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HITCHIN, BEDFORD ROAD, WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2015

The Hitchin memorial to No 4 Company, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment is to be found outside the Territorial Army Drill Hall in Bedford Road, Hitchin. It takes the form of a free standing tablet topped by the regimental badge on three-stepped plinth. There are 74 names listed for World War 1. The memorial was unveiled in July 1920 and cost £180. Around 2004 the memorial was moved further north along Bedford Road as the land was sold for redevelopment, but remains in grounds of the Territorial Army Centre. The memorial lists the names in rank order but has been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of reading and research.

Photographs Copyright © Declan Hoare 2015

TO
THE UNDYING MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES OF NO 4 COMPANY,
THE 1ST BATTALION, THE HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT,
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR

ALBONE C V W
Private
ANSELL F
Serjeant
ARNOLD T
Private
BAINES F
Private
BAVINGTON, DCM H L
Corporal
BENNETT E W
Private
BENTLEY F
Private
BIGG B R
Corporal
BIGG S A
Private
BISHOP A
Private
BRYANT A W
Private
BUCK P
Private
BUTTS W
Private
CAIN H V
Private
CARTER R
Private
CHALKLEY W
Private
COLE L J
Private
CORDELL G J
Private
COUSINS H
Private
CURRELL H
Lance Corporal
DARBY W H
Private
DENNISS C J
Private
EDWARDS G H
Private
FAREY M
Private
FARROW G W A
Serjeant
GARROD H G
Serjeant
GATES G
Private
GILBERT O W
Private
GINGER G
Private
GRAY G
Serjeant
GREEN H J
Serjeant
HAGGER G
Private
HARPER W C
Serjeant
HARWOOD R
Private
HOLLIDAY W W
Private
JEFFERIES A
Private
JEFFREYS O H
Private
KEEN G H
Private
KNIGHT W G
Private
LANGFORD A P
Company Serjeant major
MARCHANT H W
Private
MARLOW B G
Private
MATTHEWS B J
Private
MATTHEWS O
Private
MONK A J
Private
MOSS J H
Serjeant
MUNCEY A
Private
MUNT T R
Corporal
NEWBERRY B R
Corporal
NEWBERRY M A
Private
PARCELL J
Private
PARCELL J F
Private
PAYNE C H
Private
PEACOCK P
Private
REYNOLDS W
Private
SAPSED W C
Private
SATHERTHWAITE J
Company Quartermaster Serjeant
SAUNDERS B
Private
SELL, MM W J
Private
SEWELL J
Private
SHEPHERD A
Private
SIMMONS S
Private
SMITH H
Corporal
SMITH J O
Private
SNELGROVE P H
Serjeant
SPICER C
Private
TEW W H
Private
THOMPSON F J
Private
TOMLIN A C
Private
WALKER A
Private
WELCH, MM J
Corporal
WILSON W C
Private
WORBEY A W
Private
YOUNG, V.C. F E
Second Lieutenant~[Extract from Wikipedia - Frank Edward Young (VC)~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Edward_Young_(VC) ]

Frank Edward Young VC (2 October 1895 – 18 September 1918) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross. The son of a serving soldier in the Bedfordshire Regiment, Frank Young was born in Cherat, British India, in October 1895. Having returned to Britain for his schooling, he joined the Hitchin Company of the Hertfordshire Regiment as a Boy Bugler in November 1909, serving as a part-time territorial soldier. Following the outbreak of war, Young was found medically unfit for overseas service and had to undergo an operation. In January 1915 he was passed fit and was posted with a reinforcement draft to 1/1st battalion Hertfordshire Regiment, then serving as part of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. His father had rejoined the army and was serving as the battalion's Regimental Sergeant Major. Both father and son saw service through successive engagements in 1915, including the Battles of Festubert and Loos and during this period the latter was promoted to Sergeant. In 1916 he was appointed as a bombing instructor at the RouenCentral Bombing School, but was wounded in an accident. After a period of recovery Young was selected for officer training and was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 27 April 1917, being posted to a reserve battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment in Britain. Following an interlude training with the Royal Flying Corps, Young returned to the infantry and was sent to rejoin the 1/1st Hertfordshires in France on 12 September 1918, being appointed commander of No. 4 Company on arrival. The action for which Second Lieutenant Young was to be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross occurred in the aftermath of Allied success at the Battle of Havrincourt. Soon after he rejoined 1/1st battalion, it was moved into the front-lines south east of Havrincourt, near a copse named Triangle Wood. In the late afternoon of 18 September 1918, after an intense artillery barrage, German troops launched an assault against this position. Although the enemy gained an initial foothold, ultimately the battalion's line held and they were forced to withdraw.[3] Young's actions and leadership in the successful defence resulted in his award of the medal, the full citation for which was published in the London Gazette on 14 December 1918 and read:

"2nd Lt. Frank Edward Young, late 1st Bn., Herts. R. (T.F.).

For most conspicuous bravery, determination and exceptional devotion to duty on 18th September, 1918, south-east of Havrincourt, when during an enemy counter-attack and throughout an extremely intense enemy barrage he visited all posts, warned the garrisons and encouraged the men. In the early stages of the attack he rescued two of his men who had been captured, and bombed and silenced an enemy machinegun. Although surrounded by the enemy, 2nd Lt. Young fought his way back to the main barricade and drove out a party of the enemy who were assembling there. By his further exertions the battalion was able to maintain a line of great tactical value, the loss of which would have meant serious delay to future operations. Throughout four hours of intense hand-to-hand fighting 2nd Lt. Young displayed the utmost valour and devotion to duty, and set an example to which the company gallantly responded.

He was last seen fighting hand to hand against a considerable number of the enemy."

Initially Young was listed as missing, however his body was found by a British patrol on 27 September at the edge of Havrincourt Wood. He was subsequently reburied nearby in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Hermies.

1914-1919
ERECTED
BY MEMBERS OF HITCHIN TERRITORIAL CLUB
AND FRIENDS OF THE REG

Last updated 31 August, 2015

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