Images and extra information courtesy of Roxanne.


Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 15th July 1916: age 30; KiA.

Residence: 49, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: London.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 18122

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 9th Field Company.


Date of Entry Therein: 10th August 1915 – France.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

I. I. 49.

Sucrerie Military Cemetery,







Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Mary Ann Worby of Ipswich; husband of Louisa Osbourne Worby of 28, Woodhouse Street (late of Bramford Road), Ipswich.





1891   115, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


Herbert was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Worby, 29, a Bricklayer, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Worby (nee Warren), 32, born Needham Market.

Gertrude Worby, 6, born Ipswich.

and a 7 day old son (Stanley Warren Worby), born Ipswich.


1901   75, Windsor Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 15 years old, a Labourer at a Sack Factory. He was living with his parents & brothers.

William, 39, a Bricklayer.

Mary Ann, 43.

Stanley, 10.

John Cecil Worby, 8, born Ipswich.


1911   Mauritius.


Herbert was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Sapper in the Royal Engineers. His trade was a Stonemason.


On the 3rd March 1915, at the Baptist Chapel, West Malling, Kent, Herbert married in a quiet war wedding, Louisa Nance Osbourne Worby, born September 1886, Heddington, Suffolk – daughter of Annie Worby (nee Osbourne), and stepdaughter of Charles James Worby, a bricklayer for an agricultural engineer’s works, of 55, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Louisa and Herbert had one daughter:

Phyllis Mary Louisa Worby, born April 1916, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Louisa O. Worby – widow.


A postcard home from Chatham Barracks, date unknown.

My Dearest having just seen these p c’s I thought you would like one
darling, as I thought you? now this is the finest view of the square I
have yet on a photo, you notice dearest that it was taken when covered
in snow. I am amongst these men you can see, you can not see me, for
they are too small. Just behind the Sentry Box is my room facing the
square. I think this to be a pretty photo myself but that is not to
say you will like it, for it’s a soldiers’ barracks. Now my love, tomorrow
I hope to meet once again in your company how lovely it makes me feel, I
hope it will be just the same weather as today. I hope you will still
go to Barking. Now dearest goodbye, once again? thanks, those pies were
a treat. I shall steal a kiss on your hand when I catch her not
looking. God Bless you will be in good spirits and health – loving Herbert.


Royal Engineers

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