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ABBOTS LANGLEY- WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2004 - Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards

Situated in the grounds of St. Lawrence The Martyr, Abbotts Langley, Herts. The memorial is in white stone and has faded but the names are just readable.
Photographs Copyright © 2004 - Carolynn Langley

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE
FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

ALEXANDER

Charles John
Private 40971, "D" Company, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 1st June 1918. Aged 27. Enlisted Watford, resident Oxhey. Formerly 1919, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Charles and Emma Alexander, of Oxhey, Watford; husband of Florence M. Alexander, of 8, Adrian Rd., Abbots Langley, Herts. Buried in ESQUELBECQ MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 6.

ARNOLD

Thomas
Private 41681, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 28th October 1917. Born and resident Bedmond, enlisted Watford. Buried in OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. grave 21.

ASHBY

Lewis
Private 43002, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 February 1917. Aged 31. Born St Stpehen's, St Albans, enlisted Watford. Son of Walter Henry and Sarah Ann Ashby, of Abbots Langley, Herts. Formerly 26970, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 23.

ASHBY

Thomas
Rifleman (Lance Corporal) 5636, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 24 September 1914 (SDGW stated 5 October 1914. Aged 32. Son of Sarah Ashby; husband of Clara Ashby, of 8, Arnold Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. Born at Abbots Langley, Herts (SDGW states Watford), enlisted Londo0n. Formerly RF/7858, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in CITY OF PARIS CEMETERY, BAGNEUX, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Secyion 19. Plot I. Row B. Grave 1.

ATKINS

Ernest
Private 235328, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st December 1917. Aged 26. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Hastings. Formerly 265993, Suffolk Regiment. Son of Shadrach and Mary Ann Atkins, of 26, Breakspear Rd., Abbots Langley, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23 and 162.

ATKINS

Leonard
Private 43001, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1916. Born Abbot's Langley, enlisted Watford. Formerly 26721, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAl, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.

ATTWOOD

Arthur Charles
[Listed as Seaman on memorial] Gunner RMA/8077, (RMR/IC/26) H.M.S. Good Hope, Royal Marine Artillery. Died 1st November 1914. Husband of Kate Attwood, of 38, Waterside, King's Langley, Herts. Native of St. Albans. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 5.

BALDWIN

William George
Private 33194, Royal Air Force. Died 2nd June 1919. Age 44. Son of William Austin Baldwin and Joyce Baldwin, of Abbots Langley; husband of Nellie Baldwin, of 85, Breakspeare Rd., Abbots Langley. Served in France. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY. Grave 438 (North East Plot).

33194 PRIVATE
W.G. BALDWIN
ROYAL AIR FORCE
2nd JUNE 1919 age44

GRANT HIM
ETERNAL REST O LORD

BELSHAM

Joseph
Private 204380, 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 25th March 1918. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

BENNETT

R
Private - No further information currently available

BENNETT

Walter
Private 412685 41685 on CWGC), 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th October 1917. Born Bedmond, enlisted Bedford, resident Abbots Langley. Buried in ZANTVOORDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 20.

BONNER

Charles Robert
Private 530665, 2nd/15th Battalion (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment. Died 18th october 1918. Aged 23. Son of Richard and Annis Bonner, of Bedmond, Herts. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 8.

BOTWRIGHT

Arthur Roland
Lance Sergeant 27665, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 23. Born Abbot's Langley, enlisted Bedford, resident Bedmond. Son of Emma Botwright, of Church Rd., Bedmond, Watford, Herts, and the late John Botwright. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A. See also Apsley, John Dickson & Co.

BROWN

Arthur
Private 630448, 433rd Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died 28th January 1919. Aged 38. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Brown, of Bell Field, Bedmond, Watford. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 430 (North West Plot).

BROWN

D
Lance Corporal - No further information currently available

BROWN

G
Private - No further information currently available

BUNKER

A J
Private - No further information currently available

CAVE

Herbert Bushby
Private 4291, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1916. Aged 21. Enlisted Hertford, resident Abbots Langley. Son of Arthur William and Emily Cave, of High St., Abbots Langley, Herts. Buried in CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot XII. Row L. Grave 10.

CHALK, DCM

Leonard

Lance Sergeant 43051, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Watford. Formerly 16639, Bedfordshire Regiment. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.

His Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.) citation from the London Gazette 17 April 1918 reads:

43051 L./Sjt. L. Chalk, North'n R. (Abbots Langley)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed valuable work as an instructor out of the line, and during the recent operations, when all officers of the company had become casualties, he gave proof of qualities of bold initiative and quick response. He is a most reliable N.C.O. and has done consistent good work with his company.

CHAPMAN

E W
Lieutenant - No further information currently available

CLARK

T R
Private - No further information currently available

CLEAL, MC

Harry
Second Lieutenant. "B" Company, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10 December 1917. Aged 27. Son of Thomas and Louisa Cleal, of Kennford, Devon; husband of Alice Cleal, of 27, Adrian Rd., Abbots Langley, Herts. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in (grave later destroyed) RIBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Special Memorial Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 45.

COLEMAN

Percy
Private 66324, 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 32. Born Bedmond, enlisted Watford. Son of William and Sarah Coleman, of 12, Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.; husband of Ethel May Coleman, of 37, Down Rd., Teddington, Middx. Formerly 46071, 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8. See also Apsley John Dickson & Co.

COLES

Edwin Bertie 'Bert'
Private 39837, 2/4th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 20 July 1918. Aged 20. Born Paddington, Beds - sic s/b Poddington), enlisted Watford. Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Coles, of 54, Martin Square, Abbots Langley, Herts. Formerly 6/7659, 12th Training Reserve Battalion. No kniown grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

COX

Percy Horace
Leading Cooks Mate M/10666, H.M.S. North Star, Royal Navy. Died 23rd April 1918. Son of George Cox and Annie Maria Cox (nee Skinner), of Abbots Langley; husband of Annie Cox (nee Ashby), of "The Cottage," Popes Rd., Abbots Langley, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 29.

COXHILL

R
Private - No further information currently available

DAY

William James
[Listed as Seaman of memorial] Private CH/510(S), Deal Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. killed in action 24th June 1915. Aged 19. Son of Frederick and Amy Day, of 40, Marlin Square, Abbots Langley, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 2 to 7.

DICKINSON

L
Private - No further information currently available

DICKINSON

Thomas
Private 235587, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 29th April 1918. Born and resident Abbot's Langley, enlisted Hertford. Formerly 266151, Hertfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.

EAST

A
Quartermater Sergeant - No further information currently available

EAST

G D
Private - No further information currently available

ELLIS

P
Private - No further information currently available

ENGLAND

Charles Lewis
Private 2637, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 27 April 1915. Aged 23. Born Bushey, enlisted Watford. Son of David England, of 64, Adrian Road, Abbots Langley, Herts., and the late Ellen England. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.

FILBY

George William
Private 80375, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 17th August 1916. Born Glemsford, Suffolk, enlisted Watford, resident Abbot's Langley. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 381 (North West Plot).

FLOWERS

A G
Private - No further information currently available

GENTLE

A B
Rfn - No further information currently available

GENTLE

Louis William
Private 202091, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 11th May 1917. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Watford. Formerly 32400, Suffolk Regiment. Husband of Mrs. Gentle, of Church Hill, Bedmond, Kings Langley, Herts. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 35.

GEORGE

H A
Dvr - No further information currently available

GODDARD

T W
Sergeant - No further information currently available

HALL

A
Sergeant - No further information currently available

HALL

E
Private - No further information currently available

HERRING

Joseph Albert
Private 41733, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds in Italy 1st July 1918. Aged 19. Born Lambourne, Berkshire, enlisted Watford, resident Abbots Langley. Son of Joseph and Charlotte Herring, of Mafeking House, Marlin Square, Abbots Langley, Herts. Buried in STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA, Italy. Plot I. Row B. Grave 20.

HILL

A R
Private - No further information currently available

HOLLINGS

T
Private - No further information currently available

HOOK

Harry Clifford
Private 17787, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1 March 1918. Born Sevenoaks, Kent, enlisted and resident Watford. Husband of Mrs. M. Hook, of 4, Lorwain Way, Garston Lane, Watford. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 2 Plot I. Row F. Grave 6.

HOW

Frederick Harvey
[Listed as H F on memorial] Private G/18744, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 27th May 1917. Aged 29. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Watford. Son of Lydia Emma Smith, of 34, Railway Terrace, King's Langley, Herts. Formerly 46011, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row A. Grave 4

HUGGINS

T J
Lance Corporal - No further information currently available

HUTCHINS

D
Private - No further information currently available

JACKSON

Charles E
Private G/9836, 11th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 12th April 1917. Born Alderley Hedge, Cheshire, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex, resident Abbots LAngley. Husband of F. Jackson, of London Rd., Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 13.

JARRETT, MM

J C
Private - No further information currently available

JERRAM

William Lesley
Private 269131, 1st/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Born and resident King's Langley, enlisted Watford. Husband of B. M. C. Collins (formerly Jerram), of 12, Railway Terrace, King's Langley, Herts. Buried in TRACK "X" CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 32.

KEEP, MC

Douglas [Scrivener] Howard
Captain, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 July 1917. Aged 24. Son of the late John Howard Keep and Mrs. Keep, of Abbots Langley, Herts. B.A., Oxford. Royal Humane Society's Medal for life-saving. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Appointed Acting Captain from 28 October 1916. In command of "C" Company 18 February 1917. A, B and D Companies made up two complete companies under Capt. Keep to support 6th Nothants in an attack on Croiselles 20 March 1917. He was killed by a shell on the Western edge of Zillebeke Lake at 2am 15 July 1917. Buried at 6:30pm 16 July 1917 with full military honours. Buried in RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row F. Grave 26.

KIMBLE

Arthur
Private 3009, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 15 April 1915. Aged 23. Born Cublington, leighton Buzzard, enlisted Watford. Husband of Agnes Kimble, of Abbots Langley, Herts. Buried in LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 7.

KINDERSLEY

L M N
Lieutenant - No further information currently available

LEE

A C
Private - No further information currently available

LEE

A H
Private - No further information currently available

MARTINDALE

G
Lance Corporal - No further information currently available

MILLS

L W
Smn, RN - No further information currently available

MONK

D W
Private - No further information currently available

MORTON

F B
Private - No further information currently available

MULLINS

E J
Private - No further information currently available

NEARY

Henry Frank
Able Seaman SS/2128, H.M.S. Cressy, Royal Navy. Died 22nd September 1914. Aged 25. Son of George and Francis Jane Neary, of King's Langley, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 2.

OLIVER

J
Private - No further information currently available

OSLER

Clifton David
Private 17424, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29th July 1916. Aged 23. Born and resident Bedmond, enlisted Watford. Son of Frank and Jane Osler, of Bedmond, King's Langley, Herts; brother of Hamilton Clyde Osler (below). Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row O. Grave 28. See also Apsley John Dickinson & Co.

OSLER

Harold
Private 282679, Bedfordshire Regiment transferred to 149224, Labour Corps. Died 18th May 1918. Age 27. Born at Bedmond. Son of David George and Elizabeth Osler; husband of May Matilda Osler, of The Bank, Bedmond, Watford. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 413. (North East Plot).

28279 PRIVATE
H.OSLER
BEDFORDSHIRE REGT.
18th MAY 1918 age 27

OSLER

Hamilton Clyde
Private G/63639, 2nd/4th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 1st August 1918. Aged 20. Born and resident Bedmond, enlisted Watford. Son of Frank and Jane Osler, of Bedmond, King's Langley, Herts; brother of Clifton David Osler (above). No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

OWEN

J
Private - No further information currently available

OWEN

Walter John Edward
Private 20691, 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 21. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Lomgmoor, Hampshire, resident Watford. Son of Mrs. Sophia Owen, of The Wooden House, Trowley Bottom, Abbots Langley, Herts. Formerly 26515, Hussars. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B.

WHITTAKER

Charles Jesse
Lance Corporal 27905, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1916. Aged 33. Born Abbots Langley, enlisted Hemel Hempstead, resident King's Langley. Son of Jesse and Louisa Whittaker, of 10, Railway Terrace, King's Langley, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. See also Apsley John Dickinson & Co.

Second World War
1939-1945

BELSHAM

David William
Sergeant 1387037, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th February 1943. Aged 19. Son of Jesse William and Alice Daisy Belsham, of Pimlico, Hertfordshire. Buried in ESCOUBLAC-LA-BAULE WAR CEMETERY, Loire-Atlantique, France. Plot 2. Row F. Joint grave 16-17. See also Apsley John Dickinson & Co.

BLORE

John Henry [Haughton]
Able Seaman C/JX 259408, H.M.S. Hermione, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 16th June 1942, Aged 22. Son of Robert P. H. and Edith Blore, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. King's Scholar, King's College, London. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 53, Column 1.

Note: In June HMS Hermoine was operating in the Mediterranean and joined the 15th Cruiser Squadron in the east where she found herself operating with her sister ships HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido and HMS Euryalus. They were tasked to cover the convoys bound for Malta from Alexandria. On 16th June 1942, whilst returning to Alexandria, HMS Hermione was torpedoed by the German submarine U-205, north of Sollum and sank. 87 Crewmembers went down with the ship. See Wikipedia for more details

BRISTOW

Ernest [Benjamin Stanley]
Private 4749874, 14th Battalion, Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died 14th March 1944. Aged 26. Son of Ernest Robert and Annie Rosina Bristow, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italy. Plot I. Row G. Grave 5. See also Apsley John Dickinson & Co.

EDEN

Kenneth Christie
Major 231075, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 21st October 1943. Aged 32. Son of Edwin Albert and Monti Alston Eden; husband of Margaret Avis Eden, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. M.S., F.R.C.S. Buried in NAPLES WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row L. Grave 8.

EDEN

Michael
Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Ark Royal, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Missing presumed killed 19th August 1941. Aged 23. Son of Edgar Mark Eden, M.Sc., and Ella F. Eden. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 2, Panel 6.

EVANS

Evan Joseph
Private 7615895, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 23rd May 1941. Aged 23. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Evans; husband of Dorothy Evans, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Buried in ISMAILIA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 5.

FIELD

Charles [Henry]
[Memorial states Suffolk Regiment] Private 5833262, 1st battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Died 26th February 1944. Aged 33. Son of John and Lilian Emma Field; husband of Edith Maude Field, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italy. Plot V. Row D. Grave 7.

FOLLETT

Ronald William Arthur
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1293633, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th November 1942. Aged 21. Son of George and Daisy L. R. Follett, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 12. Row G. Collective grave 13-19.

GOLDING

Reginald Spear
Private 4756093, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died when the Japanese prisoner of war ship Rakuyo Maru was sunk by US Submarine "Sealion" 12th September 1944. Aged 30. Son of Mrs. A. Golding; husband of Irene Madge Golding. No known grave. Commmeorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 71.

Note: On 4th September 1944, convoy HI-72 sailed from Singapore. Two of these ships, Rakuyo Maru and the Kachidoki Maru carried PoWs. The Rakuyo Maru carried 1317 Pows and the Kachidoki Maru a further 900. On the 12th of September the convoy was attacked by US submarines and both these ships were hit. The Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed by the US submarine Sealion at around 5:00am. The Japanese rescued some of the POWs from these two ships and they continued their journey to Japan on the Kibitsu Maru. When the US Submarines realised that they had sunk ships containing PoWs, they searched for survivors, picking up 63 PoWs from the Rakuyo Maru. Of these 4 died soon after being rescued. The Rakuyo Maru lost 1159 prisoners to the sea and the after effects of being in the water for up to 4 days.

More more details see the www.roll-of-honour.org.uk web site

GOMME

John Edward
Private 5956283, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died as a Japanese prisoner of war 18th August 1945. Aged 32. Son of John Hollier Gomme and Maria Gomme; husband of Eileen May Gomme, of Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 6. Row F. Grave 33.

HESKETH PRICHARD, MC

Alfred Cecil Giles
Major 143446, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 3rd December 1944. Aged 28. Son of Maj. H. V. Hesketh Prichard, D.S.O., M.C., and of Lady Elizabeth Hesketh Prichard, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. B.Sc. Hons. (Cantab.). Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 5.

HIGH

Robert Maurice
Sergeant (Pilot) 1615906, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th Novmber 1944. Age 21. Son of Robert and Violet Mabel Elizabeth High, of Abbots Langley. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Plot T. Row C. Grave 1.

1615906 SERGEANT
R.M. HIGH PILOT
R.A.F.
25th NOVEMBER 1944 age21

HOLLOWAY

John Laidlaw
Lieutenant 265227, 172 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 1st janaury 1945. Aged 22. Son of Horace Ephraim and Adamina Holloway, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. B.A. (Oxon.). Buried in ANCONA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 19.

LEWIS

Val Alexis
Driver 5336958, 21 Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery Signals Section, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 22nd May 1944. Aged 23. Son of H. R. and Ivy Lewis; nephew of John R. Lewis, of Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commmeorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 46.

LOWE

Eric Herbert
Staff Sergeant 1827673, Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 4th May 1944. Age 23. Son of Herbert Ernest and Violet Lowe; husband of Eileen Joyce Lowe, of Neasden, Middlesex. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Plot R. Row F. Grave 2.

1827673S. SGT
E.H. LOWE
GLIDER PILOT REGIMENT
ARMY AIR CORPS
4th MAY 1944 age23

HIS LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY
HIS ABSENCE OUR SILENT GRIEF

MARSHALL

G L
R.A.F. probably George Leonard MARSHALL, Sergeant 1018213, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th September 1942. Aged 28. Son of William and Bridget Marshall; husband of Florence Ethel Marshall, of Catford, London. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 89.

McGARRY

Constantine
Sergeant 1802959, 260 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th August 1944. Aged 20. Son of Constantine and Mary McGarry, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Buried in BOLOGNA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row A. Grave 3.

MOON

Richard Warwick Martin
Pilot Officer (Pilot) 106647, 94 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd April 1942. Aged 19. Son of Henry Frederick and Lucy Yvonne Moon, of Bedmond, Hertfordshire. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA, Libya. Plot 3. Row D. Grave 24.

NORWOOD

Frederick [William]
Private 5832427, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 25th July 1943. Aged 29. Son of Frank and Edith Norwood; husband of Nora P. Norwood, of Bedmond, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 56.

QUARMAN

Sidney Arthur
Able Seaman P/JX 161739, H.M.S. Somali, Royal navy. Died 24th September 1942. Aged 19. Son of Thomas and Annie Quarman, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 64, Column 3.

RYDER

Peter Henry
[Memorial lists as Officers Training Unit] Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner). Died 29th March 1943. Aged 19. Son of Ernest Arthur and Cosy Ivy Ryder, of Abbots Langley. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Plot L. Row D. Grave 13.

SHARP

Clement Sydney
Bomabrdier 268947, 86 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 4th November 1944. Aged 23. Son of Walter William and Ada Mary Sharp, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. Buried in UDEN WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 1.

VINE

Frederick William [John]
Leading Seaman C/J 106483, H.M.S. Avenger, Royal navy. Died 15th November 1942. Aged 35. Son of Frederick George and Emma Vine; husband of Gladys Emma Vine, of West Ealing, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 52, Column 3.

Note: HMS Avenger was built in the USA at Sun Shipbuilding, Chester, Pennsylvania, and laid down as mercantile Rio Hudson, where she was launched 27th November 1940 and subsequently converted as BAVG-2. She was transferred to the RN and commissioned 2nd March 1942. Following sea trials, she left New York in a tanker convoy and arrived on the Clyde in May 1942 where further modifications took place. After taking part in the Operation Torch landings of North Africa in November 1942, she departed Gibraltar with convoy MFK 1(Y) on 14th November, heading home to the Clyde in the UK. The Convoy consisted of HM ships Almaak, Argus, Avenger, Dempo, Etterick, Letitia, Macharda, Orbita, Samuel Chase, and Ulster Monarch. At 03:05 on 15th November, Avenger was torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-155, along with two other escorting merchant ships, Ettrick which sank, and Almaak, which was damaged. Avenger was hit on the port side amidships, which in turn ignited her bomb room, blowing out the centre section of the ship. Her bow and stern sections rose in the air and sunk within 2 minutes, leaving only 12 survivors.

WALTERS

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Royal Artillery - too many options to make a suggestion

WELLS

Aubrey
Private 5954798m 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 28 August 1943. Brother of Stan and Charlie Wells. Buried in LA REUNION WAR CEMETERY. Algeria. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 2.

WILLIS

Eric [Robert]
Sergeant 1563284, 48 Battery, 21 Light A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 30th March 1945. Aged 34. Son of Robert and Alice Willis, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire; husband of Margaret Willis, of Abbots Langley. Buried in LABUAN WAR CEMETERY, Malaysia. Plot V. Row B. Grave 6.

YOUNG

Leslie George
Sergeant 1443453, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th May 1943. Aged 22. Son of George and Elizabeth Young, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 426.

Other conflicts

IMAGE

William Thomas
Lieutenant 373136, Royal Engineers attached 411 Parachute Squadron, Royal Indian Engineers. Killed in India 18th August 1947. Aged 21. Son of John Edmund and Mary Rushbrooke Image, of Burwash, Sussex. Buried in KARACHI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 8.

PRICE-STEVENS

John Hugh
Leading Aircraftman 4042826, RAF China Bay, Royal Airforce. Died on Foreign Service 12 January 1952. Aged 19. Born 5 October 1922. Buried in COMBINED SERVICES CEMETERY, TRINCOMALEE, Ceylon. Section 1. Row E. Grave 6.

Buried in churchyard but not on memorial

COXHILL

George Edward
Private 39994, Royal Army medical Corps. Died 20th April 1920. Age 34. Son of Charles and Ruth Coxhill; husband of Lilian Lucy Coxhill, of 72, Marlin Square, Abbots Langley. Born at Boxmoor, Herts. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 451 (North East Plot).

39994 PRIVATE
G.E. COXHILL
ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
20th APRIL 1920 age34
JESU, GRANT THAT WE MAY MEET
THERE ADORN AT THY FEET.

HORNE

Sydney
Corporal 5950464, 10th Battalion (2nd Battalion, The Rangers), Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died 17th May 1943. Age 25. Son of William Charles and Mable Kate Horne; husband of Martha Horne, of Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Plot R. Row D. Grave 12. See also Apsley John Dickson & Co.

5950464 CORPORAL
S. HORNE
THE RANGERS
10th BATT. K.R.R.C.
17th MAY 1943 age25
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
WIFE AND BABY ANNE

MAITLAND

Oliver
Rifleman 2072, Post Office Rifles. Died in United Kingdom 25 February 1915. Enlisted London, resident Hampstead. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 351 (North East Plot).

2072 RIFLEMAN
O. MAITLAND
POST OFFICE RIFLES
Died 25 February 1915

MARTIN
J
Sergeant 39574, Royal Field Artillery. Died in United Kingdom 4th September 1920. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 460. (North West Plot).

WINDMILL

J A
Private 5169, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) transferred to 398902, Labour Corps. Died 5th September 1920. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 461. (North West Plot).

5169 PRIVATE
J.A. WINDMILL
NOTTS & DERBY REGT.
5th SEPTEMBER 1920

YENDELL
Albert James
Gunner 253298, Royal Field Artillery. Died 27th September 1919. Aged 38. Husband of Annie Wass (formerly Yendell), of "Norvic," Leavesden, Watford. Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, ABBOTS LANGLEY, Hertfordshire. Grave 441. (North East Plot).

There is also a new brass plaque inside St Lawrence church that lists all the above World War 2 fallen.

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright © St Lawrence Church 2007

IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS APRISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY
1939-1945

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEM

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

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