In memoriam

Captain Herbert Charles Pallant

 

 

Herbert Pallant was born on 25 March 1887, son of Henry Pallant, a farmer from Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk. From 1912 to the beginning of 1914 he served in the police force in Rhodesia.

Pallant enlisted in the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps on 14 June 1915 (No.4253) and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 9 December 1915 (with seniority from 1 September). Posted to the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron, he joined it in France on Christmas Day 1916. (The squadron was by then part of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment.) On 1 July 1917 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

In September 1917, when the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment was absorbed into the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, he was posted to the new battalion, but returned to England on 29 October, transferring to the Indian Army Reserve of Officers. He sailed for India on 26 November 1917.

He died from influenza at Kain, East Persia, on 21 February 1920 while serving with the Indian Army Supply and Transport Corps. Buried at Kain Military Cemetery, his grave could not be found when those buried there were moved to Hamadan Military Cemetery. A Special 'Kipling Memorial' was erected there for him and one other man.

In 1962 Hamadan burials were moved to the newly established Tehran War Cemetery. Pallant is commemorated on Special Memorial No.9, which reads:

TO THE MEMORY OF

CAPTAIN
H. C. PALLANT
I. A. RESERVE OF OFFICERS
21ST FEBRUARY 1920

BURIED AT THE TIME
IN KAIN MILITARY CEMETERY
BUT WHOSE GRAVE IS NOW LOST

"THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT
BE BLOTTED OUT"

 

He is also commemorated in St Mary's Church, Wherstead, on a marble plaque which reads:

In ever loving memory of
Captain HERBERT CHARLES PALLANT
Indian Army Reserve of Officers
who died at Kain, East Persia
February 21st, 1920
aged 32 years
"Loving, faithful, and true."

 

Image kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org.