Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Lieutenant Herbert Ward Milligan, 1st Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai.
One of three sons of a company secretary of a pen-making business, he was educated at King Edward’s preparatory school and Bromsgrove School where he excelled in academic subjects and was part of the chess team. After graduating from Worcester College, Oxford, in 1907 he obtained a civil service position in Ceylon, which he held until the outbreak of the Great War.
In August of 1914, Lieutenant Milligan joined the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, serving as a private with them in Egypt. The following July he was offered and accepted a commission with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He took part in the Gallipoli landing on the 14th of April in 1915, where he was wounded in action and sent home to recuperate.
In 1916, Lieutenant Milligan was serving in France and saw action during the Battles of the Somme, where he was wounded three times more. It was during the Battle of Cambrai, at Noyelles, that a further wound proved to be fatal. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval in France.
Herbert, from Edgbaston in Warwickshire, was 32 years old and married.