In 1999, The Dacorum Heritage Trust mounted a major
exhibition focusing on local soldiers who served in the
First World War. In preparation for the exhibition, we
gathered material (including photographs) from local
families whose relatives had served during the conflict.
We also began to compile a database of all soldiers in
the Borough whose names appear on the war memorials. We
used sources such as the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission, local newspapers and family testimony.
Batchelor, Private Alfred, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Enlisted
at Watford in July 1916 despite only having one eye.
Killed in action in France on 9 April 1917. Born in
Bovingdon. Tilloy British Cemetery.
Batchelor, Private Charles, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, of
Hemel Hempstead. Killed in action in France on 21
December 1915. Born in Great Gaddesden. Bienvillers
Military Cemetery. (LG)
Butcher, Sergeant George Charles, 2nd Bedfordshire
Regiment, of Water End. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire
Regiment in September 1914. He was wounded seven times
and gassed once. Killed in action at Hooge Crater on 24
December 1917. Age 24. Born in Long Melford, Suffolk.
Educated at Piccotts End School. Formerly employed as a
steward on the Leyland line and was on board
"Columbia" which sank in the Atlantic in May
1914. He and others survived despite spending three days
in the water. Former member of Miss Florence
Halseys Bible Class and was second scoutmaster to
the Boxmoor Troop. Hooge Crater Cemetery.
Cook, Driver Stanley, 20th Ammunition Col, Royal Horse
Artillery, of Gaddesden Row. Enlisted at Luton. Died in
Egypt on 27 October 1918. Age 28. Born in Hemel
Hempstead. Son of Rebecca. Beirut War Cemetery.
Flitton, Lance Sergeant Harry, 3rd King's Royal Rifle
Corps. Killed in action at Ypres on 30 March 1915. Ypres
(Menin Gate) Memorial.
Ginger, Private Frederick, 1st / 4th Loyal North
Lancashire Regiment, of Gaddesden Row. Enlisted with the
Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres on 31
July 1917. Age 22. Born in Flamstead. Son of John.
Husband of Clara. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Groom, Private Frank Albert, 6th Northants Regiment, of 2
Widmore Cottages. Died of wounds in Belgium on 20 October
1917. Age 39. Born in Studham. Son of Frederick and
Alice. Husband of Daisy. Dozinghem Military Cemetery.
Sergeant Frank, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment, of Great
Gaddesden. Died of wounds in France on 26 September 1915.
Labourse Communal Cemetery.
Mead, Lance Sergeant Ernest, 13th Royal Sussex Regiment,
of 13 St Margarets. Died of wounds at the Somme on
23 October 1916. Age 19. Son of William and Elizabeth.
Puchevillers British Cemetery. (PE)
Mead, Private Frank, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of St
Margaret's. Died of wounds in France on 3 November 1917.
Age 19. Born in Hemel Hempstead. Son of Fred and Fanny.
Wimereux Communal Cemetery. (HH)
Mitchell, Private Arthur, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of
Hemel Hempstead. Died after being gassed in France on 11
May 1915. Age 27. Born in Gaddesden. Son of Joseph and
Sarah. He was one of the first local soldiers to die
through being gassed. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (HH)
Rolph, Private Ernest, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, of
Gaddesden Row. Died of wounds in Belgium on 6 May 1917.
Age 22. Born in Great Gaddesden. Mendinghem Military
Russell, Private Ernest, 12th Durham Light Infantry, of
Hemel Hempstead. Enlisted in London, formerly with the
Army Cyclists Corps. Killed in action at Passchendaele on
21 September 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial.
Russell, Driver George, Royal Horse Artillery, of
Gaddesden Row. Died of malaria at Alexandria, Egypt on 1
October 1917. Age 24. Born in Hemel Hempstead. Son of
William and Jane. Husband of Annie. Alexandria War
Starr, Rifleman William Alfred, 9th King's Royal Rifle
Corps. Killed in action at the Somme on 24 August 1916.
Age 28. Son of James and Ellen. Thiepval Memorial.
Sutton, Sergeant Henry, 2nd King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Killed in action in the Battle of the Marne on 14
September 1914. Age 28. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of
Elizabeth of 7 Water End. Husband of Edith. La
Wildman, Private Thomas, 7th The Queen's (Royal West
Surrey) Regiment, of Great Gaddesden. Formerly with the
Essex Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on 24
February 1917. Born in Eaton Bray, Bucks. Thiepval
Wood, Captain John Lockhart, 18th (Queen Mary's Own)
Hussars, of The Hoo, Great Gaddesden. Entered the Army in
1892 and served in the Boer War. Died of wounds in London
on 11 June 1915. Age 43. Educated at Eton. Husband of
Mary. Battersea Cemetery, London. (FL)
This page was last updated May 5, 2004.