Bert Hebbes WWI letters, 1916-1920
- 1916 - 1920
- Hebbes, Bert, 1893-1977 (Author, Person)
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Do not confuse either father or brother with Walter Henry Hebbes, Eastleigh, Hampshire (b. 1899), parents John and Mabel, sister, Ada M. (b. 1900).
He joined the war in January 28, 1916 and served as a Rifleman in the 1/8 Battalion Hampshire Regiment in the 163rd Brigade of the 54th East Anglian Division. His first letters begin in July of 1916, where he was stationed in Alexandria, Egypt. The 54th Division becomes a part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) where he occupied the Suez Canal defenses, as part of the Sinai and Palestine Campaign. In 1917, the 1/8 Battalion marches across the Sinai Dessert to Gaza, and fought in the First, Second, and Third Battle of Gaza from March to November of 1917. They remained in Palestine until the Turks defeat in September of 1918 when they sailed back to Alexandria, Egypt.
After the war ended, Bert stayed on with the 54th Division when the Egyptian Revolution began, and rioting broke out in January of 1919. They remained in Cairo until the rioting ended. He was then sent to Khartoum, Sudan where he stayed until his demobilization in November 1919.
In March of 1919, during the Egyptian Revolution, Bert’s father died. Because he was the eleventh child of Walter Hebbes and the severe conditions in Egypt, he was not granted leave for his father’s funeral.
When Bert was not working, he read up on England and church news and politics, wrote letters to his family and drew in his sketchbook. He loved to garden and frequently spoke of his tulip garden back in Eastleigh and local flowers and vegetation where he was stationed in his letters. He was dedicated member of the Church of England and was involved in the Church Army Recreation Huts. He frequently attended services and volunteered to help with services and play the organ.
Bert lived a long life and died in February 5, 1977.
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- Great Britain. Army. Royal Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles)
- Hebbes, Bert, 1893-1977
- Special Collections -- Photographs -- World War, 1914-1918.
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- Bert Hebbes WWI letters, 1916-1920
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