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ST ALBANS, HOLYWELL HILL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

In 1914 Holywell Hill was an area of very mixed properties. There were shops and public houses on both sides of the hill and large houses as well as small cottages. Some cottages were in 'yards' behind the shops and houses. Thes eyards faced onto small courts with an entrance to Holywell Hill. The memorial lists the names of men from Holywell Hill, Day's Yard and the part of Prospect Road that fell into the Abbey parish. (Details taken from "THE STREET MEMORIALS OF ST ALBANS ABBEY PARISH" by Alice Goodman published by St Alban's and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society 1987 ISBN 0 901194 08 5)

1914
FOR
1918
FOR REMEMBRANCE
HOLYWELL HILL

AUSTIN

Herbert

Private 204562, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 23rd August 1918. Enlisted Hertford, resident Palmers Green, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

BELSHAW

[Thomas] William

Private G/15516, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 7th April 1918. Aged 20. Born St Stephen's, Hertfordshire (sic), enlisted Hertford. Son of the late Ada Emily Cooper (formerly Belshaw) and George Belshaw. Buried in PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 27. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

CUNNINGHAM, MC

Harold [John]

Captain, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 4th October 1917. Aged 25. Son of Ellen C. Cunningham, of Spencer House, St. Albans, and the late John William Cunningham. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 37. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

KENT

Harold

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd or 8th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Killed in action 4th August 1917. Son of Thomas and Emily Selina Kent, of St. Albans, Herts. Brother of Lionel (below). Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row R. Grave 26. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

KENT

Lionel [Victor]

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds 31st July 1917. Aged 33. Son of Thomas and Emily Selina Kent, of Holywell Lodge, St. Albans. Brother of Harold (above). Formerly London Regiment (Artists' Rifles). Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row C. Grave 4. See also St Albans WW1 memorial and London Stock Exchange memorial.

PHIPPS

[Christopher] Leckonby

Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps and 7th Balloon Company, 118th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 14th August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Gerald Edward and Emily Phipps, of St. Albans. Buried in THE HUTS CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 16. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

SAVAGE

Albert

[Listed as H SAVAGE on St Albans WW1 memorial] Private G/23934, 10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 22nd September 1918. Born and resident St Labans, enlisted Watford. Son of Mr. A. G. Savage, of 39, Holywell Hill, St. Albans. Buried in DOINGT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 30. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

SKINNER

James [Abraham]

Lance Corporal 265518, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 33. Born Ware, enlisted Hertford, resident St Albans. Son of Ruth Vernon (formerly Skinner), of "Rosemede," Mile House Lane, St. Albans, Herts, and the late Abraham Skinner. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot L. Row B. Grave 9. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

WATSON

[Ernest] Lancelot

Sapper 1072, 1st/3rd London Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 29th September 1915. Aged 23. Enlisted Chelsea, Middlesex, resident St Albans. Son of Ernest and Louisa Ann Watson, of Holywell Hill, St. Albans, Herts. Buried in NORTH MAROC INTERCOMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 6. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

DAY'S YARD

BELL

[William Robert] Walter

[Listed as Walter on CWGC] Private 5440, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers. Died of wounds 30th July 1916. Born Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, enlisted London, resident St Albans. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 58.

From National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 Section V Luton, page 28:

BELL, W. R. W., Private, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
He volunteered in August 1914, and having completed his training proceeded to the Western Front. He took partin much severe fighting at Ypres and in other engagements, and was killed in action on July 30th, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
10, Dolphin Yard, St. Albans
205/A.

See also St Albans WW1 memorial and Canterbury 9th Lancers Memorial

WOODWARD

Frederick [Charles]

Private 266546, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 24th September 1917. Aged 30. Enlisted Hertford, resident St Albans. Son of the late Charles Woodward; husband of Gertrude Hodgkinson (formerly Woodward), of 61, Holly Rd., Uttoxeter, Staffs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 153. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

PROSPECT ROAD

HOBBS

Stanley [R]

Private O/0225, Calais Depot, Royal Ordnance Corps. Died 5th February 1919. Buried in LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 7A. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

NEWMAN

Rowland [C]

Private 263096, 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died of wounds 8th July 1918. Aged 19. Born Childwickbury, Hertfordshire, enlisted London. Son of Henry and Eliza C. Newman, of 21, Prospect Rd., St. Albans. Buried in ANZIN-ST. AUBIN BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 13. See also St Albans WW1 memorial

R.I.P.

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