Dove, Herbert Daniel (brother of Henry John William)
8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars
Herbert Daniel Dove was born on the 1st of May 1881 and baptized the 15th of May at St John’s, Worlds End. Herbert was the youngest child of nine born to George Dove and Jane nee Hedges. Herbert’s father was employed as a hairdresser.
Less than a year after Herbert’s birth in January 1882 his father committed suicide and this sad story was reported in the Lloyds Weekly London News dated the 8th of January.
“Yesterday afternoon Dr Diplock held an inquest at the Britannia Tavern , Camera Square, Chelsea, relative to the death of a hairdresser named George Henry Dove aged 36,who resided at 4, Callow Street, Chelsea. Jane Catherine Dove, the widow, who cried while giving her evidence, said she lived at 373 Kings Road, Chelsea. She was accustomed to take her husband’s meals to 4, Callow Street. His conduct lately had been very strange. He had frequently passed his hand across his forehead, remarking “I am going out of my mind. I know I cannot live.” Witness last saw him alive on Wednesday night. The following afternoon she went to his shop on Callow Street. The front door was locked. A neighbour named Stocker got into the house and found the deceased dead in one of the rooms. William Alfred Stocker, who discovered the body, stated that he saw Dove alive on Thursday morning. He then appeared to be “watching” witness. Mr. F.Glanville, surgeon of Fulham Road said he found Dove quite dead. A piece of twine was round his neck, the string being fastened to the handle of a door, and death had evidently been caused by the man throwing himself down a flight of three or four stairs, which were rising to the door where the twine was attached - strangulation being the result. A verdict of “suicide by strangulation was returned."
Three of the couple’s children were admitted to the Britten Street workhouse in 1882 and from there were admitted to Beechholme; one of these was Herbert’s older brother Henry John who was sometimes known as William..
Herbert, sometimes known as Bertie, had three admissions to the same workhouse with his mother Jane, and was eventually admitted to Beechholme on the 18th of July 1890. He was discharged to the band of the 8th Hussars at Leeds on the 12th of September 1896. His next of kin was given as his mother Jane of 34, Church Street.
By the 1891 census both Herbert and older brother William are there together. The two older sisters had by this time left the school.
Herbert has no surviving army service records, but Ancestry’s UK Campaign Medals ascribes Herbert Daniel Dove as having served in the 2nd Boer War and notes his medal with clasps awarded.
The 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars were raised in 1693 as a dragoon unit from Protestants living in Ireland. This was only two years after the decisive Jacobite defeat at Aughrim so the new regiment remained in Ireland until 1704. The regiment was designated light dragoons in 1775 and gained the ”King’s” prefix two years later. In 1823 returning to England from India the regiment was re-named and re-equipped as Hussars.
The motto of the 8th Hussars was “ Pristinae Virtualis Memores” the meaning of which is “Mindful of Past Courage”.
The 8th Hussars sailed in February 1900 and arrived in South Africa at the beginning of March. Along with 7th Dragoon Guards and 14th Hussars they formed the 4th Cavalry Brigade under Brigadier General Dickson.
On the 1st of May 1900 the Boers made a stand in a strong position at Houtnek, where Ian Hamilton’s force had stiff work in turning them out. In his telegram of 2nd of May Lord Roberts said "Hamilton speaks in high terms of the service of the 8th Hussars under \Colonel Clowes who assisted in making the Boers evacuate their position.”
On the march from Machadodorp to Heidelberg the 8th and 14th Hussars and “M” Battery were under Colonel Mahon who became heavily engaged near Geluk with a body of 1100 men with 4 guns. Although heavily pressed Mahon succeeded in holding his own until French came to his assistance when the Boers were driven back in a south easterly direction having sustained some loss. The enemy on this occasion were very daring and crept up through broken ground to within 100 yards. The 8th Hussars were for a time very hard pressed but held on well. They lost 2 officers and 7 men and 2 officers and 8 men were wounded.
In the first quarter of 1901 the regiment was in the column of Colonel. E.C. Knox, one of these columns starting near Springs swept to the Swazi border.
During the later phases of the war the Eastern Transvaal to the borders of Zululand were the principal scenes of the regiments’ operations, but a portion for a time was employed in the Orange River Colony.
After the war Herbert was sent to the army reserve as is revealed by the 1911 census where he was stationed in Butts Road, Colchester, Essex. He is described as being 29 years old and single and his rank is Corporal / Musician.
Herbert was awarded the South African medal with Cape Colony and Orange Free State clasps.
In the September quarter of 1911 Herbert married Frances White in the Colchester registration district. The couple had two daughters.
It is not known whether he had any further contact with any members of his family. His mother Jane was still alive in 1911, having married again but was widowed for the second time and living with a daughter-in-law. The 1939 register shows Herbert living with his wife at Ramleigh Lane, Colchester, Essex. His occupation was given as petroleum storekeeper.
Herbert died on the 15th of March 1952 in the Essex County hospital Colchester. He was aged 70. His will states that he was living at 52, Maldon Road, Colchester and he left £462 pounds to his widow.