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BUNTINGFORD WAR MEMORIAL

First and Second World War - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © 2006 Martin Edwards

The Buntingford War Memorial is located in Market Hill, Buntingford. It takes the form of a Latin Cross atop a shaft on a moulded, suqaure base, all made from Portland stone. The base has three steps leading to the memorial. The inscriptions are engraved into the stone and filled with lead. The top of the shaft is decorated with oak leaves, the decorations on the plinth include a carved anchor with chain, crossed rifles, a deer and a wreath. There are 45 names listed for those who died in World War 1 and 8 for those who died in World War 2. The original unveiling was on 12th September 1920 by H C Marshall; the memorial was made by Messrs J Day and Son.

Photograph above and below courtesy & copyright © Gordon Gilby 2006
1914
 
1918
TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS TOWN WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.
"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

ALDRIDGE

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probably Ernest George ALDRIDGE, Private 4/6755, 2nd battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 28. Born Layston, enlisted Aspenden, resident Sandon. Son of the late William and Eliza Aldridge. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

ALDRIDGE

William [Walter]
Private 43007, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th February 1917. Aged 23. Born Buntingford, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Aldridge, of High St., Buntingford, Herts. Formerly 20161, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.

AYLOTT

Frank
Private 14702, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 18. Born and resident Buntingford, enlisted Royston. Son of Henry and Argentine Aylott, of High St., Buntingford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

BAKER

Frederick
Acting Corporal 9988, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 5th May 1915. Born Layston, enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

BRADFORD

Reuben
Private 26710, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Born Stevenage, enlisted Bedford, resident Buntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 34

BRICE

Hugh [Leonard]
Private 417275, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Aged 31. Born Little Hadham, enlisted Hertford, resident Much Hadham. Son of Samuel Brice, of Buntingford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

BROWN

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BUDD

Charles
Private 4698, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment attahced to 254th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 19th June 1916. Enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Son of Mr. G. Budd, of New Town, Buntingford, Herts. Buried in GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 20.

BUSS

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CASTLE

Ernest Henry
Lance Corporal G/2309, 8th Battalion, Tyhe Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 26th September 1915. Aged 25. Born Layston, Buntingford, enlisted Dover, Kent, resident Hythe, Kent. Son of George Castle, of Baldock Lane, Buntingford, Herts; husband of Lily Castle, of 4, Sun Lane, Hythe, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.

CASTLE

William [Russell]
Private 14759, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th May 1915. Aged 20. Born Layston, enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Son of Katherine C. Castle, of River Green, Buntingford, Herts., and the late John Castle. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

CORNWELL

Reginald Alfred
Rifleman 50281, King's Royal Rifle Corps posted to 6th (City of London Rifles Battalion), London Regiment. Killed in action 9th July 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Buntingford, enlisted Hertford. Son of John Lewis Cornwell and Harriet Cornwell, of Buntingford, Herts. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 24.

DELLOW

Reginald R
Lance Corporal 14798, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 6th May 1915. Born and resident Buntingford, enlisted Royston. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

DRAY

William James
Private 265982, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 24. Enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Son of Mrs. Caroline Mary Dray, of Church St., Buntingford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 and 56.

EDWARDS

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EDWARDS

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EDWARDS

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EDWARDS

William John
Private 43128, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26th APril 1917. Enlisted Westminster, Middlesex, resident Buntingford. Son of Walter Edwards, of Baldock Lane, Buntingford, Herts. Formerly 1809, Essex Regiment. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 20.

FAIRWEATHER

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GAME

Edward W
Private 15565, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1916. Born High Cross, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row P. Grave 9.

GAME

Herbert J
Private 6947, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. Killed in action 5th October 1916. Born Colliers End, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Buntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A

GAME

Norbert [Alfred]
Private 77668 [SDGW] or 77008 [CWGC], 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 8th August 1918. Born Colliers End, Ware, enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Formerly TR/10/75550, 107th Training Reserve Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

HILLS

Frederick Charles
[Listed as Corporal on CWGC] Lance Corporal 14342, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd September 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Buntingford, enlisted Royston. Son of Emily and William Hills, of Buntingford, Herts. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITSIH CEMETERY, CORBIE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 36.

HOWARD

Ernest Alfred
Private 39490, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 24th September 1918. Born Buntingford, enlisted Bedford. Buried in METZ-EN-COUTURE COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 5.

JACKSON

Charles
Private 24181, 24th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th April 1917. Aged 34. Born Buntingford, enlisted Hertford. Son of Caroline Jackson, of Bay L.odge, Hare St. Lane, Buntingford, Herts., and the late Edward Jackson. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2 and 3.

JACKSON, DCM, Croix-de-Guerre (France)

Walter
Lance Corporal 4/6722, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd July 1916. Born Layston, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.) and also Croix-de-Guerre (France). Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 11.

KEEN

Albert
Private 10370, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 24th April 1915. Born Layston, enlisted Hertford, resident Edmonton, Middlesex. Son of Charles Keen, of Church St., Buntingford, Herts. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 19.

MAYES

Leonard [Walter]
Private 33761, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th August 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Buntingford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Walter and Lizzie Mayes, of 6, Nelson St., Hertford. Native of Buntingford, Herts. Buried in COMBLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 17.

MILES

Arthur
Private 15192, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment attached to the Trench Mortar Battery. Died of wounds 22nd July 1918. Aged 23. Born Layston, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Miles, of Bank Cottage, Baldock Rd., Buntingford, Herts. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Rw J. Grave 11.

MILES

Walter
[Listed as 8289 in "The Shiny Seventh"] Lance Corporal 4/7289, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th September 1916 during the attack on Thiepval and Schwaben Redoubt 26th-30th September 1916. Aged 32. Born Wydial, enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Son of Thomas and Eliza Miles, of Buntingford, Herts; husband of Emma A. Miles, of Meeting Alley, Baldock Lane, Buntingford, Herts. Buried in CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 15.

MOULE

Harry
Private 14701, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th May 1915. Aged 21. Born Stratford, Essex, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Moule, of Newtown, Aspenden, Buntingford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

MUCKLESTONE

Cecil [Collins]
[Spelt MUCKLESTON on CWGC] Gunner 353125, 154th Heavy Battery (Hampshire RGA - Territorial), Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 22nd January 1918. Aged 37. Born Toddington, Bedfordshire, enlisted Buntingford. Husband of Laura Evelyn Muckleston, of 27, Micklethwaite Rd., Fulham, London. Native of Toddington, Beds. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXXI. Row F. Grave 19A. See also Toddington St George and Toddngton Village Hall.

NORRIS

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PARKER

Joseph
Private 4/7360, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 26th November 1917. Born Cottered, enlisted Hertford, resident Buntingford. Buried in ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot X. Row E. Grave 8.

PIPKIN

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can find no entry for CH PIPKIN but probably Ernest Harvey PIPKIN, Private 78589, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 11th September 1918. Aged 19. Born Buntingford, Royston, enlisted St Paul's Churchyard, London, resident Milton Street, London E.C. Son of George and Emma Pipkin, of Ethelbert House, 8, Torrington Park, North Finchley, London. Formerly 54585, 102nd Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot V. Row O. Grave 12.

POSTLE

John Augustine
Private 103646 [Sdgw] or 105646 [CWGC], 19th Battalion, Machine Gn Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 30th May 1918. Aged 25. Born Ashwell, Cambridgeshire, enllisted Watford, resident Boxmoor. Son of Charles Postle, of North End, High St., Buntingford, Herts. Enlisted 1914 in Royal Army Service Corps. Formerly S4/039227, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot VII. Row E. Grave 1.

RAYMENT

Herbert [Charles]
Private 61336, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (CIty of London Regiment). Died of wounds 30th January 1917. Aged 29. Born, resident and enlisted Buntingford. Son of William and Emily Rayment, of High St., Buntingford, Herts; husband of Kate Rayment, of High St., Buntingford, Herts. Formerly 4030, 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 14.

REED

Herbert Joseph
Private 4/6655, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th July 1916. Born Chishall, enlisted Hertford, resident BUntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

RULE

William
Private 201355, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 19th April 1917. Aged 19. Born Buntingford, enlisted Royston, resident Hertford. Son of Mrs. Lizzie Rule. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panel 17.

SHARP

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SMITH

Arthur
Private G/18756, 11th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 8th February 1917. Aged 30. Born Little Hadham, enlisted and resident Buntingford. Husband of Mrs. F. A. Smith, of New Town, Buntingford, Herts. Formerly 46040, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

SMITH

Bertie
Private G/8908, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 2nd July 1916. Born Standen (sic), enlisted Brighton, Sussex, resident Buntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.

SPENCER

William [Arthur]
Private 3088, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 9th May 1915. Aged 23. Born Buntingford, enlisted Tottenham, resident Edmonton. Son of William and Rosetta Spencer, of Station Rd., Buntingford, Herts; husband of Edith Mary Spencer, of 90, Raynham Rd., Upper Edmonton, London. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

STEARN, DSO, Croix de Guerre (France)

John Holder

Lieutenant, 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 3rd December 1917. Aged 23. Son of Mrs. E. M. Stearn, of Buntingford, Herts. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) [London Gazette 18th July 1917] and Croix de Guerre (France). No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 10.

London Gazette 18th July 1917: "STEARN, JOHN HOLDEN, Temporary Lieut., Durham Light Infantry. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his men with great skill and determination, personally putting an enemy machine gun out of action. Later he commanded his company, and, although wounded himself, carried on for 16 hours in an exposed position."

STREET

Charles [Alfred]
Private 15438, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1916. Born Layston, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

WORBOYS

George Frederick
[Listed as F G WARBOYS on memorial] Private 203237, 1/4th (Hallamshire) (Territorial Force) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action during the First Battle of Kemmel Ridge 18th April 1918. Aged 25. Enlisted Hertford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Worboys, of River Green, Buntingford, Herts. Formerly 4691, Hertfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 125 to 128.

WATSON

[Charles] Frank
Private 15473, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd January 1918. Born Layston, enlisted Royston, resident Buntingford. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXXVI. Row D. Grave 16A.

AND THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945.

BISHOP

Alfred James
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1624465, 70 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd October 1944. Aged 21. Son of John Alfred and Rosanna Bishop, of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. Buried in BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY, Serbia and Montenegro. Plot 6 Row E Collective grave 5-9.

BORSBERRY

Ernest Richard
Flight Sergeant 1256937, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th July 1942. Aged 21. Son of Ernest P. and Mabel Borsberry, of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 73.

RENNIE-BROWN

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CORNES

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GRAVES

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HAGGER

Harry [John]
Private 13047266, Pioneer Corps. Died 22nd October 1944. Aged 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Hagger, of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. Buried in NAPLES WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row S. Grave 14.

HURRY

Christopher [Albert]
Private 4751921, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died bteween 23rd and 24th October 1943. Aged 26. Son of Albert and Sarah Hurry; husband of F. Hurry, of Bury Green, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 5.

SLATTERY

Philip [Jerome]
Lieutenant 172413, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died 15th April 1943. Aged 23. Son of Jerome Paul Slattery, and of Adela Mary Slattery, of Buntingford, Hertfordshire. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 8. Row H. Grave 1.
Separated on the memorial from the rest
FRASER Claud Lovat

Eminent artist/stage designer who actually designed this memorial. He lived at "The Red House", a Georgian mansion in the town for some part of his life, although was not born there. Commissioned in the Durham Light Infantry, survived Loos and was affected by gas at Ypres Salient - more on above link. He also produced drawings of trenches/battlefields. Died young in 1921. For more information see the Bryn Mawr College Library

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