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SURNAMES - G
1914-1919

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GAME Alfred
Private 14810, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 16 June 1917. Aged 30. Born, resident and enlisted Hertford. Son of Charles and Ann Game. of Hertford. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot III. Row N. Grave 11B.
GAME George Stephen
Killed in air raid over Hertford 13 October 1915 when a Zepplin mistook Hertford for London and dropped 48 incendiary and explosive bombs. A child, aged 4.
GAME William
Private 36328, 6th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 2 October 1916. Born and enlisted Hertford, resident Hertford Heath. Formerly 5668, Hertfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.
GARDENER A J
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GEERING Sydney Cecil
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died of wounds as a Prisoner of War 3 May 1918. Aged 27. Husband of Elizabeth B. Geering, of 18, Currie Street, Hertford; married 1913. Born 11 April 1891, baptised 24 May 1891 in St Alphege, Canterbury, son of Sydney and Julia Geering. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Canterbury, Kent, resident with his parents, Sydney W and Julia Geering at 21, North Road, Hertford. IN the 1911 census he was aged 19, born St Peter's Grove, Canterbury, Clerk To Agricultural and Employment Manufacturer, son of Sydney and Julia Geering, resident with his parents at 47 and 47A Castle Sreet, Hertford. Buried in HANGARD COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row AA. Grave 4.
GIBBINS C W
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GIBBINS Frank Wilfred
Private G/52091, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 7 August 1917. Born, resident and enlisted Hertford. Formerly 31823, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.
GILBERTSON Dennis Henry Stacey
Lieutenant, 70th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 4 September 1918. Aged 21. Son of Albert Stacey and Ethel Hoole Gilbertson, of 62, Shorncliffe Rd., Folkestone. Born at Hertford. Buried in South-West part of VILLERS-AU-TERTRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.
GINN George Thomas
Private 3936, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 29 September 1915. Resident and enlisted Hertford. Buried in BENGEO (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire.
GLEDHILL C
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GLOVER C C
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GODMAN P
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GOLDEN Frederick
Corporal 265537, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Born Loose (sic), Kent, enlisted and resident Hertford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 and 56.
GOLDS W A
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GOMM Frank John
Private 291407, 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 3 May 1917. Aged 27. Son of Mary Jane Garrett (formerly Gomm), of 5, Maidenhead St., Hertford, England, and the late Fredrick John Gomm. Native of London, England. Born 27 October 1890. Farm labourer by trade. Unmarried. Attested and passed fit 15 February 1916 in Holland, Manitioba, Canada, aged 25 years 4 months, height 5 feet 10 inches, chest 36 inches, dark complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in VILLERS STATION CEMETERY, VILLERS-AU-BOIS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 2. national Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3617A - 75
GRAVES Harry
Private 27013, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 23 August 1917. Aged 28. Born and enlisted Hertford. Husband of Agnes Graves, of 14, City St., Hertford. Formerly 6873, Hertfordshire Regiment. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row K. Grave 17.
GRAY H
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GRAY, MC Harry Albert
Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 15 July 1918. Aged 26. Son of Harry and Elizabeth Sarah Gray, of 852, Ware Road, Hertford. Born at Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 33.
GRAY Harry Arthur William
Private 270933, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Enlisted and resident Hertford. Formerly 2401, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 153.
GRAY Vivian
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached to 9th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 18 August 1916. Aged 22. Son of Harry and Elizabeth Sarah Gray, of 65A, Ware Rd., Hertford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
GREEN Herbert Waterman
Private 265497, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 30 July 1916. Aged 20. Born, resident and enlisted Hertford. Son of Robert Waterman Green and Emily Green, of 21, Tamworth Rd., Hertford. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 135.
GREEN Robert Charles
Private 4296, 3rd Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 8 April 1915. Aged 17. Enlisted and resident Hertford. Son of Robert Watermau Green and Emily Green, of 21, Tamworth Rd., Herfford. Buried in PETERBOROUGH OLD (BROADWAY) CEMETERY, Northamptonshire. Plot 7. Row 3. Grave 2375.
GREGORY James L
Killed in air raid over Hertford 13 October 1915 when a Zepplin mistook Hertford for London and dropped 48 incendiary and explosive bombs. Four men were stood at the gates of Lombard House, watching the raid, when they were killed by one of the bombs; one casualty here was James Gregory, the county surveyor. Aged 55. Organist of All Saints and Professor of Music.
GRENFELL Gerald William (The Hon.)
Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 30 July 1915. Aged 25. Son of 1st Baron Desborough and Lady Desborough, of Taplow Court, Bucks. One of the war poets. His brother Julian Henry Francis also fell (see below). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 162:

GRENFELL, HON. GERALD WILLIAM, Lieut., 8th (Service) Battn. The Rifle Brigade, 2nd (and at the time of his death elder surviving) s. of William Henry, 1st Baron Desborough, K.C.V.O. by his wife, Ethel Anne Priscilla, Lady of the Bedchamber to H.M. the Queen, dau. of the Hon. Julian Henry Charles Fane, and grand-dau. of John, 11th Earl of Westmorland ; b. 4, St. James's Square, London, S.W., 29 March, 1890 ; educ. Eton (where he gained an entrance scholarship and the Newcastle scholarship) and Balliol College, Oxford (where he obtained the Craven scholarship in 1911), and was about to be called to the Bar; volunteered after the outbreak of war and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 8th Rifle Brigade, 12 Sept. 1914 ; served with the Expeditionary' Force in France and Flanders from May, 1915, and was killed instantaneously by machine gun fire at Hooge, Flanders, 30 July, 1915, while leading a counter-attack ; unm. Capt A. C'. Sheepshanks wrote : " lie died splendidly, leading his men over open ground up hill in the face of a tremendous fire from machine guns. His Platoon Sergt. saw him pitch forward with a bullet in the head, and thinks he was hit again in the side as he fell. He must have been killed instantaneously as he was not seen to move afterwards. Both as his company commander and his friend I shall miss hint enormously. His platoon all loved him, and he had somehow inspired them with a fighting spirit, and it was only a few days ago that I told the Col. that Bill's platoon was the best lighting platoon I had " ; and A. A. Tod, second in command of the 8th Battn.: " We were great friends, and though I didn't know him before he joined, I, like all the others, was immediately drawn to him by his delightful personality. I know you must be inundated with letters, so feel rather diffident about adding to the number, but somehow it seems to help to write about a dear friend that has gone. We all loved Billy, and his men, to my certain knowledge, adored hint. It couldn't have been otherwise, because ever since he went to France he was always to the fore, and what the men always like, never expected them to do anything he couldn't do himself. Ills gallantry was remarkable, and fear was a word he didn't know the meaning of. As you know, he died at the head of his men leading a counter-attack. It's but poor consolation, but I am positive that of all deaths It is the one he would have chosen.. That was a fearful day, and no one can describe the horror of seeing 20 officers and well over 500 men fall In one Battn. in about 14 hours." His elder brother, Capt. J. H. F Grenfell, and twin cousins, Capt. F. Grenfell, V.C., and Capt. R. N. Grenfell, were also killed in action, and his yst. and only surviving brother, the Hon. Ivo G. W. Grenfell, is now with the Coldstream Guards. His sister, the Hon. Monica Grenfell, is a Red Cross Nurse in France.

GRENFELL, DSO Julian Henry Francis (The Hon.)
Captain, 1st (Royal) Dragoons. Died of wounds 26 May 1915. Aged 27. Son of Lord and Lady Desborough of Taplow Court, Taplow, Bucks., and "Panshanger," Hertford. One of the war poets. Author of "Into Battle". His brother Gerald William also fell (see above). Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 18.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 162:

GRENFELL, HON. JULIAN HENRY FRANCIS, Capt., 1st (Royal) Dragoons D.S.O., eldest s. and h. of William Henry, 1st Baron Desborough, K.C.V.O., by his wife, Ethel Anne Priscilla. Lady of the Bedchamber to H.M. the Wen. dau. of the Hon. Julian Henry Charles Fane, and granddau. of John, 11th Earl of Westmorland ; b. 4, St. James's Square, London, 30 March, 1888; educ. Eton and Balliol College, Oxford ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1st Dragoons, 15 Sept. 1909 (24 Aug. 19101; and promoted Lieut. 6 Oct. 1911 ; temporary Capt. 15 Nov. 1914, and Capt. 3 1 Jan. 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 7 Oct. 1914 ; was mentioned in F.M. Sir John French's Despatch of 20 Nov. 1914-14 Jan. 1915 [London Gazette, 17 Feb 1915] for gallant conduct in the field ; was severely wounded in the head by shrapnel, 13 May, while reconnoitring near Ypres. and died in hospital at Boulogne, 26 May, 1915 unm. He had made a special study, of reconnaiassance work, and was awarded the D.S.O.' [London Gazette, 1 Jan. 1915] for having on 17 Nov. "succeeded in reaching a point behind the enemy's trenches, and making an excellent reconnaissance, furnishing early information of a pending attack of the enemy. A poem. " Into Battle," written by him in the trenches appeared in "The Times," and of it Sir W . Raleigh, Professor of English literature at Oxford. wrote: " I don't know if you really know that Julian's poem is one of the swell things in English literature. It is safe for ever, I know it by heart, and I never learned it. It has that queer property which only the best poems have, that a good many of the lines have more meaning than there is any need for, so that now things keep on turning up in It." At Eton he ran well in the steeplechase 1905 and at Oxford rowed in the college crew. In 1907 and 1908 he was three in the Balliol eight in the Ladies Challenge Plate, and in the following year he was bow in the Balliol four which won the Wyfolds at Henley, and rowed for the O.U.B.C. coxwalnless fours. He was a member of the Belsize Boxing Club and proved himself a formidable opponent. His chief sport was shooting. His next brother, Lieut. G. W. Grenfell. and his cousins, Capt. F. Grenfell, V.C., and Capt. R. N. Orenfell, were also killed in action (see their notices).

GUTTERIDGE H J
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