Herbert Furniss (1888-1918) was a Private in the 2nd Batallion the Lincolnshire Regiment, formerly (42012) Training Reserve. Killed in action in 1918, he has a Commonwealth War Grave in the Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, in the Somme, northern France. Thus his body is not buried in his family grave.

Herbert Furniss was born on 26 April 1888 to James Furniss and Rosa F. Furniss (nee Hicks). His parents had been born in Leeds, but moved to Cambridge, where his father worked as a commercial traveller. Herbert had five siblings. Lillie born 1874, May born 1885, Rosa born 1887, Arthur born 1892, and Dorothy born 1894. By 1911, his parents had moved to Cherry Hinton. However, Herbert had by now left home, and was living and working in Chichester, Essex, where he was an assistant in a gentleman’s outfitter.

On 8  September 1918, Herbert died in action in Flanders.

Furniss grave
Furniss monument




Lat Lon : 52.201781, 0.13696327 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information






War Grave Photographic Project (which gives 8 Sept 1918 as the death date)
1901 and 1911 Census

By Ian Bent, Jo Costin and Alexander Ogunbode

Herbert Furniss