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ALDENHAM WAR MEMORIAL

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The Aldenham War memorial is situated on the Village Green in Letchmore Heath. It is in the form of a Celtic Cross on a square section plinth, the whole mounted on a three-step base. Manes are inscribed on two opposite faces. Just along the road, on Grange Lane, the Village Hall is also inscribed “1914 Aldenham + War + Memorial 1918".

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF ALDENHAM
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

ADAMSON

Henry

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BAKER

Harold

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BENGER

Frank

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BIRD

Albert

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BIRD

William

Rifleman S/13019, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 18 January 1916. Aged 16. Born St Albans, enlisted London, resident Watford. Son of Thomas and Louisa Bird, of High Cross, Aldenham, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

BIRKENSHAW

Ronald

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BLAKE

Arthur

Private 20728,8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 12 August 1916. Aged 27. Born Hertford, enlisted Bedford, resident Aldenham. Husband of Annie Sumner (formerly Blake, of Delrow Cottages, Aldenham, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 6.

BREWER

George

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BURNELL

Arthur

Sapper 180018, 218 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 3 November 1918. Aged 37. Born and resident Letchmore Heath, enlisted Radlett. Son of George and Sarah Burnell, of "Woolwards", Letchmore Heath; husband of Alice Maud Mary Burnell, of "Bernardene", Letchmore Heath, Watford. Buried in ORS BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 26.

CAMP

Stanley Beale

Private 14076, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 May 1915. Aged 18. Born Aldenham, enlisted Watford, resident Letchmore Heath. Son of Edward and Martha Camp, of Lander Cottages, Letchmore Heath, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

CAMP

Edward 'Ted'

Private 39169, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10 October 1917. Aged 24 on sign or 19 [CWGC], 1911 census lists him as born 1898. Born Debden, Essex, enlisted Hertford, resident Much Hadam. Son of Henry and Emily Camp, of Hoppitts Cottage, Much Hadham, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.

CAVELL

Charles

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CHILDS

Thomas [William]

[Listed as CHILD on CWGC] Private G/9255, 10th [SDGW] or 11th [CWGC] Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action netween 20 and 22 September 1917. Born London Colney, enlisted Watford, resident Aldenham. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIX. Row B. Grave 1.

COOK

Alec

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COOK

Charles

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COOKE

Alan

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DAVIDSON

Horace

Sergeant 283635, 224th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 3 November 1917. Aged 38. Born Hammersmith, Middlesex, enlisted Watford, resident Aldenham. Husband of Agnes Maud Davidson, of 10, Blenheim Steps, Park Street Lane, Park Street, nr. St. Albans. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row C. Grave 9.

DICK

Norman

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EAMES

George

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EVERETT

[Thomas] William

Private 12208, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 August 1918. Aged 28. Born Bushey, enlisted and resident Watford. Son of William Everett, of 7, New Cottages, Aldenham, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.

FLUX

Charles

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FLUX

Frederick

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FORD

Herbert

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FOX

Robert

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GIBBS

Ronald

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HART

Henry 'Harry'

Private G/28133, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 19. Born Alderham (sic), enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry and Sarah Jane Hart, of Ivy Cottages, Aldenham, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

HAWKINS

Arthur

Private 14349, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 April 1916. Born and resident Letchmore Heath, enlisted Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

HECKFORD

Frank

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HUTCHISON

John

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INWOOD

Walter [Samuel]

Lance Corporal 2066. 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 24. Born St. Albans [SDGW] or Aldenham [CWGC], enlisted Watford, resident High Cross, Aldenham. Son of John and Sophia Inwood, of 23, Buckingham Rd., Watford, Herts. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 27.

KEEN

[Harry] Walton

Private 132307, 25th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 17 April 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Letchmere Heath (sic), enlisted Watford. Son of John and Rachel Keen, of Letchmore Heath, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

On a house opposite the Village Hall, inscribed on the wall is "Harry Walton Keen left this house April 25 1917 to fight for his King and Country and fell in action in France April 18th 1918 aged 19".

Note: the SDGW and CWGC give date of death as 17 April 1917.

KEKEWICH, MiD

Arthur [St John Mackintosh]

Captain, 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 28. Son of Charles Granville Kekewich and Mary Kekewich, The Hill House, Hatfield, Herts; husband of K. C. Turner (formerly Kekewich), of Bacton Rd., Felixstowe. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 35 to 37. See also Lords Members World War 1

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

KEKEWICH, ARTHUR ST. JOHN MACKINTOSH, Capt., 8th (Service) Battn. The Devonshire Regt., eldest s. of Charles Granville. Kekewich, by his wife, Mary Marion, dau. of Æneas Mackintosh, of Inverness. J.P., D.L.; and gdson. of the late Right Hon. Sir Arthur Kekewich, P.C., M.A., Judge of High Court of Justice 24 June. 1887; educ. Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated BA. In 1909, and M.A. in 1911, and while there was attached to the Seaforth Highlanders as a University Candidate 'for the Army, being gazetted 2nd Lieut. Devonshire Regt. 18 Sept. 1909; promoted Lient. 16 Aug. 1911, and on the formation of the 8th Battn. after the outbreak of war, was appointed Adjutant 20 Aug. 1914, and Capt. 20 Nov. following, and was killed in action at the Battle of Loos 25 Sept. 1915. Capt. Kekewich was mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette, 1 Jan. 1916] by F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French, for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He was a keen sportsman, and while at Oxford steered the Christ Church Eight in 1906, 1907 and 1908, being head of the river at Oxford for the last two years, and steered them at Henley Regatta when they won the Grand Challenge Cup in 1908; was also well known in the hunting field, and was the winner of several point-to-point races. He m. at St. David's, Exeter, 2 Aug. 1914, Kathleen Cecil, dam of General James Wilfrid Stirling, of Rochbeare, Devon, C.M.G.

KENT

Peter [Francis]

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 6 February 1918. Aged 19. Son of Ernest Neild Kent and Lily Margaret Kent, of "Woodlands," Hadley Wood, Barnet. Native of Aldenham, Herts. Buried in H.A.C. CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 13.

LARKIN

Walter [J]

Driver T/422660, Heavy Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 7 February 1919. Buried south of the tower in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, ALDENHAM, Hertfordshire.

LEE

Bernard [Edmond]

Private 518, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7 July 1916. Aged 25. Born Bletchley, Buckinghamshiure, enlisted Hammersmith, resident Aldenham. Son of Harry and Agnes Mary Lee, of Delrow Cottages, Aldenham, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on THEIPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

MOLYNEUX

Fred

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NEALE

John [William]

[Spelt NEAL on SDGW] Lance Corporal 16989, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 July 1916. Born Aldenham, enlisted and resident Watford. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Plot V. Row J. Grave 10.

ROLAND

Sidney

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SCOTT

Ernest

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SHEPHERD

Reginald

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SMITH

Jack

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SMITH

William

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SWABY

Stanley

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TATE

John

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THARBY

George [William]

Private 58618, 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died in Salonika 23 July 1918. Aged 39. Born Cuffley, enlisted Watford, resident Aldenham. Formerly 30123, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of William and Emma Tharby, of Northaw, Herts; husband of Jane Tharby, of Delrow Cottages, Aldenham, Herts. Buried in SARIGOL MILITARY CEMETERY, KRISTON, Greece. Plot/Row./Section A. Grave 48.

TIDMAN

Richard

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WILLIAMS

Robin

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1939-1945

BEAL

Leslie

Private 5880038, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 12 December 1942. Aged 39. Son of Susan Beal; husband of Florrie Letitia Beal, of Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 15.

GOWERS

Alfred Pemberton

[Listed as Albert Penman Gowers on CWGC] Corporal 844507, 907 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Died 20 December 1940. Aged 52. Son of Richard and Amelia Gowers; husband of Francesca Mary Gowers, of Aldenham. Buried in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, ALDENHAM, Hertfordshire. Row 15. Grave 8.

GREGG

William [Alexander]

Second Lieutenant, 22nd Middlesex Battalion, Home Guard. Died 23 March 1943. Aged 37. Son of David and Mary Gregg; husband of Janet M. H. Gregg, of Aldenham. Buried in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, ALDENHAM, Hertfordshire. Row 13. Grave 3.

KITCHIN

Alfred

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PRIEST

Denzil Laborden

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PRITCHARD

Leslie

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JONES

Laura

Civilian, aged 48. Died at The Bricklayers Arms, Letchmore Heath 26 September 1940.

EVANS

Irene [Hilda]

Civilian, aged 15. Died at The Bricklayers Arms, Letchmore Heath 26 September 1940. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Evans, of Clarendon Cottage, Letchmore Heath.

JOINER

Charles Granville

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