Born: 1892, Offton, Suffolk.
Died: 5th November 1914; age 22; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 17th August 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3077
Regiment: Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line, ‘C’ Squadron, 16th Lancers (The Queens).
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.
Relatives Notified: Son of Harriet Hart (formerly Syrett), of 101, Fore Street, Ipswich & the late John Syrett.
1901 99, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.
Herbert was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Syrett, 48, a Paraplegic – Invalid Blacksmith, born Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Harriet Syrett (nee Presland), 47, born Hessett, Suffolk.
John Henry Syrett, 25, a Brewer’s Drayman, born Offton, Suffolk.
Ernest Fernando Syrett, 22, a General Labourer, born Offton.
Ethel Mary Syreet, 12, born Offton.
1911 42, Myrtle Road, Ipswich.
Herbert was 18 years old, a Soldier in the 16th Lancer’s. He was living with his parents.
We believe Herbert was friends of or knew Walter Henry Topple who was from Ipswich and died in the same action.
16th Lancer’s Diary:
2nd November 1914 9am – Relieved by the Scots Greys and rejoined the Brigade NW of Kemmel remaining till afternoon and finally moved to billets SW of Berthen.
3rd November 1914 10am – Ordered to move at once and relieved the 4thDGs in the trenches about 5pm having marched the last five miles. “A” and “D” Squadrons had to dig new trenches during the night while “C” remained in the old ones.
4th November 1914 Remained in the trenches all day. The Germans shelling from daylight to darkness. three men of “C” Squadron buried but they were dug out.
5th November 1914 Germans began shelling early and “C” Squadron had much the worst off it, their trenches being blown in.
4:30pm – About 4:30pm the shelling stopped so Major Dixon went to see what was happening and found the French on the left retiring, he stopped a few men of the Regiment advanced, trying to stop the other French men, just when he was about level with our left trench he was shot. Sgt. Page of “A” Squadron had also collected some Frenchmen who advanced back about 50 yards and then halted, he went on and was shot. The left of the whole line of the Brigade was thus left open by the French retreating. Major Dixon, Capt. Onslow and 10 men killed. 2nd Lt. R.R. Davis and 13 men wounded.
5:30pm – About 5:30pm Capt. Neave who was in command reported to the Brigade the situation. The Queen’s Bays who were coming to relieve us were compelled to continue our line to the left with their own left swung right back. We were ordered to withdraw but could not owing to the gap we would make.
11pm – About 11pm the 9th Lancers came up and relieved us and we marched back to our horses about 2 miles and then to our billets.
A family Note:
“Herbert Syrett was a direct relation of my grandfather, Arthur H Syrett (my mother`s father). One of his brothers was also named Herbert.
I have been fortunate enough to visit Menin Gate to pay respects to Herbert and are thankful that his name is also inscribed on the Cenotaph at Christchurch Park. Herbert is not forgotten, nor are those who gave so much for our freedom.” Robert Pearson