Rupert Henry Humphreys was born at Bootle in 1893, the eldest son of John Oliver Humphreys and Mary Ellen (nee Nutter)
 
His father was was a labourer with Bootle Borough Council who was born at Madeley, Shropshire and his mother was born at Everton. They were married on the 21st December 1890 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Kirkdale.
 
1901 Census - 12 Sussex Street, Bootle - Parents John and Mary E, with children Rupert H, Mary E, Alice and Elizabeth Humphreys.
 
1911 Census - 6 Sussex Street, Bootle - Parents John and Mary E (Married 20 years with 8 children born and 5 still alive) and Rupert H. Mary E, Sarah A, Evan H and Elizabeth Humphreys.
 
The family were still living at 6 Sussex Street after the war.
 
Rupert was a labourer in a rubber works in 1911.
 
He enlisted in the army at Bootle. His service records have not survived but his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916.
 
He was killed in action on the 22nd August 1916.
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 22nd September 1916. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo
 
BOOTLE FUSILIER KILLED.
OFFICER SAYS HE DIED "LIKE A MAN AND A SOLDIER."
   Private Rupert Humphreys, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action by a hand grenade on August 22nd, death being instantaneous. The Rev. R. Trench, chaplain, in a letter to the parents, who live at 6, Sussex-street, Bootle, said, "Your loss will be shared by the men of his company, for they have lost a good comrade and a good soldier" The deceased's captain wrote: "He is missed very noticably in the company, as he was a man of great promise and always so cheerful. He was killed by a rifle grenade in the front-line trench along with several others . . . . I feel sure he would not have you grieve, for he died like a man and a soldier - doing his duty bravely. He was buried on the 22nd in a small cemetery a mile behind the firing line."
   Private Humphreys was only 23 years of age, and for seven years previous to the war had been employed at the Litherland Rubber Works. He was formerly a playing member of Hawthorne Football Club.
   Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys have received a letter from the Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George assuring them of the true sympathy of the King and Queen in their sorrow.

Bootle Times 22nd September 1916