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France during 1917 and 1918 leading to the final advance in Picardy in October/November 1918. At the time of his death the fighting had reached the passage of the Grand Honelle, as part of the Battle of Sambre.

Private Herbert Wallace Kendall

Welsh Regiment, 16th Battalion, service no. 23308

Killed in Action in France on July 7th, 1916, aged 42

Buried Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France

Herbert was born in 1874 in Gateshead, Durham to John Hinton Kendall and his wife, Sarah (nee Wilson). His father, John, was a surgeon dentist and had also been a chemist. Herbert, 7 is still in Gateshead, with his parents and siblings, in 1881.

Herbert married Beatrice Mary Ann Piddington in 1897 in Newcastle and they continue to live there as their two children are born there Ernest, in 1899 (Ernest Herbert) and in 1900 (Doris Beatrice). Unfortunately, Ernest dies in 1901 in Newcastle and in the same year the family are shown living with John's father, now a widower in Durham where Herbert is working as a mechanic dentist. The young family later move to Brecon and in 1911 they are living in 1, Dainter Street, Brecon and Herbert is now working as a dentist.

Herbert enlists in Cardiff and joins the Welsh Regiment, 16th (Cardiff City) Battalion leaving for Le Havre, France in December 1915. The Battalion became part of the 115th Brigade of the 38th Welsh Division and this Division was used to assault and clear Mametz Wood following the capture of Mametz on July 1st, 1916. It suffered severe casualties and did not return to major action until over a year later.