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Full name and title: Rifleman Herbert Walter Irons

Full article: Herbert Walter Irons was born in Camberwell 1884 to parents William, a clerk, and Louisa. He was the eldest of their four children. In 1891 the family lived in Peckham at 30 Chadwick Road with Frederick, Louisa's brother, a solicitor's clerk. At this time Herbert was six, his sister Helena three and baby Sidney was one year old. Ten years later the family had moved a short distance to 192 Chadwick Road, Peckham. Sixteen-year-old Herbert had gained another sister, Mabel, who was then seven. His father worked as a solicitor's clerk. Herbert married Hylda (sometimes recorded as Hilda) Fryer, a Lincolnshire native on 11 June 1910. The couple lived at 47a Oglander Road, Peckham and Herbert worked as a clerk in a merchant's office specialising in American manufacture. At some point the couple moved to 107 Fawnbrake Avenue, Herne Hill. Herbert enlisted as a rifleman with the London Regiment, 1/21st Country of London (First Surrey Rifles). He contracted nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) whilst on active service in Belgium and he died on 12 February 1917 at the age of 33 years old. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, in the West Flanders region and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. A widow's pension was awarded to Hylda but the probate calendar states that his estate of 259 was left to Victor George Warren, a stockbroker's clerk. Hylda is listed on the electoral roll from 1918 onwards living with Victor at the home she had shared with Herbert at 107 Fawnbrake Avenue. She later changed her name to Hylda Warren.


Regiment: London Regiment
Unit: 21st Battalion (First Surrey Rifles)
Service No: 6392
Cause of death: Died due to illness
Rank at death: Rifleman
Date of death: 12/02/1917
Age at death: 33
Country of death: Belgium
Memorial or Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, XI.A.18A
Herne Hill Connection: Resident and family lived there
Address: 107 Fawnbrake Avenue, Herne Hill