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WATFORD, CHRISTCHURCH STREET SHRINE WAR MEMORIAL
(EXPANDED)

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Jill Waterson 2009
researched Martin Edwards

This page contains the expanded detail from the Watford Christchurch Street Shine memorial. The details are a work-in-progress, most of the photographs are taken from the 'Watford Illustrated', the local paper of the time. There is also a World War 1 memorial outside Christ Church, inscribed on the cross are the words "In Undying Memory of the Men of this Parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918". Inscribed on the faces of the plinth are the names of the men who died. The list is broadly similar to the names on the Shrine, but with some discrepancies, mostly in spelling or initials. Some names on the outside Memorial are now illegible. There is also a Book of Remembrance within Christ Church which is kept in a case inside the Church. Although the inscription on the case says 1939-1945 the Book of Remembrance inside the case actually contains the names of parishioners who died in both wars (separately); a page of the Book is turned every week.
Photograph (above) Copyright © Rev Dick Lewis 2009
Photograph (below) Copyright © Jill Waterson 2009

IN A NEARBY STREET THIS SHRINE WAS USED DURING THE GREAT WAR TO KEEP IN PRAYERFUL REMEMBRANCE THOSE WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE. THE WOODEN CROSS ABOVE MARKED FOR MANY YEARS THE LAST RESTING PLACE OF AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER. THE CROSS AND SHRINE ARE HERE PRESERVED THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS MAY NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO DIED.
"THESE ARE THEY WHICH COME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION AND WASHED THEIR ROBES AND MADE THEM WHITE IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. THEREFORE ARE THEY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD."

ROLL OF HONOUR
THE FALLEN

1914-1918

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No further information currently available.

APPLETON

Henry Ernest

Rifleman R/17128, 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 6 November 1916. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Shakespeare St. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

ATKINS

William Richard

Guardsman 17069, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 10 September 1916. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 D.

AUSTIN

Frederick Alfred Atkin

Private 27477, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 30 September 1918. Aged 26. Born Leighton Buzzard, enlisted Bedford, resident Watford. Son of David and Sarah Jane Austin, of 27, Leavesden Rd., Watford. Formerly 6382, Essex Regiment. Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 15.

BAKER

Charles

Gunner 55108, "B" Battery, 103rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. killed in action 25 November 1915 (also stated as 24 November). Born Watford, enlisted Woolwich. Residence given as Watford. Buried in Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 2.

BAKER, M.M.

William Thomas

Private 18149, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1916. Aged 30. Born Lowestoft, Suffolk, enlisted Bedford, resident Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Baker, of 10, Thurston Rd., Lowestoft; husband of Jessie Elizabeth Baker, of 20, Lovewell Rd., South Lowestoft. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No knownn grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

BARNES

Robert Alfred

Private 32292, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 April 1917. Aged 19. Born Oxford, enlisted Bedford, resident Judge Street, Watford. Son of Robert and Leanora J. Barnes, of 88, Judge St., Watford. Buried in Henin Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 43.

BASSIL

John William

Private L/10123, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds on the Somme 9 September 1916. Born Wartford, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex. Residence given as Parker Street. Buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 23. Grave 49.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

BASSILL, J. W., Private, 1st Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
Serving at the outbreak of war, he was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Retreat from Mons. He was also in action at Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60, and Teams Wood, and was killed in the fierce fighting on the Somme on September 9th, 1916. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
12, Parker Street, Watford. X310.

BATES

Arthur Winfield

Private 17659, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Leavesden Road, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Bates, of 45, Leavesden Rd., Watford. Worked for Paget Prize & Plate Co. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

BEASLEY

Herbert [Charles]

Private 14419, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 August 1916. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Watford. Brother of H W beasley, both of 70 belgrave Avenue. Worked for Messrs. Benskin's. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. [Note: The dates of death differ according to different records]

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

BEASLEY, H. C., Private, 6th Bedfordshire Regt.
He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following year was sent overseas. He served at Ypres and in various other engagements, and was killed in action on August 3rd, 1916. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
44, Victoria Road, North Watford. X357.

BECK

Percy Victor

Private 510107, 2nd London Field Ambulance (Territorial), Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 7 May 1917. Aged 24. Born Catford, Kent enlisted Chelsea, S.W., resident Cromer Road, Watford {SDGW lists London E.C.. Son of Spencer and Alice Beck, of 14, Cromer Rd., Watford, Herts. Buried in Chester Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row D. Grave 5.

BLACKLEDGE

William Frederick

Sergeant 27976, 1stn Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 10 April 1918. Aged 24. Born Wigan, enlisted St. Pancras, London, resident Market Street, Watford. Son of William and the late Elizabeth Blackledge; husband of Elsie Blackledge, of 79, Market St., Watford, Herts. Formerly 12254, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Buried in Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot X. Row Q. Grave 2.

BLEWITT

Albert

Private 14276, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 May 1915. Born Dudley, enlisted Watford, resident brierley Hill, Staffordshire. Residence given as Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

BODSWORTH

Charles Frederick

Lance Corporal 202552, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment attached 138th Trench Mortar Battery. Died 20 February 1918. Aged 24. Born Bow Brickhill, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Watford. Husband of Evelyn M. Bodsworth. Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 7.

BOLTON

Albert George

Private 40634, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 4 August 1917. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Watford, residence given as Acme Road, Watford. Son of John and Emma Bolton, of 14, Acme Rd., Watford. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 27.

BONE

Joseph Thomas

Private 41678, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Watford, residence given as Leavesden Road, Watford. Son of Sarah Bone, of 209, Leavesden Rd., Watford, and the late Mr. J. Bone. Formerly 145290, Royal Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

BOULTWOOD

Frank

Sapper, Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 30 May 1918. Aged 24. Born Tottenham, Middlesex, enlisted London, resident Brighton Road, Watford. Son of Walter and Kate Boultwood, of 44, Brighton Rd., Watford. Buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 51.

BOWER

Reginald

[Listed as BOWLER on memorial] Private T.F.203421, 1/7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed ion action 3 May 1917. Born Rickmansworth, enlisted Bedford, resident Copeswood Road, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BRACE

William Charles

Private 26726, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds in Palestine 30 March 1918. Aged 28. Born Walworth, Surrey, enlisted bedford, resident Hatfield (see other residence as that differs). Residence given as Hatfield Road, Watford. Son of William Henry and Priscilla Sarah Brace, of 39, Hatfield Rd., Watford. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Section CC. Grave 78.

BRANDON

A

Two possibilities exist either:

Arthur BRANDON, Private 17373, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 April 1916. Born, enlisted and resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

or

Albert BRANDON, Private 50094, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1918. Born and resident Watford, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 14.

BRANDON

George

[Listed as John BRANDON on CWGC] Lance Corporal 15036, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Watford, enlisted London. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 D.

BRIGHTMAN

Heber

Private 22082, Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 20 March 1916. Aged 37. Born Berkhamsted, enlisted Bedford, resident Watford (see also other residence). Residence given as Bushey. Husband of Florence Brightman, of 65, Vale Rd., Bushey, Herts. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordshire. Plot B. Row 3. Grave 7.

BROWN

Gilbert [Thomas]

Acting Bombadier 27012, 104 Heavy Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in the Persian gulf 31 December 1916. Born Bushey, enlisted London, resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 4 and 61.

BRUTY

Frederick Charles

[Listed on memorial as BRULTY] Private CH/18684, Deal Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action at Gallipoli 20 May 1915. Enlisted London 14 August 1914, embarked Royal Marine Brigade 20 November 1914, Deal Battalion MEF 28 February 1915 to 20 May 1915. A Wireman, born Hackney, London 30 November 1891. Mother, Mary, 151 Sandringham Rd., Watford, later of: 82 Kensington Ave., Watford, Herts. Buried in Rest Camp Cemetery, Gallipoli, by the Rev. B. J. Failes. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 2 to 7.

BUDD

R J

No further information currently available.

BUDD

S Frederick

[Listed as Frederick BUDD on SDGW and CWGC] Lance Corporal 8132, 51st battalion, Machine Gun corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 29 March 1918. Aged 20. Born Watford (SDGW) or Tring (CWGC), enlisted Hertford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Budd, of 2, Brighton Rd., Watford, Herts. Formerly 7192, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 68.

BULLING

Walter Henry

Lance Corporal 283439, 4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1916. Aged 24. Born Forest Gate, enlisted oxford Street, resident Balmoral Road, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bulling, of 16, Balmoral Rd., Watford, Herts; husband of Emily Jane Bulling. Formerly 5358, 9th Battalion, London Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B.

BUTLER

Charles [Edward James]

Private 29872, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 June 1917. Born Langley, enlisted Bedford, Resident Parker Street, Watford. Husband of R. E. Butler, of 13, Parker St., Watford, Herts. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row A. Grave 17.

BUTTON

Henry James

Private 27492, 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action near ypres 23 April 1917. Aged 31. Born Wood Green, Middlesex, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Yarmouth Road, Watford. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Button, of 41, Yarmouth Rd., Watford, Herts. Formerly 6278, Essex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

BUTTON, H. J., Private, Border Regiment.
He joined in April 1916, and was shortly afterwards drafted to France. He took part in the fierce fighting on the Somme and at Arras, and was killed in action near Ypres on April 23rd, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
41, Yarmouth Road, Callowland, Watford. 782 /C.

BUTTON

Sidney George

Private G/40890, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 25. Born Bowes Park, Middlesex, enlisted Dover, Kent, resident Yarmouth Road, Watford. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Button, of 41, Yarmouth Rd., Watford, Herts. Formerly 2398, Royal Field Artillery. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

BUTTON, S. G., Private, 4th Middlesex Regiment.
He joined in May 1916, and in the following August was drafted to France. He took part in the severe fighting on the Somme,at Beaumont-Hamel, Arras, Bullecourt and Vimy Ridge, where he was killed in action on April 23rd, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 41, Yarmouth Road, Callowland, Watford. X782/A.

CARPENTER

Albert Frederick

Private 41995, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 30 August 1918. Born and enlisted Watford. Aged 20. Residence given as Brixton Road, Watford. Son of Edwin and Annie Carpenter, of 24, Brixton Rd., Watford. Formerly TR/912679, 25th Battalion, Training Reserve. Buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 43.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

CARPENTER, A. F., Private, 2nd Suffolk Regt.
He joined in March 1917, and in November of the same year was drafted to the Western Front. After taking part in numerous engagements, including those of the Somme, Cambrai and Bapaume, he was killed in action on August 30th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
24, Brixton Road, Watford. X828/B.

CASSOP

C H

No further information currently available.

CHAPLIN

Frank John

Private 513931, "B" Company, 2/14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Died of wounds 1 May 1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Wealdstone, resident Jubilee Road, Watford. Son of Frank Arthur and Jessie Chaplin, of 38, Jubilee Rd., Watford. Formerly 1584, 9th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Section O. Grave 46.

CHAPMAN

Edwin

Corporal 15544, "C" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 March 1917. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Regent Street, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, of 129, Regent St., Watford. Buried in Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row J. Grave 11.

CLARKE

J W

possibly Thomas William CLARKE, Private 53925, 29th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 22 MArch 1918. Born Sandwon, Isle of Wight, enlisted Watford. Formerly G/16498, Royal West Kent Regiment. Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXX. Row E. Grave 13.

COOK

Charles James

[Spelt COOKE on memorial] Private 35685, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 23 August 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Copsewood Road, Watford. Son of Frederick James Cook, of 1, Copsewood Rd., Watford. Buried in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 4

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

COOK, C. J., Private, 1st Essex Regiment.
Joining in March 1917, he went through a course of training and was drafted overseas in July of the same year. He was engaged in much heavy fighting in several sectors of the Western Front, and was killed in action on August 23rd, 1918, in the Battle of Bapaume. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
191, Copsewood Road, Watford. X1165 /A.

COOK

Ewart William

[Spelt COOK on memorial] Private 36967, 2/4th Battalion, King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 20 July 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Jubilee Road, Watford. Son of Fredrick William and Fanny Cook, of 43, Jubilee Rd., Watford, Herts. Formerly 330765, Camb. Rifles. Buried in Chambrecy British Cemetery, Marne, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 9.

COSTER

William [John]

Private 4772, 1st/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21 January 1917. Aged 25. Enlisted Hertford, resident Regent Street, Wartford. Son of John and Lizzie Coster, of Watford; husband of W. Coster, of 31, Regent St., Watford, Herts. Buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 3. Row D. Grave 18.

COX

Robert Sydney

Lance Corporal 18644, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 April 1917. Born Watford, enlisted Bedford, resident Water Lane, Watford. Husband of Mrs. W. H. Cox, of 9, Water Lane, Watford, Herts. Buried in St Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St. Martin-Sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 28.

COX

William Walter

Private 41777, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died as prisoner of war in Germany 28 December 1918. Born, resident and enlisted Watford. Formerly 3423, Yeomanry Cyclists. No known grave. Commemorated on Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

COX, W. W., Private, 8th Leicestershire Regt.
He joined in February 1917, and having taken his course of training was drafted to the Western Front in the following year. He was taken prisoner in action near Cambrai in May 1918, and died in Germany on December 28th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
Stanmore Road, Watford. 1166.

CROOK

Murvyn Cecil

Lance Corporal 252485, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 26 October 1917. Born Leighton Buzzard, enlisted Shepherd's Bush, resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148 to 150.

CUMMINGS

Percy [John Douglas]

Acting Lance Corporal G/12501, 8th Battalion, Tghe Buffs 9east kent Regiment). Killed in action 10 November 1916. Born Westminster, Middlesex, enlisted and resident Watford. Husband of J. Pulle (formerly Cummings), of 33, Ashley Rd., Watford. Formerly G/35019, 15th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 9.

CUMMINGS

Thomas

Private 4219, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshuire Regiment. Killed in action 2 May 1916. Enlisted Hertford, resident Watford. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 10.

DADSON

John William

Private 40910, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10 February 1917. Born London, enlisted and resident Watford. Formerly 29895, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Section G. Grave 45

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:

DADSON, J. W., Private, 11th (Service) Battn. The Essex Regt., b. Marylebone, London, W.; was employed as a Delivery Porter on the Railway; enlisted 3 June, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action 10 Feb. 1917. Buried in the Military Cemetery at Cambrin. Second Lieut. S. H. Bruawin wrote: “I have lost a good worker and a splendid soldier — a man I liked." He m. at Down Street, Mayfair, London, W., 4 July, 1909, Alice (51, Judge Street, Watford), dau. of Frederick Clark, and had three children: F. W., b. 1910; Ronald John b. 4 April, 1914, and Florence May, b. 12 Dec. 1911.

DARVILL

James

[Spelt DARRIL on memorial] Gunner 49352, "X" 14th. Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 21 April 1917. Aged 34. Born Watford, enlisted Deptford, resident Regent Street, Watford. Son of John and Harriet Darvill, of Watford, Herts.Buried in Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 4.

DAVEY

Arthur James

[Listed as AT DAVEY on memorial] Rifleman 5356, 12th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 7 October 1916. Aged 20. Born Shornecliffe, Kent, enlisted London, resident 140, Cecil Street, Watford. Son of Arthur James and Caroline Davey, of 1, Cecil St., Watford Herts. Proceeded to France 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

DAY

G

No further information currently available.

DODWELL

Alec Harry

Acting Lance Corporal 2264, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 September 1915. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Watford, resident St Albans Road, Watford. Son of Mr. H. Dodwell, of 294, St. Albans Rd.; Watford, Herts. Buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 8.

Extract from the 'Watford Illustrated':

The sad news of the death of his son, L.-Cpl. Dodwell was received by Mr. H. Dodwell, 294, St. Albans Road, on Wednesday morning, in a letter from his captain. He was hit while on duty in the trenches on Saturday last, and despite prompt attention only survived the injury ten minutes. The Captain in his letter speaks of L.-Cpl. Dodwell's fine pluck and devotion to duty, and says that he was a general favourite in the Regiment.

He was serving in the Territorial Army in the 1st Herts Regiment when war broke out, and had been at the Front nine months. It was only two weeks ago that he was home on leave for seven days.

DOGGETT

George Patrick

Private 5364, 3/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 July 1916. Aged 21. Enlisted Hertford, resident Judge Street, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Doggett, of 54, Judge St., Watford, Herts. Buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10

Below left to right the three Doggett brothers, Quart Master Sgt. F U DOGGETT, R.E.,
Pte. G. P. DOGGETT, 3 1st Herts Rgt., and Cpl. C. G. DOGGETT, A.S.C. (M.T.)

DUNHAM

Stanley Harold

Corporal 2699, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds [SDGW states 16 October] 19 October 1916. Aged 26. Born Leighton Buzzard, enlisted Hertford, resident St Albans Road, Watford. Son of Sam and Ellen Jane Dunham, of 166, St. Albans Rd., Watford, Herts. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot B. Row 13. Grave 16.

DURRANT

Joseph

Corporal 14735, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Hatfield Road, Watford. Son of Charles and Ann Durrant, of 42, Hatfield Rd., Watford. Hertfordshire. Buried in Canadian Cemetery, No 2, Neuville-St., Vaast, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 15. Row G. Grave 8.

DYER

A

No further information currently available.

EARL

A

No further information currently available.

EARL

T

No further information currently available.

EBBING

W G

No further information currently available.

EDENS

Ralph

Sergeant 55193, 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Died 7 July 1918. Aged 25. Born Willesden 14 August 1891. Residence given as Sandringham Road. Son of James Edens, of 130, Sandringham Rd., Watford. Motor Engineer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted 11th November 1914, pass fit 12th November, at Toronto, aged 23 years 3 months, height 5 feet 6 inches, girth 34½ inches, complexion medium, eyes green, hair medium; religion Church of England. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordshire. Plot A. Row 4. Grave 249. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2822 - 13

EDMONSTONE

J

Second Engineer, S.S. Combe (London), Mercantile Marine. Drowned 14 October 1915. Aged 48. Born Edinburgh, residence given as Bruce Grove, Watford. Husband of Mrs. Edmonstone, of 26, Bruce Grove, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Note: The S.S. COMBE (Official No. 135180) was a steel-hulled, 2,030-ton, steam cargo ship that measured 275 feet 2 inches with a 39 foot beam. Wood, Skinner & Co., Ltd., at Bill Quay on Tyne, near Newcastle completed her as Yard No.180 in December 1912 for Stephenson Clarke & Co., London. Her steel screw was powered by an aft positioned 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine. The S.S. Combe was chartered by the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 to be used as an ammunition ship. She lost her escort on 14 October 15 and was presumed lost 14 October 1915 while voyaging from Liverpool (left on 12 October 1915) to Archangel, with ammunition. The National Archives has a document available entitled "Admiralty. Award of compensation in respect of the S.S. Combe, lost in 1915 while in the service of the Russian Government." Reference 44717/18 (32972/18)

ELLINGHAM

Victor Edward

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died 2 October 1917. Aged 29. Residence given as Bradshaw Road & Bruce Grove. Son of Edward and Florence Mary Ellingham, of 88, Bradshaw Rd., Watford; husband of Edith Annie Ellingham, of 33, Bruce Grove, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.

ELLIS

Ben

Private B/20409, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 17 February 1917. Aged 30. Born Watford, enlisted St. Paul's Churchyard, London E.C., resident Salisbury Road, Watford. Husband of Doris Amy Barham Ellis, of 53, Salisbury Rd., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

EVANS

George White

Private 266673, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 March 1918. Aged 23. Enlisted Hertford, resident Milton Street, Watford. Son of R. W. and Susan Evans, of 29, Milton St., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 89 and 90.

FELLOWS

W P

No further information currently available.

FOSTER

Ernest Walter

Leading Seaman Lodon Z/356, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Wounded and missing, assumed killed in action, near Arras 23 April 1917. Enlisted 14 September 1914, Howe Battalion 'D' Company 9 February 1915 to 6 May 1915. Gunshot wounds to right forearm, compound fracture, invalided to United Kingdom 17 May 1915. Draft for BEF 4 December 1916, joined Nelson Battalion 12 December 1916 to 1 February 1917 when he went to hospital, rejoined Nelson Battalion 25 February 1917 until his death. A Printers Machine Minder by trade. Born 26 April 1889. Next-of-Kin and home address: Father, Charles Foster, 4 Lowestoft Rd., Watford, Herts., later: Wife, M., Bryanston Post Office, Blandford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

FOSTER, E. W., Leading Seaman, R.N.D.
He volunteered in August 1914, and in the following year was sent to the Dardanelles, where he saw much service. He was afterwards transferred to the Western Front, and took part in numerous engagements of importance, and was wounded. He was killed in action near Arras on April 23rd, 1917, and was entitled to the 1914-23 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
4, Lowestoft Road, Watford. X2946/C.

FOWLER

H G

Driver, Royal Army Service Corps. Served from 1915 to 1918 when he was invalided out. Probably died later after his discharge.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

FOWLER, H. G., Driver, R.A.S.C.
He volunteered in August 1915, and at the conclusion of his training was sent to the Western Front Throughout his service overseas he was engaged on important transport duties in the forward areas, and did excellent work in this capacity, frequently being under shell fire. Early in 1918 he returned to England in consequence of ill-health, and in May of that year was invalided out of the Service. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
109, Ridge Street, Callowland, Watford. X5962/A.

FRIPP

William

Private 33484, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Vimy Ridge 19 April 1917. Aged 43. Born Lyndhurst, Hamsphire, enlisted Bedford, resident Callow Land, Watford. Husband of Margaret Mary Fripp, of 9, Fore St., Hertford. Enlisted, 28th June, 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

FRIPP, W., Private, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He joined in June 1916, and in the same year was drafted to France. After taking part in several minor engagements he was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on April 19th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
21, Ashbey Road, North Watford. X3015.

GIBBS

W

No further information currently available.

GINELACK

Leslie Frederick Lawrence

[Listed as GINEDALE L E L on memorial] Private 3310, 7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds 18 September 1916. Aged 20. Enlisted Sun St. (London), resident Watford. Son of Frederick William and Emily Elizabeth Ginelack, of Watford, Herts. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 22.

GLENN

Archibald Patrick

Second Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action 14 September 1916. Aged 18. Son of the late Rev, Richard John Glenn and Mrs. Katie Browning Glenn. Also served with the "Hawke" Bn. R.N. Div. in the Dardenelles as London Z/812 Ordinary Seaman. Ex-Public Schools Battalion (PSB/2 Officers Training Corps Bugler), enlisted 11 November 1914, Hawke Battalion D/53 9 March 1915 to 2 August 1915 then he embarked for United Kingdom suffering with Dysentery & Debility. On 26 November 1915 he was discharged to go to a Commission in the West Yorkshire Regiment. Enlisted in Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as Patrick Glenn. There are two army Medal Index Cards, one for Archibald Penn Glenn and the other Patrick Glenn. An Independent. He was born October 1897. His next-of-kin and home address were given as his sister, Doris K. Glenn, c/o Mayor of Chichester, Ivy Bank, Chichester, Sussex. Buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row X. Grave 2.

GOODING, M.M.

Fred

Sergeant B/200441, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 30 November 1917. Born bromley-By-Bow, Middlesex, enlisted and resident Watford. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Formerly 25499, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 10 and 11.

GOODYER

Albert

[Spelt GOODYEAR on SDGW] Private 32141, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22 June 1917. Aged 19. Born coventry, Warwickshire, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Milton Street. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Goodyer, of 12, Milton St., Watford. Buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row D. Grave 39.

GRAMLICH

H

possibly Henry GRAMLICH, Sergeant 370881, 2/8th Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment. Died 20 September 1917. Aged 30. Born and enlisted London, Leyton. Son of Mr. C. Gramlich, of 89, Skelton's Lane, High Rd., Leyton, London. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54.

GRAY

James

Private 266676, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds at Ypres 13 November 1917. Aged 23. Enlisted Hertford, resident Hatfield Road, Watford. Son of James and Millicent Gray, of 7, Hatfield Rd.; Watford. Buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row G. Grave 21.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

GRAY, J., Private, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment.
Volunteering in June 1915, he was sent to France in the following year. He took part in various important engagements, including that on the Somme. He was killed in action at Ypres on November 13th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
7, Hatfield Road, North Watford. 83283/A.

GREEN

F R

probably Frederick Henry GREEN, Private 17336, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Croxley Green, enlisted and resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

GREEN

Robert Walter

Private 268059, 2nd Battalion (Territorial), Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 April 1918. Born St. Albans, enlisted Cardiff, Glamorganshire, resident Stanmore Road, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 10.

GREGO

Reginald

Private 9085, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action 23 April 1915. Aged 24. Born Notting Hill, London, enlisted London, Resident St Albans Road, Watford. Son of Philip and Raffiello Grego, of 193, St. Albans Rd., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 20.

GRIFFITHS

Edwyn John Dalton

[Listed on memorial as E T O GRIFFITHS] Private 100040, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died in Mesopotamia 6 September 1918. Aged 21. Born Hammersmith, Middlesex, enlisted London resident Salisbury Road, Watford. Son of Edwin George and Edith Frances Griffiths, of 2, Salisbury Rd., Watford. Formerly 1059, 2/3rd Battalion, County of London Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on Tehran Memorial, Iran. Panel 5. Column 2.

GRIFFIN

Rupert John

[Listed on memorial as GRIFFITHS] Private 27914, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action at Cambrai 29 September 1918. Aged 32. Born Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Yarmouth Road, Watford & Aylesbury. Son of John and Emily Griffin, of Whitchurch, Aylesbury; husband of Margaret Ann Griffin, of 45, Yarmouth Road, Watford. Buried in Unicorn Cemetery, Vend’huille, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 25.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

GRIFFIN, R. J., Private, Northamptonshire Regt.
Joining in August 1916, he was sent overseas immediately on completing his training. During his service in France he was engaged in the Battles of the Somme, Arras and Ypres, and was subsequently killed in action at Cambrai on September 9th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
45, Yarmouth Road, Callowland. X3279.

GROSSE

Edward Ewart

Ordinary Seaman J/30003, H.M.S. Defence, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 18. Native of Watford. Residence given as Harwoods Road, Watford. Brother of Mrs. L. P. Bishop, of 52, Harwoods Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 14.

Note: HMS Defence was a Minotaur-class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy, launched in 1907. She was the last armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was the flagship of Rear Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot, leading the First Cruiser Squadron at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. On 31 May, the squadron formed the starboard flank of the cruiser screen, sailing sixteen miles ahead of the main battle fleet. The Defence was just to the right of the centre of the line. On the evening of 31 May the Battlecruiser Squadron under Admiral Beatty was being chased by the main German High Seas Fleet, back towards the Grand Fleet, steaming at full speed towards the battle. Part of the First Cruiser Squadron became entangled in the fighting around HMS Lion, Beatty’s flagship.

A German cruiser, the SMS Wiesbaden, had been badly damaged in a clash ahead of the British battlecruisers. While closing for the kill at high speed with the Wiesbaden, drifting and crippled between the German and British fleets, Defence presented a target for the combined firepower of the German battlecruisers, whose proximity was hidden by smoke and mist. After initial damage she was struck by a salvo which blew up her after magazine, triggering explosions on the ammunition rails leading to the broadside 7.5 inch guns. Within seconds, another salvo immediately hit forward, and she blew up in a spectacular explosion, sinking with the loss of Arbuthnot and her entire complement of 54 officers, 845 men and 4 civilians for a total of 903 lives lost.

GROVER

A P

No further information currently available.

HALL

Henry Arthur

Corporal R/18406, 20th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 25 July 1916. Born Watford, enlisted Woolwich, Kent, resident Cecil Street, Watford. Husband of Mrs. F. E. Hall, of 75, Cecil St., Callow Land, Watford. Buried in Mericourt-L’Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 16.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

HALL, H. A., Rifleman, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
He volunteered in 1915, and on completing his training was drafted to the Western Front. Subsequently he fought at Ypres and the Somme, where he is believed to have been killed in action in 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
75, Cecil Street, North Watford. X3407.

HAMMOND

Albert Edward

Private 2542, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment attahed 23rd Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 18 July 1916. Enlisted Edward St., resident Watford. Buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 18.

HAMMOND

Tom Whalley

Lance Corporal 7542, 1/23rd (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Enlisted Edward St., resident Bradshaw Road, Watford. Formerly 2544, 3rd Battalion, London Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.

HARDWICK

M

No further information currently available.

HARDWICKE

Ralph [Spleen]

[Listed as HARDWICK on memorial and as Rolph on SDGW] Private 401221, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26 April 1918. Aged 37. Born Linslade, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Watford, resident Victoria Road & Sandringham Road, Watford. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Hardwicke, of 38A, Victoria Rd., Watford; husband of Maude Hardwicke, of 58, Sandringham Rd., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 51 and 52.

HARE

Thomas

Private 32225, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 August 1917. Aged 20. Born Watford, enlisted Bedford, resident Ridge Street. Son of Robert and Emma Hare, of 1 33, Ridge St., Watford, Herts. Buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row C. Grave 14.

HARRIS

Charles Walter

Private 41387, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1917. Aged 22. Born Northampton, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Regent Street. Son of George William and Mary Matilda Harris, of 121, Regent St., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 40 to 41 and 162 to 162A.

HAYLOCK

Samuel George

Sapper 546478, 510th London field company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 1 February 1917. Aged 31. Born St. Stephen's, hertfordshire, enlisted Victoria Park, Middlesex, resident Shakespeare Street, Watford & Abbots Langley. Son of Frederick Giles Haylock, of Watford, Herts.; husband of Florence Clara Bridger (formerly Haylock), of 5, Adrian Rd., Abbots Langley, Herts. Buried in Guards’ Cemetery, LesBoeufs, Somme, France. Plot III. Row R. Grave 3.

HEARNDEN

John

[Listed as HEARNDON on memorial] Acting Lance Corporal 7842, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 January 1915. Aged 27. Born Bradford, Yorkshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Ballad’s Buildings, Watford. Son of Charles William and Mary Hearnden, of 39, Ballad's Buildings, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

HEATH

Charles

Private G/35038, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 16 August 1916. Born, enlisted and resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

HEMMING

Stanley

Lance Corporal 33494, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 April 1917. Aged 21. Born Willesden Green, Middlesex, enlisted bedford, resident St Albans Road, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Hemming, of 179, St. Albans Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

HERBERT

Edward William

[Served under the surname ALLEN, listed on SDGW as Edward William Herbert ALLEN] Private T/201782 serving as T/4028, Lewis Machine Gun Section, "A" Company, 2nd/4th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds in Egypt 26 March 1917. Aged 20. Born Watford, enlisted South Norwood, Surrey, resident Thornton heath, Surrey. Only child of Susannah Herbert, of 47, Victoria Rd., Callow Land, Watford, and the late William Henry Herbert. No known grave. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 11.

HEWITT

Alfred Edward

Private 31133, 8th Battaslion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 January 1917. Born Park Street, St. Albans, enlisted bedford, resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

HILL

Sidney George

Private 17617, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Born, enlisted and resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

HISCOCK

Thomas George

Private 26329, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 40. Born St. Pancras, Middlesex, enlisted London. Residence given as Ashby Road, Watford. Husband of Florence Emily Hiscock, of 1 5, Ashby Rd., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

HISCOCK, T. G., Private, Norfolk Regiment.
Joining in August 1916, he was sent to the Western Front on the conclusion of his training, and after taking part in several engagements was killed at Vimy Ridge on April 23rd, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
15, Ashby Road, North Watford. X3765.

HOARE

Frank Harry

Sapper 224134, 509th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born leyton, Essex, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

HODGKINS

Ralph W

[Listed on memorial as HOGKIN] Private 126685, 21st Station hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 23 November 1918. Entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Buried in Sofia War Cemetery, Bulgaria. Plot I. Row A. Grave 3.

Note: Sofia War Cemetery contains the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who died with the occupying forces following the Bulgarian capitulation in September 1918. This man died after the Armistice but was still serving in Bulgaria at the time of his death.

HOLMES

George

Sapper 341062, "L" Signals Battalion, Royal Engineers. Died 6 November 1918. Aged 37. Born Hemel Hempstead, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Shakespeare Street, Watford. Son of the late William George and Letitia Rose Holmes, of Hemel Hempstead: husband of Emily Holmes, of 59, Shakespeare St. Watford. Formerly 48326, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Kezelberg Military Cemetery, Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 5.

HORN

Joseph B

Private 601246, Labour Corps. Died 11 November 1918. Aged 27. Born Bushey, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Railway Cottages, Watford. Son of Harry and Harriet Horn; husband of Daisy Mary Horn, of 7, Railway Cottages, St. Albans Rd., Watford. Formerly 26123, Bedfordshire Regiment and 10775, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordshire. Plot H. Row 2. Grave 788,

HOWARD

W

No further information currently available.

HULTEY

J

No further information currently available.

HULTEY

R

No further information currently available.

JUDGE

Frederick David

Lance Corporal 8439, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 1 February 1915. Aged 25. Born Rickmansworth, enlisted London resident Parker Street, Watford. Son of George and Mary Judge, of 6, Parker St., Watford, Herts. Buried in Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 5.

Extract from de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:

JUDGE, FREDERICK DAVID, L.-Corpl., No. 8439, 2nd Battn. Coldstream Guards, 3rd s. of George Judge, of 54, Yarmouth Road, Watford, Gardener, by his wife, Mary, dau. of James Brown; b. Sarratt, co. Herts, 8 Feb. 1888; educ. there; enlisted, 12 Aug. 1909, served three years with the Colours and then took up his trade again as a Printer, until called up on mobilisation, 4 Aug. 1914. He went to France with the 1st Expeditionary Force, served through the retreat from Mons and the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne, and was killed in a bayonet charge at Cuinchy, near La Bassée, 1 Feb. 1915, being buried in Cuinchy Cemetery; unm.

KEEN

George

Private 12033, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 4 May 1916. Born Linslade, Buckinghamhsire, enlisted Watford, resident Leighton Buzzard. Residence given as Watford. Buried in St Amand British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 3.

KEMSLEY

Neville George Mercer

Driver 890877, 83rd trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 7 May 1918. Aged 21. Born Elford, Kent, enlisted Hertford. Residence given as Sandringham Road, Watford. Son of Charles and Olive Kemsley, of Watford, Herts. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 11.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

KEMSLEY, N. G., Driver, Royal Field Artillery.
Volunteering in November 1915, he was drafted to France on the completion of his training in December of the following year. During his service on the Western Front he fought at Arras, Bullecourt and in other engagements, and was killed in action in the Battle of the Aisne on May 7th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
25, Sandringham Road, Watford. X4089 /B.

KING

H

Sapper, Railway Operating Department, Royal Engineers. Served from 1915 to 1919. Resident 48 Brightwell Road, Watford. Died after the war having been demobilised.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

KING, H., Sapper, R.E. (R.O.D.)
He volunteered in June 1915, and was drafted to France in the same year. He was engaged in many sectors on important railway duties with his unit, and rendered valuable services. He returned home and was demobilised in June 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
48, Brightwell Road, Watford. X4122

KNIGHT

Frederick

Private 14196, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 July 1916. Born Edlesborough, Dunstable, enlisted Watford, resident Brightwell Road, Watford. Husband of Florence Barnett (previously Knight) of 40 Brightwell Road, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

KNIGHT, F., Private, 6th Bedfordshire Regt.
He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following year was drafted to the Western Front and took part in heavy fighting in many engagements. He was killed in action at Ypres on July 15th, 1916, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
40, Brightwell Road, Watford. X275/A.

KNIGHTS

Rowland Fergus

Lance Corporal S/6010, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 7 October 1915. Aged 21. Born Reading, berkshire, enlisted London, resident Bruce Grove, Watford. Son of P. H. and Emma Lily Knights, of 25, Bruce Grove, Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50.

LANGSTON

William [George]

Private 250678, 1/3rd (County of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 16 May 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Edward Street, resident Regent Street, Watford. Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Langston, of 59, Regent St., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

LEA

J G E

No further information currently available.

LEACH

Ernest George

Private 235121, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 6 October 1917. Aged 20. Born Watford, enlisted Hertford, resident Leavesden Road, Watford. Son of William and Elizabeth Jane Leach, of 25, Leavesden Rd., Watford, Herts. Formerly 3763, Hertfordshire Regiment. Buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 52.

LEADER, M.M.

Edwin Charles

[Listed on memorial as LEDDER] Lance Corporal 321129, 6th (City of London) Battalion (Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 9 August 1918. Aged 24. Born Hollyport, Berkshire, enlisted London, resident Milton Street, Watford. Son of Helen Leader, of 32, Milton St., Watford, and the late Charles Leader. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot XVII. Row D. Grave 7.

LING

Sidney A

Private 9538, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 14 January 1917. Aged 20. Born Watford, enlisted London, resident Railway Cottages, Watford. Son of Mrs. F. Stewart (formerly Ling) of 4, Railway Cottages, Watford, and the late Albert Ling. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 25 to 27.

LINSELL

Mark William

Private P.S. 3143, 16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 2 September 1916. Aged 19. Born Willesden, Middlesex, enlisted Tring, resident Sandringham Road, Watford. Son of Waldow and Alice Linsell, of 195, Sandringham Rd., Watford. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Plot X. Row N. Grave 9.

LLOYD

Thomas Perry

Lance Corporal 18693, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 July 1916. Aged 22. Born Abergavenny, Wales, enlisted Bedford, resident Acme Road, Watford. Son of Ezekiel and Mary A. Lloyd, of 51, Acme Rd., Watford. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 15.

LODGE

Harry Frederick William

Private 201185, 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in Egypt 10 November 1918. Born St. Pancras, Middlesex, enlisted Watford, resident Shaftesbury Road, Watford. Husband of Catherine Lodge, of 30, Shaftesbury Rd., Watford Formerly 20976, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Row F. Grave 149.

MacMILLAN

G

No further information currently available.

MASON

H T

No further information currently available.

McKENZIE

E E

No further information currently available.

MEAD

Arthur William

Private 10426, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 July 1915. Aged 19. Born Watford, enlisted Hatfield, residence given as Bedford Street, Watford. Son of Emma Mead, of 18, Bedford St., Watford, and the late Arthur Mead. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

MEAD, A. W., Sergeant, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914, and proceeded to the Dardanelles in July of the following year, and served at Snvla Bay and in other engagements until the Evacuation of the Peninsula. He was then sent to Egypt, and stationed there for some time, and was invalided to England on account of ill-health. On recovery he was drafted to France, and fought in the Retreat and Advance of 1918, until killed in action on the Bapaume Road on August 26th, 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
82, Edward Street, Dunstable. - 2000.

MILES

William

Acting Sergeant 1658, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7 November 1915. Born, enlisted and resident Watford. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 77.

MILLER

Frederick

Private 13951, "B" company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2 May 1915. Aged 38. Born Forest Hill, kent, enlisted Watford, residence given as Victoria Road, Watford. on of George and Sarah Miller; husband of Emily Martha Miller, of 60, Victoria Rd, Watford, Herts. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 195

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

MILLER, F., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.
Volunteering in September 1914, he was drafted to France at the conclusion of his training. He fought in many battles, notably at Ypres and Hill 60, where on May 2nd, 1915, he was unfortunately killed in action, having previously been gassed. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. His memory is cherished with pride.
60, Victoria Road, Lower Watford. - X2053/A.

MORGAN

Harold

Private 203915, 1/4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine 11 December 1917. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Watford. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Section D. Row 26.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

MORGAN, H., Private, 4th Norfolk Regiment.
He joined in April 1917 and after completing his training was sent to Egypt. He was engaged in heavy fighting in Palestine, where he was killed in action on December 11th of the same year, He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
29, Lowestoft Road, Watford. X2105/A

NEEDLE

Frank

Stoker 1st Class, H.M.S. Paragon, Royal Navy. Drowned when his ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Straits of Dover 17 March 1917. Aged 25. Residence given as Oxon & 96, Leavesden Road, Watford. Son of Mrs. Needle, of Bloxham, Oxon, and the late Mr. C. Needle. One of four brothers that served. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 26.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

NEEDLE, F., 1st Class Stoker, Royal Navy.
He was already in the Navy, and for a year after the outbreak of war served with the North Sea patrol in H.M.S. “Paragon." This vessel was afterwards engaged in convoying troops to Salonika until March 18th, 1917, on which date she was torpedoed and sunk in the Straits of Dover, and he was drowned. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
96, Leavesden Road, Watford. X2172/C.

NORMAN

H

No further information currently available.

NORRIS

Harry

Private 23538, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 March 1918. Aged 31. Born Berkhamstead, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire, residence given as Lowestoft Road, Watford [SDGW states Hatfield]. Son of Mrs. M. J. Norris, of 1, Lowestoft Rd., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

PALMER

T E

No further information currently available.

PARKER

Ernest James

[Llisted as ET PARKER on memorial] Private 30721, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 26 December 1917. Aged 27. Born, resident and enlisted Watford. Son of William and Jane Parker, of Watford; husband of Charlotte Parker of 2, Malling Rd., Snodland, Kent. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordshire. Plot D. Row 3. Grave 683.

PARKER

H J

No further information currently available.

PARRY

F

No further information currently available.

PEARCE

Ernest John

Private 31719, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in Nited Kingdom 19 February 1917. Aged 36. Born Epsom, Surrey, enlisted Watford, resident Copsewood Road, Watford. Husband of Lilian Pearce, of 8, Copsewood Rd., Watford. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordfshire. Plot L. Row 9. Grave 703.

PERKINS

Charles

Corporal 2638, 2/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 9 July 1916. Enlisted Ayelsbury, Buckinghamshire, resident Watford. Buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row N. Grave 10.

PERKINS

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PICTON

Albert Edward

Lance Corporal 26804, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 April 1917. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Brixton Road, Watford. Son of Jane Picton, of 20, Brixton Rd., Watford, Herts, and the late A. Picton. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

PITCHESS

Ernest James

Private 809165, 50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died 10 April 1917. Aged 31. Born London 6 January 1886. Son of G. and C. A. Pitchess, of Garden St., Gananoque, Ontario. On his attestationm papers his mother if listed as next of kin resident at 131 Ridge Street, Watford. Farmer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 28 April, 1916 at High River, Canada, aged 30, height 5 feet 3 inches, girth 33 inches, complexion ruddy, eyes brown, hair red; religion Methodist. No known grave. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7851 - 37

POINTER

Ralph Thomas

Private 14453, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 July 1916. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Leavesden Road, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pointer, of 19, Leavesden Rd., Wafford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

PRATT

Walter Sydney

Private 78830, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed i9n action 7 August 1918. Aged 18. Born Hemel Hempstead, enlisted Bedford, resident Copsewood Road, Watford. Son of Sydney and Eleanor Pratt, of 18, Copsewood Rd., Watford. Formerly 37032, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France. Plot III. Row G. Grave 28.

PRICKETT

Richard

[Listed as PRITCET on memorial]m Private CH/18318, H.M.S. Clan McNaughton, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Drowned 3 February April 1915. Aged 20. Son of Charles and Kate Prickett, of 94, Regent St., Leavesden Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 13.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

PRICKETT, R., Private, Royal Marines.
He volunteered in August 194, and was posted to one of the ships then engaged on the Irish Sea patrol. In these waters he was engaged on important duties, his ship frequently passing through mine-infested areas. He was unfortunately drowned in April 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
94, Regent Street, North Watford. X3661/B.

Note: HMS Clan McNaughton Clan MacNaughton was a 4,985 grt steamer built in 1911 built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow, Yard No 443, as a Passenger Cargo Vessel. She was owned by Clan Line Steamers Ltd., Glasgow, and was converted to an armed merchant cruiser, part of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. She sank off the north coast of Ireland on 3 February 1915 with the loss of all 261 on board, including the Captain, Commander Robert Jeffreys RN. The cause does not appear to be known, she was announced as "believed to have foundered in the North Atlantic". The Admiralty announced the loss of the ship on 24 February.

RAE

John Ernest

Lance Bomabrdier, Territoial, Royal Field Artillery. Died in Mesopotamia 15 January 1918. Aged 22. Born Bethnal Green, Middlesex, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Fuller Gardens, Watford. Son of Mrs. Ada Rae, of "Harebreaks," 64, Fuller Gardens, Watford. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery, Iraq. Plot III. Row G. Grave 9.

RANDLE

William Henry

[Listed on memorial as RANDALL] Private 19159, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in United Kingdom 13 February 1919. Aged 33. Residence given as Milton Street, Watford. Husband of Alice Mabel Randle, of 15, Milton St., Watford. Buried in Watford Cemetery, Hertfordshire. Plot G. Row 1. Grave 944.

RAWLINS

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REDHEAD

William

[Llisted on memorial as READHEAD] Private 11705, 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 August 1915. Born Watford, enlisted London, resident Stanmore Road, Watford. Buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 8.

RICHARDSON

Albert [Reginald]

Corporal 16438, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 December 1915. Aged 31. Born Bedford, enlisted and resident Watford. Husband of Amy Maud Ellen Richardson, of 13, Thurlow St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

RICHARDSON

Frederick Thomas

[Listed on memorial as E RICHARDSON] Private 14206, "C" company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 12 May 1915. Aged 18. Born Camden Town, Middlesex, enlisted Watford, resident Ridge Street, Watford. Son of Walter James and Blanche Richardson, of Watford, Herts. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 14A.

Extract from the 'Watford Illustrated':

THE LATE PRIVATE F. T. RICHARDSON, 1st Bedfords; of 65, Ridge Street. he joined Kitchener's Army in September, and was wounded on May 8th and died in hospital in France, May 12th. He was an old boy of the Victoria Schools. and 18 years 2 months of age.

RIDDEFORD

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RODNEY

Reginald [John]

[Listed on memorial as P RODNEY and on SDGW as just John RODNEY] Private 4/6905, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 November 1915. Aged 19. Born Watford, enlisted Hertford, resident Judge Street, Watford. Son of Henry Lewis Rodney and Mary E. Rodney, of 88A, Judge St. North, Watford. Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 3.

RUSSELL

Charles [Edward]

Private 19635, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 13 July 1916. Born kensal Rise, Middlesex, enlistd Watford. Residence given as Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6 and 7.

SALMON

Arthur Norman

Private 52844, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers ICity of London Regiment). Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 40. Born Hampstead, enlisted St. James Street, London S.W., resident Watford. Son of William Haines Salmon and Mary Jane Salmon. Formerly 479, Royal Fusiliers Regiment. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 7.

SALT

George [Henry]

Lance Corporal 2965, 7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 14 November 1915. Aged 34. Enlisted Manchester, residence given as Sandringham Road, Watford [SDGW states Northenden, Cheshire]. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Salt, of Manchester; husband of Alice Norman (formerly Salt), of 35, Sandringham Rd., Watford. Buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey. Section H. Grave 23.

SAUNDERS

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Two possibilities exist either:

Albert SAUNDERS, Acting Lance Corporal 266147, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 22. Born and resident Watford, enlisted Hertford. Son of Mrs. Ann Saunders, of 10, Elfrida Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 and 56.

or

Arthur SAUNDERS, Lance Corporal 23623, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 April 1917. Born, resident and enlisted Watford. Buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 5.

SAUNDERS

Henry

Private 266410, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29 August 1917. Enlisted hertford, resident Watford. Buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row A. Grave 24.

SAYELL

James

Private 5140, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action near Albert 30 October 1916. Enlisted Hertford, resident Watford. Resident 27, Copsewood Road, Watford. Buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 6.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

SAYELL, J., Private, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in May 1915, and in the following February proceeded overseas. He fought in many sectors of the Western Front, and was engaged in the Battles of the Somme and Bullecourt. He was unhappily killed in action near Albert on October 30th, 1916, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. His memory is cherished with pride.
27, Copsewood Road, Watford. X4493/B.

SCOTT

William James

[Listed on the memorial was WT SCOTT] Private 25387, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 November 1917. Aged 23. Born Leavesden, enlisted Watford, resident Brighton Road, Watford. Son of the late William Scott and of Flora Mary Scott, of 59, Brighton Rd., Watford. Buried in Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Special Memorial Row A. Grave 29.

Note: Ribecourt was taken on the 20th November 1917 by the 6th Division, but at the conclusion of the Battle of Cambrai it remained practically on the British front line; it was lost in March 1918 and recaptured by the 3rd and 42nd (East Lancashire) Divisions on the following 27th September. Ribecourt British Cemetery was begun by the 6th Division in November 1917 and used at intervals until March 1918; and further burials were made in September and October 1918. There are now nearly 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost 20 are unidentified and the graves of 81 soldiers from the United Kingdom were destroyed by shell fire and are now represented by special memorials. The cemetery covers an area of 1,002 square metres and is enclosed by a low rubble wall. [Details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commisison web site]

SENIOR

Harry

[Listed as SENNOR on memorial] Private 203956, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 May 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Stanmore Road, Watford. Son of John and Elizabeth Senior, of 18, Stanmore Rd., Watford, Herts. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 14.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

SENIOR, H., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.
Joining in November 1916, he proceeded overseas in May of the following year. After serving for a time on the Western Front he was sent to Italy in which theatre of war he took part in several engagements and early in 1918 was sent back to France. He was killed in action at Nieuport on May 13th, 1918, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
18, Stanmore Road, Watford. - X4542/B.

SHORTLAND

John

Corporal 1106, 10th Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Killed in action 6 July 1917. Aged 31. Born Watford, enlisted London, resident Salisbury Road, Watford. Son of Alexandra and Harriet Shortland, of Leavesden, Watford; husband of Laura E. Shortland, of 32, Salisbury Rd., Watford. Formerly 6728, Hampshire Regiment. Buried in Oak Dump Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Section H. Grave 5.

Extract from the 'Watford Illustrated':

CYCLIST J. SHORTLAND, of 32, Salsibury Road, is in the Army cuclist Corps. and has been out at the Front since August and has so far escaped without a scratch. He was a reservist and has been eight years in Africa. On Whit Monday he rescued a wounded man whilst under heavy fire, for which he has been recommended for the D.C.M. He was home for four days "on leave" last week.

SHRIMPTON

[Bernard William] John

Private 30327, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7 February 1917. Born, resident and enlisted Watford. Son of John and Emma Shrimpton, of Watford, Herts; husband of E. Shrimpton, of 350, Third St., Trafford Park, Manchester. Buried in Vareenes Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 58.

SHULTY

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SILLS

Thomas William

Private 14483, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 28 July 1916. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Regent Street, Watford. Son of Mr. C. T. Sills, of 85, Regent St., Watford, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

SMITH

Arthur William

Gunner 295188, 129th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 21 March 1917. Born Watford, enlisted Smethwick. Residence given as Watford. Buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 6.

SMITH

Reginald

Private G/19389, 8th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 28 June 1917. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Watford. Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial Row C. Grave 33.

Note: The commune of Zillebeke contains many Commonwealth cemeteries as the front line trenches ran through it during the greater part of the First World War. Railway Dugouts Cemetery is 2 Kms west of Zillebeke village, where the railway runs on an embankment overlooking a small farmstead, which was known to the troops as Transport Farm. The site of the cemetery was screened by slightly rising ground to the east, and burials began there in April 1915. They continued until the Armistice, especially in 1916 and 1917, when Advanced Dressing Stations were placed in the dugouts and the farm. They were made in small groups, without any definite arrangement; and in the summer of 1917 a considerable number were obliterated by shell fire before they could be marked. The names "Railway Dugouts" and "Transport Farm" were both used for the cemetery. At the time of the Armistice, more than 1,700 graves in the cemetery were known and marked. Other graves were then brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries in the vicinity, and a number of the known graves destroyed by artillery fire were specially commemorated. The latter were mainly in the present Plots IV and VII. The cemetery now contains 2,459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 430 of the burials are unidentified and 261 casualties are represented by special memorials. Other special memorials record the names of 72 casualties buried in Valley Cottages and Transport Farm Annexe Cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later fighting. [Details from the Commonwealth War Graves Commisison web site]

SMITH

W

possibly George William SMITH, Private 16415, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 3 July 1916. Aged 22. Born Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, resident Watford. Son of George and Eliza Ann Smith, of 22, Water Lane, Newark, Notts. Buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 9.

SMITH

William Francis

Corporal 11000. 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 13 March 1915. Aged 24. Born Worcester, enlisted London, resident Watford. Son of Mrs. Timson, of Watford; husband of F. M. Collins (formerly Smith), of 198, Gammon's Lane, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 17 and 18.

SPENCE

Ernest Joseph

[Listed on memorial as ET SPENCE] Private G/30248, "A" Company, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 19. Born Islington, Middlesex, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, resident Gammons Lane, Watford. Son of Ernest Robert and Florence Dagmar Spence, of "Moyerna", 1265, Gammons Lane, Watford. Formerly 3053, Yeomanry Cyclists. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 58 and 59.

STAPLETON

Willie Herbert

Private 45376, 51st Heavy Brigade, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 22 April 1918. Aged 31. Born Northampton, enlisted Watford. Residence given as St Albans Road, Watford. Husband of Mrs. Stapleton, of 210, St. Albans Rd., Watford. Formerly 29599, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Section A. Row 1.

STEVENS

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STONE

Leonard [Victor]

Private 15546, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action during the attack on Pommiers Redoubt 1 July 1916. Aged 20. Born Bushey, enlisted amd resident Watford. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Stone. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

TANELEY

J

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TAYLOR

Arthur

Private 17616, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Watford, resident Parker Street, Watford. Son of the late Samuel Taylor and of Sophia Taylor, of 33, Parker St., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

THOMSON, DCM

Frank [James]

[Listed on memorial as THOMPSON] Private 18820, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died of wounds 27 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Aberdeen, enlisted London, resident Watford. Son of James and Elizabeth Thomson, of Kemnay, Aberdeenshire. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Formerly 16345, Hussars. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row G. Grave 35.

THOMPSON

William

Private 25575, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 April 1917 [SDGW states 12 April 1917 - confirmed date]. Born haverhill, Suffolk. enlisted Watford, resident 1, Stanmore Road, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

THOMPSON, W., Private, 6th Bedfordshire Regt.
Volunteering in January 1916, he embarked for France in June of the same year and saw active service in many sectors of the Western Front. He fought at the Battles of the Somme and Ypres, where he was killed in action on April 10th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
1, Stanmore Road, Watford. X5082/C.

THWAITES

Charles Henry

Gunner 141269, "B" Battery, 210th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 8 October 1918. Aged 23. Born Islington, London [according to CWGC] and Doncaster [SDGW]. Residence given as Ridge Street, Watford. Son of Thomas Edward and Sarah Anne Thwaites, of 59, Ridge St., Callow Land, Watford. Buried in Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, Pas de Calais, France. Section A. Grave 20.

WALTER, MM

Arthur

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in actionn 21 March 1918. Aged 37. Residence given as Watford & York. Son of the late William Walter and of Alice Walter, of Watford; husband of Hannah Milburn Walter, of 118, Albemarle Rd., The Mount, York. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 27 and 28.

WARE

Roland George

Private 26041, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 22 July 1917. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Watford. Residence given as Parker Street, Watford. Son of Thomas Henry and Edith Ware, of 56, Parker St., Watford. Buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 2.

WARREN

Frank Fulcher

Rifleman 5571, 15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment [CWGC states 18th Battalion]. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 22. Born and enlisted London, resident Garfield Street, Watford. Son of Herbert E. and Sarah A. Warren, of Barnstaple Cottage, IA, Garfield St., Watford. Buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 14.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 SECTION V LUTON

WARREN, F. F., Rifleman, 15th London Regt. (Civil Service Rifles).
Volunteering in January 1916, he was drafted to France five months later and served with his Battalion in various sectors. He was engaged in heavy fighting during the Somme Offensive and was unfortunately killed in action on September 15th, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
1a, Garfield Street, Watford. X5333.

WEAVER

Reginald

Rifleman R/16305, 13th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 8 March 1918. Born Northamptonshire, enlisted Shoreditch, Middlesex, resident Watford. Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row E. Grave 4.

WEAVER

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WEBB

Benjamin Edward

Private 82611, 138th Company, Labour Corps previously Private 53354, 30th Labour Company, Queen's Own (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 4 January 1918. Aged 41. Born Solcombe, Somerset, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Cromer Road, Watford. Son of Charles and Olive Webb, of Holcombe, Somerset; husband of Emma Webb, of 1, Cromer Road, Watford, Herts. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 23.

WEBB

George

Private 36513, 6th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 16 October 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Watford, enlisted Hertford. Son of George and Mary Webb, of Watford, Herts. Formerly 5722, hertfordshire Regiment. Buried in Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 28.

WEBBER

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WELCH

Horace Ralph

[Listed as HJ WELCH on memorial] Private 266824, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 2 July 1918. Aged 33. Enlisted Watford, resident Copsewood Road, Watford. Son of John and Ellen Welch, of Mere; husband of Beatrice Welch, of Copsewood Rd., Watford. Buried in Mere Cemetery, Wiltshire.

WESTON

Joseph Cyril George

Private 41481, 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Aged 22. Born Redbourn, enlisted Watford, resident Sandringham Road, Watford. Son of Joseph and Mary Blanch Weston, of 30, Sandringham Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

WHITE

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WHITING

[Edwin] Joseph

Lance Corporal 1482, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Died in Malta 14 November 1915. Aged 26. Born Leighton Buzzrd, enlisted and resident Watford. Son of Edwin Whiting, of 155, Leavesden Rd., Watford. Buried in Peita Military Cemetery, Malata. Plot D. Row VI. Grave 6.

Extract from the 'Watford Illustrated':

Lance-Corporal E. J. Whiting, of 155, Leavesden Road, who was in the Herts yeomanry. He went with them to Egypt, and subsequently to the Dardenells, where he died in St. Elmo Hospital, Malta, on November 14th, of dysentry and abcess of the liver. The Daily Malata Chronicle says at the foot ogf the notice of L-Cpl. Whiting's and other soldiers deaths, "Wreaths were as usual placed on each of the coffins inscribed - 'Malta tribute to dead heroes. With deepest sympathy from The Dailt Malata Chronicle Fund.'"

Mr. and Mrs. Whiting wish to thank all those friends who have sent kind expressions of sympathy at their great loss.

WHITTINGHAM

Harold

Private 251063, 3rd (County of London) Battalion, (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Aged 20. Enlisted Harrow Road, resident Copsewood Road, Watford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Whittingham, of 29, Copsewood Rd., Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 52.

WILMORE

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WINTERBOURNE, MM

James

Corporal, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 21. Born Tewin, Hertfordshire, enlisted Bedford, residence given as Judge Street, Watford [SDGW sattes Tewin]. Son of James and Florence Winterbourne, of 31, Judge St., Watford. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) - recommendation for award sent to 54th Brigade 2 October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

WINTERS

H

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WOOSTER

George [Alfred]

Rifleman (acting Corporal) A/203768, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 27 March 1918. Aged 31. Born Edmonton, Middlesex, enlisted Watford. Residence given as Sandringham Road, Watford & Edmonton. Son of William and Emma Wooster, of Edmonton, London; husband of E. J. Wooster, of 52, Sandringham Rd., Watford. Buried in St. Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 2.

WORTHY

Frank T

Rifleman 5484, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born Rotherhithe, Kent, enlisted and resident Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 10.

WRIGHT

Sidney Walter

Private 44469, 20th Battalion, Mancherster Regiment. Killed in action 9 october 1917. Aged 27. Enlisted bedford. Son of James and Harriet Wright, of 167, Judge St., Watford. Formerly 26195, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

YATES

Frederick George

Driver 65392, "L" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died in Egypt 5 August 1915. Aged 25. Born Barnsbury, London N., enlisted London. Residence given as Watford. Son of the late Arthur George and Hannah Yates, of Watford. Buried/commemorated Alexandria (Chatby) Cemetery, Egypt. Section J. Grave 174.

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AIRD

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ALDIS

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ANDERSON

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CARPENTER

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COLLINS

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GOODCHILD

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H W

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F C

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J V

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J F

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H W

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M

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A

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A

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D

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A H

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C

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A J

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R

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T

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W W

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P F

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A R

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R

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M

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F J

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C E

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C E

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K R V

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R E

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R J

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R

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A

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W G

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R

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C A

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F D

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S W

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H E

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G

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D

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D G

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W

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YOUNG

R D

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