Herbert Teale was born in Leeds in 1891, to George William and Alice Teale. Soon after his birth, the family relocated to Hickleton and Herbert’s father began work as a labourer on the Hickleton Hall estate. A few years later, George William began work as an usher for Lord Halifax of Hickleton Hall and Herbert began work as a gardener.
Soon after the outbreak of the war in 1914, Herbert joined the 13th Battalion of the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment as a private with the service number 13/996. This battalion was one of the well-known ‘Barnsley Pals’ battalions and was in the thick of the fighting on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The battalion suffered heavy casualties on this day. Herbert was wounded in the thigh and never recovered, dying of his wounds on the 6th of July 1916. He was 24 years old. Herbert is buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1, in France.