War Memorials in Harpenden Churches

St Nicholas and High St Methodist

By Gavin Ross

The war memorials in Harpenden Churches supplement the information on the Town War Memorial. There are many first names given, and more details of the battalion within the regiments. The rank is Private unless otherwise stated. Dates and locations of death are only given on the few individual plaques donated by families and friends.  

Photo:1914-18 Written List in St Nicholas Church

1914-18 Written List in St Nicholas Church

Gavin Ross, April 2013

The lists in St Nicholas Church gives 106 names in the First World War of which 8 are missing from the Town War Memorial. There are 42 names for the Second World War of which 5 are missing from the Town War Memorial.   In High Street Methodist Church there are 8 and 10 names respectively, with one extra name in each list.

St Nicholas Church

1914-18 Handwritten List  (* not on Town War Memorial)

Allen, Maurice R.

2nd L, 2nd Sherwoods

Argent, William George V

Royal Irish Rifles

Atkinson, Geoffrey B

5th Battalion 4th Worcestershire

* Attwood, A.C.

Royal Marines

Bandy, Albert Edward

4th Bedfordshire Regt

Barnes, Henry 

3rd Bedfordshire Regt

Barton, Fred

R.G.A. 6th Siege Battalion

Bell, George

8th Suffolk Regt.

Bigg, Charles William

Hertfordshire Regt

Blake, Christopher

2nd Lt, Bedfordshire Regt

Boakes, John

Army Service Corps

Bowling, E.R.

Sportsmans Battn R. Fusiliers

Brandom, Charles H.

Machine Gun Corps

Broad, Dennis Gurney

Flight Sub-Lieut R.N.

Burfoot, William Francis

Royal Engineers

Burgess, Percy

3rd Bedfordshire Regt

Cain, Frederick

Gunner, Herts R.F.A.

Chalkley, W.A

3rd Essex Regt

Chapman, F.

Hertfordshire Regt

Clark, Jack

Bedfordshire Regt

Clarke, Albert Edward

York and Lancaster Regt

*Collins, Henry George

25th Battn Australian I. F.

Cornell, Arthur E.

7th Bedfordshire Regt

*Crew, John

2nd Bedfordshire Regt

Curtis, Frank William

Lieut, Leicestershire Regt

*Day, Herbert Stanley 

Hertfordshire Regt

Day, Frederick Willis

Worcestershire Regt

Dines, Edmund C

18th Lancs Fusiliers

Dines, Francis William C

Sergt,  4th Beds Regt

Dodd, Ernest J.

Lieut,  R.F.A.

Dowling, Robert

14th Royal Warwickshire Regt

Ellis, Frederick

Bedfordshire Regt

English, J.


Evans, Douglas Osmund

2nd Lieut, 1st Kings (Liverpool) Regt

Field, Frederick

Bedfordshire Regt

Finch, James John A.   MM.

51st Battalion, R.F.A.

Fisher, J.H.

6th Seaforth Highlanders

Fitzjohn, Bernard Francis

Herts Yeomanry

Fortunati, T.V.

Lance Cpl,  Royal Engineers    

Foster, Albert H.

Northants Regt

Fouldes, T.J.

Captain, R.F.A.

Fowler, N.

Royal Engineers

Franklin, Wilfred Noel

1st S Wales Borderers

Freear, E.C.

2nd.Lieut, 4th Bedfordshire Regt

Freeman, Eric

Lieut,  W.Yorshire Regt.

Gardiner, F.T.

Capt. Highland L.I.

Gibbs, H

3rd Bedfordshire Regt.

Gimingham, Charles H

Capt, Herts. Regt. Attached R.F.C.

Graves, Harry

S. Wales Borderers

Gray, H.

Army Service Corps, M.T.

Gunnell, Edward

Army Service Corps, M.T.

Haines, Ernest W

Cpl, 2nd Bedford Regt

Harris, Ernest Sylvester

2nd Bedfordshire L.I.

*Harvie, A.L.

North Hants Regt

Hawkes, William Stanley

Bedfordshire Regt

Hawkins. S.

7th Bedfordshire Regt

Hayes, Alfred Edward


Hill, Arthur James

Sgt, 1st 5 Beds. Regt

Hill, George William

10th Hants. Regt

Hill, L.

Hertfordshire Regt.

Hodge, F.

W. Riding Regt

Holland, John  MM.

Herts Regt

Hopwood, Frederick

Lieut. Royal Engineers

Howell, George


Hucklesby, Henry

Duke of Wellington’s Regt

Hucklesby, Walter James

1st Northamptonshire Rgt

Irons, Andrew Thomas

Machine Gun Corps

*Jeffcock, R.S.

Lieut, S. Staffs. Regt

Katon, Archibald Edward

8th Seaforth Highlanders

Kingham, Ernest Frank

7th Bedfordshire Regt

Leaning, J.

Hertfordshire Regt

Leggatt, G. Eric

2nd Lieut,  4th Argyle and Suth. Hldrs

Lewin, Archibald

Bedfordshire Regt

Lewin, Horace  MM.

Bedfordshire Regt

Lewin, R.R.

Lieut, Duke of Cornwall’s L.I.

Lord, C.H.

Major, Welsh Fusiliers

Luxon, Thomas Olney

Norfolk Regt.

Lydekker, Gerald Owen

Lieut, Bedfordshire Regt

Lydekker, Cyril Richard

Lieut, 1st 5th Bedfordshire Regt

Mockett, Lewis C.E.

Tank Corps

*Moorcroft, Charles


Newton, Charles Ronald

2nd Lieut,  R.F.A.

Newton, Arthur Douglas

Major,  R.F.A.

Pearce, Ernest

1st Bedfordshire Regt

Pearce, Harold

3rd Bedfordshire Regt

Pepper, Arthur Clive

1st 4th Royal Berkshire L.I.

Phillips, Sydney

10th Royal Warwickshire Rgt

Randall, Alfred Henry 

Sgt Royal Fusiliers

Rowley, Dalbiac T.C.

Capt,  Middlesex Regt

Saker, Claude Astley

Canadian Regt

Saunders, Walter J.

Rifle Brigade

Scott, V.E.

Gunner, R.F.A.

Seabrook, Arthur

7th Bedfordshire Regt

Seabrook, Sidney

Royal Marine Light Infty

Sibley, Sidney

A.S.C. (Transferred to Gloucestershire)

Simons, John H.S.

2nd Lieut,  Northants Regt

Snoxell, Arthur

Royal Sussex Regt

Thrale, Ralph

Gunner, R.F.A.

Warwick, Bertie Seymore

French Mortar Batt.

Walthew, John Syers

2nd Lieut,  R.F.C.

Westwood, Guy

3rd Bedfordshire Regt

Whitmarsh, William

Hertfordshire Regt

Withers, Donald

Rifle Brigade

*Wray, William

Royal Fusiliers

Holland, Herbert

1st Kings Liverpool Regt

Willis, R.G.

Cpl,  R.E.        

1939-45         Stone Tablet

Photo:St Nicholas Church - stone tablet

St Nicholas Church - stone tablet

G Ross 2013

Photo:St Nicholas Church - stone tablet

St Nicholas Church - stone tablet

G Ross 2013

Photo:1939-1945 Tablet in St Nicholas Church

1939-1945 Tablet in St Nicholas Church

Gavin Ross, April 2013

Abbot, S.E.   Bradbury, R.D.  Brearley, G.M.  *Blake, J.P.  Bond, K.M.H.   Canton, R.F.   *Castle, J.F.R.  Colmore, D.M.  Crane, P.L.  Davis, P.N.  Day, A.W.  Deamer, S.  Dines, A.E.  Doble, M.L.  De Mancha, A.R.  Downs, A.M.  *Drew, P.E.  Elder, E.V.A.  Enraght, E.H.  Fisher, G.  Gravestock, C.F. Hind-Smith, J.W.  Johnson, E.G.  Johnston, E.F.  *Jordan, H.F.  Kennett, P.  Lockhart, K.  Lydekker, J.N.W.  Mahon, D.W.  Maclean, I.  Mole, N.B.  Nangle, P.C.  Nelson, R.F.  Prescott, T.C.  Russell, F.R.  Seabrook, F.J.  Stocken, G.M.  Stocken, M.A.  Trudgett, A.  Veale, N.  West, J.  *Davis, H.L.N.

Individual Memorials in St Nicholas Church

Boer War

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Gavin Ross, April 2013

To the Glory of God and in memory of Trooper Cecil Francis Longland, No. 2680 23rd Company 8th Battalion (Duke of Lancaster’s Own) Imperial Yeomanry, who died at Harpenden May 22nd 1901 of Enteric Fever contracted on voyage homeward in Troopship Oratana, Invalided from active service in South Africa, aged 23 years

This tablet was erected by past and present members of the Auxiliary Forces residing in Harpenden


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To the glory of God, in loving memory of John Henry Stuart Simons, 2nd Lieutenant of Northamptonshire Regiment.  Dearly loved and son of Henry Edgar and Agnes Simons of Turners Hall. Killed in action at Nieuport July 10th 1917 aged 21 years.   Death is but the gate of Life

In loving memory of Dennis Gurney Broad,  Flight Sublieutenant, who lost his life in action in the North Sea April 27th 1916, aged 32 years

In ever loving memory of Gerald Owen Lydekker of Harpenden Lodge.  Lieutenant and Quartermaster, 15th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment.  Born at the Lodge December 20th 1887, Died at Alexandria June 14th 1917 of illness contracted while on active service.    Faithful unto death

In ever loving memory of Cyril Richard Lydekker, Lieutenant of 15th Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment.  Born at Harpenden Lodge November 8th 1889,  Killed in Action at Suvla, Gallipoli August 15th 1915.   He that loses his life for My sake shall find it

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To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Arthur Joseph Clay, Major 6th North Staffordshire Regiment, who died at Harpenden in the service of his Country on February 18th 1915.   This Brass is placed by his Brothers.  Crown for the valiant to weary ones past

To the Glory of God.  In loving memory of Christopher Blake (B.A. Cantab),2nd Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regiment.  4th son of Dr and Mrs Blake of Harpenden.  Who gave his life for his King and Country in the Battle of the Somme, near Guillemont France on the 4th September 1916, aged 24 years.   Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they shall see God

In Loving Memory of John Syers Walthew, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps, aged 19 years.  Who lost his life while flying over the enemy’s lines in France, September 19th 1917.  Proudly he gave his glorious youth for his Country

High St Methodist Church                        Plaque

Photo:Tablet in High Street Methodist Church

Tablet in High Street Methodist Church

Gavin Ross, April 2013

1914-18               * Not on Town War Memorial

*Arthur F. Cornell   Ernest Drury   Frederick Field            Thomas J. Fouldes  George W. Hill   Arthur J. Hill   Henry Hucklesby  Albert W. Payne


*John B. Campbell  Albert Cheshire   P. Norman Currant  Walter M. Donaldson   Jack Olver   George S. Painting   Leslie G. Stubbs   Edward T. Viner   Peter S. Woolston   Stanley Yeoman

Greater Love hath no man than this, That he lay down his life for his friends

Rothamsted Main Building   Plaque on main staircase

Charles H. Martin, Lt, 3 Battn Monmouthshire Regt.   Killed at Ypres, 3rd May 1915

Kenneth R Lewin, Lt, 7th Battn D.C.L.I.  Killed in trenches in France, 9th March 1916.

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New Roll of Honour At Harpenden Church - 1939

"To replace the old Roll of Honour in Harpenden Parish Church, a handsome new list, in an oak frame, has been placed  in the church.  Mr. G. H. Herring designed the frame to harmonise with existing woodwork, and the lettering was beautifully done by  Miss M Moreland.  There are over 100 names, inscribed in black and red."

          Newspaper cutting of 26 Jan 1939 (H&DLHS archives BF52.3 p31) 

By Diana Parrott
On 18/09/2018