- Born: 8 Oct 1894, Blayney, New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 14 Mar 1917, France at age 22
- Buried: Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, France
Cause of his death was Killed in action WW1.
Herbert enlisted in the A.I.F. on 29 December 1915 at Parkes, NSW and assigned the service number 5042. He was 21 years and 2 months old and a Labourer. He was described as 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall, weighing 148 lbs with a chest measurement of 33-37 inches. His complexion was described as Fresh, eyes blue and hair light brown. He recorded his religion as Presbyterian.
Herbert was assigned to the Bathurst Depot Camp as a Private from the 5 February 1915 to the 9 March 1916. He was then assigned to the 13 Reinforcements, 17th Battalion on 10 March.
By the 27 Aug 1916 he was in England where he was promoted to Acting Corporal. On 7 October his unit was sent to France and by by 21 October they were sent to Belgium to reinforce the 13th Battalion there. By the 25 November he was transferred to the 17th Battalion in France. In January of 1917 he was sent to hospital suffering from Trench Feet, a common ailment amongst the diggers living in the filthy, wet, muddy trenches for 24 hours a day. He rejoined his Battalion on the 20 January 1917. In 1917 the 17th was involved in the follow-up of German forces after their retreat to the Hindenburg Line, and was one of four battalions to defeat a counter-stroke by a German force, almost four times as strong, at Lagincourt. Source AWM, http://www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_11204.asp
On the 14 March 1917 Herbert Kable was Killed in Action. He was buried on the side of the road, 500 yards from Lompart Wood 3/4 mile SW of Grevillers, 2 1/4 miles W of Bapaume, France. His body must have ben recovered and reinterred at the Adanac Military Cemetery, Grave IV. A. 24. His unit war diaries reveal that at this time they were occupying trenches at the village of Grevilliers. Patrols were sent through Lompart Wood and outposts established to the village. During the night of the 13 March they took over another Line that had been held by the 24 Battalion and set up an outpost line north of Grevilliers. it must have been during these actions that Herbert was killed. Just 3 months later his cousin George Kable was killed in action too, in Belgium.
His belongings were returned to his mother in November of 1917. The parcel contained a metal watch strap, handkerchief, 2 wallets, letters, cards, 2 Testaments. One of these was a Will in which he left all of his property and effects to his mother. His Will havd been dated 8 March 1917 so clearly he had come to the realisation that his situation was very dangerous where he was.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Soldier (Private), 17th Bn Australia Infantry.