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HARROW WEALD STREET SHRINE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Terry Gibbs 2018

The Harrow Weald Street Shrine memorial is situated on High Road and Box Tree Road, at the entrance to the Recreation Ground, High Street, Harrow Weald, Middlesex. It is an inscribed marble slab mounted on a free standing, timber, frame and headed "Parish of Harrow Weald Roll of Honour". It was unveiled in November 1921 and replaced a temporary war shrine erected on the same spot in January 1917. The site originall cost £35. There are 38 names listed for World War 1 only. In 2006 damaged letters were repained and in 1994 the memorial itself was repaired. It is the reposibility of Harrow Council. The war memorial inside All Saints Church Harrow Weald bears a similar list of names.

Photographs Copyight © Terry Gibbs 2018

PARISH OF HARROW WEALD ROLL OF HONOUR
IN MEMORIUM
"THO' DEAD THEIR MEMORY LIVETH"

AINSLIE
Denys Alfred Lafone
21 May 1894 in 2nd Lieutenant 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24th October 1914. Aged 20. Born Feltham, Middx. Resident Harrow Weald, Middx. Baptised 22 June 1894 in Kings Walden, Hertfordshire. Son of William Langstaff and Jane Ainslie of Hanworth House, Harrow Weald. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais France. Panels 8 and 9.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Who Died In the Great War 1914-1916, volume 1, page 3:

2nd LIEUTENANT DENYS ALFRED LAFONE AINSLIE, 1st BATTN. DEVONSHIRE REGT., who was killed in action on the 24th October, 1914, in France, was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ainslie, of Hanworth House, Harrow Weald.

He was educated at Wellington, where he was in the Talbot from 1906-1910.

He was gazetted to the 3rd Battalion of his regiment in April. 1913, and was granted a commission in the 1st Battalion in August, 1914.

Death also reported in Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette - Friday 29 January 1915

BACK
Horace Aubrey
2nd Lieutenant 3rd attached 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Mametz 22nd September 1916. Aged 35. Born Ealing. Resident Harrow Weald. Son of the late Francis Formby and Margaret Back. M.A., Matriculated 1899 Brasenose College, Oxford University. Buried in Flatiron Copse British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 35
BARTLEY
Edward Hall
Captain, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 22. Son of Harry and Josephine Hartley of High Road, Wealdstone, Middx. Born Stoke Newington. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, son of Henry E and Josephine Bartley, born Stoke Newington, Middlesex, resident 7, Bethune Road, Stoke Newington, Hackney, London & Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, son of Henry Edward and Josephine Bartley, born Stoke Newington, Middlesex, at school, resident Dronfield High Road, Wealdstone, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlananderen, Belgium. Panel 21
BATCHELOR
Arthur
Private T.F.3831, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) .Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 27. Born Kilburn. London. Enlisted Willesden, Middx. Resident Wealdstone, Middx. Awarded the Military Medal, gazetted 27 October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France .Pier and Face 12D and 13B
BENCE
Percy
Corporal G/879, 11th Battalion, Duke of Cambridgeshire’s Own (Middlesex Regt) Killed in action 29 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Doynton, Glos. Enlisted Aldershot. Resident Harrow Weald. Son of Thomas Bence. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12D and 13B
BIGGS
Walter George
Lance Corporal L/12386. Ist Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Killed in action at Chapille d'Armentiers 1 December 1914. Aged 25. Born Harrow Weald.Resident Harrow, Middx. Enlisted Hounslow, Middx. Son of Walter and Alice Biggs of 2 Ivy Cottages, Box Tree Lane, Harrow Weald, Middx. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegstreet Memorial, Hainault, Belgium, Panel 3.

Death also reported in Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette - Friday 29 January 1915

BLACKWELL, M.C.
Aubrey Francis

Lieutenant 6th (London) Brigade. Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 2 June 1917. Aged 27. Born Paddington, London. Son of Thomas Francis and Louisa Ann Blackwell of The Cedars, Harrow Weald, Middx. Educated Harrow School 1905-1909 Small Houses; Moretons. Awarded the Military Cross. (London Gazette 1916 p. 9423). Reading for the Bar when he obtained his commission. Buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I I, Row D. Grave 10.

Extract from Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette - Friday 30 November 1917, page 4:

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL

Lieutenjant Aubrey Francis Blackwell M.C., R.F.A., of The cedars, Harrow Weald, who was killed in Belgium on June 2nd, son of the late Thomas Francis Blackwell, of Soho-square, W., has left a fortune of the value of £145,013. He bequeathed "2,000 to Harrow School, and £1,000 to Orial College, Oxford.

BLACKWELL
Charles
2nd Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regt). Killed in action 20 July 1915. Aged 32. Born Harrow Weald, Resident Kings Langley, Herts. Son of Mr and Mrs Samuel John Blackwell, Chipperfield, Kings Langley, Herts; brother of William Gordon (below). Buried in Ridgwood Military Cemetery, West-Vlandeeren, Belgium. Plot II. Row G, Grave 2. (Brother of William Gordon Blackwell )
BLACKWELL
William Gordon
Lieutenant 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Killed in action 5 October 1916. Aged 31. Born and resident Harrow Weald. Son of Samuel John and Eliza Blackwell. Husband of Mina Blackwell nee O’Malley. Brother of Charles (above). No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8C9A and 16A. (Brother of Charles Blackwell). See also London Stock Exchange.

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

LIEUTENANT WILLIAM GORDON BLACKWELL ("Don"), Royal Fusiliers, was the seventh son of Samuel John Blackwell, J.P., and of Elizabeth, his wife, and was born in 1885.

Educated at Mr. Herbert Bowden-Smith's Preparatory School at Bengeo and privately, he joined his brother Robert in the firm of Blackwell Brothers, and became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1908.

On the declaration of war he enlisted straightway in the Honourable Artillery Company and was sent to the French front in September 1914, obtaining a commission in the 4th Royal Fusiliers in 1915.

He fell at Flers, in the battle of the Somme, on 6 October 1916, being then attached to the 8th Royal Fusiliers.

One of his Commanding Officers wrote of him: “I saw a great deal of him and he naturally endeared himself to me by his kind nature and manliness of character. I deplore his loss; the nation has lost a gallant soldier and a great gentleman."

His Major wrote: “He was a grand soldier; he could get the utmost out of men and did so, but they all worshipped him."

Lieutenant Blackwell married in 1910 Nina Mary, daughter of the late Middleton Moore O'Malley and Mrs. O'Malley of Westport, co. Mayo, and leaves a widow and one son.

BROTHERS
James Harold
Sub-Lieutenant 189th Brigade, Machine Gun Company, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 29. Born 5 December 1887 Sheerness, Kent. Baptised 3 June 1888 in Sheerness, Kent. Son of the late Captain James and Louisa Brothers of Weald Lane, Harrow Weald. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Sheerness, kent, son of Lousia brothers, a widow, resident 10, Grange Court Road, Stoke Newington, Hackney, London & Middlesex. Address held by Navy was Andaman, Weald Lane, Harrow N. Emabrked on H.M.T. Ionian at Mudros 16 May 1916, disembarked at Marseilles 22 May 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1A
COBB
Kenneth Rhodes
Captain, 15th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 1 July 1915 attached 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Aged 40. Son of Elizabeth Cobb of Wealdstone House, Harrow Weald, Middx. Born Bayswater, London. Resident Harrow Weald. Matriculated 1893 Balliol College, Oxford University. B.A. (September 1914). In the 1911 census he was aged 35, son of Elisabeth Cobb, a widow, born Bayswater London, a Solicitor, resident Wealdstone House Wealdstone, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Turkey. Grave Sp. Me,. B10.
CREASY
Bertram Albert George (Possibly)
Corporal L/14575. 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died 12 June 1916. Aged 21. Born Enfield, Middx. Enlisted Ponders End, Middx. Son of James and Eliza Creasy. Buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 24.
GOWMAN
William Stephen
Private 61481. 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 11 April 1917. Aged 37. Born and resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Dover, Kent. Husband of Charlotte Gowman nee Longman. Buried in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave B.
HIGHAM
Percy Edwin
Private G/21901. 8th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 18 May 1918 as a POW. Aged 39. Born Islington, Middx. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Harrow. Son of Daniel and Sarah Higham. Buried in Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz, Moselle, France. Grave 357.
HOLT
William
Private 4355. 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died 15 September 1916. Aged 36. Resident Harrow Weald. No known grave. Commemorated on Thieval Memorial, Somme, France. Addenda Panel.
HORREX
Harry Abraham
Private 25237. 13th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 26 March 1918. Aged 36. Born Felsham, Suffolk. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Mill Hill, Middx. Husband of Lilian Ann Horrex nee Monk. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
HYDE
Albert Harry
Private 2574 13th Battalion (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born Westminster. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Kensington. Aged 21.Son of Caroline Harriett Hyde of Byron Road, Wealdstone, Middx and the late Albert Harry Hyde. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegstreet Memorial, Hainault, Belgium. Panel 10. (His brother George Frederic also on the War Memorial)
HYDE
George Fielder
Rifleman 1895, 1st/6th Battalion, London Regiment (City of London Rifles). Died 15 September 1916. Aged 23. Born and resident Wealdstone, Middx. Enlisted London. Son of Caroline Harriett Hyde of Byron Road, Wealdstone, Middx and the late Albert Harry Hyde. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9D.
INVERARITY
Alexander
Private G/20067.2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 5 July 1917. Aged 34. Born St. Ninian’s, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Enlisted Mill Hill. Resident Harrow Weald. Husband of Jessie Inverarity nee Cramond. Buried in Ramscapelle Road Military Cemetery. Plot V. Row C.Grave 15.
MARTIN
Frank Tingey
Corporal B/2070, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 30 July 1915. Aged 26. Born and resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted St.Paul’s, London. Son of James and Hannah Martin of Harrow Weald, Middx .No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlandeeren, Belgium. Panel 46-48 and 50.
MORTLOCK
Robert Vernon
Private G/64083,7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died at Home 4 November 1918. Aged 36. Born Pinner, Middx. Resident Harrow Weald. Husband of Maud Amelie Mortlock nee Callard of Lorne Road, Wealdstone, Middx.. Buried in All Saints, Harrow Weald, Churchyard extension. (Also commemorated on the Wealdstone, Middx.War Memorial)
NORRIS
Edward Fraser
Captain, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in flying accident near Oxford 15 March 1918. Aged 22. Born 22 November 1895 in Bournemouth, Hants. Resident Harrow Weald, Middx. Son of Mrs. Norris of Kenton Cottage, Harrow Weald. Buried in Oxford (Wolvercote Road) Cemetery, Oxford. Grave FI.37.
PITMAN
Noel Marsh
Private G/2759 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 26 September 1916. Aged 21. Born Leicester. Enlisted Harrow. Son of Cecilia Rolph (formerly Pitman) of Union Lane, Chesterton, Cambs and the late John D. Pitman. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12D and 13B.
RAWLINSON
Christopher Claude Hedley
Private G/2447. 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 15 August 1916. Aged 33. Born Tiptree, Essex. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Woldingham, Surrey. Son of the late Christopher Charles Rawlinson of Tiptree, Essex. Husband of Winifred Mabel Rawlinson nee Whalow of Tillett’s Cottages, Harrow Weald. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12D and 13B
SHORT
John Archibald

Air Mechanic 2nd Class 50284, Royal Flying Corps. Died of illness, double lobar pneumonia, at Council School Hospital, Aylesbury, 30 December 1916. Aged 26. Born and resident Wealdstone, Middx. Son of William and Kezia Short of Locket Road, Wealdstone. Middx. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Wealdstone, Middlesex, a Railway Pureels Carman, resident with his parents, William and Kezia Short, at 51 Byron Road, Wealdstone, Middlesex. Motor Driver, Traffic Department, Harrow, London & North Western Railway. Also commemorated in the St Paul's Cathedral Order of Service 1919. Attested 16 November 1916 aged 24 years 8 months, at Harrow, resident Caranfir, Lockett Road, Wealdstone, unmarried, height 5 feet 10 inches, chest 36 inches, to Amry Reserve 17 November 1916, mobilised 28 November 1916, posted 28 November 1916, with R.F.C. 29 November 1916. Buried in Harrow (Wealdstone) Cemetery, Middx. Grave A.172. (Also commemorated on the Wealdstone, Middx.War Memorial)

In the obituary given in the March 1917 issue of the London and North Western Railway Gazette, it says that Short was in training when he contracted a severe chill, which after a few days pneumonia set in. All was done for him, but he sadly passed away. He was described as always being of a kind and cheery disposition, and a favourite in the company. His coffin was carried under the Union Jack, and his funeral service was seen to be a very impressive one.

SPARKS
Thomas Ernest
Private 9797, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 28 June 1916. Aged 23.Born Hendon, Middx. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France. Plot 11.Row E. Grave 14.
TUCK
Frederick George
Private 17263 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 34. Born and resident Hengrave, Suffolk. Enlisted Watford, Herts. Buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot Sp. Row Mem. Grave 6.
WATTS
Percy Henry
Leading Aircraftman 23665, Reinforcement Park, Royal Air Force. Died 7 March 1919. Aged 21. Born and resident Harrow Weald. Son of George and Sarah Ann Watts of Box Tree Lane, Harrow Weald, Middx. Buried in Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Grave L5.
WATTS
William Henry
Private L/15084, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Killed in action 28 April 1915. Aged 26. Born Harrow Weald. Resident Wealdstone. Enlisted London. Son of Henry Watts of Elm Terrace, Wealdstone. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panels 37-41 and 438.
WHARTON
John
Private 34521 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1918. Aged 20.Born Formby, Lancs. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted Kilburn. Son of Henry and Mary Wharton of Formby, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on Giavera Memorial, Italy.
WHITE
Robert James
Petty Office London 9/1338, Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action at D'nolles 4th June 1915. Aged 26. Born 17 February 1888. London. Resident Wealdstone, Middx. Son of Job and Jane White of 67 Belmont Road, Wealdstone, Middx. A clerk prior to enlistment. Religious denomination Church of England. Formerly 1st Cadet Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)(Resigned). Formerly resided at 3 Tiverton Terrace, Belmont Road, Wealdstone. Height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 34½ inches, dark complxion, brown hair, grey eyes. Buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey. Sp. Mem. 164.
WHITWORTH
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WILLIAMS
Gordon
Captain, 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died 15 November 1918. Aged 38. Born Johannesburg, South Africa. Resident Harrow Weald. Husband of Phyllis Janet Williams nee Mackenzie. Buried in Lubumbashi Cemetery, Democratic Republic of Congo.
WILLIAMS
John Percival
Driver 624194, Reserve Battery, Honourable Artillery Company. Died in Fargo Hospital 2nd June 1917. Aged 23. Born Wealdstone, Middx. Enlisted London 25 January 1915. Son of Stephen and Charlotte Williams of Wealdstone, Middx. H.A.C. record his address as Enderley, High Road, Wealdstone, Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was a son, aged 17, born Forest Gate, Essex, a Clerk, resident with his parents, Stephen Evans Williams and Charlotte Williams, at Enderley High Road, Wealdstone, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex. Buried in All Saints, Churchyard Extension, Harrow Weald, Middx.
WILLSON
Reginald Francis
Rifleman, 3769 1st/6th Battalion, London Regiment (City of London Rifles). Killed in action 15 September 1916. Aged 20. Resident Harrow Weald. Enlisted London. Son of Mr. E. Willson of 17 Elm Terrace, Wealdstone. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9D.
WILSON
Arthur Leslie
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 18 July 1918. Aged 30. Born Hampstead, London. Resident Harrow Weald. Son of Arthur and Rebecca Wilson of Kynaston Court, Harrow Weald. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 21.

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