Herbert George Miles Markham 10 November 1918

Herbert George Miles Markham died on 10th November 1918 as a prisoner of war in a German Hospital in Namur, Belgium. The scanty records note simply that he died, rather than died of wounds. It may be that he was a Prisoner of War and that he died of the influenza pandemic which was sweeping through Europe. The mild strain of the summer had by this time developed into a rather more deadly strain which would carry off more men than the War itself.

Herbert was the only son of parents Herbert and Charlotte. His father sold newspapers, books and stationery from his shop in the Oundle Market Place and was a well-respected businessman. Young Herbert attended Laxton School from January 1909 (aged 10) until December of 1914, when he was 16. He was conscripted into the army and was on active service in France and Flanders, before being captured and made a PoW. He was reported to be a prisoner in the July 1918 issue of the Laxton School Magazine, so must have been incarcerated by the Germans for at least five months.

He was just 20 years old at the time of his death.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow