Rank, service number and regiment
Able Seaman Z/1656 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Chestal, Priory Avenue, Taunton, Somerset. This was his address from 22 June 1916 when he married Rose Fanny Pine. Prior to this, according to the 1911 census, he was living with his adoptive parents the Rev. & Mrs. Phillips, The Vicarage, now Kingsbury House, K.E.
Date of death
10 April 1918
Age of death
Circumstances of death
Herbert was on the destroyer HMS Magic. It was damaged by an explosion when it hit a mine at Loch Swilly off Northern Ireland on 10 April 1918. There were 25 fatalities including Herbert. His body was not recovered.
Herbert is commemorated on Panel 29 of Plymouth Naval Memorial to the Missing, Plymouth, Devon.
Date of birth & full name
28th September 1885. HERBERT GEORGE FANNING
Bank Clerk at Stuckey’s Bank, Langport. At a later date he moved to Parrs Bank, Taunton.
Herbert was born in Maidenhead Berkshire to Robert John
Fanning and Isabella Fanning (nee McMasters). Robert worked for HM Treasury as a county court examiner/auditor. Isabella died in 1890 when Herbert was five years old. Robert was killed in a boating accident in the Menai Straits in August 1893 when Herbert was seven years old.
Spouse & children
Herbert married Rose Fanny Pine on 22 June 1916 in Taunton. In 1911 Rose was working as a milliner in Taunton and living at 33 North Street. They had no children.
After Herbert’s death, Rose went on to marry a prison chaplain in Birmingham in 1922.
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
The 1891 census records Herbert was boarding with his father at 7 The Parade, Rhyl, possibly on holiday as his father was keen on sailing. He was then 5 or 6 years old.
In 1901, aged 15/16 years, having lost both parents by this date, Herbert was living at the Royal Masonic Boarding School for Boys in Lordship Lane, Wood Green, London. Newspaper reports of his father’s death in 1893 mention the masonic connection. This school is still standing, now Wood Green Crown Court, see photo below.
Herbert came to live in the Vicarage in K.E. after his adoption by the Reverend and Mrs Phillips.
Herbert was the youngest by 10 years of three brothers.