Northchurch

Northchurch War Memorial

Alcock, Lieutenant Frank D, 2ndKing’s African Rifles, of Box Cottage. Joined the Rhodesian Regiment in 1914. Went to German East Africa in March 1916. Given a commission in the King’s African Rifles as a machine gun officer. Died of dysentery in East Africa on 3 September 1917. Age 32. Son of Augusta and the late John. Educated at Temple Grove and Radley College. Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania.

Aldridge, Private Joseph William, 11th Northumberland Fusiliers, of Ellesmere Road. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on 24 September 1916. Age 29. Son of Joseph and Ann. Thiepval Memorial, Somme. (BK)

Beasley, Lance Corporal Richard, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 30 October 1917. Age 23. Born in Didcot, Berks. Son of Elizabeth. Tyne Cot Memorial.

Bignell, Private George, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds in France on 4 August 1916. Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe.

Brown, Private Ambrose, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action by machine gun fire in France on 2 April 1917. Born in Melbourne, Australia. Formerly employed at the West End Brushworks.

Carter, Private Henry Charles, 17th Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds in France on 8 October 1918. Born in North Deptford. Grevillers British Cemetery.

Chandler, Lance Corporal James, Military Police Corps, of George Street, Berkhamsted. Formerly with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of influenza in hospital in Germany on 26 February 1919. Age 24. Son of George and Fanny of The Cottage, Northchurch. Husband of Elizabeth. Cologne Southern Cemetery.

Curl, Private Alfred, 144th Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds at the Somme on 29 December 1917. Age 25. Husband of Beatrice. Formerly employed at East’s timber yard. Tincourt New British Cemetery.

Curl, Lance Corporal George, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Bouzincourt on 1 July 1918. Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery.

Davis, Private George, 16th Sherwood Foresters, of Gossoms End. Enlisted with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 20 September 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. (BK)

Delderfield, Private James, Labour Corps, of 13 Middle Road, Berkhamsted. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds at the Somme on 26 August 1918. Age 33. Son of James and Mary. Puchevillers British Cemetery. (BK) (WG)

Dell, Private Albert John, 19th Manchester Regiment. Formerly in the Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Arras on 23 April 1917. Arras Memorial.

Dell, Drummer Walter Frederick, 2nd Grenadier Guards. Died of bullet wounds following the Battle of Aisne on 2 October 1914. Age 20. Son of Joseph and Ellen. City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux. (BK) (WG?)

Dwight, Private Alfred Henry, 11th Essex Regiment, of 2 Eddy Street. Enlisted with the Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds in France on 4 September 1917. Age 22. Formerly employed as a teacher at Gossoms End Sunday School. Son of William. Etaples Military Cemetery. (BK)

Dyer, Gunner Joseph, 50th Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in France on 14 June 1917. Born in Aylesbury. Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery. (BK)

Fantham, Private Thomas, 10th The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), of London House. Killed in action at the Battle of Lys, France on 10 August 1918. St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery.

Feist, Lance Corporal Philip Charles, 4th Middlesex Regiment, of ‘The Compasses’. Killed in action at the Somme on 2 July 1916. Born in Heywoods Heath. Thiepval Memorial.

Francis, Frank Beds & Herts Reg??

Frost, Private Arthur James, 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916. Born in Marylebone. Serre Road Cemetery.

Garment, Drummer James A, Hertfordshire Regiment, of Gossoms End. Died of illness on 11 March 1918. Age 32. Formerly employed at Cooper’s. Northchurch Cemetery. (BK)

Garner, Private Frank, 7th The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), of Tonbridge, Kent. Formerly in the Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action in France on 21 March 1918. Born in Northchurch. Pozieres Memorial.

Geary, Private Frederick, 1st Border Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli on 14 May 1915. Age 21. Son of William and Annie Geary. Helles Memorial.

Geary, Private Walter, 1st Border Regiment. Died of wounds at sea on 29 June 1915. Age 29. Son of William and Annie Geary. Helles Memorial.

Hadden, Captain Nigel Clement Charles, Royal Field Artillery, of Rossway. Died of wounds after being hit by a shell in action in Mesopotamia on 9 April 1916. Age 24. Son of Major General Sir CF Hadden. Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Harman, Lieutenant John A, Royal Flying Corps. Died on 17 November 1917. Gainsborough General Cemetery, Lincolnshire.

Henderson, Second Lieutenant Thomas Eric, 1st South Staffordshire Regiment, of Fordell. Killed in action at Delville Wood on 31 August 1916. Age 40. Son of John. Delville Wood Cemetery.

Horn, Gunner Walter, Royal Horse Artillery, of New Road. Served in Egypt and the Dardanelles. Died of wounds in France on 2 February 1918. Age 25. Born in St Albans. Formerly employed at Hill Farm. Etretat Churchyard Extension.

Howlett, Private Walter, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, of Orchard End Piece. Enlisted at Bedford. Killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916. Age 19. Son of Mrs. L Howlett of 8 Alma Row. Thiepval Memorial.

Loxley, Captain Arthur Noel, HMS ‘Formidable’, Royal Navy. He joined the Royal Navy as a naval cadet. He became a midshipman in 1890, sub-lieutenant in 1894, lieutenant in 1895, commander in 1905 and captain in 1911. He was appointed to HMS ‘Formidable’ in September 1914. He was killed following an explosion on board HMS ‘Formidable’ on 1 January 1915. His last words were: “Steady men, it’s all right. No panic, men, be British”. Son of Alice and the late Rev. Arthur S Loxley (the former curate of St Mary’s Northchurch) of Gloucester. Chatham Naval Memorial.

Loxley, Captain Reginald Victor Byron, Royal Air Force. Died of influenza in Paris on 18 October 1918. Son of Alice and the late Rev. Arthur Loxley. City of Paris Cemetery.

Loxley, Captain Vere Duncombe, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action at the Somme on 13 November 1916. Age 43. Son of Alice and the late Rev. Arthur Loxley. Knightsbridge Cemetery.

Mashford, Private Charles Thomas, Royal Fusiliers, of Gossoms End. Killed in action at the Somme on 24 April 1918. Hangard Wood British Cemetery. (BK)

Morgan, Private Edwin, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, of Riverside, New Road. Being a reservist he was called up with the Bedfordshire Regiment in 1914. Died of wounds to his thigh and arm sustained at the Somme on 1 August 1916. Age 26. Born in Bovingdon. Son of Amos and Ruth of Apsley End. Formerly employed at Dudswell Farm. Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension.

Morgan, Private Lionel, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, of Riverside, New Road. Died of wounds in France on 12 June 1916. Born in Hemel Hempstead. Son of Amos and Ruth of Apsley End. Bethune Town Cemetery.

Pickthorn, Lance Corporal Albert Edward, 28th Australian Infantry, of Cow Roast. Killed in action at the Somme on 3 November 1916. Age 29. Born at Cow Roast Lock. Son of Thomas and Sarah of Fenley Cottage, Wigginton. Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Porter, Second Lieutenant Royden Spencer Bayspool, 2nd Honourable Artillery Company. Died in France on 6 February 1917. Age 26. Son of George and Ada of Tring. Etaples Military Cemetery.

Purton, Private Walter, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, of High Street. Killed in action at the Somme on 24 October 1916. Age 25. Son of George and Elizabeth. Regina Trench Cemetery.

Randall, Private John, 11th Essex Regiment, of New Road. Enlisted with the Essex Regiment in January 1917. Killed whilst a PoW in France on 2 July 1917. Age 31. Son of Rosetta and the late William. Husband of Beatrice. Formerly employed as market gardener. Former bell-ringer, sexton and verger at St Mary’s Church. Loos Memorial.

Ross, Private Charles William, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) 1st/16th Battalion. Killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916. Age 27. Son of John and Christian Ross. Memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Northchurch. Thiepval Memorial.

Ruffhead, Lance Corporal Fred Saunders, 4th York and Lancaster Regiment. Enlisted September 1914 at Sheffield. He went to France in 1915. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 9 October 1917. Age 22. Son of John and the late Emily. Tyne Cot Memorial. He is not listed on the Northchurch War Memorial but does appear on his mother’s gravestone in the New Road Cemetery.

Sear, Private William, 12th Bedfordshire Regiment, of Northchurch. Died in Newhaven on 8 April 1917. Born in Northchurch. Buried at Northchurch Baptist Chapel.

Shorland, Dr George H, Surgeon. Killed at the Battle of Jutland on board HMS ‘Invincible’ on 31 May 1916.

Shrimpton, Private Harold Alfred, 20th The King’s Liverpool Regiment, of 57 Gossoms End. Died of wounds in France on 13 January 1918. Age 31. Husband of Mrs S Shrimpton. Formerly employed as branch manager of the Berkhamsted Co-operative Store. Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension. (BK)

Sibley, Private William James, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment, of Orchard End. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on 26 September 1916. Age 31. Born in North Mimms. Husband of Nora. Thiepval Memorial.

Talbot, Private Charles, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of Unity Cottages, High Street. Died of wounds at Ypres on 16 November 1914. Age 35. Born in Northchurch. Son of John and Mary. Husband of Annie. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (BK)

Teagle, Private Arthur, 1st Middlesex Regiment, of Wood Green, Middlesex. Killed in action in France on 20 September 1918. Age 20. Son of Harry and Fanny of Dudswell. Villers Hill British Cemetery.

Teagle, Private Thomas, 2nd Wiltshire Regiment. Died of wounds in France on 6 June 1918. Age 21. Son of Harry and Fanny. Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne.

Thelwall, Major Hubert Wallace, 1st West India Regiment, attatched to the 15th Sherwood Foresters. Killed in action in France on 23 April 1916. Le Touret Military Cemetery.

Waite, Lance Corporal William, 97th Machine Gun Corps, of 10 Tring Road. Formerly with the Middledex Regiment. Killed in action in Belgium on 11 July 1917. Age 32. Born in Stonesfield, Oxford. Son of Benjamin of Bell Lane. Husband of Rose. Nieuport Memorial.

Welling, Private Arthur, 74th Machine Gun Corps, of Orchard End. Formerly with the Northants Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 8 August 1917. Age 20. Son of Frederick and Alice. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Welling, Private Walter, 6th Royal Berkshire Regiment, of New Road. Enlisted with the Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds at the Somme on 29 September 1916. Age 25. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of Frederick and Alice. Husband of Kate. Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension. His surname has been incorrectly recorded as “W Willing” on Berkhamsted war memorial. (BK)

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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