Date of birth: 14/03/1925
Date of death: 02/07/1944
Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
Family information: Youngest son of Joe and Ethel (Née Johnson) Aaron of Hill Top, Knottingley
Service number: 14589474
Private Herbert Aaron was in the 11th Division, Durham Light Infantry when he died on 2nd July 1944 aged 18, during the D Day Landings, having landed on Sword Beach. He was buried at Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery.
The Allied offensive in North-Western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6th June 1944. Secqueville-en-Bessin War Cemetery is a battlefield cemetery, containing the graves of men killed in the advance to Caen early in July and in the subsequent fighting up to the end of that month.
There were seven Aaron brothers who took part in active service during World War Two. Herbert was only 14 years old when war broke out, being only 18 years old when he was killed.
Brother Jack, at 20 years of age, was taken prisoner near Arras about 20th May 1940 and was a prisoner of war in Stalag XXIB, Blechammer – Obel Silesia.
Brother Bill was captured at Singapore and worked on the notorious Burma Railway of Death.