1. Memorial:Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery ExtensionI. H. 4.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.129
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour43B GQS

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Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 8th Battalion London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) 

1/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles) August 1914 : at 130 Bunhill Row. Record same as 1/6th Bn. Moved on mobilisation to Bisley, going on in September to Crowborough. 5 November 1914 : moved to Watford and transferred to 4th London Brigade in 2nd London Division. 18 March 1915 : landed at Le Havre. 11 May 1915 : formation renamed 140th Brigade in 47th (2nd London) Division. 2 February 1918 : transferred to 174th Brigade in 58th (2/1st London) Division, absorbed the disbanded 2/8th Bn and renamed 8th Bn.

Action : The Arras Offensive and associated actions 

9 April - 16 June 1917. The Arras Offensive consisted of a series of linked attacks starting with the Anglo Canadian assault on the dominant Vimy Ridge feature through the battles in the Scarpe River valley and up to the assaults on the Hindenburg line in the summer of 1917.

Detail :

The image is taken from a public post on Twitter by Rachel Waterhouse, who posted on Remembrance Day, 2018: "My Great Great Uncle, Serjeant Herbert Edward Manser, 8th Btn City of London, Post Office Rifles. Fell 17th May 1917, Laid to rest at Achiet-le-Grand and visited by 3 generations last month. Photo below. Lest We Forget."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St Michael le Querne No. 2697 E.C.London

18th January 1917

In 1917, at the time of his initiation he is noted to be a Civil Servant, resident at Rotherhithe. The contribution record shows that he was "Killed in France May 1917," unsurprising therefore that he did not advance further than that of Entered Apprentice.

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