Hertfordshire there are various memorials
and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell
in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries
in some cases, most World War One and Two.
any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that
are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals
have been awarded.
anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer
War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World
War then I would gladly post these as well.
other source of information is photographs andd there are several
that have been supplied without details - do
you know who they are?
Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information
accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied
is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish
to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and
will change the relevant information when informed.
note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the
wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records
given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied
at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought
they resided in.
Hertfordshireshire there are memorials to be found that
reveal the men and women who have served and fallen in various
wars or of the various military units that have served from
within the bounds of this area. These pages have been dedicated
to recording these memorials.
be paid to the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission from whose records it has been
possible to detail much of this information.
uniquely there are ten street memorials in the Abbey parish
of St. Albans that commemorate the dead of the First World
War who lived in those streets. Wall plaques record the
names of more than 100 men, including nine pairs of brothers,
who from the small group of homes that surrounded the Abbey
left to fight for King and Country and never returned. These
are documented in the book "THE STREET MEMORIALS OF
ST ALBANS ABBEY PARISH" by Alice Goodman published
by St Alban's and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological
Society 1987 ISBN 0 901194 08 5
WHO PASSED AWAY DECEMBER 2007
A PROLIFIC CONTRIBUTOR
TO THIS SITE
SHE WILL BE SORELY MISSED
those of you with an interest in the World War 1 there is The
British Army in the Great War, World
War 1 - Trenches on the Web, the Regimental
Warpath and the Cambridgeshire branch of the Western
Front Association. Cliff Brown, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire
branch of the WFA, Dave Edwards, Lynda Smith and Phil Cume have
generously added detail to the names recorded for many of these
memorials giving details of those who died. These names are all
taken from the main local war memorial (i.e. the town or village
memorial). Some extra names are added on the end when they crop
up elsewhere in the town/village, such as someone buried in the
further reading when researching World War 1 relatives then there
is a book published by the Federation of Family History Societies
for family Historians entitled "World War I Army Ancestry
- Third Edition" by Norman Holding ISBN 1 86006 056 2.
pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and
rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you
are willing to transcribe, a Hertfordshire memorial or roll
of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email
address is below.
acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go
to Lynda Smith, Christopher Comber, Carolynn Langley, Claire
Langley, Rosalyn Knight, David Goble, Alan Cooper, Gordon
Gliby, Robert Dye, Janet Graves, Andy Pay, Martin Hagger,
Vernon Masterman and
many others - thank you all.
and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for
the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet.
There is also another site that describes
these memorials. Details of Kranji War Cemetery and Taiping
can be found on MyFarEast
gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully
to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical
of the cap badges are
laid out, on a separate page.
War 1 & 2 -Hertfordshire
our on-line bookstore
site is maintained solely by volunteers and is funded by them as private
individuals. This includes the purchase of photographs, books, rolls of
honour plus the running costs of the site. We have always intended to
make this site free to all. If you have gained from this site then please
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button. Thank you.
you would like to donate but not on-line then cheques can be made payable
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Reynolds has some interesting details on his web
site that may be of use to those looking at military
history for Hertfordshire.
1999, The Dacorum Heritage Trust mounted a major exhibition
focusing on local soldiers who served in the First
World War. In preparation for the exhibition, they
gathered material (including photographs) from local
families whose relatives had served during the conflict.
They also began to compile a database of all soldiers
in the Borough whose names appear on the war memorials.
They used sources such as the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission, local newspapers and family testimony.
The results of their toils can be found on-line.
section contains various news reports and cuttings, old and new,
with reference to the memorials in and around Huntingdonshire. To
view the section please click
to other sites that you may find useful.
World War 1 many places were utilised for the war effort,
here the council schoool at Royston is turned into a Soldiers'
Haileybury College website :- www.haileybury.herts.sch.uk/archives/roll/index.html
has a section entitled roll-of-honour containing details
of 1400+ old boys lost in the various wars and campaigns from
the 1st Afghan war to the Indonesian Confrontation including
17 Victoria Crosses (VC) & 3 George Crosses (GC).
information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more
is to be found in old copies of the London
Gazette. Here is a brief resume:
London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously
published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world.
The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh
and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing.
They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette
contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary
and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as
well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few.
In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours
and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings,
Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.
the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended
on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless
publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing
of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters,
Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640.
This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in
the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing
of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous
events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to
remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to
Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette
and after a few months changed to its current title.
4 March, 2014