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ST LAWRENCE, BOVINGDON - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 - Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards

Within the church several rolls of honour, hand written.


Photographs Copyright ©
2003 - Carolynn Langley

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM
THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR KING & COUNTRY
DURING THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

ALFORD Fred

Private 203163, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5th October 1917 in Egypt. Age 33. Born West Wellow, Hampshire, enlisted Watford, resident Bovingdon. Son of Robert William Alford, of Lych Gate Cottage, Bovingdon, Boxmoor, Herts, and the late Elizabeth Alford. Buried in DEIR EL BELAH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave D. 46.

ALLEN William

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BROOKING Hugh Cyril Arthur

Captain, North Somerset Yeomanry. Died 31st May 1918. Buried near the south wall of the church in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, FROME, Somerset.

BURGIN Alfred

Private L/9579, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 30th June 1916 with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. Born Bovingdon, enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Commemorated in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Nisibin Memorial 225.

CLARKE Arthur

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COKER Ernest

Private 14093, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bovingdon, enlisted Watford, resident Great Berkhamsted. Buried in POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Grave III. H. 1.

DEAN Reuben

Private 7787, "C" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th November 1914 in Frane & Flanders. Age32. Born and resident Bovingdon, enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Dean, of Bovingdon, Boxmoor; husband of Dolly Grace Philbey (formerly Dean), of Bank Cottages, Bovingdon, Boxmoor, Herts. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

DEAN William

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DODGSON Francis

Captain, 8th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme while taking Contral Maison. Age 27. Son of Henley F. Dodgson, of Bovingdon, Herts. Educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Grave XXVIII. K. 8. See also the Stock Exchange Memorial

A brass plaque with Regimental crest on the left of the nave reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY
FRANCIS DODGSON AGED 27
CAPTAIN 8TH YORKS REG.
WHO FELL IN THE TAKING OF
CONTAL MAISON. BATTLE OF SOMME
ON JULY 10TH 1916.

'YOURS THE PANG, BUT HIS
OH HIS, THE UNDIMINISHED
UNDERLAYING GLADNESS
UNDEPARTED DREAM......RLS

DODGSON Guy

Captain, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds received near Caudry 14th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Son of Helen Fulton (formerly Dodgson), of The Close, Salisbury, and the late Henley F. Dodgson. Educated at Winchester College. Born at Hampstead, London. Buried in CAUDRY BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave I. D. 32.

A brass plaque with Regimental crest on the left of the nave reads:

GUY DODSON
CPT IST HERTS REG. AGED 23
DIED ON NOVEMBER 14TH 1918 OF
WOUNDS RECEIVED Nr. CAUDRY IN FRANCE
IN THE LAST BATTLE THE REGIMENT FOUGHT +
BURIED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY AT CAUDRY.
greater love have no man
than this, that a man
lay down his life for his friends.

ELBOURN Edwin

Private 2596, 11th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 6th April 1917. Age 24. Son of William and Alice Elbourn, of Game Farm, Bovingdon, Herts, England. Native of Leyhill, Chesham, Bucks. Buried in MORCHIES AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave B. 3.

EVANS Thomas Hatfield

Second Lieutenant, Machine Gun Section, 3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 26th April 1915. Age 33. Only son of Thomas and Alice Stewart Evans. Commemorated in SHRAPNEL VALLEY CEMETERY, Turkey. Special memorial A. 9.

On separate plaque:

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS HATFIELD EVANS
ONLY SON OF
THOMAS and ALICE STEWART EVANS
AGED 33
LIEUTENANT MACHINE GUN SECTION
3RD BATTALION A.I.F.
WHO WAS KILLED ON THE 26TH APRIL 1915 IN
.. WHEN CARRYING UNDER HEAVY ENEMY
FIRE ONE OF HIS WOUNDED MEN INTO SAFETY
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES FOR CONSPICUOUS VALOUR
SERVED IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
WITH THE LEICESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY 1899- 1901.
QUEENS MEDAL WITH FOUR CLASPS.

Greater love hath no man than this.
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
st. john xv.13

FLINN Edgar Wormald

Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps and 50th Battery, 34th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 13th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, france. Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.

GOOGH T Shirley

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GRIFFITH H W M

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GURNEY [George] Frank

Private 31982, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Tring, enlisted Bedford, resident Bovingdon.Buried in SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. E. 22.

JOINER William

Private 38567, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 18th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joiner, of The Royal Oak, Bovingdon. Boxmoor, Herts. Formerly 5258, Hertfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

MARRIOTT Arthur

Private 53307, 1st/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st September 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Watford, resident Bovingdon. Formerly 31735, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 61 to 63.

MARRIOTT George

Private 43171, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Bovingdon, enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Formerly 26180, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 43 and 45.

MARRIOTT William

Private G/35629, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 23rd October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bovingdon, enlisted Hertford. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

MINTER Edward

Private 50400, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born Hanley Garden, London, enlisted Hemel Hempstead, resident Bovingdon. Son of Edward and J. Minter, of 75, Cowper Rd., Boxmoor, Herts; husband of Emily Florence Minter, of 5, Adeyfield Cottages, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

PHILBY Charles

[Listed as PHILBEY on SDGW & CWGC] Private 778, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born and resident Chesham, enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Son of the late Edwin and Charlotte Philbey. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

PHILBY [Henry] Richard

[Listed as Henry Richard PHILBEY on SDGW & CWGC] Lance Corporal 8785, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born Bovingdon, enlisted Berkhamsted, resident Tring. Son of Edward Philbey, of Chesham; husband of Lilian Philbey, of 11, Bunstux Hill, Tring, Herts. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. F. 10.

PIERCEY Thomas

possibly: Thomas Victor PIERCY, M.M., [Listed as PERCY and both SDGW and CWGC] Sergeant 15540, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Stockwell, Surrey, enlisted Watford. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave P. IX. C. 1A.

RYDER Dudley William

Lieutenant, H.M. S/M "E36", Royal Navy. Died 19th January 1917. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 24.

Note: Submarine E36 was launched 16th September 1916 and was lost on 17th January 1917 Lost in North Sea possibly after collision with HMS E43. E36 and E43 left Harwich at 0730 on 19th January 1917 for two patrol areas off Terschelling. A strong north easterly was blowing. At 1126 just before they left the coast, E43 signalled to E36 to proceed independently. At 1330 E36 was on the port beam but was out of sight by 1500. The sea was running fairly high and at 1850 E43, having lost her bridge screen, eased to 5 knots and turned 16 points to fit a new one. This delay must have enabled E36 to overtake her, for at 1950 off the Haaks LV, E43 had just altered course to true north when she suddenly sighted a submarine 3 points on the port bow apparently steering east and only 50 yards off. The helm was put hard to starboard and engines full astern but E43 struck E36 aft from the stern, rode right over her and saw her vanish on the starboard quarter in the darkness. E43 went astern but nothing could be seen in the darkness and heavy sea. Nothing more was heard of E36.

SIMMONS Frank

probably Francis George SIMMONS, Corporal 10695, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and residentn Chesham, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Watford. Commemorated in CHILI TRENCH CEMETERY, GAVRELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Special Memorial C. 12.

SMITH Frederick George Henry

Lance Corporal 19577, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Kentish Town, Middlesex, enlisted Watford, resident Bovingdon. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

TURNER Charles

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TURVEY Walter

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THOMPSON Albert

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1939 - 1945

IN HONOUR AND
GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THOSE FROM THIS PARISH WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE.

AGNEW Michael Hugh

Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. Dulverton, Royal Navy. Died 13th November 1943. Age 20. Son of Lieut.-Comdr. Hugh Ladas Agnew, R.N., and Mary Violet Maud Agnew, of Hough Green, Chester. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 78, Column 1.

COKER

Frank Edward

Private 1688595, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 14th April 1945. Age 31. Son of Edward and Sarah Jane Coker; husband of Rosie Frances Coker, of Hemel Hempstead. Buried on the north boundary in HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, LEVERSTOCK GREEN, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD. See also Leverstock Green and Flaunden.

COWLEY John Lindsey

Lieutenant 217595, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 15th April 1943. Son of John Norman and Freda Lindsey Cowley, of Bovingdon. Buried in ENFIDAVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Grave VI. D. 30.

DIX Percy Newman

Pilot Officer 127985, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th January 1943. Age 23. Son of John Gilbert and Winifred Lee Dix, of Llandudno, Caernarvonshire. Buried in ST LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, BOVINGDON, Hertfordshire.

FAIRMAN Basil Lionel

Private 5989739, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died as POW 12th September 1944. Age 27. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 63.

GURNEY Philip William

Gunner 5957332, 11 Medimum Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 4th December 1944. Age 24. Son of William and May Beatrice Gurney; husband of Margaret Nancy Gurney, of Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire. Buried in EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot KK. Grave 237.

HEWITT Dennis Albert

Private 14205577, 2nd Battalion, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment). Died 4th October 1943. Age 20. Son of Albert Edward and Ethel May Hewitt, of Bovingdon Hertfordshire. Buried in BARI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave II. B. 35.

HOPKINSON Richard Adrian

Flying Officer 70324, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th July 1940. Age 24. Son of Martin and Christine Hopkinson, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. B.A. (Oxon.). Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 6.

HOUSEGO Sidney Charles

Driver T/69243, 3 G.H.Q. Artillery Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 29th May 1940. Age 29. Son of Sidney Charles and Nellie Clara Housego; husband of Kathleen Ena Housego, of Stoneleigh, Surrey. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 137.

JOINER Harry

[Listed as Henry on CWGC] Stoker 1st Class D/SS 120859, H.M.S. Courageous, Royal Navy. Died 17th September 1939. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 34, Column 2.

MILNER Angus

Munitions

RANCE George Ernest

Trooper 405803, Staffordshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 14th February 1943. Age 29. Husband of M. Rance, of Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 30.

SMART Ronald Leslie

Lance Bombardier 6094804, 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 26th February 1945. Age 27. Son of Sidney and Ellen Smart; husband of Mary Annie Smart, of Bovingdon. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Grave 45. C. 9.

STUART Cecil Herbert

[Memorial lists him as Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire] Gunner 948867, 148 (The Bedfordshire Yeo.) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died as POW at Teimonta 1st May 1945. Age 26. Resident Stoneycroft, Felden Lane, Bovingdon. Born South West London. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 2. G. 67.

WALKER John Arthur

[Memorial lists him as Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire] Gunner 921145, 135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died as POW 8th June 1943. Age 22. Son of Harry Thomas Walker and Mary Walker, of Knebworth, Hertfordshire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Grave B4. M. 5.

WILKINSON Dennis Wilfrid

Lieutenant 85514, 6 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died the day before Singapore fell 14th February 1942. Son of Frederic Walter and Lillie Mary Wilkinson, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Commemorated in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Special Memorial 15. A. 14.

Individual plaques within the church.

GOLD Cecil Argo

Lieutenant and Adjutant, 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action at Avillers, France 3rd July 1916. Age 25 [CWGC states 29. Son of Argo and Mary Gold, of 31, Gloucester Square, Hyde Park, London. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave H. 38.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CECIL ARGO GOLD
LIEUT and ADJ. 5th ROYAL BERKs. Reg
KILLED IN ACTION QVILLERS 3rd JULY 1916
buried at AVELLY FRANCE AGED 25.

RYDER Bevan Stewart
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
BEVAN ? STEWART RYDER LIEUT 2ND BATT RIFLE BRIGADE
WHO FELL IN THE ASSAULT ON THE REDAN.
SEPT 8TH 1855 AGE 20 YRS.

THIS MEMORIAL OF HIM IS RAISED BY RESIDENTS
IN AND Nr.BOVINGDON, IN ADMIRATION OF HIS
GALLANT CONDUCT IN THE CRIMEA
AND IN THE HOPE THAT
WHILE RANKING AMONGST THE GOOD SOLDIERS
OF HIS EARTHLY SOVEREIGN

HE FOUGHT UNDER THE BANNER OF HIM WHO SAID
' BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND I WILL GIVE
THEE A CROWN OF LIFE'.

RYDER Charles Edward Henry
TO THE BELOVES MEMORY OF
CHARLES EDWARD HENRY RYDER
79TH COMPANY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE.
BORN WESTBROOK HAY
IN THIS PARISH 17TH SEPT. 1868
KILLED IN ACTION AT MACHADODORP
SOUTH AFRICA 6TH OCTOBER 1900.
RYDER Cyril John

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
CYRIL JOHN RYDER.
LATE CAPTAIN IN THE
KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS.
IN WHICH REGIMENT. HE SERVED FROM
1884 - 1897.
HE WAS THE 2ND SON OF DUDLEY HENRY RYDER
OF WESTBROOK HAY IN
THIS PARISH AND OF
GEORGIANA EMILY HIS
WIFE BORN AT WESTBROOK HAY.
8TH JULY 1863 DIED AT
BOURNEMOUTH 28TH DEC 1907
BURIED AT BURLEY HANTS.

thanks be to god which
giveth us the victory
through our lord
JESUS CHRIST.

A grave is to be found in the churchyard of St Lawrence, Bovingdon.

RICHARDS G E

Flight Lieutenant, Navigator, Royal Air Force. Died 29th July 1975. Age 50.

OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH

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