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POTTEN END - WAR MEMORIAL

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

The memorials are situated in Potten End church.
Potten End north-east of Berkhamstead and north-west of Hemel Hempstead.

Photographs Copyright © 2003 - Carolynn Langley

A plaque is to be found on the church to the left of the window commemorating those who died in World War 1

REMEMBER
THESE

BATCHELOR Harold

Private 7615, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 30th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born, resident and enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Son of Caroline Batchelor, of 6, Boxted Cottages, Hemel Hempstead. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave A. 8. 14.

BATCHELOR, M.M. William

Sergeant 14124, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Hemel Hempstead, enlisted Bedford. Buried in BEAULENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, LIGNY-THILLOY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. G. 29.

BEDFORD George

Private 43013, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and enlisted Berkhamstead. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Bedford, of 8, Front Row, Potten End, Berkhamsted. Formerly 26977, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave M, 35.

CHAPMAN William Leonard

Private 43037, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born Gt Gaddesden, enlisted Berkhamstead. Son of Mr. C. Chapman, of 12, Potten End, Berkhamsted, Herts. Formerly 26976, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave VIII. F. 17.

CLARKE Sidney Thomas

Rifleman 4983, Royal irish Rifles. Killed in action 23rd September 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Great Gaddesden, enlisted St Albans. Son of Arthur George and Carrie Clarke, of Little Heath, Berkhamsted. Formerly 12632, Reserve Cavalry Regiment. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. B. 28.

COOLEY Alfred Charles

Private 18333, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 21st October 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Potten End, enlisted Watford. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Grave I. G. 4.

COOLEY Clifford H

Private 20851, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Berkhamsted, enlisted Watford. Formerly 17574, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINSART, Somme, France. Grave D. 41.

CRIPPS Arthur

Private 27364, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and enlisted Hemel Hempstead. Son of Mrs. J. Cripps, of 15, Frithesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 104 to 105.

DENMAN Charles

Corporal 15750, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born and resident Horsmonden, Kent, enlisted Watford. Buried in CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 17.

GAUSSEN David Newbold

[Memorial appears to be CAUSSEN] Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Wounded at Deuville Wood in the Battle of the Somme, died the next day 31st July 1916. age 23. Born 25th July 1893. Son of the Rev. Charles E. and Mary Gaussen, of Fairview Cottage, Lord's Well Lane, Crowborough, Sussex. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave J. 40.

On a large cross situated at front of church facing village green

TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF
DAVID NEWBOLD GAUSSEN
LIEUT. BEDFORDSHIRE REG.
BORN 25 JULY 1893
WOUNDED DEUVILLE WOOD IN THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
DIED THE NEXT DAY 31 ST JULY 1916

BURIED AT DERNAN COURT
THIS CROSS IS DEDICATED
BY HIS PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

HALSEY Fred[erick] Leonard

Private L/15930, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 6th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and resident Watford, enlisted London. Son of George Alfred and Elizabeth Mary Halsey, of 39, York Rd., Watford, Herts. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 37 to 41 or 328.

HODSDEN Albert Edward

Private G/6944, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 23rd August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 18. Born and resident Berkhampstead, enlisted Watford. Son of Mr. C. and Mrs. M. Hodsden, of Woodside, Potten End, Berkhamsted. Formerly 38461, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in MEAULTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave F. 19.

HODSDEN Ernest Charles

Private 16496, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Berkhamstead, enlisted Hertford. Son of Charles and Margaret Hodsden, of Woodside, Potten End, Berkhamsted, Herts. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

MACLEHOSE Norman Crawford

Lieutenant 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post office Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 26th May 1915. Age 26. Son of Norman M. and Olive Maclehose, of Little Heath House, Berkhamsted, Herts. Buried in POST OFFICE RIFLES CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. B. 10.

MAWDITT Alfred George

Rifleman S/11933, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 11th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 18. Born Northchurch, Hampshire, enlisted Basingstoke, Hampshire, resident Berkhamstead. Son of John and Georgina Mawditt, of The Lion Inn, Potten End, Great Berkhamsted, Herts. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. E. 38.

OAKINS Reginald

[Spelt OKENS on SDGW] Private 19892, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th May 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Potten End, enlisted Hertford, resident Hemel Hempstead. Son of Mr. A. Oakens, of 8, Frithesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. A. 8.

PARSONS Harry Stanley

Lance Corporal 8262, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd November 1914 in France & Flanders. Born Bloomsbury, Middlesex, enlisted Hertford, resident Great Berkhampsted. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. A. 40.

PULMAN Harry Robert Sauve

Captain, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed 10th March 1915. Buried in ROYAL IRISH RIFLES GRAVEYARD, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 6.

RANCE Bert

Private 43215, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Berkhamsted. Formerly 26178, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.

SUMMERFIELD Bert F

Sergeant 51611, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Berkhamstead, enlisted Watford, resident Hemel Hempstead. Son of Walter and Sarah Summerfield, of 16, Frithesden, Hemel Hempsted, Herts. Formerly 15297, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A

WATERTON Bert[ie]

Private 529893, 433rd Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died in England 7th November 1918. Born Potten End, enlisted Watford, resident Great Berkhamstead. Formerly 60388, Royal Engineers. Buried behind church special memorial, HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, POTTEN END, Hertfordshire.

WILSON Gus

1917 - probably Gustave WILSON, Rifleman 41880, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born Barkingside, Essex, enlisted Romford, Essex. Son of W. and E. A. Wilson, of 66, Collier Row Lane, Romford, Essex. Formerly 19269, Essex Regiment. Buried in SANCTUARY WOOD CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave V. F. 30.

WILSON John

Private 19834, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 9th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Great Berkhamsted, enlisted Hertford, resident Hemel Hempstead. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Grave VI. A. 26.

A further plaque can be found under the window.

REMEMBER ALSO THESE
1939 - 1945

COOK Ronald

No further information currently

CRIPPS Arthur Raymond

Rifleman 11420547, Royal Ulster Rifles and No 2., Commando. Died 2nd April 1945. Son of Charles and Jennie Cripps; husband of Barbara Cripps, of Apsley End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Buried in RAVENNA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave I. B. 4.

DICKENS [Frederick] Donald

Sergeant 1613337, Air Gunner, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed on active service 29th September 1943, Age 20. Son of John Robert Danial Dickens and Emily Dickens, of Potten End. Buried West of Tower in HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, POTTEN END, Hertfordshire.

FREDERICK DONALD DICKENS
SERGT. A/G. R.A.F.
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
SEPT 29 1943 AGED 20 YEARS

A BRAVE GAY SPIRIT THAT
LOVED LIFE
THE SKY AND THE OPEN
SPACES.

HARVEY, D.S.C. David James Roberton

Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Victorious, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th November 1942. Son of Captain James Roberton Harvey, R.N., and Phyllis Emmelia Harvey, of Potten End, Hertfordshire. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 4, Panel 2.

HARVEY Jeffrey

No further information currently

KENT Dennis

[Spelt Dnis on CWGC] Trooper 14745914, 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 25th March 1945. Age 18. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Grave 54. A. 6.

MEAGER John

No further information currently

MESSUM Joe Fleming Borland

Ordinary Seaman C/JX 201266, H.M.S. Hambledon, Royal Navy. Died 8th October 1940. Age 19. Son of Lt.-Col. Leo Rustum Messum and Agnes Hood Hambley Messum, of Frithsden End, Hertfordshire. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 36,3.

PEARCE Laurence

No further information currently

RUMSEY Arthur

Sergeant 1319652, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24th December 1942. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 92.

SMITH Norman

No further information currently

SNOWDEN George

No further information currently

SNOWDEN Robert

probably Robert William SNOWDEN, Warrant Officer 355725, Royal Air Force. Died 8th April 1943. Age 41. Son of Cecil and Mary Annie Snowden; husband of Vera Alice Snowden, of Uxbridge, Middlesex. Buried in PENARTH CEMETERY, Glamorganshire. Section D Grave 5.

WEEKES John

probably John Richard Borrodell WEEKES, DSC, Midshipman (A), H.M.S. Illustrious, Royal Navy. Died 26th November 1940. Age 20. Son of Francis Leonard and Dorothy Weekes, of Elstree, Hertfordshire. Buried in LEROS WAR CEMETERY, Leros, Greece. Grave 2. C. 2.

YOUNG James

probably James Desmond YOUNG, Private 5620079, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 11th October 1944. Age 22. Son of Cecil James Young and Ada Mary Young, of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Buried in MAARHEEZE (STERKSEL MONASTERY) CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Row A Grave 6.

R.I.P.

Other memorials and graves found at the church

MILES John Charles

No further information currently - On pedestal by door to church on right.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN CHARLES MILES
5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS

MART, DCM William Herbert

Sergeant, 7th Battalion Hertfordshire Battalion, Home Guard. Died 17th January 1944. Age 59. Buried west of the tower in hOLY TRINITY CHURCHAYRD, POTTEN END, Hertfordshire.

IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HERBERT MART D.C.M.
LATE BEDS 7 HERTS REGT.
DIED 17 JAN 1944
REMEMBERED BY WHAT HE HAS DONE.

12 October 2003

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