Born Charles Herbert Powls at Crowle in January 1889, Herbert was the youngest son and one of the eight children of John Henry and Ruth Powls-Blyto (nee Davies). His father, born plain John Henry Powls was also from Crowle, although he appears to have forgotten this by the time of the 1891 census when, living in Warrington, he gives his name as Henri Louis Blyto of ‘uncertain nationality’! His mother’s maiden name was Blyton which is probably the origin of his ‘Blyto’ surname, although not the reason behind it. Perhaps the mystery helped in his life as a painter in Warrington? Ruth was from Flintshire.
By 1911 the family lived in Wood Street, Bolton, where John Henry (Henri Louis) was a sandal maker, Ruth the steward of a club and Herbert (Charles Herbert Blyto) a wood turner. By the time Herbert enlisted in the Army they had moved to 94 Chorley Street.
Herbert enlisted in the Army, as Herbert Powls-Blytho, at Bolton on 29th October 1914, joining the 5th (Territorial) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was with the 5th Loyal North Lancashires when they embarked for France on 11th February 1915, where they joined 16th Brigade, 6th Division. Transferring to 151st Brigade, 50th Division in June.
In October 1915, the 151st Brigade were holding a sector of the front line near Armentieres. Subjected to regular sniper and artillery attacks, on 10th October, Herbert was one of three 5th Loyal North Lancashire men wounded in the trenches, when he received a bullet wound to his head.
Taken initially to 1/3rd Northumbrian Field Ambulance, on 12th October he was evacuated to No.2 Casualty Clearing Station, Bailleul. It was here, at 12.10am on 13th October 1915 that Private Herbert Powls-Blytho passed away. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.