11291 Drummer Herbert WOMERSLEY 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment
WOUNDED Gallipoli 6th October 1915
11291 Pte Herbert WOMERSLEY York and Lancaster Regiment
Herbert WOMERSLEY was born at Grenoside near Sheffield in 1891. The son of Charles and Sarah he had 3 brothers Charles, Cecil and David, 1 sister Margaret.
Herberts family were shop owners, having a shop and post office on Penistone Road, Grenoside.
Herbert is far right in this photo. In Postal uniform are his elder brother Charles, sister Maggie. Between them brother David. Brother Cecil centre and his parents either side of the horse.
In 1901 and 1911 the family can be seen to be living at Netherhouses, Grenoside but by the time Herbert joins the army they are living at Myrtle Villas, Grenoside.
On the 27th August 1914 at the age of 23 Herbert enlists into the York and Lancaster Regiment at Sheffield. Here his given occupation is postman. He was heralded as amongst the first local men to rally to the cause. He is posted to the 6th battalion and on the 3rd July 1915 he sailed from Liverpool to Gallipoli.
WOUNDED – On the 6th October 1915 he was wounded, gun shot wound to his right thigh. Margaret BATSON’S excellent book ‘Grenoside Hero’s 1914 – 18’ records the incident as follows:-
Drummer Herbert WOMERSLEY, who has been in many fierce actions at the Dardanelles was wounded on the 6th October. Herbert describes in his own words:-
” Our company had just been for a bath and we were returning at 4.15. We were in reserve and the Turks let us get nearly back to the dugouts. It was the 4th shell that got me, a shrapnel bullet passing through my right thigh. The bullet struck me on the front of the thigh and stopped just inside the skin at the back. I crawled into a dugout belonging to 2 officers of the Royal Field Artillery and stayed there until the shelling was over. 5 of our lot were wounded and 1 gunner belonging to the Royal Field Artillery was killed. I managed to get down to the dressing station between 2 men and stayed there the night. On Thursday morning I went onto the boat and was operated on at 2pm. They have put a rubber tube through my thigh “.
He was taken to Floriana Military Hospital near Valletta, Malta prior to being evacuated back to England, on SS King Edward, where he spent time in the Wandsworth Military Hospital from 10th November 1915 – 13th March 1916.
Floriana Military Hospital, Valletta, Malta.
SS KING EDWARD
Wandsworth Military Hospital
He was transferred to the 3rd service battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers at Sunderland and then on the 4th April 1916 into the Army Service corps where he was given service number M2/222878 and was employed as a lorry driver in several different companies.
He would be discharged from the army on the 14th June 1919 and would pass away in Worksop in 1962 aged 71.
Herberts brother Charles was killed in action on 26th October 1917 as L/Cpl 27888 Charles WOMERSLEY 13th York and Lancaster Regiment.
27888 L/Cpl Charles WOMERSLEY York and Lancs
Cuttings from the Penistone Express regarding the Womersley brothers.