A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- CWGC and other headstones -
- Totland -
- St Saviour's RC Church -
Herbert Veitch -

Location

In St Saviour's Churchyard, Totland, Isle of Wight
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
Description

Standard CWGC headstone

Memorial

Totland St Saviour's RC Church Herbet Veitch headstone
 
Inscription


24292 LANCE CPL
H VEITCH
DUKE OF CORNWALL'S LIGHT INFANTRY
22ND FEBRUARY 1919
+
R.I.P.



Further Information

Believed to be the son of James and Mary Jane Veitch.
If so, born 1901, Bedlington, Northumberland.
In 1901 the family were at 265 Yard Row, Bedlington, Northumberland.
In 1911 the family were at 33 Glebe Crescent, Washington Station, Co Durham.

CWGC record ...

Newspaper reports and documents

Isle of Wight County Press

1 March 1919

YOUNG MILITARY MUSICIAN'S SAD DEATH. -
The death occurred from pneumonia at the Afton Military Hospital on Saturday of Lance-Corpl. Herbert Veitch, the solo cornet player of the D.C.L.I. band. Although only 18, the deceased showed great promise as a musician, and his beautiful cornet solos at Island concerts have proved most popular. He had been stationed at Freshwater since 1915, and was widely known and universally esteemed. His father and only brother were killed in the war [*]. The funeral took place with full military honours at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Totland, on Wednesday. The body was removed to the chapel at Weston Manor on the previous evening, and a large gathering of military and civilian residents attended the Requiem Mass which preceded the interment. Col. Pike (commanding), Capts. Hayhill and Codyre, and Lieuts. Buckmaster and Lucas, D.C.L.I., together with about 50 men, the full band of the regiment, and a firing party attended, as well as the elder scholars of the Roman Catholic Schools, under Miss O'Meara (head teacher). Amongst those present were the bereaved mother, several other relatives, and the Rev. S. Herbert. In the procession from the chapel to the cemetery the band played Somner's "Song of Death" and at the graveside eight D.C.L.I. buglers faultlessly sounded "The Last Post." The Rev. Father Mulholland officiated. Amongst the floral tributes were those from his fellow bandsmen "In Deepest Regret"; the corporals, D.C.L.I.; the buglers, D.C.L.I.; sergeants' mess, D.C.L.I., the Y.M.C.A., Golden-hill; the canteen staff, Golden-hill; the W.A.A.C., Golden-hill; and Mrs. Fielder, Afton Lodge. The tribute from his fellow bandsmen was in the form of a military musician's badge (a lyre) with a broken string.


[*] No clearly identified CWGC records have been found for these two, believed to be James Veitch (father) and Ernest Veitch (elder brother).
 
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