Belcher, Hubert Stanley

The 1901 Census on shows that the Belcher Family were residing at 82, Cardigan Rd. Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire.

The Head of the household was William Edward Belcher, 36 years of age born in Headingly, a Teacher of Music by trade.

His wife is shown as Ehel age 32 born in Cambridge and their children were Hubert Stanley age 6 and Kathleen age 3 both born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

The  family had a visitor, Mabel Ling age 25, born in Cambridge, probably a relative of Ethel’s whose maiden name was Ling.

There was also a Servant living there by the name of Elizabeth Flitcroft age 27 born in Yorkshire.

The 1911 Census reveals that the family were now living at Bryn Gobaith, St. Asaph.

William Edward Belcher was 46 and a Professor of Music of Choiristers at St. Asaph Cathedral.

William Edward Belcher, M.A., Cantab., Information taken from The Dictionery of Composers for Church in Gt. Britain and Ireland, edited by Robert Evans and Maggie Humphreys.

Born at Handsworth, 1864. Student of the Royal College of Music. 
Choral Scholar in King s College, Cambridge. Organist of the Parish 
Church, Kingston-on-Thames, St. Michael’s, Headingley, Leeds, 
1895. Deputy-Organist to the Leeds Corporation, 1895. Organist of 
St. Asaph, 1901.  Resigned 1917. Composer of Church Music including settings of the Morning Service in Welsh and of the Evening Service in English in 1907 and the St. Asaph Litany in 1909. 

Ethel was 42 and Herbert Stanley 16 years of age, his sister Kathleen Mary Helena was 13 and both children were at school.

They had a Servant by the name of Edith Jackson age 17 born in Yorkshire.

British Army Service Records 1914-1920 on

Hubert Stanley Belcher enlisted into the Denbighshire Yeomenry at Wrexham on 25th February 1916, he was posted at home and was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment on 30th October 1916.

This Battalion, in the 5th Division, was in every major action in France throughout the war and won 35 Battle Honours.

Hubert serve for two years before he died on 24th May 1918. He was awarded The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

Hubert Stanley Belcher is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thienes, Nord, France.

Information from CWGC

It was not until the German offensive of April 1918, by which Merville was overwhelmed and the German line brought past it along the Lys nearly as far as St. Venant, that Thiennes became a place of British burials. On the 10th of that month the first death occurred in the 13th Field Ambulance (belonging to the 5th Division) during its service at Tannay, and thenceforward until the first week in August 5th Division units carried out almost all the burials in Tannay British Cemetery. Row D of Plot II contains only men of the 1st East Surreys who died in May; Rows D and E of Plot IV only men of the 2nd K.O.S.B. who died on the 28th (or in one case the 30th) June; and Row G of Plot IV only men of the 14th Royal Warwicks who died on the 8th July. In Rows C, D and E of Plot V the 61st (South Midland) Division made the majority of the graves, in the middle weeks of August.   Thiennes saw fierce fighting once again in 1940 when it was at the southern end of the area occupied by the British Expeditionary Force during the withdrawal to Dunkirk.   The cemetery now contains 363 First World War burials and 18 from the Second World War.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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