Little Gaddesden

Little Gaddesden War Memorial

Batchelor, Private Vernon, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, of Berkhamsted. He went to France in November 1914. In January 1915 he wrote in a letter to an uncle about Christmas in the trenches: “They [the Germans] were busy singing at midnight and playing some sort of whistle. Of course, our lot were singing as well. We were only 15 yards away from them in one place”. He was later wounded twice, once from a horse’s kick and returned to England. He returned to France in May 1916 and died of wounds in Rouen on 25 July 1916. Age 22. Born in Studham. Son of Mark and Jane. Formerly employed on the Ashridge Estate. St Sever Cemetery.

Bierton, Lance Corporal Albert, 1st Middlesex Regiment, of Stanmore, Middlesex. Enlisted at Edgeware, Middlesex. Killed in action in France on 23 October 1918. Age 26. Son of Eli and Matilda of 34 Little Gaddesden. Cross Roads Cemetery.

Cook, Private William Arthur, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment. Enlisted at Bedford. Died of wounds at the Somme on 27 September 1916. Age 22. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of Sarah and the late William. Grove Town Cemetery.

Cooper, Gunner William John, 73rd Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in India on 25 February 1917. Age 41. Karachi War Memorial.

Dunn, Private James, 238th Machine Gun Corps. Formerly with the Highland Light Infantry. Died of wounds at Passchendaele on 20 September 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial. ?

Fenn, Corporal Hamor William, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, of 18 Little Gaddesden. Died in France after a short illness on 22 March 1916. Age 35. Son of George William and Harriett. Member of the church choir; teacher at the Sunday School and Secretary of the Reading Room. Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery.

Fowler, Private Arthur Joseph, 5th King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Formerly with the Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres on 22 August 1917. Age 38. Husband of Priscilla. New Irish Farm Cemetery.

Garment, Private Alfred, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action on 9 May 1915. Age 28. Born in Potten End. Husband of Priscilla. Formerly employed as a constable with the High Wycombe Police Force. (BK)

Gentle, Rifleman Arthur Bertram, 12th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, of Colchester, Essex. Enlisted in May 1915. Killed in action during a bombing raid at Delville Wood, France on 31 August 1916. Age 24. Born in Abbots Langley and formerly of Little Gaddesden. Son of Arthur and Mary. Delville Wood Cemetery.

Groom, Private Edward, 1st The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) of Eaton Bray. Died in France on 22 March 1917. Age 31. Born in Hemel Hempstead. Son of Charles and Emily of Water End. Husband of Alice. La Neuville Cemetery.

Hoar, Private George, Hertfordshire Regiment, of Berkhamsted. Killed in action during the defence of Ypres on 31 July 1917. Age 26. Born in Little Gaddesden. Formerly employed at Nash Mills. Son of Edward and Sophia of 5 Hudnall. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (JD)

Holland, Lance Sergeant Walter Thomas, 2nd Rifle Brigade, of Sask, Canada. Killed in action in France on 14 March 1915. Age 29. Born in Little Gaddesden. Son of William and Elizabeth. Husband of Ada. Le Touret Memorial.

Johnson, Corporal Alexander F, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds on 6 September 1916. Little Gaddesden Churchyard. ??

Johnson, Private Frank, 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment, of Berkhamsted. Killed in action at the Somme on 13 November 1916. Age 20. Born in Little Gaddesden. Brother of William of 29 Ringshall. Thiepval Memorial.

Mayling, Private William, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, 24 Ringshall. Died from illness contracted in the trenches in Oxford Hospital on 3 September 1916. Age 20. Son of Frank and Sarah. Formerly employed on the Ashridge Estate. Buried at Little Gaddesden Church.

Mead, Private Alfred, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, of 1 Little Gaddesden. Killed in action in France on 3 May 1917. Age 32. Born in Great Gaddesden. Son of William and Elizabeth. Husband of Isabella. Arras Memorial. (PE)

Oakins, Private Samuel George, Labour Corps, of 36 Little Gaddesden. Formerly with the Royal Engineers. Killed in action at Ypres on 11 November 1917. Age 34. Son of John and Emma. Husband of Ethel. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery.

Pinnock, Ordinary Seaman George Edward, Royal Navy, of The Gardens. Killed on board HMS ‘Black Prince’ during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Age 17. Son of Edward and Ruth. Formerly employed as a gardener. Chatham Naval Memorial.

Purton, Pioneer Frederick William, Royal Engineers, of Berkhamsted. Formerly with the 5th Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in France on 25 April 1916. Age 21. Son of Heber and Elizabeth. Calais Southern Cemetery.

Talbot, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Richard Henry, Royal Naval Air Service, of Little Gaddesden House. Killed after crashing his plane shortly after take-off at Dover on 29 June 1916 whilst on his way to France. Age 28. Son of the Hon. Alfred. He was the grandson of the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot. Educated at Eton. Formerly employed in the goods traffic department of the East India Railway Company. Helped form the Little Gaddesden Brass Band. Buried at Little Gaddesden Church.

White, Private William Henry, 15th Durham Light Infantry, of Thunderdell Lodge. Formerly with the Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action in France on 9 September 1918. Age 38. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of Samuel and Mary of Little Gaddesden. Husband of Elizabeth. Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery.

Whitman, Lance Sergeant Arthur, Hertfordshire Regiment, of 40 Little Gaddesden. Enlisted at Hemel Hempstead, and was at Ashridge camp at start of the war. Killed in action at Ypres on 31 July 1917. Age 21. Son of Joseph and Susan. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Little Gaddesden soldier not recorded on the War Memorial:

Nicholes, Rifleman Ernest, 16th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, of Ringshall. Killed in action in France on 24 October 1917. Age 31. Born in Ivinghoe. Son of Charles and Annie of Wards Hurst, Ringshall. Louveral Military Cemetery.


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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