Leverstock Green

Leverstock Green War Memorial

Alderman, Private Thomas, 32nd Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action at the Somme on 15 September 1916. Dartmoor Cemetery. (HH) (MBC) (StP)

Biswell, Private Harry George, 11th Essex Regiment, of “Belconey”. Died of wounds after being hit by a sniper when returning back to his trench at Ypres on 6 May 1916. Age 20. Son of Henry and Louisa. Essex Farm Cemetery. (HH)

Biswell, Private John, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of “Belconey”. Killed in action at the Somme on 1 July 1916. Age 19. Son of Henry and Louisa. Thiepval Memorial. (HH)

Brown, Private George, 110th Labour Corps, of Pimlico. Enlisted with the Royal West Surrey Regiment.Killed in action at Passchendaele on 16 February 1918. Age 41. Born in Dedbourne, Northants. Husband of Elizabeth. Tyne Cot Memorial. (HH)

Charge, Private Frederick, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Warlencourt, France on 12 October 1916. Warlencourt British Cemetery. (HH)

Childs, Private Thomas, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, of 2 Alban Cottages. Killed in action at Pozieres on 1 July 1918. Age 34. Born in London Colney. Husband of Lizzie. Pozieres Memorial. (HH)

Chisman, Sergeant Alfred,10th Royal Fusiliers. Enlisted in 1914 with his old regiment and became an instructor at Colchester. Posted to France in July 1915. Wounded in France in May 1916, invalided home. Discharged from army in August 1916. Formerly employed as a porter at the Isolation Hospital in Highfield Lane and then became Master of the new Isolation Hospital in Bennetts End following discharge (his wife, Harriett was Matron), and later School Attendance Officer. Died of pneumonia on 26 March 1919. Age 50. (HH)

De Beger, Lance Corporal George, 5th Northants Regiment. Enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds in France on 17 August 1915. Age 30. Born in Notting Hill. Husband of Minnie. Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery. (HH)

Durrant, Captain Arthur Michael, Royal Engineers. Enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers at the start of war; transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment after Christmas 1914. Attached to the RA tunnelling section. He was in charge of a mining party which accidentally broke into a German mine about to explode. He prevented the Germans from exploding their mine by exploding his own first for which he was awarded the Military Cross. Died of wounds in France on 5 December 1916. Son of Rev. Michael Durrant of Leverstock Green Church. Husband of Jemima. Formerly employed as an artist and architect. The oak screen at Leverstock Green Church was erected in 1932 as a memorial to him. Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery. (HH)

Freeman, F, Royal Navy. (HH)

Freeman, Rifleman Harry William, Royal Irish Rifles, of Fireman’s Cottages, Apsley Mills. Enlisted with the Northants Regiment. Killed in action at Pozieres on 24 March 1918. Age 20. Son of James and Louisa. Pozieres Memorial. (HH) (StMA) (TW)

Goodenough, Private Edward George, 2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment, of Bennetts End. Killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Age 24. Son of Frank and Emma. Formerly employed at Apsley Mills. Thiepval Memorial. (HH) (JD)

Hallett, Private James Edwin, 15th Welsh Regiment, of Leverstock Green. Enlisted with the Hertfordshire Regiment in April 1915, transferred to the Sussex Regiment in August 1916. He was wounded in November but returned to the Front in February 1917, transferred to the Welsh Regiment. Killed in action at St Julien on 31 July 1917. Age 19. Born in Hunslett, Yorks. Son of James and Kate. Formerly employed as an apprentice to Mr Chennells, grocer. Artillery Wood Cemetery. (HH)

Harrowell, Private Fred, Hertfordshire Yeomanry, of Acorn Cottage, Bennetts End. Died in Palestine on 3 October 1918. Ramleh War Cemetery. (HH)

Johnson, Private Frederick Joseph Thomas, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres on 16 April 1915. Born in Tring. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (HH) (JD)

Knox-Hart, Rifleman James, London Rifle Brigade, of 15 Manor Street. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 31 October 1917. Age 26. Son of James and Christine. Age 22. Tyne Cot Memorial. (HH)

Oakley, Private Benjamin George, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment. Enlisted in August 1914 and was among first the 15 to sign on within first fortnight of recruiting campaign. Died of wounds in France on 4 December 1915. Born in St Pancras. Humbercamps Communal Cemetery Extension. (HH)

Parkins, Private Bertie Walter, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment, of 51 Chapel Street. He was given three months military exemption for his work in March 1916. Died of wounds in France on 26 June 1917. Age 23. Husband of Alice. Formerly employed as a letter press printer for Mr J Brackett. Bethune Town Cemetery. (HH) (StP)

Perkins, Private Victor George Thomas, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, of ‘The Three Horseshoes’. Killed in action at the Somme on 22 March 1918. Age 20. Born in Richmond. Son of Tom and Mary. Formerly employed at The Dairy Outfit Company. Pozieres Memorial. (HH)

Sears, William Walter, Royal Engineers. Discharged after receiving splinter wound to the eye. Died at home of stomach cancer in January 1918. Age 53. Surname recorded incorrectly as “Sear” on Hemel Hempstead War Memorial. Leverstock Green Churchyard. (HH)

Secretan, Second Lieutenant Reginald Herbert, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on 31 July 1917. Age 22. Son of Herbert E of Bennett’s End. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (HH)

Smith, Lance Corporal Henry, 6th Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), of Henry Street. Killed in action in France on 19 September 1918. Vis-en-Artois Memorial. (HH) (StMJ)

Taylor, Private Frederick, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment, of Leverstock Green. Killed in action at the Somme on 15 September 1916. Age 34. Husband of Kate. Thiepval Memorial. (HH)

Thorn, Private Edwin, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, of 5 Bennetts End. Killed in action at Le Cateau on 23 October 1918. Age 25. Son of Walter. Highland Cemetery. (HH)

Timson, Private George Albert, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, of ‘The Red Lion’. Killed in action at Arras on 23 April 1917. Formerly employed at Nash Mills. Arras Memorial. (HH) (JD)

Webb, Lance Corporal Walter, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in France on 4 February 1917. Age 36. Born in St Albans. Husband of Jane. Ancre British Cemetery. (HH)

Wombwell, Private Herbert, Machine Gun Corps, of Leverstock Green. Died of wounds in France on 21 July 1918. Age 19. Son of Eli and Elizabeth of Fulbourn, Cambs. Originally from Thriplow, Cambs. Terlinthun British Cemetery. (HH) (MBC)

Woodward/Woosdwards Harry, Grenadier Guards, originally of Leverstock Green. Joined the army in 1900. Rejoined again at the start of war but became seriously ill in France and was invalided home to New Southgate where he resumed his occupation as an asylum assistant at the London County Asylum. However, the illness returned and he subsequently died on 13 July 1916. His sister was married by George De Beger who was also killed. His surname is recorded as both “Woodward” and “Woodwards”. (HH)

Leverstock Green soldier not recorded on the War Memorial:

Parkins, Driver William Leonard, Army Service Corps, of Leverstock Green. Died on 23 December 1916. Formerly employed as a pig man. Leverstock Green Churchyard.


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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