Lieutenant Andrew Hunter Herbertson was a Scottish officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born on 1 August 1894, in Edinburgh, the son of Andrew John and Fanny Louisa Dorothea Herbertson (née Richardson), of Gallashiels and Leamington, respectively. Both his father, later a professor at Oxford University,[1] and mother were authors of some note and collaborated together on a number of geographical textbooks for secondary schools.[2] Herbertson, whose mother was of Jewish descent, converted to Judaism in his youth.[3]

The younger Herbertson was educated at Magdalen College School and Balliol College. He volunteered for the British Army in 1914, being commissioned in October as a second lieutenant in the 14th Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps. Herbertson first went to France with the 9th KRRC, with which he was serving in when wounded in October 1915. He transferred to the 10th Battalion in December and remained on the Western Front until April 1916, when he returned to Balliol to work for a commission in "R.E.".[1]

Herbertson was killed at Cherisy on 16 May 1917 while serving with the 7th KRRC. He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Arras Memorial. In accordance with the stipulations of his will, a prize for history and science was established in his name at Balliol.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Balliol College register, 1833-1933, p. 332.
  2. Gilbert, Edmund William (1972), British pioneers in geography, p. 191.
  3. Oxford Jewish Casualties, Retrieved 13 December 2016.


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