AT STONE WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2018
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.
Copyright © Dave Marques 2018
OF THE MEN OF
THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from Hertford Mercury and Reformer - Saturday 24 November
1917, page 8:
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.
further information currently available
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.
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.
from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916,
Volume 2, page 229:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
NOTHING TO YOU
THAT PASS BY
FOR ENGLAND DIED
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
REMEMBER BEFORE GOD THESE MEN OF
WATTON-AT-STONE WHO FELL IN WAR 1939-45
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IN THIS VILLAGE BY ENEMY ACTION
27 November, 2018