Researched and written by Anne Wright
Lt H R Duncan
Royal Army Service Corps
William Thomas Duncan and Gertrude Eliza Taylor married on 8 May 1879 at the Parish Church of St Nicholas in Thames Ditton and; their only child Herbert Richard was born in 1880. His birth was registered in Lewisham in the second quarter of that year; he had been born in Sydenham, Kent. In 1881 the family lived in Kings Road, Kingston and William earned his living as a clerk. By 1891 they had moved to 2, Clifden Gardens, Twickenham which was to remain their home for over ten years. William now described himself as a mercantile clerk and in 1901 as a merchant banker. Herbert followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Produce Broker’s Clerk. In 1911 the family lived at Allerton, Wellington Road in Hampton Hill; Herbert still lived with his parents and both father and son continued to earn their livings as they had done ten years earlier. Sometime during or after 1911 the Duncans moved to Rydal Mount, Heath Road in Weybridge.
Herbert served in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). He has no record of service overseas. It is possible that he was part of an RASC Horse Transport Local Auxiliary Company (LAC) as such units operated mainly at home. RASC LAC 1022, formed in October 1917, was based at Aberdeen. Herbert died at the Scottish Red Cross Tor-na-Dee Sanatorium, near Aberdeen on 26 April 1919. This establishment was opened in August 1918 because of an urgent need for beds for officers invalided out of the forces suffering from tuberculosis.
Herbert’s grave lies in the Peterculter Churchyard (Plot 40), close to the location of his death. His parents still lived in Weybridge according to the Electoral Register of 1925 but by the time William Duncan died in that year they had moved to New Malden where Gertrude died three years later.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920, www.ancestry.co.uk
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915, www.ancestry.co.uk
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, www.ancestry.co.uk
NHS Grampian Archive, University of Aberdeen, GRHB 25, https://www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/collections-76.php
PARR 4 Family Tree, www.ancestry.co.uk
Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962, www.ancestry.co.uk