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Hubert, D F

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Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 19 March 1917

Wounded in March 1916 at Neuve Chapelle.

Commemorated on OV Memorial
Commemorated on St Helier Parish Church Memorial

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 19 March 1917

Roll of Honour. It is with the greatest possible regret that we have to announce the death of Lieutenant Donald F Hubert, who has been killed during the fighting in Mesopotamia. The deceased was the eldest son of Mr J Hubert, organist of St Helier Parish Church, and was in his 22nd year. The sad news was conveyed to the parents on Saturday in a communication from the Indian Office, and nothing but the fact that their son had laid down his life for his Country was told the bereaved parents. Lieutenant Hubert was at Victoria College from 1905-13 and during the whole of that period he proved himself a very painstaking student, while he also endeared himself both to the members of the teaching staff and his school fellows. He played in both the College football and cricket teams and was one of the best hockey players in the College team. He was a capital all-round athlete and was always included in the Shooting VIII, representing the College Contingent and the OTC at the rifle butts, he for long having been the Senior Sergeant in the Corps, in which he took a very keen interest. When war broke out he immediately joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and was almost immediately sent for service in France, where he was wounded. He subsequently spent a period of convalescent leave in Jersey and was then given an appointment in the Indian Army. The deceased, who possessed the soldier instinct to a very marked extent, subsequently transferred into a Battalion that was on active service in Mesopotamia as he wished to see more of the fighting, and after serving on that Front for several months he has, during the great advance of our Army towards Baghdad, given his life for the cause he was fighting for. To the bereaved parents and the other members of the family we would tender our respectful sympathy in this terrible time of affliction and we feel sure that in this expression we will be joined by the whole of our readers.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 26 March 1917

Roll of Honour. The Times of Saturday contains the following obituary notice:

"Second Lieutenant Donald Franklyn Hubert, Indian Infantry, oldest son of Mr & Mrs H J Hubert of Victoria Crescent, Jersey, was born in 1895, he was educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Sandhurst, which he entered in September 1913 as a Prize Cadet. At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Ireland, being transferred later to the Royal Irish Rifles, with whom he went to France. He was wounded at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, subsequently returning to Jersey on convalescent leave. He returned to Ireland in July 1915 and having originally passed out of Sandhurst for the Indian Army, in September he was ordered to India and attached to 83rd Infantry, while there he was for a time Acting Adjutant to the Regiment and was afterwards appointed Quartermaster. In the Autumn of 1916 he went with the Regiment to Burma and volunteering for active service was ordered to the Front, where he fell on 14 March".
Shortly before his much regretted death in action the gallant officer had been given his second star for full Lieutenant.

Captain Donald Franklyn Hubert
Indian Army. Bhopal Infantry

1914 Star

Eldest son of Horatio John & Blanche Delia Hubert (nee Freeth) of 12 Victoria Crescent, Jersey. Educated at Victoria College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Killed in action, aged 21 years.



Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record



Courtesy of Victoria College, Jersey

Basra pictures courtesy of Sidney Clark and Richard Leigh