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The son of Francis and Martha Piper, Hubert was born in Wolverhampton in 1888. In 1891 he was living at 11 Cannon Street, with his parents, brothers William, Francis, Thomas and Alfred, sisters Mary, Emma and Lily, and a boarder, Harry Williams. By 1901 they were at 12 Ward Street, Bilston, and they moved yet again to 329 Bilston Road by 1911. Hubert had become an Elementary School teacher for the City Council (according to the census – presumably this means Wolverhampton Council, which was not a City at this date, or possibly Birmingham). Hubert’s father died in 1913.

Hubert became a Private in the 1st/8th Territorial Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 305452). He was killed in action on 1 July 1916. He is commemorated on the following