War Memorial on Church Green, Harpenden

1914-18 Names

By Gavin Ross

Photo:Dedication of War Memorial in 1920

Dedication of War Memorial in 1920

Local History Archives

The War Memorial on Church Green, which was dedicated in 1920, has two engraved plates listing names of 162 servicemen who died in the First World War, and a further plate with 108 names of those who died in the Second World War. The lists are not complete as there are further names on memorials in St Nicholas Church and High Street Methodist Church.  Mary Skinner has put together more information about the men on the memorial from various sources.

In the First World War list there are 29 officers and 133 other ranks, nearly all serving in army regiments, of which the most local were the Bedfordshire Regiment (38 names) and the Hertfordshire Regiment (8 names).  Other more common regiments are Northants (6), Royal Field Artillery (13), Royal Fusiliers (7), Royal Engineers (6) and Royal Garrison Artillery (4).

In the Second World War list there are 42 officers and 66 other ranks, with as many RAF casualties as in the army, and 10 in the navy including two women (Wrens).

Photo:First panel of names

First panel of names

Gavin Ross, April 2013

The 1914-18 list includes several names of local families, such as Day, Gray, Pearce, Seabrook and Sibley. Comparing the list with surnames in Kelly’s Directory for 1913, where there is only one matching name it is probable that the serviceman came from that address.  We know that 2nd Lt C. Blake was the son of Dr Blake of Bowers House, and his memorial in St Nicholas Church tells that he died on the Somme on 16th September 1916. Gerald Lydekker of Harpenden Lodge died in Alexandria in 1917 and Cyril Lydekker died at Gallipoli in 1915.  Memorials at Rothamsted state that Charles Martin died at Ypres in 1915 (but his name does not appear on the town memorial), and Kenneth Lewin died in the trenches in France in 1916.

 

 

 NAME

 RANK

 REGIMENT

 INFORMATION

From ? - from a collection of what appear to be cuttings from newspapers.  Not dated

Allen, H.

Gnr

R.G.A.

Royal Garrison Artillery

Allen, M.R.

2/Lt

Notts and Derby R

 

Andrews, S.

Pte

London Scottish

 

Argent, W.G.V.

Pte

R.Ir.Rif.

 

Atkinson, G.B.

Lt

R. Worc. R.

 From St Nicholas  Parish Magazine, July 1915 p 111 - Geoffrey Buddle Atkinson Lieut 5th Worcester Regiment. Killed in action at Dardenelles age 21. Head of Headmaster’s House at Harrow. From Harrow School Registers: Son of Capt H R M B Atkinson, The Mount, Hayward's Heath.

From ? Killed in action on June 22nd, at the Dardanelles, Lieutenant Geoffrey Buddle Atkinson (Peter) 5th Worcester Regiment, elder son of the late Hugh Buddle Atkinson, Barrister-at-Law and Mrs Atkinson, of Mount Lodge, Harpenden, aged 21

Bandy, A.E.

La Cpl

Bedf. R.

 

Barnes, H.

Cpl

Bedf. R.

 

Barrett, S.D.

Cpl

R.E.

 

Barton, F.

Gnr

R.G.A.

 

Bell. G.W.

Pte

Suff. R.

 

Bell, S.

Pte

York. R.

 

Bigg, C.W.

Pte

Herts. R.

 

Blake, C.

2/Lt

Bedf. R.

 From? Killed in action on 4th September. Christopher Blake B A Cantab., 2nd Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regiment, the fourth and dearly-loved son of Dr W.H. and Mrs Blake of Harpenden , Herts aged 24

Boakes, G.A.

Pte

R.A.S.C. (M.T.)

 Should be John Boakes

Boldini, A.

Pte

R.Berks. R.

 

Bowling, E.R.

2/Lt

R.W.Kent.R.

 From? Killed in action on June 4th. Sec. Lieut. Edwyn Randolph Bowling, Royal West Kent Regt., eldest surviving son of Rev. A.G.L. Bowling M.A. of Morton End House, Harpenden , aged 22

Bozier, G.C.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Brandom, C.H.

Pte

M.G.C.

Machine Gun Corps

Broad, D.G.

Fl. Sub.Lt

R.N.A.S.

 From? On the 27th April, Flight Sub-Lieut. Dennis G Broad R.N.lost his life in action in the North Sea, dearly loved elder son of Mr and Mrs H.E. Broad, Trengrove, Harpenden. Australian papers, please copy. 

Burfoot, W.J.

Cpl

R.E.

 

Burgess, P.

Cpl

Hamps.R.

 

Cain, F.

Gnr

R.F.A.

Royal Field Artillery

Cain, T.

Pte

W. Riding R.

 

Chalkley, W.A.

Pte

Essex Rg

 William Aubrey Chalkley b.1897 d. 1st June 1918 Private 35605 Essex Regiment son of Albert Chalkley and Ellen nee Pinney is buried in St. Nicholas Churchyard Grave 0 0 36.

Chapman, F.C.

Pte

R. Fus.

 

Chapmen, F.C.

Pte

D.C.L.I.

 

Clarke, A.J.

Pte

Bedf. R

 

Clarke, A.E.

2. Lt

York & Lanc. R.

 From ? Killed in action on 20 inst, Albert Edward (Prince) Sec. Lieut. York and Lancaster Regiment, the dearly loved younger son of Mr and Mrs A.D. Clarke, of Merton, Harpenden

Cornell, R.E.

Sgt

Bedf. R.

 

Cross, E.W.

Pte

M.G.C.

 

Crumplin, C.H.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Curtis, F.W.

Lt

Leic. R.

 

Day, F.W.

Pte

Glouc. R.

 

Day, G.

Cpl

Durh. L.I.

 

Day, R.S.

La Cpl

North’n R.

Northampton

Day, W.T.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Deamer, P.

Pte

Herts. R.

 

Dines, F.W.C.

Sgt

Bedf. R.

 

Dines, E.C.

Pte

Lancs R.

 

Dodd, E.J.

Lt

R.F.A.

 From ? Killed in action on 17th July 1917. Ernest John Dodd, 2nd Lieut., R.F.A., only son of the late J.H. Dodd and Mrs Dodd, East Common, Harpenden, aged 25

Dowling, R.

Pte

R.War. R.

 

 

 

 

 

Drury, E.

Cpl

Bedf.R.

 

East, R.G.

Cpl

Herts R.

 

Edwards, A.

L/Cpl

Suff. R.

 

Edwards, S.

Pte

Hamps. R.

 

Ellis, F.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

English, J.

Pte

R.G.A.

 

Evans, D.O.

2/Lt

Kings (L’pool) R.

 

Field, F.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Finch, J.J.A. (M.M.)

Sgt

R.F.A.

 

Firbank, E.J.

Pte

Herts R.

 

Fisher, J.H.H.W.S.

Pte

Sea. Highrs

 Killed in action 4th August 1915, age 28; buried at first at Authuille then Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt

Fitzjohn, B.F.

L/Cpl

Herts Teo.

 

Fortunati, V.

L/Cpl

R.E.

 Photo in Herts Ad & St Albans Times for April 21 1917.

Foster, A.H.

Pte

North’n R.

 

Fouldes, T.J.

Capt

R.F.A.

 

Fowler, W.F.

Off. Std

R.N.

 

Fowler, N.I.

Pte

R.E.

 

Franklin, W.N.

Pte

S.Wales Ecrt.

 

Freeman, F.J.

2/Lt

W. York. R.

 

Freear, E.C.

2/Lt

Bedf. R.

 

Game, F.J.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Gardiner, F.T.

Capt

High. L.I.

 

Genn, J.E.

Pte

Labour C.

 

Gibbs, J.H.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Gimingham, C.H.

Capt

R.F.C.

 From ? Killed in action on the 9th Nov., Captain Charles Henry Gimingham, Herts Regt. attached R.F.C., youngest and dearly loved son of Mrs Mary Christmas of Harpenden, Herts and of the late Charles Henry Gimingham.

Gooding, W.

Pte

R.W.Fus.

 

Goodwin, L.

Cpl

Bedf. R.

 

Graves, H.

Pte

S. Wales Ecrt.

 

Gray, H.

Pte

R.A.S.C. (M.T.)

 buried Mondicourt Communal Cemetary, 17 miles SW of Arras (information from Ian Gray - not a relative, 29.7.14)

Gray, W.

Pte

R. Fus.

 

Gunnell, E.

L/Cpl

R.A.S.C.

 

Haines, E.W.

Cpl

Bedf. R.

 

Hale, A.

Pte

R.M.L.I..

 

Harris, E.S.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Hawkes, W.S.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Hawkins, S.

Pte

Bedf. R.

 

Hawkins, W.

Pte

S.Staff.R.

 Also named on St Albans war memorial (St Peters); his parents lived in Cravells Road, Harpenden; he and his family in St Albans

Hayes, A.E.

Gnr

R.F.A.

 

Haynes, F.

Gnr

R.F.A.

 

Hill, A.

Sgt

Bedf. R.

 

Hill, G.W.

Pte

Hants R.

 

Photo:Second Panel of Names, facing Leyton Road

Second Panel of Names, facing Leyton Road

Gavin Ross, April 2013

 

 NAME

 RANK

 REGIMENT

 INFORMATION

Hill, L.J.

Bedf. R.

                                                                             

Hodge, F.

W. Riding. R.

 

Holland, J. (M.M)

Herts. R.

 

Holland, A.

Bedf.R.

 

Hopwood, F.E.

R.E.

 

Howard, H.A.

Bedf. R.

 

Howell, G.

R.F.A.

 

Hucklesby, W.J.

North’n R.

 

Hucklesby, H.

W. Riding R.

 

Hunt, C.

Bedf. R

 

Irons, A.T.

M.G.C.

 

Jennings, R.

R. Suss. R.

 

Jennings, W.A.

R.F.A.

 

Katon, A.E.

S. Highrs

.

Kingham, E.F. (M.M.)

Bedf. R.

 

Knight, E.

London Scottish

 

Krause, C.E.

R.G.A.

 

 Leaning, J           

Leggatt, E.G.

A. & S. Highrs

 

Lewin, A.

Bedf. R.

 

Lewin, A.

Bedf. R.

 

Lewin, H. (M.M.)

Bedf. R.

 

Lewin, R.R.

D.C.L.I.

 

Lord, C.H.

R.W. Fus.

 

Lord, E.C.G.

I. Gus.

 

Luxon, T.O.

Norf. R.

 

Lydekker, C.R.

Bedf. R.

 From? Lieutenant Cyril Richard Lydekker, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment, was the second son of the late Richard Lydekker F.R.S. of Harpenden Lodge, Hertfordshire.  He was killed in Gallipoli on August 15.

Lydekker, G.O.

Bedf. R.

 

Minall, G.

Herts R.

 

Mockett, L.C.

Tank C.

 

Morgan, P.

K.R.Rif.C.

 

Morley, H.

R.A.M.C.

 

Newton, A.D.

R.F.A.

 

Newton, C.R.

R.F.A.

 

Owen, C.H.

High. L.I.

 

Pawson, A.

Kings (L’pool) R.

 

Payne, A.W.

R. W. Surr. R.

 

Pearce, H

Hamps. R.

 

Pearce, R.E.

Bedf. R.

 

 

 

 

Pearce, H.

Bedf. R.

 

Pepper. A.C.

R. Berks R.

 

Perry, E.C.

S. Wales Bord.

 

Phillips, S.

R. War. R.

 

Portch, G.J.S.

Lond. Rif. Brig.

 

Randall, A.H.

R. Fus.

 

Roberts, H.

Bedf. R.

 

Roberts, L.

Labour C.

 

Rolph, H.

Oxf. & Bucks L.I.

 

Rolt, H.

R.W. Surr. R

 

De Rougement, D.L.A.

R.A.S.C.

 

Rowley, D.T.C.

Middx. R.

 From ? Died on 2nd July of wounds received in action July 1st, Capt. Dalbiac T. Cotton Rowley. The Middlesex Regiment, only child of R. and M.A. Cotton Rowley, The Wrekin, Harpenden, aged 27

Saker, C.A.

Canadians

 

Saunders, W.J.

Rif. Brig.

 

Saunders, H.E.

North’n R.

 

Scott, V.E.

R.F.A.

 

Seabrook, A.

Bedf. R.

 

Seabrook, J.A.

Bedf. R.

 

Seabrook, S.

R.M.L.I.

 

Shafford, M.

E.Kent. R.

 

Sibley, S.C.

Glouc.R.

 

Sibley, R.D.G.

R.A.F.

 

Simons, J.H.S.

North’n R.

 

Smith, J.

R. Fus

 

Snoxell, A.

R. Suss. R.

 

Stevens, W.J.

Bedf. R.

 

Sygrove, W.

M.G.C.

 

Thomas, W.R.O.

York & Lanc. R.

 From ? Killed in action on the 1st July , Wilfred Patrick Otto Thomas, 2nd Lieut., York and Lancashire Regiment, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Otto Thomas, The Longmynd, Harpenden aged 29

Thrale, C.

R.E.

 

Thrale, R.

R.F.A.

 

Turner, J.E.

R.Fus

 

Walthew, J.S.

R.F.C.

 

Warwick, B.S.

Bedf. R.

 

Wells, C.

Essex R.

 

Westwood, G.

North’n R.

 

Whitmarsh, W.F.

Herts R.

 

Whittington, A.

R.Fus.

 

Willis, R.G.

R.E.

 

Withers, D.

Rif. Brig.

 

Worrall, H.T.

Bedf. R.

 

Younger, J.

R.F.A.

 

 

 

This page was added by Gavin Ross on 04/06/2013.
Comments about this page

Mary Skinner has updated (2014) her 1998 booklet  "Harpenden War Memorial 1914 - 1918" which records information such as where the men were born, where they worked, lived and died. This can be viewed by clicking on the  link above, and it can be downloaded and printed. More information will be added as it becomes available.  If you have any please add as a comment to any of the war memorial pages.   

Harpenden library and Harpenden & District Local History Society have copies of the 1998 edition.

By Diana Parrott
On 11/03/2014

Pte A.T.Irons was my great grandfather and was the local postman. He lived in Park Lodge, by Rothamsted Park where I believe he was also a handyman or gardener there. Last time I saw Park Lodge it was boarded up and such a shame - I would love to know why. He was killed 13 April 1917 in Arras, France.

Ed.  Thank you for this information which we will also add to the table above.  Park Lodge was renovated recently, and is still occupied.

By Susan Rees
On 10/11/2018

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