Regiment : 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
Service number : 5729061
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 10th July 1944 aged 25
Buried : St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France, Grave IX. D. 8.
Relatives : Son of Gaius and Annie Maria Burley; husband of Clare Leonora Burley, of Brierley Hill, Staffordshire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by The Black Country Society:
Herbert Burley joined the Dorset Regiment and was posted to the 5th Battalion in the 43rd (Wessex) Division. They crossed the Channel on the 18th June and in the next few days moved to the front line to relieve the original forces and to halt the powerful German counter attack which Rommel was planning. On the 25th they entered the front line in the shattered village of Cheux and prepared for the battle of the River Odon. The German troops were well protected in the ruins and the troops suffered early casualties from heavy mortar and sniper fire. The Division’s first objective was to take the village of Mouen, and this was captured on the 29th June after a stern fight. The Division then took part in the attack on Point 112 west of Caen. From here the German forces had a commanding view of the British positions and Montgomery needed control of this vital area. The attack began on 10th July and the Dorsets suffered heavy casualties in the opening assault. Pte Herbert Burley was among those killed in action on this day.