War Memorials in Harpenden Churches

St Nicholas and High St Methodist

The war memorials in Harpenden Churches supplement the information on the Town War Memorial. There are many first names given, and more details of the battalion within the regiments. The rank is Private unless otherwise stated. Dates and locations of death are only given on the few individual plaques donated by families and friends.

1914-18 Written List in St Nicholas Church. Credit: Gavin Ross, April 2013

The lists in St Nicholas Church gives 106 names in the First World War of which 8 are missing from the Town War Memorial. There are 42 names for the Second World War of which 5 are missing from the Town War Memorial.   In High Street Methodist Church there are 8 and 10 names respectively, with one extra name in each list.

St Nicholas Church

1914-18 Handwritten List  (* not on Town War Memorial)

Allen, Maurice R.2nd L, 2nd Sherwoods
Argent, William George VRoyal Irish Rifles
Atkinson, Geoffrey B5th Battalion 4th Worcestershire
* Attwood, A.C.Royal Marines
Bandy, Albert Edward4th Bedfordshire Regt
Barnes, Henry3rd Bedfordshire Regt
Barton, FredR.G.A. 6th Siege Battalion
Bell, George8th Suffolk Regt.
Bigg, Charles WilliamHertfordshire Regt
Blake, Christopher2nd Lt, Bedfordshire Regt
Boakes, JohnArmy Service Corps
Bowling, E.R.Sportsmans Battn R. Fusiliers
Brandom, Charles H.Machine Gun Corps
Broad, Dennis GurneyFlight Sub-Lieut R.N.
Burfoot, William FrancisRoyal Engineers
Burgess, Percy3rd Bedfordshire Regt
Cain, FrederickGunner, Herts R.F.A.
Chalkley, W.A3rd Essex Regt
Chapman, F.Hertfordshire Regt
Clark, JackBedfordshire Regt
Clarke, Albert EdwardYork and Lancaster Regt
*Collins, Henry George25th Battn Australian I. F.
Cornell, Arthur E.7th Bedfordshire Regt
*Crew, John2nd Bedfordshire Regt
Curtis, Frank WilliamLieut, Leicestershire Regt
*Day, Herbert StanleyHertfordshire Regt
Day, Frederick WillisWorcestershire Regt
Dines, Edmund C18th Lancs Fusiliers
Dines, Francis William CSergt,  4th Beds Regt
Dodd, Ernest J.Lieut,  R.F.A.
Dowling, Robert14th Royal Warwickshire Regt
Ellis, FrederickBedfordshire Regt
English, J.R.G.A.
Evans, Douglas Osmund2nd Lieut, 1st Kings (Liverpool) Regt
Field, FrederickBedfordshire Regt
Finch, James John A.   MM.51st Battalion, R.F.A.
Fisher, J.H.6th Seaforth Highlanders
Fitzjohn, Bernard FrancisHerts Yeomanry
Fortunati, T.V.Lance Cpl,  Royal Engineers
Foster, Albert H.Northants Regt
Fouldes, T.J.Captain, R.F.A.
Fowler, N.Royal Engineers
Franklin, Wilfred Noel1st S Wales Borderers
Freear, E.C.2nd.Lieut, 4th Bedfordshire Regt
Freeman, EricLieut,  W.Yorshire Regt.
Gardiner, F.T.Capt. Highland L.I.
Gibbs, H3rd Bedfordshire Regt.
Gimingham, Charles HCapt, Herts. Regt. Attached R.F.C.
Graves, HarryS. Wales Borderers
Gray, H.Army Service Corps, M.T.
Gunnell, EdwardArmy Service Corps, M.T.
Haines, Ernest WCpl, 2nd Bedford Regt
Harris, Ernest Sylvester2nd Bedfordshire L.I.
*Harvie, A.L.North Hants Regt
Hawkes, William StanleyBedfordshire Regt
Hawkins. S.7th Bedfordshire Regt
Hayes, Alfred EdwardR.F.A.
Hill, Arthur JamesSgt, 1st 5 Beds. Regt
Hill, George William10th Hants. Regt
Hill, L.Hertfordshire Regt.
Hodge, F.W. Riding Regt
Holland, John  MM.Herts Regt
Hopwood, FrederickLieut. Royal Engineers
Howell, GeorgeR.F.A.
Hucklesby, HenryDuke of Wellington’s Regt
Hucklesby, Walter James1st Northamptonshire Rgt
Irons, Andrew ThomasMachine Gun Corps
*Jeffcock, R.S.Lieut, S. Staffs. Regt
Katon, Archibald Edward8th Seaforth Highlanders
Kingham, Ernest Frank7th Bedfordshire Regt
Leaning, J.Hertfordshire Regt
Leggatt, G. Eric2nd Lieut,  4th Argyle and Suth. Hldrs
Lewin, ArchibaldBedfordshire Regt
Lewin, Horace  MM.Bedfordshire Regt
Lewin, R.R.Lieut, Duke of Cornwall’s L.I.
Lord, C.H.Major, Welsh Fusiliers
Luxon, Thomas OlneyNorfolk Regt.
Lydekker, Gerald OwenLieut, Bedfordshire Regt
Lydekker, Cyril RichardLieut, 1st 5th Bedfordshire Regt
Mockett, Lewis C.E.Tank Corps
*Moorcroft, Charles
Newton, Charles Ronald2nd Lieut,  R.F.A.
Newton, Arthur DouglasMajor,  R.F.A.
Pearce, Ernest1st Bedfordshire Regt
Pearce, Harold3rd Bedfordshire Regt
Pepper, Arthur Clive1st 4th Royal Berkshire L.I.
Phillips, Sydney10th Royal Warwickshire Rgt
Randall, Alfred HenrySgt Royal Fusiliers
Rowley, Dalbiac T.C.Capt,  Middlesex Regt
Saker, Claude AstleyCanadian Regt
Saunders, Walter J.Rifle Brigade
Scott, V.E.Gunner, R.F.A.
Seabrook, Arthur7th Bedfordshire Regt
Seabrook, SidneyRoyal Marine Light Infty
Sibley, SidneyA.S.C. (Transferred to Gloucestershire)
Simons, John H.S.2nd Lieut,  Northants Regt
Snoxell, ArthurRoyal Sussex Regt
Thrale, RalphGunner, R.F.A.
Warwick, Bertie SeymoreFrench Mortar Batt.
Walthew, John Syers2nd Lieut,  R.F.C.
Westwood, Guy3rd Bedfordshire Regt
Whitmarsh, WilliamHertfordshire Regt
Withers, DonaldRifle Brigade
*Wray, WilliamRoyal Fusiliers
Holland, Herbert1st Kings Liverpool Regt
Willis, R.G.Cpl,  R.E.

1939-45         Stone Tablet

St Nicholas Church – stone tablet. Credit: G. Ross, 2013

St Nicholas Church – stone tablet. Credit: G. Ross, 2013

1939-1945 Tablet in St Nicholas Church. Credit: Gavin Ross, April 2013

Abbot, S.E.   Bradbury, R.D.  Brearley, G.M.  *Blake, J.P.  Bond, K.M.H.   Canton, R.F.   *Castle, J.F.R.  Colmore, D.M.  Crane, P.L.  Davis, P.N.  Day, A.W.  Deamer, S.  Dines, A.E.  Doble, M.L.  De Mancha, A.R.  Downs, A.M.  *Drew, P.E.  Elder, E.V.A.  Enraght, E.H.  Fisher, G.  Gravestock, C.F. Hind-Smith, J.W.  Johnson, E.G.  Johnston, E.F.  *Jordan, H.F.  Kennett, P.  Lockhart, K.  Lydekker, J.N.W.  Mahon, D.W.  Maclean, I.  Mole, N.B.  Nangle, P.C.  Nelson, R.F.  Prescott, T.C.  Russell, F.R.  Seabrook, F.J.  Stocken, G.M.  Stocken, M.A.  Trudgett, A.  Veale, N.  West, J.  *Davis, H.L.N.

Individual Memorials in St Nicholas Church

Boer War

Credit: Gavin Ross, April 2013

To the Glory of God and in memory of Trooper Cecil Francis Longland, No. 2680 23rd Company 8th Battalion (Duke of Lancaster’s Own) Imperial Yeomanry, who died at Harpenden May 22nd 1901 of Enteric Fever contracted on voyage homeward in Troopship Oratana, Invalided from active service in South Africa, aged 23 years

This tablet was erected by past and present members of the Auxiliary Forces residing in Harpenden


Credit: G. Ross, April 2013

To the glory of God, in loving memory of John Henry Stuart Simons, 2nd Lieutenant of Northamptonshire Regiment.  Dearly loved and son of Henry Edgar and Agnes Simons of Turners Hall. Killed in action at Nieuport July 10th 1917 aged 21 years.   Death is but the gate of Life

In loving memory of Dennis Gurney Broad,  Flight Sublieutenant, who lost his life in action in the North Sea April 27th 1916, aged 32 years

In ever loving memory of Gerald Owen Lydekker of Harpenden Lodge.  Lieutenant and Quartermaster, 15th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment.  Born at the Lodge December 20th 1887, Died at Alexandria June 14th 1917 of illness contracted while on active service.    Faithful unto death

In ever loving memory of Cyril Richard Lydekker, Lieutenant of 15th Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment.  Born at Harpenden Lodge November 8th 1889,  Killed in Action at Suvla, Gallipoli August 15th 1915.   He that loses his life for My sake shall find it

Credit: G Ross, April 2013

To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Arthur Joseph Clay, Major 6th North Staffordshire Regiment, who died at Harpenden in the service of his Country on February 18th 1915.   This Brass is placed by his Brothers.  Crown for the valiant to weary ones past

To the Glory of God.  In loving memory of Christopher Blake (B.A. Cantab),2nd Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regiment.  4th son of Dr and Mrs Blake of Harpenden.  Who gave his life for his King and Country in the Battle of the Somme, near Guillemont France on the 4th September 1916, aged 24 years.   Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God

In Loving Memory of John Syers Walthew, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, aged 19 years.  Who lost his life while flying over the enemy’s lines in France, September 19th 1917.  Proudly he gave his glorious youth for his Country

High St Methodist Church Plaque

Tablet in High Street Methodist Church. Credit: Gavin Ross, April 2013

1914-18               * Not on Town War Memorial

*Arthur F. Cornell   Ernest Drury   Frederick Field            Thomas J. Fouldes  George W. Hill   Arthur J. Hill   Henry Hucklesby  Albert W. Payne


*John B. Campbell  Albert Cheshire   P. Norman Currant  Walter M. Donaldson   Jack Olver   George S. Painting   Leslie G. Stubbs   Edward T. Viner   Peter S. Woolston   Stanley Yeoman

Greater Love hath no man than this, That he lay down his life for his friends

Rothamsted Main Building   Plaque on main staircase

Charles H. Martin, Lt, 3 Battn Monmouthshire Regt.   Killed at Ypres, 3rd May 1915

Kenneth R Lewin, Lt, 7th Battn D.C.L.I.  Killed in trenches in France, 9th March 1916.

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  • New Roll of Honour At Harpenden Church – 1939

    “To replace the old Roll of Honour in Harpenden Parish Church, a handsome new list, in an oak frame, has been placed  in the church.  Mr. G. H. Herring designed the frame to harmonise with existing woodwork, and the lettering was beautifully done by  Miss M Moreland.  There are over 100 names, inscribed in black and red.”

              Newspaper cutting of 26 Jan 1939 (H&DLHS archives BF52.3 p31) 

    By Diana Parrott (12/09/2018)

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