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World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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The Memorial stands at the roadside at the junction of Main Village Street and hertford Road, Watton at Stone. Itb takes the form of a plain Latin cross mounted on a circular column atop a square plinth with a three stepped base; the whole is set in a paved area; the inscription is on the front face of the plinth. There are 14 names listed for World War 1 only. The memorial was unveiled by Colonel Abel Smith 31 May 1920. The World War 2 memorial is to be found within St. Andrew and St. Mary Church which is off the High Street in Watton at Stone. It takes the form of a rectangular tablet with pediment and two columns, supported by two corbels, with the lettering in red. After World War 2 the village hall was renamed the War Memorial Hall.

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1914 - 1919

BASTIANI Walter [Schartian]
Corporal 29024, Recruits Depot, Royal Air Force. Died in the Cambridge Registration District 14 May 1918. Aged 38. Native of Bembridge, Isle of Wight. Joined 21 May 1916, promoted 1 September 1917 formerly Air Mechanic 1st Class (Driver, Mechanised Transport). In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Bembridge, Isle of Wight, a Hairdresser And Newsagent, married to Fanny with one duaghter, Marathon, resident 95, Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire. Buried in WATTON-AT-STONE (SS. ANDREW AND MARY) CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire.
BEADLE Herbert [Charles]
Private F/3393, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died 31 July 1917. Aged 34. Baptised 8 October 1882 in Watton, Hertfordshire. Son of William George and Emma Beadle, of High Street, Watton; husband of Florence Mary Beadle (nee Parker), of 254, Mill Cottages, Watton, Herts, married January to March Quarter 1910 in Hertford Registration District. I(n the 1911 census he was aged 29, born Watton at Stone, a Drayman, married to Florence Mary with one son, resident Cold Bath Yard, Hertford, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.
BLACKMORE Percy [Noah]
Second Corporal 244767, 3rd Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers (from 7 April 1917) formerly 12960, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on service from Pneumonia 1 July 1918 in Australian General Hospital, Abbeville. Aged 25. Born Watton, Herts, enlisted Hertford. Son of William and Mary Ellen Blackmore, of Watton, Herts. Listed as Noah Percy in Parish Register, born 23 September 1892, baptised 26 November 1893, and resident, in Watton. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Watton-at-Stone, a Farm Labourer, son of William and Mary Blackmore, resident Watton Green, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire. Attested 31 August 1914 in Hertford, aged 20 years 11 months, Gamekeeper by trade, unmarriedheight 5 feet 5½ inches, weight 128lbs, chest 36 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England, promoted 2nd Corporal 1 February 1918. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 25.
Private 235198, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers formerly 3123 then 11170, Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Died 31 July 1917. Aged 37. Born Walton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, enlisted Stapleford, Nottinghamshire. Son of William (deceased) and Helena Bonnett, of Watton, Herts. Attested 25 April 1916 in Hertford, aged 35 years 7 months, Farmer by trade, resident South End farm, Stapleford, Hertfordshire, unmarried, height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 11 stone 6lbs, chest 37 inches. In the 1911 censsu he was aged 31, born Watton, Worker his brother, Russell's, Farm, resident South End Farm, Sacombe, near Ware, Stapleford, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22.
BURGESS Edgar [Lawson Gore]
Sergeant 235232 [SDGW] or 23532 [CWGC], 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 30 July 1918. Born Watton, resident Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, enlisted Hertford. Brother of Mr. M. C. P. Burgess, of The Crown and Sceptre, Bromyard, Worcester. Buried in ST. AMAND BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 21.
Lance Corporal 36278, "B" Company, 6th Batatlion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 22 October 1917. Aged 21. Resident Watton-at-Stone, enlisted Hertford. Son of Amos and Clara Clift, of Mill End, Watton-at-Stone, Hertford. Received shrapnel wounds to head and back, admitted to in County of Middlesex War Hospital at Napsbury 2 October 1916 for 81 days, discharged 21 December 1916 then given furlough. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot V. Row B. Grave 2B.
GUBBIN John Richard Francis aka Jack

Second Lieutenant, 47th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died of Wounds while a Prisoner of War 20 November 1917, he had been wounded and made a Prisoner of War 29 October 1917 after aerial combat. flying an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.12. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Midlothjian, Scotland, grandson of Richard and Gertrude Gubbin, son of William B Gubbin (a widower), resident Village Street, Watton At Stone, Hertford, Hertfordshire. Buried at SKOPJE BRITISH CEMETERY, Republic of Macedonia. Row C. Grave 6.

Extract from Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 24 November 1917, page 8:


Lieut. J. R. F. Gubbin, R.F.C., is officially reported missing on October 29. He was the only son of the late Dr. W. B. T. Gubbin, of Bristol, and grandson of the late Mr. B. Gubbin, Trafalgar House, Watton-at-Stone. He returned from S. Africa to join the Army, and after training in England obtained a commission in R.F.C., and was sent first to Egypt and afterwards to Salonica.

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HIDE [Albert] Douglas
Apprentice, S.S. "Cairnstrath" (Newcastle), Mercantile Marine. Died at sea, supposed drowned when his ship was sunk by an enemy submarine, 4 August 1917. Aged 18. Born 1899 in Worthing. Son of Charles Edward and Florence Eliza Hide, of Watton, Herts. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.
HODGES Harold [Wardale]

Second Lieutenant, 6th (Reserve) Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died 9 May 1915. Born 1893. Son of Dora Katharine Hodges, of "Corey's Mill," Stevenage, Herts., and the late Herbert Chamney Hodges, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Educated at Epsom College. Honorary Scholar of Hertford College, Oxford. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, a boarder, at school, born Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, resident Epsom, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 32 and 33.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 2, page 229:

2nd LIEUTENANT HAROLD WARDALE HODGES, 6th (RESERVE) attd. 2nd BATTN. KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS, was the elder son of Herbert Chamney Hodges, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., and Dora Katharine Wardale, of Watoon (sic) at Stone, Hertford, where he was born on the 14th October, 1893. His maternal great-grandfather, grandfather, and uncle were all Fellows of Clare College, Cambridge, and he was also related to Lieutenant-Colonel A. D. P. Hodges, M.D., C.M.G., P.M.O. Uganda, and Director of Medical Supplies for East African Troops.

Lieutenant Hodges obtained Junior, Senior, and Leaving scholarships at Epsom College, where he was well known on the cricket football fields, and Captain of the hockey team. From Epsom he gained a Leaving scholarship for Oxford and an Exhibition for Hertford College, being afterwards made an Honorary Scholar on taking a First Class in Moderations. At Oxford he was a member of the hockey, cricket, and football teams of his College, was Editor of the Hertford College Magazine, a member of the Shakespeare Society and of the Junior Common Room.

At both Epsom and Oxford he was a member of the O.T.C., and at the outbreak of war in August, 1914, he was gazetted to the 6th (Reserve) Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, and was attached to the 2nd Battalion for service. He went to the front in December, 1914, where he served until the 9th May, 1915, when he was fatally wounded in the head while leading a bombing party at Rue du Bois.

MOTT Sidney [Arthur]
Private 97295, 2nd Battalion, Tank Corps formerly 322326, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action 18 September 1918. Aged 19. Born Watton, Herts, enlisted Bromley, Kent. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Annie Mott, of Watton, Hertford. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 18
MUNN Duncan
Painter 2nd Class 183670, H.M.S. "Pathfinder," Royal Navy. Lost when his ship was sunk by a mine, about 20 miles off the East Coast, 5 September 1914. Aged 35. Born 12 January 1879 in Lanark, Lanarkshire. Son of Mr. A. Munn, late of Woodhall Park, Hertford. Brother of Alexander Munn, R.S.N. No. 6147, Headquarters, Egyptian Army, Khartoum, Soudan. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Lanarkshire, a scholar, son of Alexander and Mary Munn, resident Watton Green, Watton, Hertford, Hertfordshire. No known grave.Commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 6.
PARKER Albert [Francis]
Private 5132, 6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died in service 26 October 1916. Aged 25. Resident Whatton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, enlisted Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Parker, of Watton, Hertford. Buried at BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, RIVIERE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 4.
RICHARDS [John] Stanley

Private 489784, University Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Killed in action 30 October 1917 while operating a Lucas Signal Lamp at Bellevue Pill-Box, Passchendaele Ridge, he was instantly killed by enemy shell fire. Aged 25. Born 25 December 1892 in Costock, Nottinghamshire. Son of John and Ellen Elizabeth Richards, of The School House, Watton-at-Stone, Hertford. Clerk in the Bank of British North America in London and Montreal. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Costock, Nottinghamshire, a Clerk, son of John and Ellen Elizabeth Richards, resident School House, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire. Attested 27 April 1916 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a bank Clerk by trade, aged 23 years 4 months, 5 feet 8½ inches, chest 36½ inches. clear complexion, brown eyes, dark hair, religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 10. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8233 - 59

Extract from Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 17 November 1917, page 8:


We regret to announce that Signaller John S. Richards, of the Canadian Forces, was killed in Flanders at the end of October. He was the oldest son of Mr. John Richards, who for the last 25 years has been schoolmaster at Watton, The deceased was formerly a clerk in Messrs. Gilbertson and Pago's factory at Hertford. He afterwards gained an appointment in the Bank of British North America and was installed first in the London Office in Gracechurch Street, and the Headquarters Bank at Montreal. In April of 1916 he joined the University Company, and commenced his training at Montreal. A special draft being required, he was one of 50 chosen, and was transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. He arrived in England in July, 1916, and after spending three weeks at Shorncliffe, was dispatched to France at the beginning of August, and became attached to the 3rd Division of Canadians. Since then he has been in continuous action, including the capture of Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Passchendaele, where he met with his death. In notifying his death Lieut. Reynolds writes: ’As a Signaller he was always most efficient and conscientious, and we feel his loss keenly. It will a great relief to you know that he was killed instantly, during our recent fighting, on duty signalling.’ Great sympathy is extended to his parents by the whole village, as he was a general favourite, being one of its keenest cricketers and one of the best full backs in the Watton Football Team.




CHAPPELL Ronald Arthur
Royal Air Force
CULVER Percy Arthur
Private 14694839, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7 August 1944. Aged 20. Born and resident Hertfordshire. Son of Arthur and Maud Culver and Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 24.
GORDON-IVES Victor Matthew
Lieutenant 200109, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action 22 January 1944. Aged 22. Born 29 June 1921. Born London, resident Hertfordshire. Son of Cecil Maynard Gordon-Ives and Gwladys Marjorie Gordon-Ives. In the 1939 Register he was a Student at Oxford, unmarried, resident Whitehouse, High Street, Hertford R.D., Hertfordshire. Second Lieutenant 2nd August 1941, Lieutenant 1 October 1942. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row G. Grave 15.
PARKER Albert Leslie
Private, S/140963, 3 Supply Personnel Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at sea between 26 and 27 April 1941. Born and resident Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 8.
PARKER Gladys Vera
Civilian of Mill Cottage, Watton-at-Stone. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Powell, of Sunny View, Blaina, Monmouthshire; wife of Henry Arthur Parker. Killed by enemy action at Mill Cottage 13 October 1940. Aged 25.
PARKER Henry Arthur
Civilian of Mill Cottage, Watton-at-Stone. Son of Mr. A. J. Parker, of Grape Vine Cottage, Watton-at-Stone; husband of Gladys Vera Parker. Killed by enemy action at Mill Cottage 13 October 1940. Aged 28.

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