Herbert (‘Bert’ or ‘Bertie’) Plumb
R/20530, Rifleman, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps
1897, Hornsey or Islington – 28th September 1917, killed in action, Western Front, aged 20
Grave II.A.1., Beuvry Communal Cemetery Extension
Lives of the First World War entry
He was the son of Harry Plumb (early 1872, Deene, Northamptonshire – mid 1929, St Pancras), who in 1881 was still living with his widowed grandfather in Deene and in 1891 was a barman at the Kings Arms, Peckham Rye. In late 1893 he married Bertie’s mother Florence Agnes, Agnes Florence or Agnes Maude Buckenham (early 1873, Kilburn) in Islington district – the best fit for her in the 1881 census is the daughter of the clerk of a municipal vestry, living at 37 Oulton Street, Battersea. Soon after their marriage, Harry and Agnes had two children – Harry John (mid 1895, Holloway or Islington) and Bertie. In 1901 Harry senior was the live-in manager of the Tenterden Arms at 224 Devon Road, Bromley-by-Bow, living with his wife, two sons and three boarders (a barman, a domestic cook and a general domestic servant). In 1907 they had another child, Doris (1907, Camden Town).
Of the four children born alive to Harry and Agnes by 1911, one had died by 1911 – this was probably Ellen (1900, Bermondsey), who was written onto the 1911 census but struck through. From their children’s birthplaces, its seems Harry and Agnes moved to manage the Oxford Arms at 265 High Street, Camden Town between 1901 and 1907. In 1911 both of Bertie’s parents gave their occupation as “Licensed Victualler”, living at the Oxford Arms with their three children, one boarder and four servants (a barmaid, a barman, a potman and a cook).
He does not appear on the parish magazine’s March 1915 list of those already serving. Bertie enlisted in the St Pancras district, though he gave his residence more specifically as Camden Town, probably still the Oxford Arms with his parents. Both his parents were still alive and still at the Oxford Arms at the time of his death, which was recorded as their address by the CWGC. Harry died in 1929, but it is unclear when Agnes died or if she remarried.