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Name Herbert Alfred Willsteed
Date/Place of Birth 15 Jun 1898 / 37 Trevor Road, Southsea, Hants
Parents' Names Ernest Edward Willsteed; Elizabeth (nee Holder)
Father's Occupation/Location Joiner; H M Dockyard, Portsmouth
Father's Death/Incapacity Inflammation of the Brain
Admitted to AO 3 Jan 1907 (Aged 8)
Admission No 5879
Left OWS&AO 19 Dec 1912 (Aged 14)
Enlistment Location Portsmouth
Service/Rank/Number Army/Royal Navy; Carpenter's Crew, M/21587 (Po)
Battalion/Regiment HMS "Excellent", Portsmouth
Killed/Death 11 May 1917 (Aged 18)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry UK; Highland Road Cemetery, Eastney, Portsmouth
Memorial Reference G.i6.10
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Herbert Alfred was born on 15 June 1898 to Ernest and Elizabeth Willsteed at Southsea in Hampshire. The 1901 Census shows the family living in Trevor Road, Southsea, including Herbertís two older sisters and two older brothers. Herbertís father, a joiner at the Royal Naval dockyard in Portsmouth died in December 1905. Herbert was admitted to the Orphan Working School in January 1907, aged 8, and left the School in December 1912, when he was fourteen. Herbert enlisted in the armed services and served on HMS Excellent, the Royal Navyís shore establishment in Portsmouth. Carpenterís Crew Willsteed died from pneumonia on 11 May 1917, at age eighteen, and is buried in the Highland Road Cemetery at Eastney Portsmouth. At the time of his death, his mother was living at 42 Pretoria Road, Southsea.
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