Pte. H.E. Blueman
FIRST NAMES: Herbert Edwin
UNIT: 1st Yorkshire Regiment
DATE OF DEATH: 4th August 1915
CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: Rawalpindi War Cemetery, Pakistan
Private Blueman was born in Cowton, near Northallerton. He was the son of the late Charles and Sarah Blueman. He enlisted in Richmond some time before the outbreak of the First World War and he was a full time professional soldier, serving with the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, which actually spent the entire War in India. It is often forgotten that Britain still had an Empire to police during World War One and though many thousands of Indians, Canadians, ANZACS and other colonial troops fought and died in Britain's service, her traditional imperial enemies continued to cause problems. None more so than the tribesmen on the infamous Northwest Frontier in India.
Herbert Blueman was killed at the age of 30 at Rawalpindi as a result of a gunshot wound whilst serving with B Company of the Battalion. He is officially recorded as having "died" as opposed to "died of wounds" and one can only assume therefore that he was wounded as a result of an accident as opposed to having been wounded in action. Whatever the exact circumstances of his death, Private Blueman served his Country and made the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.