South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Herbert Nightingale

Herbert William Nightingale was born at Stretton in 1870. He was the son of William Nightingale, Head Gardener [at Stretton Hall?] and his wife Louisa who was School Mistress. The family lived at the School, Stretton.

Herbert became a gardener - like his father before him. In 1891 he was working at Weston-under-Lizard, in 1901 at Sunninghill, Berkshire and in 1911 at Lathom, Ormskirk, Lancs. However, by 1916 he had emigrated to Simcoe, Canada, where he continued to work as a gardener. At about this time his parents moved to live in Engleton Lane, Brewood.

Herbert was still single when he attested in the Canadian Army on 5th July, 1916. He joined the 133rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry which sailed to England in November 1916. The battalion was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion, based in England, to provide reinforcements for Canadian units in France.

Herbert survived the war and returned to Canada. He died on 25th July, 1921 and is buried in Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.