herbert was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in August 1898, aged 5. He left the Orphan Working School & Alexandra Orphanage in December 1907, when he was fourteen and subsequently lived in Edinburgh. Herbert volunteered for military service in the opening months of the War. He joined 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) and was despatched to serve in France on 24 February 1915. Sgt. Eager was killed in action on 23 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was not recovered from the battlefield and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, between Albert and Bapaume, in France, together with 72,000 others who died in the Battle, between July and November 1916, and who have no known grave. [Note: Military records spell Herbertís surname as Eagar, which may therefore be the name recorded on the Memorial]
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