Hubert Ray Secker



Village memories: The golf course (Picture from SWOP website)

His grave


PRIVATE 511090 14TH BATTALION LONDON REGIMENT (LONDON SCOTTISH).
DIED 28TH NOVEMBER 1918 AGED 23YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR LITTLE MARLOW CEMETERY BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.

Hubert Ray Secker was born in London in 1895, son of Edward Arthur & Rachel. In 1901 the family were living at Croydon and Edward is listed as a gold jeweller. Hubert was 6yrs old and his father was an employer. The family have a servant living with them.
In 1911 the family are still living in Croydon and now Hubert is listed as a clerk/stockbroker. His parents have been married for 21yrs and record having had 3 children of whom only one is living at this time.
Hubert enlisted on 3rd March 1915. He was living at Woodlands, Flackwell Heath in Buckinghamshire with his mother. He took his oath at 59, Buckingham Gate S.W London. He declared having been in an overseas army?( in Jamaica) and that he was a Sugar Planter. The attestation paper is difficult to read. He was 20yrs 6mths and 5’ 11” tall with good vision and good physical development.
Later records show that he gave a false statement on joining and at one point he was absent without leave for 260 days between 1st Sept 1915 and 17th June 1916. On the 1st November 1915 there was a Court of Inquiry to investigate his absence.
During 1916/17 Hubert was back in his regiment and serving in France. He was wounded on 11th May 1917 with gunshot wounds to his hand, left thigh and abdomen. He was sent to England and on 3rd October 1917 he was declared no longer fit for active service.
According to the inscription on his grave he served in the British Red Cross in Italy and also on the “Galway Castle” which was torpedoed. He died at home from influenza on 28th November 1918. He had made a Will and left everything to his mother.
His mother Rachel acknowledged receipt of his War Medals on 25th Jan 1921 when she was living at 41, West St, Marlow Buckinghamshire.

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