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WATFORD, CHRISTCHURCH STREET SHRINE WAR MEMORIAL
(EXPANDED)

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Jill Waterson 2009
researched Martin Edwards (WW1) and Sue Carter (WW2)

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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EARL

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No further information currently available.

EBBING

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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

H
No further information currently available.

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

C
No further information currently available.

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

J
No further information currently available.

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

A
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

S
No further information currently available.

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

F E
No further information currently available.

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
No further information currently available.

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

W T
No further information currently available.

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

E
No further information currently available.

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

H T
No further information currently available.

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

E
No further information currently available.

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
No further information currently available.

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.

YOUNG

L
No further information currently available.
1939-1945

AIRD

Dennis
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1875074, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 5 August 1944, aged 19. Son of John William & Jessie Amelia (nee Howlett) Aird of 10 Shakespeare Street, Watford. Buried in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland: Plot 1, Row D, Collective Grave 6-7.

According to the Operations Record Book, 148 Squadron was based at Brindisi. On 4 August 1944, seven aircraft airborne for targets in Poland. Four went missing, including F/E Sgt D Aird, Halifax II JP181X. Nothing further was heard of this aircraft and it is presumed lost. He was shot down over Poland.

Dennis' birth was registered 1925 in the Watford district and he was baptised 15 February 1925 at Christ Church; the family lived at 35 Middle Ope, Watford. His parents married 1922 in the Ware, Herts, district. John, of 10 Shakespeare Street, died 16 December 1985 aged 84; Jessie died 1982 in the Watford district aged 84.

ALDIS

Robert Edward
Private 5952019, 8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 3 June 1940 aged 21. Son of George & Ethel Stella (nee Collins) Aldis of 3 Stanmore Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Brussels Town Cemetery, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium: Plot X, Row 12, Grave 8.

The 8th Battalion saw hard service during the retreat to Dunkirk in May-June 1940. Robert's birth was registered 1918 in the Watford district.

His parents married by banns 23 December 1905 at St Andrew's, Watford: George was a labourer, a bachelor; Ethel a spinster; both aged 23, both of 1 Copsewood Road, Watford. George died 1940 aged 58; Ethel died 1956 aged 73; both in the Watford district.

ANDERSON

T A C
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Leading Seaman Thomas Alexander Clifton Anderson, D/JX 136455, H.M. Submarine Triad, Royal Navy. Died 20 October 1940 age unknown. Remembered with honour Plymouth Naval Memorial: Panel 36, Column 3.

In October 1940 H.M.S. Triad was patrolling the coast of Libya before proceeding to Alexandria. By 20th October the submarine was overdue. It was initially believed Italian aircraft had bombed Triad off Calabria, but it was later discovered that she had been attacked and sunk by the Italian submarine Enrico Toti on the 15th.

A Thomas A C Anderson's birth was registered 1916 in the Tynemouth, Northumberland, district, mother's maiden name Graham.

BARNES

Maurice William
Corporal 5952171, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 29 July 1943 aged 25. Son of William & Edith Eliza (nee Pratt) Barnes of 93 Woodmere Avenue, Watford; husband of Eva (nee Thompson) Barnes of Watford. Remembered with honour Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand: Plot 8, Row M, Grave 2.

Maurice, a clerk, joined the regiment 15 September 1939. At the time of his death he was in C Coy. He was a Japanese Prisoner of War and died at Kanyu Railway Camp from cadiac beri-beri and was buried the same day at Kanyu Central.

He was born 14 June 1918 and baptised 21 July 1918 at Christ Church; the family lived at 18 Copsewood Road, Watford. He married by banns 14 June 1941 at St Andrew's, Watford: a lance-corporal in the 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, a bachelor aged 22 of 93 Woodmere Avenue; Eva a spinster aged 22 of 30 Woodford Road, Watford. Eva remarried by banns 17 May 1947 at St Andrew's to Frederick Thomas White, a butcher, a bachelor aged 27 of 24 Munden Grove, Watford; Eva was aged 28 of 30 Woodford Road. She died 18 April 2001, of The Lawns Nursing Home, North Park, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, aged 82.

His parents married by banns 2 December 1916 at Christ Church: William was a stoker, a bachelor aged 23 of 24 Bushey Mill Lane, Watford; Edith a spinster aged 22 of 18 Copsewood Road. William, of 93 Woodmere Avenue, died 1 December 1975 aged 82; Edith died 1964 in the Watford district aged 70.

BARRETT

Albert Edward
Private 5952029, 13th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 24 October 1942. Son of Albert Edward & Mary Ann Sarah (nee Hart) Barrett of 29 Meadow Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 1610.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to ascertain how Albert died, but the where is the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford. His birth was registered 1918 in the Mile End, London, district and his death was registered in the Watford district, aged 24.

BATTENS

Frederick John
Private 13002841, 46 Company, Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. Died 17 June 1940 aged 25. Son of Arthur Henry & Beatrice Anne (nee Davis) Batten of 228 Chester Road, Watford; husband of Stella Catherine (nee Frazer) Batten of 56 Hemming Way, Watford. His brother Philip Lawrence Batten also died on service. Remembered with honour Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France: Column 149.

The evacuation of British troops from France did not end with Dunkirk. British forces were still being rescued two weeks later when Britain's worst maritime disaster of W.W.2 took place. On 17 June 1940 the 16,000 ton Cunard liner Lancastria lay five miles off St Nazaire and embarked troops, R.A.F. personnel and civilian refugees. The exact number on board may never be known, but almost certainly exceeded 6,000; ... The Lancastria was attacked and hit by bombs from German aircraft. The ship sank rapidly and, according to the estimate of the Captain, only around 2,500 of those on board were saved. 46 Coy Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps were wholly or partly aboard.

Frederick's birth was registered 1915 in the Watford district. He married 1935 in the Watford district. Stella remarried 1945 in the Watford district to Floyd A Feeley. His parents married 1911 in the Watford district. Arthur died 1948 aged 60; Beatrice died 1961 aged 73; both in the Watford district.

BATTENS

Philip Lawrence
Sergeant 807805, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 19 March 1944 aged 30. Son of Arthur Henry & Beatrice Anne (nee Davis) Batten of 228 Chester Road, Watford. His brother Frederick John Batten also died on service. Remembered with honour Cassino War Cemetery, Frosinone, Italy: Plot XIX, Row B, Grave 17.

Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome.

Philip's birth was registered 1913 in the Watford district. His parents married 1911 in the Watford district. Arthur died 1948 aged 60; Beatrice died 1961 aged 73; both in the Watford district.

BEAVIS

A
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Private Alfred John Beavis, 14777915, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, attached to 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24 November 1944 aged 18. Son of Alfred John & Alice Elizabeth (nee Sweet/Sweeting) Beavis of 23 The Thrums, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section A Cons. Grave 171.

The 8th Battalion was a second line battalion which did not serve overseas, so it has not been possible to ascertain how and where Alfred died except that it was somewhere in England. An Alfred J Beavis' birth was registered 1926 in the Watford district and his death registered in the Fakenham, Norfolk, district.

His parents married 1922 in the Watford district. Alfred snr, of 23 The Thrums, died 13 April 1963 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 65; Alice died 1983 in the Watford district aged 78.

BICKELL

A E
No records which match search criteria on C.W.G.C.

BIDEWELL

B
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Sergeant Robert William Bidewell, 5950925, 4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 25 September 1944 aged 25. Son of Harry & Eva (nee James) Bidewell of 19 Longspring, Watford; husband of Iris Winifred (nee Blake) Bidewell of Watford. Remembered with honour Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Gelderland, Holland: Plot 14, Row C, Grave 4.

The 4th Battalion was part of the 43rd British Wessex Infantry Division. On Monday the 25th [September 1944] at 1am this unit tried to cross the river [Neder Rijn] with some 300 men, ammunition and medical supplies for the 1st Airborne Division. Most of the men were captured and the supplies in the few Ducks that were available did not make it to the other side of the river. L/Sgt Bidewell was one of these men, he was killed at Westerbouwing.

A Robert W Bidewell's birth was registered 1919 in the Watford district and he was baptised 16 May 1920 at Christ Church; the family lived at 123 Regent Street, Watford. He married by banns 11 October 1941 at St Michael & All Angels, Watford: a Lance-Corp in the 6th Beds & Herts, a bachelor aged 22 of 19 Longspring; Iris a spinster aged 20 of 22 Holywell Road, Watford. Iris remarried 1946 in the Watford district to Frederick T Hill.

His parents married by banns 9 April 1917 at Christ Church: Harry was a soldier, a bachelor aged 24 of the School of Musketry, Hythe, Kent; Eva a spinster aged 20 of 123 Regent Street. Harry, of 19 Longspring, died 26 August 1964 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 71; Eva died 1976 in the East Dereham, Norfolk, district aged 79.

BOARDMAN

W A
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Sergeant William Alexander Boardman, 946355, 114 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 8 May 1944 aged 25. Son of William Alexander & Minnie (nee Hall) Boardman; husband of Phyllis Irene (nee Wheatley) Boardman of Harefield, Middx. Remembered with honour Rangoon Memorial, Burma (Myanmar): Face 2.

Rangoon Memorial bears the names of almost 27,000 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaigns in Burma and who have no known grave.

A William A Boardman's birth was registered 1918 in the Maidstone, Kent, district. He married by licence 8 February 1942 at Christ Church: already in H.M. Forces, a bachelor aged 23 of 46 Sutlej Road, Charlton, London S.E.7; Phyllis a spinster aged 19 of 48 Harebreaks, Watford. Phyllis remarried 1946 in the Watford district to Arthur W Herridge and died 1992 in the Louth, Lincs, district aged 70.

His parents married 1916 in the Maidstone, Kent, district. William snr, of 165 Eastcombe Avenue, London S.E.7, died 24 June 1974 aged 76; Minnie died 1981 in the Greenwich, London, district aged 85.

BRACKLEY

Frederick Robert James
Private 5950882, 1/7th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 24 October 1942 aged 23. Son of Frederick James & Florence Agnes (nee Hare) Brackley of 10 Elm Grove, Watford; husband of Edna Mabel (nee Roffe) Brackley of Watford. Remembered with honour El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt: Coll. Grave Plot XX, Row B, Grave 24-26.

El Alamein War Cemetery contains the graves of men who died at all stages of the Western Desert campaigns, brought in from a wide area, but especially those who died in the Battle of El Alamein at the end of October 1942.

Frederick's birth was registered 1919 in the Watford district and he was baptised 18 July 1919 at Christ Church; the family lived at 133 Ridge Street, Watford. He married by banns 21 November 1940 at Christ Church: already in the Army, a bachelor aged 21; Edna a spinster aged 20; both of 10 Elm Grove. Edna remarried 1954 in the Watford district to Herbert Newman.

His parents married by banns 7 September 1918 at Christ Church: Frederick was a soldier, a bachelor; Florence a spinster; both aged 24, both of 133 Ridge Street. Frederick died 1959 aged 65; Florence died 1972 aged 76; both in the Watford district.

BRAY

Jason Frank
Petty Officer Airman JX 136799, H.M.S. Warspite, Royal Navy. Died 17 May 1941 aged 24. Son of Jason & Margaret Mary (nee Smout) Bray of Watford. Remembered with honour Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt: Panel 13.

Jason was in the Fleet Air Arm and died of wounds received in an air crash, possibly during the battle for Crete. Jason's birth was registered 1916 in the Hendon, Middx, district. His parents married 1910 in the Uxbridge, Middx, district. Jason snr, of Bridge Street, Pinner, Middx, was buried 14 November 1918 at St Martin's, Ruislip, Middx aged 33; Margaret remarried 1921 in the Hendon district to Douglas R G Daxon and died a widow 22 October 1957 at 18 Osborne Road, Watford, aged 70.

BRUCE

G
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Sergeant (Pilot) George Robert Bruce, 929001, 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 November 1941 aged 20. Son of George William & Edith Isabel (nee Morrison) Bruce of 23 Windsor Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 258.

According to the Operations Record Book, 115 Squadron [Wellington bombers] was based at Marham. On 22 November 1941, Sgt Bruce and crew took off for Lorenz practise and returned to base. [That is the last mention of Sgt Bruce, there is no indication of how he died, except that it was somewhere in England] Apparently, nothing of interest occurred on 24 November 1941.

A George R Bruce's birth was registered 1921 in the Watford district and he was baptised 4 September 1921 at St Mary's, Watford; the family lived at 4 Shakespeare Street, Watford. His death was registered in the March, Cambs, district.

His parents married by banns 9 April 1921 at St Mary's, Watford: George was a motor driver, a bachelor aged 30 of 35 Market Street, Watford; Edith a spinster aged 24 of 21 Brighton Road, Watford. George snr, of 23 Windsor Road, died 15 September 1945 at Oxhey Lane, Wealdstone, Middx, aged 54; Edith, a widow of 23 Windsor Road, died 23 September 1962 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 65.

BUNCE

C
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Corporal Charles Ernest Bunce, 5832498, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 25 June 1943 aged 30. Son of William John & Alice (nee Hart) Bunce; husband of Irene May (nee Davies) Bunce of Watford. Remembered with honour Singapore Memorial: Column 57.

Charles was a Japanese Prisoner of War and died at Kinsaiyak, Thailand, of cholera.

A Charles E Bunce's birth was registered 1913 in the St Albans, Herts, district and he was baptised 11 May 1913 at St Paul's, Langleybury, Herts; the family lived at 28 Portland Street, St Albans. He married by licence 19 June 1940 at St Mary's, Watford: a printer, a bachelor, aged 27, of 42 Parkgate Road, Watford; Irene a spinster aged 21 of 16 Queen Mary Avenue, Watford.

His parents married by banns 4 July 1908 at St Paul's, Langleybury: William was a carter, a bachelor aged 22; Alice a spinster aged 21; both of Hunton Bridge, Herts. William died 1972 in the Hemel Hempstead, Herts, district aged 87; Alice died 1971 in the Watford district aged 84.

CAIN

K

A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Sub-Lieutenant (A) Kenneth Alfred Cain, H.M.S. Grebe, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 January 1945 aged 20. Son of Alfred Victor & Edith Mary (nee Harrowell) Cain of 37 Diamond Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Alexandria (Chatby) Military & War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt: Row O, Grave 158.

Casualties for Monday 29 January 1945 included Kenneth, who was in the Fleet Air Arm 879 Squadron based aboard H.M.S. Attacker, and was killed in an air crash during the morning whilst dummy dive-bombing with his section; he failed to pull out. He was buried Tuesday 30 January 1945, with due honours.

A Kenneth A Cain's birth was registered 1924 in the Watford district and he was baptised 14 September 1924 at Christ Church; the family lived at 37 Diamond Road. His parents married by banns 23 October 1923 at Christ Church: Alfred was a printer, a bachelor aged 29 of 59 Copsewood Road, Watford; Edith a spinster aged 26 of 31 Diamond Road, Watford. Alfred, of 37 Diamond Road, died 28 June 1957 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 63; Edith, of 57 Diamond Road, Watford, died 8 November 1978 aged c81.

CARPENTER

K
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Leading Motor Mechanic Kenneth Arthur Ernest Carpenter, P/MX 500211, H.M.S. Locust, Royal Navy. Died 16 June 1944 aged 20. Son of Mr Ernest William & Mrs Sarah Ann (nee Saunders) Carpenter of 35 Brixton Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial: Panel 86, Column 3.

On 6 June 1944 H.M.S. Locust took part in Operation “Neptune” (Overlord). Locust acted as group headquarters ship for Force S1, stationed off Sword beach. On 16 June, still off Sword beach, Locust came under attack from German artillery; one shell found its target, killing three of her crew...

A Kenneth A E Carpenter's birth was registered 1923 in the Watford district and he was baptised at Christ Church on 16 December 1923; the family lived at 35 Brixton Road.

His parents married by banns 4 October 1914 at St Michael & All Angels, Watford: Ernest was a chauffeur, a bachelor aged 24 of 65 Harwoods Road, Watford; Sarah a spinster aged 24 of 10 Southsea Avenue, Watford. Ernest died 1971 in the Watford district aged 80; Sarah, of 144 Cecil Street, Watford, died 21 February 1959 at Shrodells Hospital, Watford, aged 68.

CHAPMAN

Leonard Cecil

Private 14425228, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 18 November 1944 aged 19. Son of Cecil & Annie Elizabeth (nee Holloway) Chapman of 25 Oakdene Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Cesena War Cemetery, Emilia-Romagna, Italy: Plot VI, Row H, Grave 7.

Cesena War Cemetery was made in November from burials brought in from the battlefields. Most had died in September-November 1944 during the advance from Rimini to Forli and beyond, across one flooded river after another, in atrocious autumn weather.

Leonard's birth was registered 1925 in the Bradfield, Berks, district and he was born in Reading.

His parents married 1924 in the Watford district. Cecil, of 25 Oakdene Road, died 2 December 1954 aged 54; Annie died 1974 in the Watford district aged 71.

COLLINS

V J
Insufficient information to positively identify

CONTEIL

F
No records which match search criteria on C.W.G.C.

COX

J H
Insufficient information to positively identify

CRAWLEY

G W
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flight Sergeant George Walter Crawley, 1189146, B.S.R.U. [Base Signals & Radar Unit], Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7 November 1944 age unknown. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 216.

As best as can be ascertained, George died when a Landing Ship Tank, which was carrying the main body of No.1 B.S.R.U. to Ostend, hit a mine and sank. A total of 14 officers and 224 other ranks were lost.

A George W Crawley's birth was registered 1911 in the Watford district and he was baptised 17 September 1911 at St Paul's, Langleybury, Herts, the son of Walter and Marie Josephine (formerly Bainier nee Spâtig); the family lived at Railway Cottages, Kings Langley, Herts.

His parents married by banns 28 March 1910 at St Paul's, Langleybury: Walter was a platelayer, a widower aged 46 of Railway Cottages, Kings Langley; Marie a widow aged 40 of Zoffany House, Kings Langley. Walter died 1934 in the St Albans district aged 70; Marie died 1963 in the Barnet district aged 94.

DAVIS

Anthony David
Sergeant CH/X 107012, No. 48 R.M. Commando, Royal Marines. Died 1 November 1944 aged 21. Son of John & Elizabeth Jane (nee Perryman) Davis of Watford. Remembered with honour Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Holland: Plot 6, Row A, Grave 9.

Anthony was killed in the Walcheren landings, part of Operation Infatuate. The Battle of the Scheldt started 1 November 1944, with 4th Special Service Brigade assigned to carry out a seaborne assault on the island of Walcheren. The plan was for the island to be attacked from two directions, with the Commandos coming by sea ... No. 48 Commando landed at Westkapelle [where they] quickly captured a radar station and then advanced on a gun battery south of Westkapelle, which was captured before nightfall.

Anthony's birth was registered 1923 in the Dover, Kent, district.

His parents married by licence 16 August 1916 at St Faith's, Brentford, Middx: John was a soldier, a bachelor aged 27; Elizabeth a domestic servant, a spinster aged 23; both of 108 Darwin Road, S Ealing. John died 1972 aged 82; Elizabeth died 1979 aged 87; both in the Watford district.

DEAN

Leonard Ingle
Private 14576951, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 17 February 1944 aged 19. Son of (the late Wright Ingle &) Ellen Theresa (nee Baker) Deane of North Watford. Remembered with honour Cassino Memorial, Frosinone, Italy: Panel 8.

Leonard enlisted into the General Service Corps, before transferring to the O.B.L.I. on 13 May 1943. Took part in the defence of the beachhead at the Anzio Landings; reported missing; killed in action.

His birth was registered 1924 in the Watford district and he was baptised 21 June 1925 at Christ Church; the family lived at 68 Brighton Road, Watford.

His parents married by banns 30 August 1924 at Christ Church: Wright was a coachman, a widower aged 52; Ellen a widow aged 36; both of 68 Brighton Road. Wright died 1944 in the Watford district aged 73; Ellen died 1966 in the St Albans, Herts, district aged 77.

DYER

Percy Andrew aka Perce
Leading Aircraftsman Percy Andrew (Perce) Dyer, 1175572, 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 November 1941 aged 28. Son of Andrew James & Ella Louise (nee Sawyer) Dyer of 14 Leavesden Road, Watford; husband of Vera Charlotte (nee Smith) Dyer of Watford. Remembered with honour Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt: Plot 1, Row H, Grave 1. According to the Operations Record Book, 37 Squadron [of Wellington bombers] was based at Shallufa, Egypt. On 21 November 1941, at approximately 1600 hours, the aircraft were receiving a final inspection prior to take off, when aircraft B8720 ... blew up and was completely destroyed. The crew were away from the aircraft at the time, but three of the ground personnel who were working on the machine at the time of the accident were killed outright. ... Aircraftsman 1st Class Dyer (no. 38 Squadron) was severely injured ... dying later as a result of injuries sustained. Operations were cancelled. On 22 November, the personnel who had been killed as a result of the accident ..., were buried in the cemetery at El Dara.

Percy's birth was registered 1913 in the Watford district. He married by licence 12 December 1940 at St James', Watford: a soldier in the R.A.F., a bachelor aged 27 of 14 Leavesden Road; Vera a spinster aged 22 of 15 St James Road, Watford. Vera remarried by banns 24 March 1951 at St Michael & All Angels, Watford, to Albert William Robinson, a foreman, a bachelor of 52 Addiscombe Road, Watford; Vera was a clerk aged 32 of 15 St James Road.

His parents married 1911 in the Watford district. Andrew, of 14 Leavesden Road, died 20 February 1958 at Shrodells Hospital, Watford, aged 72; Ella died 1968 in the Watford district aged 80.

EVANS

M
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Corporal Merlyn Evans, 14592365, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 1 July 1944 aged 20. Son of Evan William & Charlotte Mary (nee Drew) Evans of Watford. Remembered with honour Assisi War Cemetery, Umbria, Italy: Plot IV, Row D, Grave 6.

Assisi War Cemetery contains many of the burials that date from June and July 1944, as the Germans attempted to stop the Allied advance north of Rome.

A Merlyn Evans' birth was registered 1924 in the Merthyr Tydfil district.

His parents married 1918 in the Merthyr Tydfil district. Charlotte, of 142 Leavesden Road, Watford, died 22 February 1979 aged 85.

FAGG

R
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Serjeant Ronald Hillary Fagg, 5956181, 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 20 November 1944 aged 24. Son of Ernest Hillary & Louisa (nee Hill) Fagg of 2A Lowestoft Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Brunssum War Cemetery, Limburg, Holland: II.60. Brunssum was liberated in September 1944 by U.S. forces; they were shortly afterwards followed by the British 43rd (Wessex) Division [of which the 7th Bn, Hampshires was a part], who made their headquarters in the town ... The first burials in the cemetery were made by an Advanced Dressing Station and a Casualty Clearing Station which were situated at Merkelbeek in November 1944 when the 43rd Division were engaged in clearing a triangle between the Rivers Roer and Maas. Operations in the Geilenkirchen sector accounted for a great part of the casualties buried here.

A Ronald H Fagg's birth was registered 1920 in the Eton, Bucks, district.

His parents married 1918 in the Leeds, Yorks, district. Ernest died 2 July 1975 aged 83; Louisa died 12 August 1981 aged 87; both of 107 Broughton Hall Road, Broughton, Clwyd.

FILBY

Victor Alfred
Private 14577104, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 12 May 1944 aged 19. Son of Harry Frederick & Minnie (nee Pattison) Filby of 8 Sussex Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Cassino Memorial, Frosinone, Italy: Panel 5.

In May 1944 the 4th Division was about to take part in the assault on the Gustav Line. ... The attack ... involved an assault crossing of the River Gari ...The 2nd Battalion Beds & Herts began crossing at 2am on the 12th ... and by 6.15am the whole Battalion was over, but came under very heavy shell and mortar fire... The leading Coys reached their objectives, but casualties had been severe - approximately 2 officers and 72 other ranks...

Victor's birth was registered 1924 in the Watford district.

His parents married 1921 in the Watford district. Harry, of 408 St Albans Road, Watford, died 2 May 1964 aged 64.

FISHER

C
Insufficient information to positively identify.

FRENCH

Robert Neal
Gunner 1583984, 623 Battery, 41 Search Light Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 27 March 1944 aged 30. Son of John Henry & Adelaide Constance (nee Myles) French of Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 470.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to ascertain how and where Robert died, except that it was somewhere in England.

His birth was registered 1913 in the Hastings, Sussex, district, and his death registered in the Maidstone, Kent, district.

Adelaide died 1958 in the Watford district aged 76.

GEARY

W F
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Gunner William Frederick Geary, 966271, 9AA [Anti-Aircraft] Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 27 August 1941 aged 24. Husband of Gladys (nee Thomson) Geary of 7 Oakdene Terrace, Middlestone Moor, Co Durham. Remembered with honour Coundon (St James) Churchyard, Co. Durham: Row 3, Grave 46.

Unfortunately, it has not been possible to establish how and where William died, except that it was somewhere in England.

A William F Geary's birth was registered 1917 in the Watford district and he was baptised 7 September 1917 at Christ Church, the son of Henry Joseph & Daisy Ethel (nee Miles); the family lived at 23 Garfield Street, Watford. He married by banns 10 September 1938 at Christ Church: a butcher, a bachelor; Gladys a spinster; both aged 21, both of 23 Garfield Street. His death was registered in the Newark, Notts, district.

His parents married by banns 3 July 1915 at Christ Church: Henry was a storekeeper, a bachelor aged 32 of 23 Garfield Street; Daisy a spinster aged 23 of 39 Ridge Street, Watford. Henry died 1920 in the Watford district aged 36. Daisy remarried by banns 30 March 1929 at Christ Church to Albert Linney, a machinist, a bachelor aged 34 of 23 Leavesden Road, Watford; Daisy was aged 37 of 23 Garfield Street; she died 1954 in the Watford district aged 62.

GOODCHILD

Dennis Charles
Private 14771174, 4th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 9 March 1945 aged 18. Son of Sidney Charles & Harriet (nee Hubbard) Goodchild of Watford. Remembered with honour Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: Plot 62, Row H, Grave 5.

After the end of the war in 1945, thousands of graves of soldiers and airmen were brought from burial places in western Germany to lie in the Reichswald. Many of the soldiers who rest here perished in the grim battle of the Rhineland. Some fought and died in the advance through the forest itself in February 1945. Many others died in the crossing of the Rhine, among them men of the airborne forces whose bodies were brought from Hamminkeln, where a landing was made by the 6th British Airborne Division from bases in England.

Dennis was born 26 May 1926 and baptised 22 August 1926 at St George’s, Watford; the family lived at 81 Regent Street, Watford.

His parents married by banns 13 December 1908 at St Andrew's, Watford: Sidney was a carpenter, a bachelor; Harriet a spinster; both aged 25, both of 43 Ridge Street, Watford. Sidney, of 144 Leggetts Way, Watford, died 15 December 1939 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 56; Harriet died 1979 in the Watford district aged 95.

GRAHAM

Albert Lionel
Lance-Serjeant Albert Lionel Graham, 2721431, 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 18 July 1944 aged 24. Son of Harry & Veronica Martha Woodward (nee Earl) Graham of Watford; husband of Peggy Laurie (nee Putland) Graham of Watford. Remembered with honour Banneville-la- Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, Normandy, France: Plot V, Row F, Grave 27.

For the most part, the cemetery contains the graves of men killed in the fighting from the second week of July 1944, when Caen was finally captured, to the last week in August when the Falaise Gap had been closed and the Allies were preparing for their advance beyond the Seine. The 3rd Battalion landed with the Guards Armoured Division in Normandy in June 1944 ... taking part in the advance from Seine to Nijmegen.

Albert's birth was registered 1920 in the Watford district. He married by banns 24 January 1942 at Christ Church: already in H.M. Forces, a bachelor aged 21 of 165 Judge Street, Watford; Peggy a spinster aged 19 of 1A Garfield Street, Watford. Peggy remarried by banns 24 November 1945 at St Mary's, Watford to Edward Joseph Rutland, in H.M. Forces, a bachelor aged 31 of 4 Cromer Road, Watford; Peggy was aged 23 of 23 Clifford Street, Watford.

His parents married 1916 in the Croydon, Surrey, district. Harry died 1929 in the Watford district aged 56. Veronica remarried by banns 10 June 1950 at Christ Church to Frank Johns, an electrical fitter, a widower aged 57 of 20 Judge Street, Watford; Veronica was a cook aged 50 of 165 Judge Street. She died 1983 in the Watford district aged 84.

HATFIELD

V V
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Leading Airman Vernon Vickers Hatfield, FX 78549, H.M.S. Heron, Royal Navy. Died 13 May 1943 aged 21. Son of Thomas Edward & Evelyn Doris (nee Vickers) Hatfield of Gnosall, Staffs. Remembered with honour Gnosall (St Lawrence) Churchyard extension.

Vernon was in 782 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm based at H.M.S. Heron. He was killed in an air crash.

A Vernon V Hatfield's birth was registered 1922 in the Newport, Shrops, district and his death registered in the Wincanton, Somerset, district.

His parents married 1921 in the Newport district. Thomas, of The Banks, High Street, Gnosall, died 1 January 1973 aged 71; Evelyn died 1964 in the Stafford district aged 64.

HATHAWAY

C H R
No records which match search criteria on C.W.G.C.

HATHAWAY

J J
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Corporal John James Hathaway, 2584452, Royal Corps of Signals attached to 28th Indian Infantry Brigade Signal Section, Indian Signal Corps. Died 23 August 1943 aged 22. Son of Richard & Lily Elizabeth (nee Starkey) Hathaway of Bournville, Birmingham. Remembered with honour Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand: Plot 4, Row B, Grave 24.

John was a Japanese Prisoner of War who died on the Thailand-Burma railway.

A John J Hathaway's birth was registered 1921 in the Kings Norton, Worcs, district. His parents married 1902 in the Aston, Warks, district. Richard, of 14 Linden Road, Bournville, died 13 January 1942 aged 64; Lily died 1957 in the Birmingham, Warks, district. A aged 77.

HOARE

Maurice Frederick
Flight Sergeant 1338366, 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18 July 1944 aged 21. Son of Frederick Bingham & Cora Florence Ivy (nee Fowkes) Hoare of 51 Oakdene Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 464.

According to the Operations Record Book, 264 Squadron was based at Hartford Bridge. On 17 July 1944, Sgt M F Hoare & Sgt E L Bishop [flying a Mosquito XIII] whilst on patrol collided with a Tempest fighter while in orbit and both were killed. The Tempest pilot is safe. Maurice's birth was registered 1922 in the Reigate, Surrey, district and his death registered in the Battle, Sussex, district.

His parents married 1920 in the Havant, Hants, district. Frederick, of 51 Oakdene Road, died 19 December 1953 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 67; Cora, of 51 Oakdene Road, died 5 October 1974 aged 79.

HODGES

John William
Private 5835501, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died 29 December 1942 aged 33. Son of Frank & Kate Fanny (nee Timberlake) Hodges; husband of Theresa Lilian Isobel (nee Houlding) Hodges of Watford. Remembered with honour Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand: Plot 12, Row D, Grave 14.

John was a Japanese Prisoner of War who died on the Thailand-Burma railway, cause unknown.

He was born 26 March 1909 and baptised 9 May 1909 at All Saints, Kings Langley, Herts; the family lived in Kings Langley. He married by banns 22 February 1941 at Christ Church: already in the Army, a bachelor aged 31 of 27 Alexandra Road, Kings Langley; Theresa a spinster aged 26 of 167 Sandringham Road, Watford. Theresa remarried 1948 in the Watford district to Arthur H King and died 2008 in the Colchester district aged 94.

His parents married 26 May 1906 at All Saints, Kings Langley: Frank was a labourer, a widower aged 28; Kate a spinster aged 26; both of Kings Langley. Frank, of 27 Alexandra Road died 31 August 1954 at 60 Vicarage Road (Shrodells), Watford, aged 75; Kate died 1970 in the Hemel Hempstead district aged 91.

On the 1911 Census, John (listed as William) aged 2 was living at Alexandra Road with his parents and one sibling.

HORNE

K
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flight Sergeant Kenneth Alexander Horne, 1453403, 189 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21 March 1945 aged 21. Husband of Kathleen May (nee Wilson) Horne of Arnold, Notts. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 271.

According to the Operations Record Book, 189 Squadron was based at Fulbeck. On 20 March 1945 Lancaster I RF132 was detailed to attack Bohlen. Missing without trace - F/Sgt K A Horne. In the Appendix an entry states: born to the wife of F/Sgt K A Horne a son Colin at Bullwell, Notts, on 19 December 1944.

A Kenneth A Horne’s birth was registered 1923 in the Watford district. He married 1944 in the Basford, Notts, district. Kathleen remarried 1953 in the Nottingham district to Bertram L S Hallsworth and she died 1977 in the Nottingham district aged 56.

His parents were Stanley Walter and Lilian M (nee Miller), who married 1921 in the Watford district. Lilian died 1929 in the Watford district aged 32. Stanley remarried 1955 in the Watford district to Margaret Evelyn Whitlock; he died 3 May 1963 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford aged 66, of 32 Neston Road, Watford.

HOSIER

G
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Rifleman George Albert Robert Hosier, 5951210, 1st Battalion, The London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles. Died 23 January 1944 aged 24. Remembered with honour Minturno War Cemetery, Italy: Plot I, Row H, Grave 17.

Minterno War Cemetery lies close to the western end of the 1943-4 German winter defensive position, the Gustav Line, and the burials it contains are mainly those of men lost in the heavy fighting to cross the Garigliano river in January 1944.

A George A R Hosier's birth was registered 1919 in the Watford district and he was baptised 11 July 1919 at St Mary's, Watford, the son of William George & Miriam (nee Smith); the family lived at Vale Road, Bushey, Herts.

The only marriage for a William George Hosier is to a Marion G M Smith 1916 in the Plomesgate, Suffolk, district. William, of 2 Corner Hall Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, died 11 July 1969 in the Berkhamsted, Herts, district aged 75; Marion died 1922 in the Watford district aged 27. (Miriam is possibly a mis-hearing of the name by whoever officiated at the baptism.)

HUCKLEBRIDGE

H
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Serjeant Frank Haworth Hucklebridge, 858909, 148 (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 9 April 1944 aged 26. Son of Frank Haworth & Mabel Honoria (nee Kates) Hucklebridge of The Warren, Hockliffe, Beds. Remembered with honour Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand: Plot 4, Row E, Grave 28.

Frank was a Japanese Prisoner of War who died of dysentery at Tarsao on the Thailand- Burma railway.

A Frank H Hucklebridge's birth was registered 1918 in the Farnham, Surrey, district. His parents married 1917 in the Chertsey, Surrey, district. Frank snr, of 3 Water Street, Great Harwood, Lancs, died 18 June 1962 aged 77; Mabel, of Watling Street, Hockliffe, was buried 12 June 1934 at Hockliffe Parish Church aged 39.

HUMPHREYS

Robert Edward
Private 5990188, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 2 July 1940 aged 19. Son of John Edward & Ada Mary (nee Gibb) Humphreys of 64 Gammons Lane, Watford. Remembered with honour Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France: Column 48.

At the time of his death Robert was in the 2nd Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment (TA) and was one of the military guards on board the SS Arandora Star, en route from Liverpool to St Johns, Newfoundland. On 2 July 1940, the unescorted ship was hit by one torpedo from U-47. The ship had 479 German and 734 Italian internees, 86 German prisoners-of-war and 200 military guards on board. The master, 12 officers, 42 crewmen, 37 guards, 470 Italians and 243 Germans were lost.

Robert's birth was registered 1921 in the Watford district.

His parents married 1920 in the Brackley, Northants, district. John died 1975 aged 76; Ada 1975 aged 76; both in the Watford district.

JAY

B
Insufficient information to positively identify

JEFFRIES

J R
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Private John Robert Jeffreys, 5782657, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 16 December 1943 aged 44. Husband of Violet May (nee Belbeck) Jeffreys of 43 Oakdene Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand: Plot 2, Row O, Grave 10. The 6th Battalion served in the Far East as part of the 18th Infantry Division in the defence of Singapore and Malaya. The Battalion ended up as Prisoners of War when Singapore fell in February 1942. They would remain so until August 1945 during which time they were used as forced labour on projects such as the “Death Railway”; John died on the Thailand-Burma railway. His birth was registered 1899 in the Northampton district. He married 1935 in the Hackney, London, district.

JOHNSON

Kenneth Joseph
Sergeant 956375, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28 March 1942 aged 33. Son of Edward Harry (or Henry) & Catherine Ann(ie) (nee Burnell) Johnson of 10 Salisbury Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 87. Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where Kenneth died.

His birth was registered 1918 in the Watford district.

His parents married by licence 4 October 1917 at St Michael & All Angels, Watford: Edward was a Staff-Sgt in the A.S.C. [Army Signal Corps], a bachelor aged 25 of 65 Diamond Road, Watford; Catherine a spinster aged 21 of 67 Harwoods Road, Watford. Edward, of 10 Salisbury Road, died 2 January 1951 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 58; Catherine died 24 November 1965 aged 69.

JOHNSON

W
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Rifleman William Charles Henry Johnson, 6916737, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 13 December 1944 aged 27. Son of John William & Susan Eliza (nee Chandler) Johnson of Cheshunt, Herts; husband of Gladys Emily Rose (nee Eastwick) Johnson of Cheshunt. Remembered with honour Faenza War Cemetery, Ravenna, Italy: Plot VIII, Row G, Grave 20. Faenza War Cemetery was made in the winter of 1944 for the burial of those who died in the static fighting before the Allied advance was renewed in April 1945.

A William C H Johnson's birth was registered 1917 in the Edmonton, Middx, district. He married by licence 8 June 1940 at St Mary the Virgin, Cheshunt: a soldier, a bachelor age 22 of 2 Rose Cottages, Hammond Street, Cheshunt; Gladys a spinster aged 20 of 68 Denhurst Road, Cheshunt. Gladys remarried 1956 in the Ware district to Leonard G Savill and died 1987 in the Enfield, Middx, district aged 67.

His parents married 1903 in the Edmonton district.

JONES

A
Insufficient information to positively identify

KEECH

James Cecil
Leading Aircraftsman 1455487, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 November 1943 aged 21. Son of Charles George & Clarissa Nellie (nee McNamara) Keech of 82 Bushey Mill Lane, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section D Cons. [actually Section D Ded.] Grave 1462.

Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where James died, except that it was somewhere in England.

His birth was registered 1922 in the Watford district and his death registered in the Newark, Notts, district.

His parents married 1909 in the Northampton district. Charles, of 82 Bushey Mill Lane, died 4 December 1956 aged 78; Clarissa, of 86 Cassio Road, Watford, died 31 May 1968 aged 84.

KEMP

Kenneth John
Sub-Lieutenant (E), H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 26 March 1941 aged 22. Son of John Henry & Beatrice May (nee Poole) Kemp of Watford. Remembered with honour Plymouth Naval Memorial: Panel 61, Column 3.

Kenneth was aboard the steamship Britannia, used as a transport ship, bound from the U.K. to India, when she was intercepted by the German raider Thor, 720 miles west of Freetown. There was an unequal action for over an hour, the liner putting up a stout fight with her single gun. At the end of that time she was compelled to stop and lower her boats. The Thor then sank her by gunfire but made no attempt to help the survivors. The action took place on 25 March 1941. Of the 203 crew and 281 passengers, 122 of the crew and 127 passengers lost their lives. Kenneth's birth was registered 1918 in the Tendring, Essex, district.

His parents married 1911 in the Eastry, Kent, district. Beatrice died 1967 in the Watford district aged 85.

KING

H
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Leading Seaman Henry James King, C/J 82787, H.M.S. Picotee, Royal Navy. Died 12 August 1941 aged 39. Son of Harry & Charlotte Emma (nee Coleman) King; husband of Doris Hetty (nee Hunt) King of Bushey, Herts. Remembered with honour Chatham Naval Memorial: Panel 41, Column 3.

H.M.S. Picotee was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland by U-568 during the night of 11/12 August 1941 whilst escorting convoy ONS-4. She was hit by one torpedo and sank almost immediately. There were no survivors.

Henry was born 1 December 1901 and baptised 5 January 1902 at Flitton Parish Church, Beds; the family lived in Flitton. He married by banns 15 April 1933 at St Mary's, Watford: an engineer, a widower aged 31; Doris a spinster aged 28; both of 10 Smith Street, Watford. Doris never remarried and died 17 January 1979, of Milton Court, Milton Crescent, Eastbourne, Sussex, aged 75.

His parents married by banns 23 October 1899 at St Mary's, Maulden, Beds: Harry was a labourer, a bachelor aged 22 of Flitton; Charlotte a spinster aged 21 of Maulden. Harry, of 61Windmill Lane, Bushey Heath, Herts, died 10 February 1952 aged 74; Charlotte died 1963 in the Watford district aged 85.

On the 1911 Census, Henry aged 9 was living at 61 Windmill Lane, with his parents and four siblings.

KING

H W
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Private Howard Walter King, 5835514, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 2 June 1943 age unknown. Remembered with honour Chungkai War Cemetery: Plot 7, Row F, Grave 3.

Howard was a Japanese Prisoner of War who died on the Thailand-Burma railway.

KNIGHT

F
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Serjeant Frederick Thomas Knight, 5954023, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 28 July 1944 age unknown. Son of (the late Frederick Knight &) Florence (nee Doggett) Barnet; husband of May (nee Challenger) Knight of Watford. Remembered with honour Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, Normandy, France: Plot I, Row B, Grave 7.

At the time of his death Frederick was in the 2nd Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment (TA), which became the core battalion of No. 9 Beach Group in 1943, landing at La Rivière on Gold Beach on D-Day. In July 1944 it was retrained as infantry for front line duties. Frederick was killed in action.

He was born 11 March 1916 and baptised 30 April 1916 at St Michael and All Angels, Watford; the family lived at 40 Brightwell Road, Watford. He married by banns 5 August 1939 at Christ Church: a labourer, a bachelor aged 23 of 4 Cromer Road, Watford; May a spinster aged 21 of 11 Garfield Street, Watford.

His parents married 1915 in the Watford district.

LAIN

Frederick Charles
Lance-Serjeant 768990, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 2 May 1940 aged 30. Son of Frederick Archibald & Alice (nee Clare) Lain of 31 Middle Way, Watford; husband of Doris Mildred (nee Payne) Lain of 4 Parker Street, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 569.

The Grenadier Guard's first involvement in W.W.2 came in the early stages of the fighting when all three regular battalions (1st, 2nd & 3rd) were sent to France in late 1939 as part of the B.E.F. As the B.E.F was pushed back by the German blitzkrieg, these battalions played a considerable role in maintaining the British Army's reputation during the withdrawal phase of the campaign before being themselves evacuated from Dunkirk. It is assumed Frederick died as a result of wounds received during the evacuation.

His birth was registered 1910 in the Watford district and he was baptised 29 July 1910 at Christ Church; the family lived at 78 Regent Street, Watford. He married 1935 in the Watford district and his death was registered in the Hemel Hempstead, Herts, district. Doris never remarried and died 1 July 1980, of 4 Parker Street, aged 73.

His parents married 1909 in the Watford district. Alice died 1937 in the Watford district aged 46.

On the 1911 Census, Frederick aged 8 months was living at 78 Regent Street with his parents and no siblings.

LEA

Jack Vernon
Sergeant Jack Vernon Lea, 1472369, 75 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11 June 1944 aged 22. Son of Frederick George & Irene Annie (nee Lavender) Lea of 40 Westfield Avenue, Watford; husband of Joan Annette (nee James) Lea of Watford. Remembered with honour Tillieres-sur-Avre Communal Cemetery, Eure, France: Coll. Grave.

According to the Operations Record Book, 75 Squadron was based at Mepal. On 11 June 1944, aircraft detailed to attack Dreux. The aircraft captained by F/S T Donoghy [inc. F/Eng Sgt J Lea] Lancaster I HK533 failed to return. Airborne 2313 from Mepal to bomb rail installations in support of the Normandy offensive. Crashed at Tillieres-sur-Avre. Those killed are buried in Tillieres-sur-Avre Communal Cemetery - Sgt J V Lea killed in action.

Jack's birth was registered 1922 in the Hendon, Middx, district. He married by licence 6 April 1944 at Christ Church: already in H.M. Forces, a bachelor aged 22 of 40 Westfield Avenue; Joan a spinster aged 23 of 10 Bushey Mill Lane, Watford. Joan remarried 1953 in the Watford district to Leonard G Ruthen.

His parents married 1920 in the Hemel Hempstead, Herts, district. Irene, of 274 St Johns Road, Boxmoor, Herts, died 28 January 1982 aged 91.

LUING

J F

The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flight Lieutenant John Frederick Luing, 121527, 211 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 October 1944 age unknown. Son of James Cowley & Dorothy Elizabeth (nee Perry) Luing of Elsenham, Essex; husband of Estelle Theresa Joan (nee Trott) Luing of Shrewsbury, Shrops. A.M.I.E.E. Remembered with honour Rangoon War Cemetery, Burma (Myanmar): Plot 6, Row H, Grave 10.

According to the Operations Record Book, 211 Squadron was based at Bhatpara [far east]. On 8 March 1944 Beaufighter L2364 - Pilot F/O J F Luing - detailed to attack road communications. The aircraft did not return; missing. In the diary of Donald Lomas R.A.F., he shared a cell in Rangoon Jail with F/Lt Luing, a 211 Squadron Beaufighter pilot, who had been shot down at low level on 8 March 1944, wearing only a summer-weight cotton sleeveless bush shirt and short-legged pants. Luing suffered horribly from the chill and the mosquitoes, and eventually succumbed to disease on 24 October 1944.

A John F Luing's birth was registered 1917 in the St Albans, Herts, district. He married 1943 in the Shrewsbury, Shrops, district. Estelle never remarried and died 1995 in the Shrewsbury district aged 75.

His parents married 1916 in the Watford district. James died 1961 in the Bishop's Stortford, Herts, district aged 70; Dorothy, of 25 South Road, Bishop's Stortford, died 21 November 1967 aged 76.

MALT

Herbert William
Lance-Bombardier 1092617, 70 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 3 May 1943 aged 34. Son of Herbert William & Julia Adelaide (nee Ludlow) Malt of Watford; husband of Edith Ellen (nee Adams) Malt of Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts. His brother Stanley Arthur Henry Malt also died on service. Remembered with honour Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia: Plot 4, Row B, Grave 3.

Medjez-el-Bab was at the limit of the Allied advance in December 1942 and remained on the front line until the decisive Allied advances of April and May 1943.

Herbert was born 8 October 1909 and baptised 26 December 1909 at St Paul’s, Hemel Hempstead, Herts; the family lived at Hague Street, Hemel Hempstead. He married by banns 26 January 1941 at Christ Church: a salesman, a bachelor aged 31 of 53 Tudor Avenue, Watford; Edith a spinster aged 27 of 54 Bushey Mill Lane, Watford. Edith remarried 1950 in the Watford district to Francis F Hampton and died 2005 in the Watford district aged 92.

His parents married by banns 23 May 1904 at St Paul’s, Hemel Hempstead: Herbert was a bootmaker, a bachelor aged 28; Julia a spinster aged 23; both of 20 Chapel Street. Herbert snr died 1920 in the Watford district aged 44. Julia remarried by banns 4 June 1944 at Christ Church to John Barnard Airey, an L.M.S. employee, a widower aged 62 of 46 Eastfield Avenue, Watford; Julia was aged 63 of 53 Tudor Avenue, Watford; she died 1969 in the Watford district aged 88-89. On the 1911 Census, Herbert aged 1 was living at 15 Chapel Street, Hemel Hempstead, with his parents and one sibling.

MEDCALFE

M

The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Warrant Officer Michael Charles Medcalf, 1387484, 502 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26 December 1944 aged 21. Son of Charles Frederick & Florence Gertrude (nee Telfer) Medcalf of Kenton, Middx. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 214. According to the Operations Record Book, 502 Squadron was based at Stornoway. On 26 December 1944, Halifax Mk II was on anti-shipping patrol in the Skagerrak. A message was received, then nothing further was heard and the aircraft failed to return to base. Presumably it was shot down by enemy aircraft - F/O M Medcalf.

A Michael C Medcalf's birth was registered 1923 in the Hendon, Middx, district.

His parents married 1915 in the Hendon district. Florence, of 100 Draycott Avenue, Kenton, died 12 November 1953 at 28 Sedgecombe Avenue, Wembley, Middx, aged 65.

MILTON

A
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Alan Sydney Milton, 512435, Royal Air Force. Died 12 August 1942 aged 20. Son of Ordnance Lieutenant Sidney Harold R.N. & Catherine May (nee Edney) Milton of 95 Sandringham Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. [actually Section B Ded.] Joint Grave 752.

Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where Alan died, except that it was somewhere in England.

An Alan S Milton's birth was registered 1921 in the Watford district and his death registered in the Cambridge district.

His parents married 1920 in the Watford district. Both died 30 July 1944 as a result of the V-1 flying bomb that fell on Sandringham Road; they were both aged 48. They are buried at Watford North Cemetery in the same grave as their son and are commemorated on C.W.G.C. Also killed in the same incident was Alan’s sister Daphne.

MOSES

A
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Alfred Herbert Moses, C/MX 69267, H.M.S Eagle, Royal Navy. Died 11 August 1942 aged 32. Son of Mr & Mrs James Hamlin Moses; husband of Phyllis Maud (nee Smith) Moses of Bushey, Herts. Remembered with honour Chatham Naval Memorial: Panel 60, Column 2.

H.M.S. Eagle was hit by four torpedoes and sunk by the German submarine U-73 on 11 August 1942, during Operation Pedestal; two officers and 158 ratings were lost.

An Alfred Herbert Moses' birth was registered 1910 in the Brighton, Sussex, district. He married by banns 28 December 1933 at St Peter's, Dunstable, Beds: a mechanic, a bachelor aged 23 of 63 Garden Road, Dunstable; Phyllis an examiner, a spinster aged 24 of 162 High Street South, Dunstable. Phyllis never remarried and died 21 January 1997, of 39 Diamond Court, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, aged 87.

OLIVER

D
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Stoker 1st Class Denis Leigh Burgoyne Oliver, P/KX 111942, H.M. Submarine Unbeaten, Royal Navy. Died 11 November 1942 aged 22. Son of Leigh Burgoyne & Phyllis Ethel (nee Smith) Oliver of 142 The Harebreaks, Watford. Mentioned in despatches. Remembered with honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial: Panel 68, Column 3.

11 November 1942, while on passage to rendezvous off Bishop Rock, British aircraft made an attack on a submarine in the Bay of Biscay and sank H.M.S. Unbeaten in error.

A Denis L B Oliver's birth was registered 1920 in the Watford district and he was baptised 28 March 1920 at St Mary's, Watford; the family lived at 3 Weymouth Street, Watford. His parents married 1917 in the Sunderland, Co Durham, district. Leigh, of 142 The Harebreaks, died 23 March 1962 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 67; Phyllis, of Russells, Hempstead Road, Watford, died 15 June 1986 aged 92.

OVERY

A H
Insufficient information to positively identify

PAY

C
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flight Sergeant Cyril George Pay, 1330865, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 June 1943 aged 28. Son of George William & Bessie (nee Blake) Pay; husband of Emily Rose (nee Barrett) Pay of Watford. Remembered with honour Khartoum War Cemetery, Sudan: Plot 7, Row B, Grave 7.

Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where Cyril died.

A Cyril G Pay's birth was registered 1914 in the Epping, Essex, district. He married by banns 1 July 1939 at Christ Church: a compositor, a bachelor; Emily a spinster; both aged 25, both of 33 Beechwood Rise, Watford. Emily remarried by banns 8 January 1949 at Christ Church to Charles Hubert Pavey, a printer, a bachelor aged 31; Emily a factory hand aged 35; both of 33 Longspring, Watford. She died 1987 in the Watford district aged 73.

His parents married 1914 in the Maidstone, Kent, district. George, of 15 Coombe Road, Maidstone, died 23 September 1965 at the West Kent Hospital, Maidstone, aged 72; Bessie died 1959 in the Maidstone district aged 63.

PUDDEPHATT

Arthur James
Marine CH/X 109434, R.M. Group, M.N.B.D.O. [Mobile Naval Base Defence Organisation] (2), Royal Marines. Died 7 January 1944 aged 37. Son of Arthur James & Alice (nee Mead) Puddephatt of 17 Euston Road, Watford; husband of Emily Alice (nee Martindale) Puddephatt of Watford. Remembered with honour Syracuse War Cemetery, Sicily: Plot VII, Row A, Grave 16.

Most of those buried in this cemetery died on 10 July 1943, when Commonwealth forces landed on Sicily, or in the early stages of the campaign that followed. Many were men of the airborne force killed when gale force winds blew their gliders wide of their objectives or into the sea. Arthur died of wounds received [presumably sustained earlier].

His birth was registered 1906 in the Watford district and he was baptised 25 April 1906 at St Mary's, Watford; the family lived at 26 Pretoria Road, Watford. He married 1930 in the Watford district. Emily never remarried and died 10 July 1987 of 24 Woodfields, George Street, Watford, aged 81.

His parents married 1902 in the Berkhamstead, Herts, district. Arthur snr, of 17 Euston Road, died 27 September 1954 aged 77; Alice died 1946 in the Watford district aged 68.

On the 1911 Census, Arthur aged 5 was living at 41 Pretoria Road, Watford, with his parents and four siblings.

RAMSDEN

R
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Sergeant (Obs) Ronald Maurice Ramsden, 952490, 42 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 August 1941 aged 21. Son of Maurice Vernon & Edith Lilian (nee Gough) Ramsden of 3 Park Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Frederikshavn Cemetery, Jutland, Denmark: Allied Plot, Grave 1.

According to the Operations Record Book, 42 Squadron was based at Leuchars. On 3 August 1941, a course was set for position BPZU4000 on the Norge coast. The Beaufort W6477 aircraft was never in contact with base and failed to return.

Ronald was born 5 April 1920 and baptised 5 May 1920 at St Martin's, Gospel Oak, London; the family lived at 30 Lewisham Road, Gospel Oak.

His parents married by banns September 1918 at St Barnabas', Kentish Town, London: Maurice was a clerk, a bachelor aged 26 of 47 Grafton Road, Kentish Town; Edith a spinster aged 26 of 13 Sandall Road, Kentish Town. Maurice died 1967 in the Kerrier, Cornwall, district aged 75; Edith died 1979 in the New Forest, Hants, district aged 87.

ROADKNIGHT

T
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Corporal Thomas William George Roadnight, 5957415, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 5 May 1944 aged 28. Son of John Thomas & Winifred Minnie (nee Mather) Roadnight of 32 Gammons Lane, Watford; husband of Olive Margaret (nee Waldron) Roadnight of Watford. Remembered with honour Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh: Plot 3, Row D, Grave 16.

Thomas was part of Orde Wingate’s Chindits. The War Diary for the 1st Battalion states that L/Cpl T Roadnight was killed 5/5/44 [as the result of a road accident]; the battalion was stationed in the Mawlu area, India.

Thomas was born 24 March 1916 and baptised 30 April 1916 at St Michael and All Angels, Watford; the family lived at 93 Chester Road, Watford. He married by banns 2 March 1940 at Christ Church: a ware-houseman, a bachelor aged 23 of 32 Gammons Lane; Olive a spinster aged 22 of 11 Acme Road, Watford. Olive remarried 1960 in the Watford district to John P Peel and died 1984 in the Watford district aged 66.

His parents married 1915 in the Watford district. John died 1961 aged 65; Winifred died 1976 aged 80; both in the Watford district.

ROSS

William Walter
Private 14737295, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 24 March 1945 aged 28. Son of Mr & Mrs William Walter Ross of Watford; husband of Maria A (nee Jones or Sacones) Ross of Watford. Remembered with honour Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany: Plot 36, Row C, Grave 2.

William enlisted in the General Service Corps. He served first with the Beds & Herts Regiment, before transferring to the 2nd Battalion, O.B.L.I. Took part in the assault crossing of the Rhine by glider at Hamminkeln; killed in action.

William's birth was registered 1917 in the Watford district. He married 1939 in the Watford district.

ROWE

P F
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flying Officer Philip Finnis Rowe, D.F.C., 170723, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27 April 1944 aged 22. Son of George & Ellen Mary (nee Finnis) Rowe of Deal, Kent. Remembered with honour Viroflay New Communal Cemetery, Yvelines, France: Row A, Grave 27.

According to the Operations Record Book, 101 Squadron was based at Ludford Magna. On 26 April 1944, [Lancaster LL860] missing - nothing heard from after take off. All are buried in France at Viroflay New Communal cemetery - F/O P F Rowe D.F.C. killed in action.

A Philip F Rowe's birth was registered 1921 in the Eastry, Kent, district.

His parents married 1906 in the Eastry district. Ellen, of Greensted, The Orpines, Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury, Maidstone, Kent, died 5 November 1981 aged 97.

SCHOFIELD

Arthur Reginald

Pilot Officer 141827, 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28 April 1943 age unknown. Son of Ernest & Ellen (nee Meehan ?) Schofield of 12 Oakdene Road, Watford. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 133. According to the Operations Record Book, 158 Squadron was based at Lissett. On 28 April 1943, nine aircraft and crews detailed for and took off on operations, one aircraft missing. Halifax II ’A’ HR773 detailed for “Gardening” [to lay mines in the Kattegat] Silverthorne area. This aircraft took off at 2042 hours, since when nothing further has been heard of it - missing. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - P/O A R Schofield, Nav, killed in action.

An Arthur R Schofield's birth was registered 1915 in the Medway, Kent, district.

SIBLEY

R
Insufficient information to positively identify

SILLWOOD

M
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Private Maurice Alexander Sillwood, 14694860, 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 9 July 1944 aged 19. Son of Arthur A & Edith (nee Tomlin) Sillwood of 11 Nicholas Close, Watford. Remembered with honour Cambes-en-Plaine War Cemetery, Calvados, Normandy, France: Row F, Grave 2.

More than half the burials in this cemetery are of men of the South Staffordshire and North Staffordshire Regiments, killed in bitter fighting on 8 and 9 July 1944 during the attack on Caen. The greater part of that city was captured on 10 July.

A Maurice A Sillwood's birth was registered 1925 in the Watford district and he was baptised 23 August 1925 at St Mary's, Watford; the family lived at 46 St James Road, Watford. His parents married 1924 in the Hemel Hempstead, Herts, district. Arthur died 1957 aged 62; Edith died 1986 aged 87; both in the Watford district.

SLOANE

Frederick John

Sergeant 3005474, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6 November 1944 aged 19. Son of (the late William &) Frances Adelaide (nee Ellis) Sloane of Watford. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 237.

According to the Operations Record Book, 57 Squadron was based at East Kirkby. On 6 November 1944, 17 aircraft were detailed to attack Gravenhorst - Mitteland Canal. Sortie abandoned on orders received from Master Bomber. F/O Cooper and Crew, Lancaster III LM624 missing. Nothing was heard from this crew after take off. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial - Sgt F J Sloane killed in action.

Frederick's birth was registered 1925 in the Watford district.

His parents married 1918 in the Hendon, Middx, district. Frances died 1970 in the Hemel Hempstead, Herts, district aged 74.

SMITH

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Insufficient information to positively identify [same as below?]

SMITH

Cyril Ernest
Private 5832804, 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. [Army Air Corps]. Died 18 September 1944 aged 31. Son of Joseph William & Ellen Louisa (nee Vigers) Smith of Watford; husband of Gwen Mary (nee Stiles) Smith of Southsea, Hampshire. Remembered with honour Groesbeek Memorial, Gelderland, Holland: Panel 9.

The 1st Battalion was part of the 1st Parachute Brigade, 1st Airborne Division. Cyril was killed in action at Arnhem and has no known grave.

His birth was registered 1913 in the Watford district. He married 1940 in the Watford district. Gwen never remarried and died 18 August 1992 aged 75, of 46 St Vincent Road, Southsea.

His parents married by banns 1 September 1906 at St Andrews, Watford: Joseph was a carpenter, a bachelor aged 23; Ellen a spinster aged 22; both of 28 Salisbury Road, Watford. Joseph died 1917 in the Watford district aged 34.

SMITH

Kenneth Robert Victor
Private 5784252, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 31 July 1943 aged 19. Son of Mr Arthur J & Mrs Annie L (nee Orris) Smith of Watford. Remembered with honour Catania War Cemetery, Sicily: Plot III, Row J, Grave 9.

Catania War Cemetery contains burials from the later stages of the campaign in Sicily, including many who died in the heavy fighting just short of Catania and the battle for the Simeto river bridgehead.

Kenneth's birth was registered 1923 in the Watford district.

His parents married 1919 in the Watford district.

SMITH

Reginald Eric
Signalman C/JX 156462, H.M.S. Calcutta, Royal Navy. Died 1 June 1941 aged 19. Son of Arthur Edward and Emily (nee Goddard) Smith of Watford. Remembered with honour Chatham Naval Memorial: Panel 45, Column 3.

H.M.S. Calcutta was sunk in the Mediterranean on 1 June 1941, about 100 nautical miles west-north-west of Alexandria, Egypt, by two bombs from German Ju-88 bombers. There were 255 survivors.

Reginald's birth was registered 1922 in the Edmonton, Middx, district.

His parents married 1905 in the Hertford district.

SMITH

Reginald J
Either Reginald John SMITH, Private 7671645, The Hallamshire Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment. Died 27 June 1944 aged 27. Son of Robert Walter and Ethel Maud (nee Clements) Smith; husband of Kathleen Edna (nee Smith) Smith of Watford. Remembered with honour St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Normandy, France: Plot III, Row J, Grave 5. On 27 June 1944, The Hallamshires were involved in the second phase of the Battle of Fontenay-le-Pesnel, Normandy, ... Vendes was only 300 yards away and heavily defended. On the right the Germans also held the line of the Vendes-Barbe Farm-Petite Farm-Juvigny road in strength. This was a deadly position to be in and the battalion was subjected to an intense period of battle stress. Mortars, shells and rockets rained down in regular phases throughout the day. Reginald's birth was registered 1916 in the Islington, London, district. He married by banns 11 July 1942 at St Matthew's, Oxhey, Herts: already in H.M. Army, a bachelor aged 25 of 306 Deansbrook Road, Edgware, Middx; Kathleen a munitions worker, a spinster aged 22 of 51 Thorpe Crescent, Oxhey. Kathleen remarried by licence 28 September 1946 at St James', Watford to Hector James Sanders, a butcher, a bachelor aged 25 of 19 Liverpool Street, Watford; Kathleen was aged 26 of 51 Thorpe Crescent. His parents married 1909 in the Woolwich, London, district. Robert died 1965 in the Watford district aged 94.

Or Reginald James SMITH, Private 6849044, 1/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 28 May 1945 aged 28. Son of Edward William and Elizabeth Smith; husband of Catherine Hellen (nee Fowler) of Leavesden Green, Watford. Remembered with honour Naples War Cemetery, Italy: Plot IV, Row J, Grave 3.

The site for the war cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and burials were made in it from the hospitals and garrison in the Naples area. Later graves were brought in from a number of small cemeteries in the immediate vicinity.

Reginald's birth was registered 1917 in the Watford district. He married 1939 in the Watford district.

SPALL

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The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Flight Sergeant Ronald Edward Charles Spall, 1629954, 297 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 March 1945 aged 19. Son of Edward John and Alice Elizabeth (nee Carter) Spall of Ipswich, Suffolk. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 273.

According to the Operations Record Book, 297 Squadron was based at Earls Colne. On 3 March 1945, a call was made on the Squadron to provide three [Halifax] aircraft for an air-sea rescue search in the North Sea. One of these aircraft failed to return. It was last seen entering cloud at 200 feet and it is feared that the aircraft struck the water and sank immediately.

A Ronald E Spall's birth was registered 1924 in the Ipswich, Suffolk, district.

His parents married 1917 in the Woodbridge, Suffolk district. Edward died 1970 in the Ipswich district aged 87; Alice, of 28 Turin Street, Ipswich, died 2 August 1979 aged 86.

STEELE

Arthur
Captain 263403, General List attached Special Operations Executive. Died 14 September 1944 aged 23. Son of Arthur & Marie Hortense Steele; husband of Isabelle (nee Bowhill or Patterson) Steele of Watford. Mentioned in Despatches; Croix de Guerre avec Palme. Remembered with honour Brookwood Memorial: Panel 21, Column 3.

Arthur was with F Section of S.O.E., Monk Circuit, a w/t op code-named Laurent. He was arrested May 1944 and on 8 August was sent to Neue Bremm transit camp at Saarbrücken. He was subsequently moved to Buchenwald concentration camp on 16 August, where he was executed on 14 September. As well as Brookwood, Arthur is also commemorated on the S.O.E. Memorial at Valençay in France.

Arthur was born 6 April 1921 in France and married 1943 in the Watford district. Isabelle remarried 1948 in the Watford district to John W Wright-Browne.

His parents possibly married in France. Arthur snr died 1966 in the Watford district aged 69; Marie, of 30 Wingate Road, Luton, Beds, died 18 June 1976 aged 75.

STEVENSON

William George

Private 5780340, 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died 4 May 1944 aged 31. Son of Alexander Robert George & Margaret Louise (nee Pope) Stevenson of 39 Cecil Street, Watford. Remembered with honour Kohima War Cemetery, Manipur, India: Plot 2, Row A, Grave 5.

The Japanese advance into India was halted at Kohima in April 1944, and Garrison Hill was the scene of perhaps the most bitter fighting of the whole Burma campaign when a small Commonwealth force held out against repeated attacks by a Japanese Division. The fiercest hand- to-hand fighting took place in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner's bungalow, but the heaviest casualties on both sides occurred after relieving forces reached the Garrison and the Japanese were driven off the ridge, so re-opening the road to Imphal.

William's birth was registered 1913 in the Watford district and he was baptised 16 May 1913 at Christ Church; the family lived at 39 Cecil Street.

His parents married by banns 25 February 1911 at Christ Church: Alexander was a carpenter, a bachelor of 137 Leavesden Road, Watford; Margaret a spinster of 46 Salisbury Road, Watford; both aged 22. Alexander, of 39 Cecil Street, died 4 July 1960 at Holywell Hospital, Watford, aged 71; Margaret, of 39 Cecil Street, died 17 May 1982 aged 93.

THOMPSON

Ronald
Sergeant 1866655, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20 November 1944 aged 19. Son of Henry Robert & Lily Mabel (nee Bristow) Thompson of Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 346.

Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where Ronald died, except that it was somewhere in England.

His birth was registered 1925 in the Poplar, London, district and his death registered in the Thorne, Lincs., district

His parents married 1909 in the Poplar district. Henry died 1933 in the Watford district aged 49; Lily, a widow of 29 Pomeroy Crescent, Watford, died 14 April 1951 at Ash Tree Road, Watford, aged 62.

TIMSON

Charles Alfred
No Serjeant 7634702, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 2 May 1942 aged 28. Son of James & Mary Eliza (nee Smith) Timson of 7 Gorle Close, Watford; husband of Ivy Doris (nee George) Timson of Watford. Remembered with honour Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel: Row R, Grave 19.

During the Second World War, this cemetery was used by the Ramla Royal Air Force Station and by various Commonwealth hospitals posted in turn to the area for varying periods. Charles was born 2 November 1913 and baptised 28 December 1913 at All Saints, Leavesden, Herts; the family lived at Cart Path, Leavesden. He married by banns 8 January 1938 at All Saints, Leavesden: a clerk, a bachelor aged 24 of 16 Milton Street, Watford; Ivy a spinster aged 26 of 49 Shakespeare Street, Watford. Ivy remarried 1945 in the Watford district to Michael H Keais.

His parents married 1897 in the Shoreditch, London, district. James, of 7 Gorle Close, died 19 May 1943 at 60 Vicarage Road (Shrodells), Watford, aged 68.

WALTER

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A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Sergeant Frank Douglas Walter, 635501, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 26 October 1940 aged 21. Son of Edward James & Lily (nee Green) Walter of Newquay, Cornwall. Remembered with honour Runnymede Memorial: Panel 20.

According to the Operations Record Book, 61 Squadron was based at Hemswell. On 25 October 1940, Hampden X2971 was targeted to attack Kiel docks. Sgt Loadsman failed to return and it is feared that he and his crew [inc. Sgt Walter] are lost. It is not known whether he was lost due to the extremely bad weather conditions or to action by enemy aircraft. Most probably the former. On 26 October 1940 three aircraft detailed to search for the missing aircraft. They approached to within three miles of the Dutch coast but failed to find the missing machine.

A Frank D Walter's birth was registered 1919 in the Watford district.

His parents married 1907 in the Watford district. Lily, of 3 Stafford Close, St Columb Minor, Newquay, Cornwall, died 18 February 1982 aged 93.

WEEKES

S W
The only match on C.W.G.C. is:

Lance-Bombardier Stanley William Weeks, 1531848, Royal Artillery. Died 10 August 1944 aged 26. Son of Thomas Gresty & Edith (nee Turner) Weeks of 31 Purbrock Avenue, Garston, Herts. Remembered with honour Rome War Cemetery, Italy: Plot II, Row B, Grave 18.

Rome was taken on the 3 June 1944 as the German withdrawal continued. The cemetery was started shortly afterwards and was used mainly for burials from the occupying garrison, but a few graves were brought in from the surrounding country, and some soldiers and airmen who died as prisoners of war in Rome are also buried here.

A Stanley W Weeks' birth was registered 1919 in the Isle of Wight district.

His parents married 1909 in the Cambridge district.

WENT

Horace Edwin
Private Went, 5950457, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23 July 1943 aged 25. Son of William Joseph & Martha Emily (nee Bradley) Went of Watford. Remembered with honour Singapore Memorial: Column 56.

The 4th and 5th Battalions were sent to Singapore and in the ensuing battle were taken prisoner. Their total dead numbered 763 of whom 124 died in battle and 615 in Japanese captivity - most on the Burma-Thailand railway.

Horace's birth was registered 1918 in the Watford district and he was baptised 16 June 1918 at Christ Church; the family lived at 13 Hatfield Road, Watford.

His parents married by banns 2 October 1915 at St Mary's, Watford: William was in the military mounted police, a bachelor aged 25; Martha a spinster aged 29; both of 13 St Mary's Road, Watford. William died 1922 aged 32; Martha 1977 aged 90; both in the Watford district.

WHITE

G
A possible match on C.W.G.C. is:

Pilot Officer Gordon Frederick White, 129455, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11 December 1942 aged 27. Son of William Gordon and Alice (nee Hawkins) White of 67 North Approach, North Orbital Road, Garston, Herts; husband of Margery Eileen Joyce (nee Harding) White of Watford. Remembered with honour Watford North Cemetery: Section B Cons. Grave 54.

Unfortunately, as no Squadron number is given, it has not been possible to establish how and where Gordon died, except that it was somewhere in England.

A Gordon F White's birth was registered 1915 in the Watford district. He married by banns 9 August 1941 at St Andrew's, Watford: a clerk, a bachelor aged 26 of 67 North Approach, Watford; Margery a spinster aged 27 of 47 Belgrave Avenue, Watford. His death was registered in the Chichester, Sussex, district.

His parents married 1913 in the Watford district. William, of 67 North Approach, died 6 July 1945 at the Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, aged 57.

WINN

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Insufficient information to positively identify [same as below?]

WINN

Dudley George
Private 5954666, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died between 23 & 24 October 1943 aged 28. Son of George & Laura Florence (nee Testôt) Winn of 40 Bushey Mill Crescent, Watford. Remembered with honour Athens Memorial, Greece: Face 5.

Athens Memorial commemorates nearly 3,000 members of the land forces of the Commonwealth who lost their lives during the campaigns in Greece and Crete in 1941 and 1944- 45, in the Dodecanese Islands in 1943-45 and in Yugoslavia in 1943-45, and who have no known grave.

Dudley was born 9 October 1915 and baptised 10 May 1916 at Christ Church, Clapham, London; the family lived at 3 Elwell Road, Clapham.

His parents married by banns 31 January 1915 at Christ Church, Clapham: George was a shop assistant, a bachelor aged 26; Laura a spinster aged 25; both of 25 Alford Road, Clapham. George died 28 December 1968 aged 80; Laura died 11 May 1969 aged 79; both of 69 Judge Street, Watford.

WORRALL

W
A probable match on C.W.G.C. is:

Corporal William Thomas Worrall, 2598285, 4th H.Q. Sigs, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 24 June 1945 aged 28. Son of William Thomas & Sarah Eleanor (nee Abbott) Worrall of Watford; husband of Nancy Joyce (nee Hall) Worrall of Watford. Remembered with honour Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq: Plot 22, Row K, Grave 20.

During the Second World War, Baghdad was an objective of Commonwealth forces. An advanced base was established later near the city and remained in use until 1946. Most of the 296 Commonwealth servicemen of W.W.2 buried in the cemetery died of illness or by accident when serving with PAIFORCE [Persia And Iraq Force].

William's birth was registered 1916 in the Newport Pagnell, Bucks, district. He married 1940 in the Watford district. Nancy remarried 1947 in the Watford district to John F A Flowers and died 1960 in the Watford district aged 43.

His parents married 1915 in the Towcester, Northants, district. William snr, of 30 Tudor Avenue, Watford, died 8 June 1952 at 60 Vicarage Road (Shrodells), Watford, aged 61.

YOUNG

Robert David
Lance-Corporal Young, 5956763, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 16 May 1944 aged 28. Son of Mr Robert Frederick & Mrs Lily Alice (nee Gentle) Young of Watford. Remembered with honour Cassino War Cemetery, Frosinone, Italy: Plot XII, Row E, Grave 14.

By the 16th [May] the final battle [against the Gustav Line] was about to begin ... [it was] decided that the enemy-held salient must be straightened out ... This task was entrusted to the 2nd Bedfords. The attack began at 6.30pm and almost at once D Coy was halted by very heavy fire; A Coy, though suffering casualties, made good progress ... reaching their objective by about 9.40pm. By this time A Coy was reduced to 1 officer and 29 other ranks and D Coy to about 1 and 38 ... Robert was killed in action.

His birth was registered 1915 in the St Albans, Herts, district.

His parents married by banns 23 March 1911 at St Albans Abbey, Herts: Robert was an hotel manager, a bachelor aged 35 of High Street, Redbourn, Herts; Lily a spinster aged 26 of The Wellington, Market Place, St Albans. Lily died 1919 in the St Albans district aged 34.

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