Potten End War
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.
Potten End War Memorial
Batchelor, Corporal Harold, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of
6 Boxted Cottages. Died of "spotted fever" in
France on 30 April 1915. Age 28. Son of Caroline. St
Sever Cemetery. (HH)
Batchelor, Sergeant William, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action in France on 27 August 1918.
Beaulencourt British Cemetery. (HH)
Bedford, Private George, 6th Northants Regiment, of 8 The
Front. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of
wounds at the Somme on 17 February 1917. Age 32. Born in
Berkhamsted. Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension.
Chapman, Private William Leonard, 6th Northants Regiment,
of 12 Potten End. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire
Regiment. Killed in action in France on 29 September
1916. Age 31. Born in Great Gaddesden. Son of Mr C
Leonard. Tincourt New British Cemetery.
Clarke, Rifleman Sidney Thomas, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles,
of Little Heath Farm. Killed in action at Ypres on 25
September 1915. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Carrie.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
Cooley, Private Alfred Charles, 8th Norfolk Regiment.
Killed in action at the Somme on 21 October 1916. Regina
Cooley, Private Clifford, 1st Essex Regiment. Formerly
with the Norfolk Regiment. Served in Egypt and then went
to France in Spring 1916. Died of wounds at the Somme on
1 July 1916. Age 20. Born in Berkhamsted. Brother of
Alfred. Knightsbridge Cemetery.
Cripps, Private Arthur, 2nd Northants Regiment, of 15
Frithsden. Killed in action at Passchendaele on 16 August
1917. Age 20. Son of Mrs J Cripps. Tyne Cot Memorial.
Denman, Private Cecil Bert, 1st / 6th North Staffordshire
Regiment, of Penkridge, Staffs. Killed in action at Ypres
on 9 August 1915. Age 26. Son of Albert and Elizabeth.
Blauwepoort Farm Cemetery.
Denman, Corporal Charles, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, of
Horsmonden, Kent. Elisted at Watford. Died of wounds on 5
September 1916.Born at Horsmonden, Kent. (This one needs
looking up on the CWGC)??
Gaussen, Temp. Second Lieutenant David Newbold, 1st
Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Somme on
31 July 1916. Age 23. Son of Rev. Charles and Mary.
Educated at Berkhamsted School. Dernancourt Communal
Goodall, Stoker (1st Class) Herbert Thomas, Royal Navy.
Died at sea on 8 February 1917. Portsmouth Naval
Goodege, Private Arthur William, 7th Bedfordshire
Regiment, of 15 St Margarets. Died of wounds when
hit by a shell when acting as company cook at the Somme
on 13 August 1916. Age 28. Born in Berkhamsted. Husband
of Esther. Dive Copse British Cemetery.
Halsey, Second Lieutenant
Frederick, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at
the Hooge on 10 August 1917. Age 37. Son of David and
Mary Ann of 3 Frithesden. Husband of Esther of Bedford.
Hooge Crater Cemetery.
Hodsden, Private Albert Edward, 6th The Queens
(Royal West Surrey Regiment), of Woodside. Formerly with
the East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action at Meaulte on
23 August 1918. Age 18. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of
Charles and Margaret. Meaulte Military Cemetery.
Hodsden, Private Ernest Charles, 2nd Bedfordshire
Regiment, of Woodside. Killed in action in France on 17
May 1915. Age 20. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of Charles and
Margaret. Le Touret Memorial.
MacLehose, Lieutenant Norman Crawford, 8th London
Regiment (Post Office Rifles), of Little Heath House.
Educated at Rugby School and Oxford University. In 1912
he joined the Inns of Court and a year later he obtained
a commission with the Post Office Rifles. He went to
France in March 1915 and was killed in action on 26 May
1915. Age 26. Son of Norman and Olive. Grandson of the
publisher, Alexander Macmillan. Post Office Rifles
Mawditt, Rifleman Alfred George, 8th Rifle Brigade.
Killed in action by a shell in the trenches at Arras on
11 July 1916. Age 19. Born in Northchurch. Son of John
and Georgina of 'The Red Lion' Inn. Faubourg D'Amiens
Oakens, Private Reginald, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, of 8
Frithsden. Killed in action in France on 4 May 1916. Born
at Potten End. Son of Mr A Oakens. Bienvillers Military
Parsons, Lance Corporal Henry Stanley, 1st Bedfordshire
Regiment. Died of wounds in France on 2 November 1914.
Age 29. Formerly employed as a rural postman at Water
End. Bethune Town Cemetery.
Pulman, Captain Harry Robert Sauve, 3rd London Regiment
(Royal Fusiliers), of Fryth, The Common. Shot three times
and killed during a bayonet charge at the Battle of Neuve
Chapelle on 10 March 1915. Age 47. He was Vice President
of Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Royal Irish Rifles
Rance, Private Bert, 6th Northants Regiment. Enlisted
with the Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at the
Somme on 17 February 1917. Born in Berkhamsted. Thiepval
Memorial. (BK) (StM)
Summerfield, Sergeant Bert F, 1st Lincolnshire Regiment,
of 16 Frithsden. Enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action at Passchendaele on 16 April 1918. Age
24. Born in Berkhamsted. Son of Walter and Sarah. Tyne
Cot Memorial. (NE)
Waterton, Private Bertie, Royal Engineers / transferred
to 433rd Agricultural Compant, Labour Corps, of
Berkhamsted. Died on 7 November 1918. Born at Potten End.
Buried at Potten End Churchyard.
Whitman, Private Arthur, 1st Norfolk Regiment. Killed in
action at the Somme on 27 July 1916. Age 21. Born in
Berkhamsted. Son of Mr Whitman of 26 Potten End. Husband
of Grace of Hemel Hempstead. Thiepval Memorial.
Wilson, Sergeant Augustus Edwin ("Gus"), 7th
Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds to the chest and
left leg sustained at Ypres on 14 August 1917. Born in
Berkhamsted. Son of Mr E Wilson. Brandhoek New Military
Wilson, Private John, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment,of
Nettleden. Killed in action in France on 9 August 1916.
Born in Berkhamsted. Formerly employed at Potten End
This page was last updated May 5, 2004.