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HEMPSTEAD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 and 2 - Rolls of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Kim Andrews 2010

The memorial stands in Hempstead, Essex, opposite the Bluebell Inn, at the junction of Minor Road and B1054. It takes the form of a granite, Celtic wheel cross on a tapering granite plinths, surrounded by grass and flower beds, with natural stream running behind. There are 13 names for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2. The memorial was originally unveiled by general Sir Francis lloyd 4th July 1925. There is a further memorial at St Andrew's Church, Hempstead with 10 names listed for World War 1.

Photograph Copyright © Kim Andrews 2010

IN MEMORY
OF
THE MEN OF
HEMPSTEAD
WHO FELL
IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919

ANDREWS

Frank Edgar

Private 24578, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 7 May 1917. Born Hempstead, enlisted Saffron Walden. Buried in FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 20

ANDREWS

Charles Ernest

[Private 17043, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born and resident hempstead, enlisted Saffron Walden. Son of Mrs. E. Moss (formerly Andrews), of Hill Rd., Hempstead, Saffron Walden. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Plot I. Row J. Grave 2.

ANDREWS

William

No further information currently available

COLEMAN

Harry

No further information currently available

COLEMAN

Hugh Charles

No further information currently available

FOSTER

George

Private 16578, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1915. Aged 27. Born and resident Hempstead, enlisted Warley. Son of George Foster, of Hill Rd., Hempstead, Saffron Walden, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.

PURKISS

Arthur

Sapper 310937, 3rd Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 3 October 1918. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Saffron Walden. Son of Clara Purkiss, of Hempstead, Essex, and the late Alfred Purkiss. Formerly 36468, East Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in CHAPEL CORNER CEMETERY, SAUCHY-LESTREE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 6.

PURKISS

William 'Willie'

Private 14822, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 24 March 1916. Born Hempstead, enlisted and resident Saffron Walden. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row D. Grave 16A.

PURKISS

Arthur MacDonald

Private 35150, 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. JKilled in action 4 September 1916. Aged 16. Born hempstead, enlisted London. Son of Arthur Purkiss, of 73, Linnell Rd., Camberwell, London. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Plot XXXVIII. Row C. Grave 8.

ROBINSON

Arthur

No further information currently available

ROBINSON

Charles

Private 15203, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 22 September 1916. Aged 25. Born and resident Hempstead, enlisted Saffron Walden. Son of Charles and Ann Robinson, of Hill Rd., Hempstead, Saffron Walden. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 20. Grave 40.

STUBBINGS

Ernest

probably Ernest John STUBBINGS, Private 26129, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 21 April 1917. Enlisted Cambridge, resident Cherryhinton. Formerly 20198, Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated on Ronville Military Cem. Memorial 1 in BEAURAINS ROAD CEMETERY, BEAURAINS, Pas de Calais, France.

TURNER

Arthur William

Private 15685, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 14 April 1917. Born Hempstead, enlisted and resident Saffron Walden. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

TYCER

George

Private 203075, 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born hempstead, enlisted Worcester, resident Nottingham. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 75 to 77.

"For Home and Freedom"

 

1939-1945

IN
GRATEFUL REMEMBERENCE

BANKS

John William

Petty Officer Cook (O) D/MX 81822, H.M.S. Aldenham, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 14 December 1944. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 91, Column 2.

Note: H.M.S. ALDENHAM (L22) was a Type III HUNT-Class Escort Destroyer ordered from Cammell-Laird on 4th July 1940 under the 1940 War Emergency Program and laid down as Job Number 3766 on 22nd August that year .The ship was launched on 27th August 1941 as the first RN warship to carry the name. She was completed on 5th February 1942 and after a successful Warship Week National Savings campaign was adopted by the civil community of Witney in Oxfordshire.

On 14 December 1944 she landed Partisans at Pag Town (Operation EXTERMINATE) and during the return passage detonated a mine north-west of Planik Island, off Velebit Planina. She sank quickly with many casualties, out of a complement of 189 only 67 survived. She was the last Royal Navy Destroyer sunk during World War 2.

BARNARD

Frank Robert

Rifleman 1646440, 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died 31 October 1944. Aged 32. Son of Joseph and Jane Barnard; husband of Ethel Barnard, of Putney, London. Buried in NEDERWEERT WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot II. Row A. Grave 11.

Note: Nederweert was liberated by British troops on 21st September, 1944. The front line until 14th November was close by, following the Zuidwillemsvaart and Wessem-Nederweert canals; during that period there were casualties from patrol activity and from daily German shelling of Nederweert, besides some deaths in German minefields. After the British crossed the canals and went on towards the Maas, burials continued in the war cemetery from the surrounding area.

BRIDGMAN

Francis Harley

Sergeant 911575, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25 April 1941. Aged 24. Son of John Moore Bridgman and Dorothea Bridgman, of Saffron Walden, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 40.

GIBBS

Cecil John

Private 5832298, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese 22 July 1943. Aged 29. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 58.

“They gave their lives for our freedom”

Last updated 25 March, 2010

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