HARMER GREEN & DIGSWELL WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2018
memorial is to be found on the village green in Harmer Green Lane, Harmer
green, Welwyn, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. It takes the form of a tall,
plain, Celtic cross on a square plinth with the incised inscription
and names standing on a two stepped base; the dates are to be found
in relief on the wheel of cross. There are 123 names for World War 1
and one for World War 2.
Copyright © Dave Marques 2018
OF THE MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR
THE GREAT WAR
17607, 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on
service in United Kigdom 15 May 1915. Aged 19. Born at King's Walden,
Hitchin, Herts (SDGW states Wheathampstead), resident Welwyn, Hertfordshire,
enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick and Charlotte Cadwell, of Digswell
Lodge Farm, Digswell, Welwyn, Herts. Buried in FELIXSTOWE NEW CEMETERY,
Suffolk. Row J. Grave 4.
Royal Field Artillery. Died, in Carnarvon Hospital, of gun shot
wounds to the left buttock 12 September 1917, first admitted to
Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital, Millbank, 24 November 1916
then transferred. Aged 22. Buried in WARESIDE (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD,
Corporal G/12821, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Died of wounds 13 April 1918. Aged 20. Born Dalston, Middlesex (CWGC
states High Welwyn, Hertforshire), resident Whetstone, Middlesex,
enlisted Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Son of Albert Samuel and Emily Edwards,
of 44, Pollard Rd., Oakleigh Park, Middlesex, London. Baptised in
Digswell in 1911. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Hackney,
London, a Student at School, son of Emily Edwards (a widow), resident
of Winterton Digswell, Hertfordshire. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY
CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXVI. Row F. Grave 11.
Sergeant Major 7982, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed
in action 12 October 1916. Born 16 March 1886 in Digswell, Hertfordshire,
resident Stevenage, Hertfordshire, enlisted Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
Between 1889 and 1898 he is recorded as attaneding Digswell St John's
National School, Digswell, hertfordshire. In the 1891 census he
was listed as Edmond, aged 5, born Hertfordshire, a Scholar, son
of Thonmas and Eleanor Ephgrave, resident Digswell, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Digswell, Hertfordshire,
an Agricultural Labourer, son of Thomas and Eleanor Ephgrave, resident
Tewin Lodge, Digswell, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Buried in WARLENCOURT
BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 37.
G/15380, 10th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
Killed in action 30 September 1916. Born Coombe, Hampshire, resident
Cobham, Surrey, enlisted Walton, Surrey. Husband of Annie Knapp
(nee Hoare), married 218 February 1911 in Cobham, Surrey; two children.
Attested 31 December 1915, aged 28 years 7 months, height 5 feet
4 inches, weight 112lbs, chest 32¾ inches, Gamekeeper by
trade, married. To Army Reserve 4 December 1915, mobilized 29 May
1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment 30 May 1916,
posted to Base 5 September 1916 then 10th Battalion. Buried in BANCOURT
BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 17.
*** This man is an anomaly as these are the only details that fit
but no association with Harmer Green or Digswell is as yet obvious
30958, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on service 27
April 1917. Born and resident Welwyn, Hertfordshire, enlisted Bedford.
IN the 1901 census he was aged 19, born Welwyn, a Domestic Gardener,
son of Ann Mardell (a widow), resident 2, Welwyn Hill, Welwyn, Hatfield,
Hertfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 29, born Welwyn, Hertfordshire,
a Domestic Gardener, married to Constance, two daughters, resident
Digswell Water Lodge, Digswell, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated
on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
Captain, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in
action 3 September 1916. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL,
Somme, France. Plot XXIII. Row K. Grave 4.
H.M.S. "Verulam," Royal Navy. Died 3 September 1919. Aged
21. Killed 24 February 1898. Son of Owen Markham Powell and Harriet
Powell, of Harmer Green, Welwyn, Herts. Enlisted 15 September 1916,
Sub-Lieuteantr 15 May 1918. Baptised 11 April 1898 in West Clandon,
Surrey. Buried in Styrsudd Point Cemetery and commemorated on ARCHANGEL
MEMORIAL, Russian Federation. Addenda Panel.
8th (County of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment.
Died of wounds 23 May 1915. Aged 24. Son of Margaret S. Russell,
of Lane End, Sawbridgeworth, Herts, and the late W. E. Russell.
Educated at Haileybury College, and Hertford College, Oxford. Buried
in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row H.
2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed
in action 24 August 1914. Aged 22. Born 10 June 1892. Son of William
Ernest and Margaret Susan Russell, of Lane End, Sawbridgeworth,
Herts. Buried in HAUTRAGE MILITARY CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium.
Plot I. Row A. Grave 5.
from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916,
Volume 1, page 345:
LAWRENCE EDWARD RUSSELL, 2nd BATTN. THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S (WEST
RIDING REGIMENT), who was included in the War Office
monthly casualty list, published on the 9th October, 1914, as
unofficially reported killed in action, was the son of Mrs. Russell,
Bryn, Digswell, Welwyn, Herts. He was born on the 10th June, 1892,
joined the West Riding Regiment in September, 1911, and became
Lieutenant in April, 1914.
15786, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15
September 1916. Aged 22. Born 12 November 1893 in Burnham Green,
Hertfordshire, baptised 10 November 1893 in Digswell, son of Walter
and Susan Jane Shadbolt, resident Burnham Green, Hertfordshire,
enlisted Hertford. Son of Walter Shadbolt, of Burnham Green; husband
of Amy Ellen Shadbolt, of Beulah House, Burnham Green, Welwyn, Herts.
In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Digswell, a Gardener, son
of Walter and Sarah Jane Shadbolt, resident Burnham Green, Digswell,
Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.
Lance Corporal 3201, 3rd/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action 30 July 1916. Born and resident Radwell, Hertfordshire,
enlisted Hertford. Son of Martha Underhill, of Radwell, Baldock,
Herts. Attested 19 September 1914 at Hertford, aged 23 years 9
months, parents deceased when he attested, height 5 feet 9 inches.
chest 32 inches, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, religious
denomination Church of England. Posted and embodied 19 September
1914, embarked Southampton 6 May 1916, disembarked Rouen 7 May
1916, to No. 6 Entrenching Battalion 19 May 1916, attached 8th
Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment 11 July 1916. In the 1891
census he was newborn, son of John and Martha Underhill, resident
Radwell Lane, Radwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. In the 1901 census
he was aged 10, born Radwell, Hertfordshire, son of John and Martha
Underhill, resident Rectory Lane, Radwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France.
Grave lost. Special Memorial 16.
24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion, Welsh Regiment.
Killed in action 27 December 1917. Aged 33. Son of Mr. J. C. Yorke,
J.P., of Langton, Durbach, Pembrokeshire; husband of Violet Mary
Yorke, of 8, Argyll Mansions, Chelsea, London. Awarded the Military
Cross (M.C.). In 1898 he was attending Haileybury School, Hertford.
In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born new Zealand (British Subject),
a student, pupil, resident Great Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire. In
the 1911 census he was married, born Iki, New Zealand, married,
a boarder, living on Private Means, resident 627 Atherstone Terrace,
St. Stephens, Kensington, London, with his wife, Violet Mary Yorke,
married that year. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and
Palestine (including Gaza). Section E. Grave 75.
Petty Officer C/234868, H.M.S. "Badger," Royal Navy. Died
at Ipwich Naval Base 29 October 1940. Aged 51. Born 1 January 1889
in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Husband of Margaret Kate Walker, of Welwyn,
Hertfordshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Commissionaire (Office),
married to Margaret R Walker, resident 1 Station Road , Welwyn R.D.,
Hertfordshire. Buried in SHOTLEY ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Suffolk.
Plot 1. Row C. Grave 7.
11 December, 2018