Kings Langley

Kings Langley War Memorial

Archer, Lieutenant Thomas, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action on 25 April 1918. Age 32. Son of William and Frances. Husband of Alice. Kortrikj Communal Cemetery.

Chambers, Captain Charles Colhoun, 12th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. During early days of the war he was in charge of Breakwater Battery, Dover. Joined 12th Siege Battery and in March 1915 went to the Front. Killed in action on 10 July 1916. Age 27. Educated at Berkhamsted School. Received commission into Royal Artillery in 1909. Later he went to Hong Kong to work as an interpreter. Son of Colonel Charles and Henrietta of Zoffany House. (LY)

Chambers, Lance Corporal Henry Mansell, 23rd Royal Fusiliers, of Zoffany House. Went to France in November 1915. Wounded in right hand at the Battle of Delville Wood in July 1916. He was later present at the taking of German dug-outs at Ancre. He went in to action laying out his wires and was shelled, hit in the lung and died on 10 March 1917 after delivering his message. Age 29. Educated at Berkhamsted School. Son of Colonel Charles and Henrietta. Former scoutmaster and founded the first Apsley troop. (LY)

Cox, Private Bernard Stanley, 10th Lincolnshire Regiment, of 7 The Common. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 17 April 1918. Age 36. Son of Arthur. Husband of Lois. Formerly employed as a commercial traveller at Apsley Mills. Tyne Cot Memorial. (JD)

Cox, Private James Percy, 48th Australian Infantry. Killed in action in Belgium on 3 October 1916. Age 28. Son of William and Susan (who died on 1 October 1916). Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Crawley, Private Charles Frederick, 8th Lincolnshire Regiment, of The Bridge. Formerly with the Hertfordshire Yeomanry. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 4 October 1917. Age 27. Son of Sarah. Tyne Cot Memorial.

Crouch-Baker, Private Ernest Edward, 13th Royal Fusiliers, of 2 High Street Cottages. Died of wounds on 22 January 1917. Age 35. Born in Kensington. Son of Samuel and Sarah. Husband of Florence. Etaples Military Cemetery.

Curle, Lance Corporal Charles William, 6th London Regiment (City of London Rifles), of Church Lane.Enlisted in London. Killed in action at Cambrai on 30 November 1917. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Eliza. Cambrai Memorial.

Curle, Lance Corporal Edwin John, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, of Primrose Hill. Joined the Hertfordshire Regiment in January 1917 before transferring to the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed by gas shell explosion in France on 22 May 1917. Age 22. Born in Camberwell. Husband of Ethel. Formerly employed at Home Park Mills, Kent’s Brushes and with the Metropolitan Police. Tank Cemetery. (HH)

Dickinson, Private Leonard, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment, of 18 Railway Terrace. Killed in action in France on 17 October 1918. Age 37. Son of Thomas. Husband of Blanche. Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

Dowse, Private Herbert Harry, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of Vicarage Lane. Killed in action at Ypres on 19 April 1915. Age 17. Son of Henry. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Fisher, Captain Mortimer, 1st West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own). Killed in action in France on 20 September 1914. Age 31. Son of Dr Fred and Clara. Husband of Margaret. La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.

Godman, Rifleman Christopher, 3rd King’s Royal Rifles, of 11 Rucklers Green. Killed in action by a rifle greanade at the Somme on 3 October 1915. Age 25. Son of George and Charlotte. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills and was a bell-ringer at St Mary’s Church, Apsley. Thiepval Memorial. (HH) (JD) (StMA)

Godman, Private Edward James, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on 15 September 1918. Age 34. Son of George and Charlotte. Born in Chipperfield. Formerly employed as a shepherd boy in 1901. Chipperfield Churchyard. (HH)

Hart, Private Jesse, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France on 12 April 1918. Aveluy Wood Cemetery.

Hawkins, Lance Corporal Frederick John, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of The Bridge Bakery. Killed in action at Arras on 24 April 1917. Age 22. Born in Hornchurch, Essex. Son of William (baker). Arras Memorial.

Hodges, Private Albert Frederick, 4th North Staffordshire Regiment, of Alexandra Road. Killed in action in France on 26 March 1918. Age 19. Son of Albert and Elizabeth. Serre Road Cemetery No.2.

Hooker, Private W, 1st Coldstream Guards. Killed in action in France on 14 September 1914. Vendresse British Cemetery.

Hughes, Private John, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos on 19 April 1917. Age 22. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Son of George. Loos Memorial. (JD)

Jelly, Private William, 5th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action at Arras on 18 March 1917. Formerly employed by Albert Timberlake, builder. Arras Memorial.

King, Private Frederick, 10th Essex Regiment, of Langley Hill. Formerly with the Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on 25 March 1918. Age 22. Formerly employed at Home Park Mills. Son of Emma. Pozieres Memorial. (JD)

Lowe, Corporal Frederick, 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment, of 2 Alexandra Road. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 16 August 1917. Age 22. Formerly employed at Nash Mills. Member of the Weslyan Church. Tyne Cot Memorial. (JD)

Mead, Private Frederick, 7th The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), of 7 Corner Hall. Killed in action in France on 18 November 1916. Age 29. Son of Alfred and Jane. Husband of Annie. Regina Trench Cemetery.

Neary, Able Seaman Henry Frank, Royal Navy, of Railway Terrace. Killed on board the cruiser HMS “Cressy” on 22 September 1914. Age 25. Son of George and Frances. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Chatham Naval Memorial. (JD)

Pitts, Private Arthur Sidney (“Sid”), 8th Gloucestershire Regiment, of Langley Hill. Enlisted in May 1915. After a year’s training he went to the Front and transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action at the Battle of Menin Road on 21 September 1917. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Sophie. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Aeroplane Cemetery. (JD)

Scott, Driver John, Royal Field Artillery, of Church Lane. Died in Salonika on 3 April 1917. Salonika Military Cemetery.

Scott, Private Leonard, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Formerly with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Arras on 3 May 1917. Age 23. Son of Samuel of Bourne End Farm. Arras Memorial.

Smith, Private Ernest Edward, 6th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of Waterside. He was in the machine gun section and was killed by a bursting shell as he was about to leave his trench on 24 September 1915. Son of Mrs Peacock. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Stebbings, Private Edgar, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of Alexandra Road. Enlisted in August 1914. Went to France in February 1915. Killed by a shell in the trench on 19 April 1915. Age 21. Son of James and Ann. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Member of the Church Bible Class, Reading Room and Rifle Club. Captain of the football team. First D.C.L.I. Cemetery. (JD)

Stevens, Private George, 15th Royal Defence Corps, of Primrose Hill. Formerly with the Hertfordshire Regiment. Died on 11 March 1918. Age 58. Formerly employed at John Dickinson’s Home Park Mills. Gravesend Cemetery, Kent. (JD)

*Stevens, Sergeant E Howard, 2nd Royal Fusiliers, of 83 Waterside, Kings Langley. Died of an illness caused by being struck by a cricket ball on 18 February 1920. Age 36. Son of George and Alice. Kings Langley Churchyard.(KL – same as H Steven?)

Stevens, Private John Edward, 10th Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), of Primrose Hill. Formerly with the Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action in Belgium on 31 July 1918. Age 19. Son of George and Alice. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Timberlake, Lance Corporal Arthur G, 2nd Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry, of The Bridge. Enlisted in February 1916. Wounded in August 1916 in Battle of the Somme. Returned to the Front in February 1917. Killed in action at Arras on 29 April 1917. Age 28. Formerly employed at Home Park Mills. Arras Memorial. (JD)

Toms, Private Harold Edward, 1st London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), of Kings Langley. Enlisted in London. Killed in action at the Somme on 15 September 1916. Age 24. Son of Edward and Helen. Thiepval Memorial.

Warren, Private Harry Stanley, 10th South Wales Borderers, of Langley Hill. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed by an enemy rifle grenade in Belgium on 17 March 1917. Age 31. Son of William and Elizabeth. Husband of Millicent. Formerly employed as a machine man at Home Park Mills. Played cricket and football for Kings Langley. Ferme-Olivier Cemetery. (JD)

Young, Gunner William John, 8th Royal Field Artillery, of Rucklers Lane. Joined the RFA as a trumpeter when the regiment was billeted in Apsley. Went to France in March 1915 and was killed in action in Belgium on 10 January 1917. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Reninghelst New Military Cemetery. (HH)

Young, Private William Ross, Hertfordshire Regiment, of Primrose Hill. Joined the Hertfordshire Territorials at the start of war. Went to France in January 1915 and was killed in action at Passchendaele on 14 November 1917. Son of John. Formerly employed as a compositor with Mr WG Kingham and then at Apsley Mills. Member of the Home Park Lodge of Oddfellows. Also a member of All Saints Church Men’s Society and occasionally played the church organ. Tyne Cot Memorial. (JD)

Kings Langley soldiers not recorded on the War Memorial:

Brown, Lance Corporal D, 10th Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), of Kings Langley. Formerly with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on 20 October 1918. Born in Hemel Hempstead. Neuvilly Communal Cemetery.

Crawley, Lance Corporal Herbert Harry, 164th Machine Gun Corps. Formerly with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres on 20 December 1915. Age 20. Born in Kings Langley. Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery.

Goodyear, Temp. Second Lieutenant Frederick, Essex Regiment, of Railway Wharf, Kings Langley. Enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles in February 1916. Transferred to the Essex Regiment in 1917. Died of wounds on 12 May 1917. Age 30. Son of Frederick. Formerly employed as assistant manager of the Oxford University Press at Bombay.

Hall, Corporal Herbert, 19th Tank Corps. Died on 5 January 1920. Age 28. Husband of Maud. Kings Langley Churchyard.

Notes

Some soldiers appear on more than one local war memorial. We have therefore used the following code letters to indicate where this is the case:

AL = Aldbury War Memorial
BK = Berkhamsted War Memorial
BV = Bovingdon War Memorial
FL = Flamstead War Memorial
FLAU = Flaunden War Memorial
HH = Hemel Hempstead War Memorial
JD = John Dickinson’s War Memorial
KB = Kent’s Brushes
KL = Kings Langley War Memorial
LG = Little Gaddesden War Memorial
LVG = Leverstock Green War Memorial
LY = Langleybury War Memorial
MK = Markyate War Memorial
MBC = Marlowes Baptist Church
NE = Nettleden War Memorial
NO = Northchurch War Memorial
PE = Potten End War Memorial
StA = St Albans City War Memorial
StMA = St Mary’s Church, Apsley
StMJ = St Mary & St Joseph’s RC Church, Boxmoor
StM = St Michael’s Church, Sunnyside
StP = St Paul’s Church, Hemel Hempstead
TR = Tring War Memorial
TW = Two Waters Methodist Church
WG = Wigginton War Memorial
WIL = Wilstone War Memorial

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