The Men on Royston War Memorial

In 2018 the What Royston Did team embarked on project to compile information about the men who served in the Great War and who are listed on the Royston War Memorial.

This was used to build plaques which were displayed beside the Memorial in the lead up to the Remembrance Day Service. Space on each plaque was limited and so, where other information is known about each individual, it is included here.

The information has been compiled from several sources including the “Local Patriots” series published in The Crow during the war, the book on the memorial written by Douglas Ploughman, the data held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and, in some cases, the men’s families.

However, there is always the possibility that these histories contain errors or omissions and the project team would like to hear from anyone with information which could lead to their correction .

Image - Harold Ackroyd

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corp, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Son of Edward Ackroyd of Southport. Husband of Mabel R. Ackroyd of Malvern Link.

Enlisted
Royston, February 1915

Died
Sunday, 11th August 1917 aged 40

Buried
Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium

Image - Charles Anderson

Rifleman, 21st (County of London) Battalion, 1st Surrey Rifles
Regimental Number : 652043

Son of the late John and Agnes Anderson of Town Hall Cottages, Melbourn Street, Royston and a one time telegraph messenger at Royston Post Office. He lived in Woollwich.

Enlisted
Woolwich, February 1916

Died
Friday, 15th September 1916 aged 24. He was reported missing on 15th September 1916. His death on that date was confirmed in August 1917.

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Walter Anderson

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 10377

Formerly Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 8077

Eldest son of Ebenezer and Lydia Anderson of York Terrace, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 1904

Died
Saturday, 1st July 1916 aged 38

Buried
Ovillers Military Cemetery, France

Image - George Andrews

Lance-Corporal, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 265174

Third son of William and Eliza Andrews of Mount Terrace, Royston. Served with the Royston “E” Company and went out to France with them in November 1914. He was slightly wounded in early 1917 and was discharged as time-expired later that year. He rejoined and again went to France on 24th June 1917. He married Beatrice Chapman in 1915 and they had two children.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Thursday, 2nd August 1917 aged 24

Buried
Voormezeele Cemetery, Belgium

Image - Thomas Ayres

Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 28825

Second son of John and Mary Ann Ayres of Garden Walk and later Rock Road, Royston. Originally enlisting in the A.S.C. he was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in February 1917 and sent out to France the following June. In September 1917 he was wounded on the Cambrai-Bapaume Front.

Enlisted
Marylebone, London, October 1915

Died
Saturday, 23rd March 1918 aged 37

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Thomas Baker

Rifleman, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Regimental Number : 45865

Younger son of William Robert and Annie Elizabeth Baker of High Street, Royston. He was sent to France on Easter Monday 1918. 

Enlisted
Marylebone, London, May 1917

Died
13th October 1918 aged 19

Buried
St. Aubert British Cemetery, France

Image - William Barlow

Sergeant, 10th Battalion, Cameronians Rifles (Scottish Riffles)
Regimental Number : 8500

Lived with his wife and their two children at Mackerel Hall, Royston. He served 14 years in the army, going out with the first Expeditionary Force in 1914 during which time he was awarded the Mons Star. He returned to Scotland for two years before being sent out to France a second time in January 1918, this time being awarded the D.C.M. for “splendid and gallant leadership”.

Enlisted
Royston, Circa 1902

Died
Sunday, 13th October 1918 aged 33

Buried
Philophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, France

Image - Charles Barnard

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
Regimental Number : 203420

Second son of William and Caroline Rebecca Barnard of The Fleet, Royston. He went out to France on 30th August 1916.

Enlisted
Royston, 26th December 1914

Died
Sunday, 25th November 1917 aged 20

Buried
Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium

Image - Arthur Beale

Private, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 40417

The second son of John and Alice Beale. An employee of Messrs. Duce and Lilly he also assisted his father, the caretaker of the Royston Cemetery as a grave digger.  He married Mary Rhodes in Luton prior to departure for France.

Enlisted
Hitchin, March 1917 in the Suffolk Regiment

Died
Tuesday, 31st July 1917 at the start for the Battle of Passchendaele when the Regiment was in action at Pilckem Ridge.

Buried
Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium.   

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 1st/6th Battalion, London Regiment (City of London Riffles)
Regimental Number : 322643

Born in Royston, the son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Biffen of Mill Road, Royston.

Enlisted
Hammersmith, London, 1914

Died
29th August 1918

Memorial
Vis-en-Artois. France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry
Regimental Number : 2459

Third son of John and Caroline Bishop of the High Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, July 1915

Died
Sunday, 12th November 1916 aged 30

Buried
AIF Burial Ground, Flers, France

Image - Frank Blows

Private, 2nd Battalion, Northampton Regiment
Regimental Number : 27464

Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blows of Mount Terrace, Royston. Married to Gertrude with a little boy living in Queens Road, Royston. Employed by Mr John B. Bishop, Upholsterer, etc., Royston for 14 or 15 years prior to enlisting.

Enlisted
Royston, 1916

Died
Sunday, 4th March 1917 aged 26

Memorial
Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France

Image - Henry Blows

Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke Of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
Regimental Number : 203415

Grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Blows of King Street, Royston. Wounded in the foot in early 1917 he convalesced at Hoddesdon before returning to France in September that year.

Enlisted
Royston, February 1915

Died
Wednesday, 21st November 1917 aged 20 from wounds received in action.  

Memorial
Cambrai, Louveral, France

Image - Horace Blows

Gunner, ‘X' Company, 2nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Regimental Number : L/39838

Son of John and Louisa Blows of King Street, Royston. He was a member of the Herts. Constabulary stationed at Letchworth. He was married with a child living in Luton at the time of his death.

Enlisted
Letchworth, 27th August 1915

Died
Sunday, 20th January 1918. He was severly wounded by a bomb dropped from an enemy plane, undergoing four operations to remove 9 peices of shrapnel, but could not be saved.

Buried
Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, Royal Marines Light Infantry, SS Hunsbsridge
Regimental Number : CH/11790 (RMR/15/67)

Son of William and Lucy Blows of Royston and husband of Florence Warner whom he married in 1911.

Enlisted
Royston, 1900 

Died
Friday, 7th September 1917 aged 36. He was lost at sea as a result of submarine action and his body was not recovered.

Memorial 
Chatham Naval Memorial, England

Image - Albert Blunt

Private, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266357

Forth son of James and Mary Elizabeth Blunt of Silver Hill, Royston. He worked at Heath Farm.

Enlisted
Royston, January 1915 aged 15 years and 9 months. He embarked for France in December 1916 serving with the Royal Engineers.

Died
Friday, 13th July 1917 aged 18

Buried
Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium

Image - Ernest Blunt

Sapper, 11th Signal Company, Royal Engineers
Regimental Number : 94999

Married to Rachel Mary Blunt, “Westbrook”, Royston with a little daughter. He worked as an overseer at Royston Post Office.  

Enlisted
Royston, April 1915

Died
Friday, 19th November 1915 in St George’s Hospital of an intestinal infection, Malta, aged 40 following a previous attack of dysentery from which he had recovered.

Buried
Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

Image - Frederick Blunt

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 4/6914

Second son of James and Mary Elizabeth Blunt of Silver Hill, Royston. During the battle of the Somme, on the 12th October 1916, the 2nd Battalion were engaged in the battle for Le Transloy where they took heavy casualties. Frederick Blunt suffered shell shock and a wound in his knee. Frederick was taken prisoner in March 1918, dying in captivity.

Enlisted
Royston, January 1914

Died
Tuesday, 30 July 1918 aged 25

Buried
Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany

Image - George Blunt

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 36241

Third son of James and Mary Elizabeth Blunt of Silver Hill, Royston. Employed as a hay carter by Mr Noads of Wicker Hall, Royston. He was sent to france in May 1916.

Enlisted
Royston, February 1915

Died
Tuesday, 31st July 1917 aged 21, less than three weeks after his brother, Albert Lewis, was killed.

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - Male silhouette

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps.
Regimental Number : 79458

Born and lived in Royston, son of Charles Henry and Louisa Bullard of High Street Royston and later, The Dale, Letchworth.

Enlisted
Royston, 1915

Died
Wednesday, 13th September 1916 aged 20

Buried
Rawalpindi War Cemetery, Pakistan

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 16th Battalion, Welsh Regiment
Regimental Number : 55236

Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 31742

Husband of Jane Burt of East Cliff, Ramsgate. Lived in Melbourn Street and worked at the Royston Brewery.

Enlisted
Bedford, November 1916

Died
Monday, 8th October 1917 aged 26

Buried
Estaires Communal Extension Cemetery, France

Image - Albert Carter

Private, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Regimental Number : G/22758

Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Carter of West Terrace, Royston. At one time he was a bricklayer for Messrs. Jacklin & Co (who later built the memorial) and Messrs. Gimson & Co. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by Mr Samuel Willmott in Hornsey. He was married with 4 boys.

Enlisted
Mill Hill, London, May 1916

Died
Tuesday, 31st July 1917 aged 34

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - Ernest Carter

Private, 2nd/5th Battalion, Duke Of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
Regimental Number : 203444

Second son of Samuel Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Carter of Rock Road, Royston. Employed by Messrs. Jacklin & Co., Royston. Wounded several times prior to his death.

Enlisted
Royston, January 1915

Died
Sunday, 20th October 1918 aged 21

Buried
Qievy Communal Cemetery, France

Image - John Carter

Private, 7th Battalion, Oxford And Bucks Light Infantry
Regimental Number : 21799

Son of Joseph and Louisa Emma Carter of Rock Road, Royston. 

Enlisted
London, November 1915 and was sent to Salonika in September 1916. 

Died
Wednesday, 9th May 1917 aged 27 after being officially reported wounded on 25th April although his letters home dated 29th April and 6th May did not mention this.

Memorial
Doiran Memorial, Greece

Image - Male silhouette

Driver, “A" Battery, 301st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Regimental Number : 159269

Son of James and Mary Caton of Denmark House, North Road, Royston and a native of Anstey, Buntingford.

Enlisted
Hertford, May 1915

Died
Wednesday, 22nd January 1919 aged 30 of enteritis. 

Memorial
Alexandria (Hadra) Cemetery, Egypt

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 9036

Son of George and Matha Chapman of Norman Hill, Back Street, Royston. Born in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire and living in Therfield, Hertfordshire.

Enlisted
Royston (Date not known)

Died
Wednesday, 8th May 1918

Memorial
Tyne Cot, Belgium

Image - William Chapman

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Regimental Number : 16431

Eldest son of Police-Sergeant William George and Bertha Chapman of the Police Station, Royston. Employed at the Dacre Motor Company, Letchworth and at theHeatly Gresham works. He fought in the Battle of Aisne in November 1914 and at the Retreat from Mons. He was taken prisoner in November 1914 but escaped. He was mentioned in Field Marshall Sir John French’s despatches of 14th January 1915 for gallant and distinguished services and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Enlisted
Hertford, 1913 

Died
Sunday, 7th February 1915 aged 20 

Buried
Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, France

Image - Arthur Charter

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 15436

Elder son of Frederick Thomas and Lizzie Charter of York Terrace London Road, Royston. He was employed by Mr. Jarman at Mile End Farm. Sent to France on 30th August 1915, he was gassed on 26th December 1915 and convalesced in Etaples and Gravesend before returning home for a short period. He was again invalided to England in July 1917 to a hospital near Chiswick before returning to France in August that year.

Enlisted
Royston, 7th September 1914

Died
Saturday, 21st September 1918 aged 22

Memorial
Vis-en-Artois. France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, Eastern Counties Labour Centre, Labour Corps
Regimental Number : 551265

Living with Agnes Maud Dunham, his foster mother, in Melbourn Road, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston 1914

Died
Friday, 5th December 1919 in an accident at Park Royal, London.

Buried
Non Conformist Cemetery, Royston, England

Image - William Cooper

Lance-Corporal, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266359

Only son of John W. and Susan Harriett Cooper of Melbourn Street, Royston. He was employed at Simpson’s Brewery in Baldock. He was sent to France in March 1916.

Enlisted
Royston, January 1915

Died
Tuesday, 31st July 1917 aged 25

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - George Coote

Sergeant-Instructor, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 19399

Second son of Joseph and Suasn Coote of the "Coach and Horses",Royston. He was a corporal in the Royston “E” Company, Hertfordshire Volunteers. In January 1916 he became a Gymnasium Instructor for the Battalion. He was a one time member of the Royston Football Club. He was married to Mabel with a son living in Stamford Avenue, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, January 1915

Died
Monday, 13th November 1916 aged 29 whilst leading his mean at Beaumont Hamel, France

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - John Coote

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266117

Elder son of John Prime and Annie Coote of High Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, June 1915

Died
Monday, 10th June 1918 aged 19

Buried
Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Albert, France

Image - Albert Coxall

Private, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 15446

Son of Alfred and Martha Ann Coxall of Godfrey’s Terrace, London Road, Royston. He worked for Mr. J.C. Wilkerson at Barley. He was sent to France at the end of August 1915 where he was cook to the Officer’s Mess.

Enlisted
Royston, August 1914

Died
Friday, 15th September 1916 aged 21

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Robert Coxall

Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266200

Youngest son of Alfred and Martha Ann Coxall of Godfrey’s Terrace, London Road, Royston. He was employed in Messrs. Beale’s bakery in Royston. He trained at Halton Park, Tring, gaining certificates in signalling and musketry. He was attached to the Royal Flying Corps at St. Leonards-on-Sea and afterwards to the Bedfordshires when sent out to France in January 1918.

Enlisted
Hertford, November 1915 

Died
Tuesday, 14th May 1918 aged 19 in No.11 Stationary Hospital at Rouen as a result of gas poisoning.

Buried
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

Image - Male silhouette

Lance-Corporal, 11th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 11256

Son of William and Jane Elizabeth Dana of Cranmore Leas Rd, Guildford, Surrey. Worked at Messrs. Frost & Co., Royston.

Enlisted
Guildford, Surrey, 1914

Died
Saturday, 9th September 1916 aged 24 years

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Frederick Darlow

Private, Royston “E” Company, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 2238

Third son of Samuel and Florence Darlow of Barkway Road, Royston. He was a Boy Scout and joined the Territorials as soon as he was old enough. He was Sergeant-Instructor for a troop of the Boy Scouts as well as a boxing champion for them. Worked for Dr. C.F. Wightman before moving to London where he worked as a baker.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Wednesday, 18th November 1914 aged 18 (reported missing, supposed killed)

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, France

Image - Arthur Day

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 36300

Formerly Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 5842

Youngest son of Mrs. Day of York Terrace, Royston and nephew of Mrs. J. Matthews of Steeple Morden.

Enlisted
Royston, 1915

Died
Friday, 4th May 1917

Buried
Wancourt British Cemetery, France

Image - John Dellar

Sergeant, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Regimental Number : S/15766

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Dellar of Sun Hill, Royston. Born in Walworth, Surrey. Lived in Shoreditch, London. Worked in London on the Great Northern Railway. Wounded in the left hand and was treated at a hospital in Le Treport before returning to the front line.

Enlisted
Royston, 17th February 1916

Died
Thursday, 21st March 1918 aged 26

Memorial
Pozieres, France

On the memorial as J.F.C. Dellar

Image - George Drage

Private, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 23044

Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Drage of Queens Road, Royston. Husband of Louisa M. Martin (formerly Drage) of Rock Road, Royston. Sent to France in July 1916 and invalided home in November that year. He was in hospital in Oxford at a convalescent home in Eastbourne before rejoining his regiment and returning to France in February 1917.

Enlisted
Bedford, November 1915

Died
Monday, 23rd April 1917 aged 26 (reported wounded and missing)

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Thomas Drage

Private, 1st Battalion, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, Gun Section
Regimental Number : 15627

Youngest son of Arthur and Mary Ann Drage of Queens Road, Royston. Served 5 years apprenticeship with Mr J. Mason, printer, of Royston. He was sent to France in August 1915 seeing his first action in the trenches at Loos. He is believed to have been in the trences on Christmas Day and was wounded in the head, arm and sholder on 27th December 1915.

Enlisted
Royston, September 1914

Died
Monday, 10th January 1916 of his wounds at the St. John Ambulance Hospital at Etaples, France aged 20. 

Buried
Etaples Military Cemetery, France

Image - George Dumelow

Private, 20th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment

Regimental Number : G/41715

Formerly Welsh Light Horse
Regimental Number : 1794

Son of George and Florence Dumelow of Royston. Husband of Alice Maud Dumelow of Mill Road, Royston. He drove one of the Mail Carts and acted as a temporary town postman in Royston. While training at Tidworth with the Middlesex Regiment he was awarded the “Cross Guns” before being set out to France on 25th November 1916.

Enlisted
Hitchin, May 1916 

Died
Wednesday, 10th January 1917 aged 28 in 5th General Hospital, Rouen, of wounds received in action.  

Buried
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 4/6921

Second son of John and Jane Feast of Hastings Villas, Gower Road, Royston. 

Enlisted
Royston, November 1914

Died
Saturday, 1st July 1916 aged 20

Buried
Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France

Image - Oliver Feast

Sapper, 5th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Regimental Number : 25969

Eldest son of John and Jane Feast of Hastings Villas, Gower Road, Royston. Wounded in the leg on 6th April 1915 and died in hospital the follwing day.

Enlisted
Royston, February 1914

Died
Wednesday, 7th April 1915 aged 22 

Buried
Bethune Town Cemetery, France

Image - Male silhouette

Lance-Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Regimental Number : 56616

Youngest son of Sidney and Selena Fisher of Factory Cottages, Orchard Road, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 1917

Died
Tuesday, 23rd April 1918 aged 19

Memorial
Loos, France

Image - Frank Freeman

Private, 15th (The King's) Hussars
Regimental Number : 4003

Fifth son of Richard George and Mary Ann Freeman of Eagle Tavern Cottages, Royston. He had served 18 years and 3 months in Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ireland, India and South Africa. He had returned from India nine months before the outbreak of the war. 

Enlisted
Royston, date not known

Died
Sunday, 22nd July 1917 aged 39. He was seriously injured by an Allied anti-aircraft shell.

Memorial
Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France

Image - Lional Frost

Private, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 4062

Forth son of William and Sarah Jane Frost of Queen's Road, Royston. Employed at Huggins pork butchers in Melbourn.

Enlisted
Royston, early 1916

Died
Wednesday, 30th August 1916 aged 19

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Sidney Gatward

Corporal, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Number : L/14507

Youngest son of Henry and Emily Gatward of Gower Road, Royston. He was in India when war broke out. Wounded in the right hand in February 1915 and in the left hand in August 1916 he was hospitalised for a few weeks before returning to the fighting.

Enlisted
1911 (location not known)

Died
Monday, 9th April 1917

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - William Giffen

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Regimental Number : GDSN 15244

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest William Giffen of the “Woolpack” public house, Royston. He was wounded in the left shoulder and right leg at Ypres on 1st November 1914. Undergoing several operations he was hospitalised in the Eastern General in Cambridge and the Royston Soldier’s Hospital. He had already served three years in April 1914 and was on the reserve when he was recalled. He went out to France on 14th August 1914. He saw action in the retreat from Mons before receiving his wounds at Ypres.

Enlisted
Royston, April 1911 

Died
Friday, 29th March 1918

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Arthur Gillet

Private, 5th Battalion, Kings's Shropshire Light Infantry
Regimental Number : 26224

Youngest son of Samuel and Eliza Gillett of Factory Cottages, Royston. He had worked at the printing office of the “Herts. and Cambs. Reporter” for 20 years prior to enlistment. Originally in the Sherwood Foresters he was sent out to France in August 1916 where he was transferred to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

Enlisted
Royston, March 1916

Died
Wednesday, 11th April 1917 aged 34 at the 4th General Hospital, France, of wounds received in the chest on 22nd March.

Buried
Etaples Military Cemetery, France

Image - Leonard Godfrey

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Son of Owen and Ellen Godfrey of Green Street, Royston. Served in India and Ireland where he was when the war broke out. He was at the retreat from Mons and the stand on the Banks of the Aisne. He was wounded twice, in the shoulder and knee, by shell bursts on 15th October 1914 at La Bassée.

Enlisted
Royston, 1904 (aged 15)

Died
Thursday, 20th July 1916 aged 27

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Geoffrey Goodman

Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery

Only son of Thomas and Edith M Goodman of The Plantation, Royston. Educated at Caldecott School, the Perse Schoool and Leeds University, where he was studying for his B. Sc. He was in an Officer Training Corps camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared. On 14th August 1914 he was “gazetted” 2nd Lieutenant and Lieutenant in August 1915 before being sent to France in October that year. 

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Friday, 1st June 1917 at 5.00 a.m. by a shell burst which killed in instantly, aged 23

Buried
La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium

Image - George Gray

Private, 21st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Regimental Number : TF 207957

Eldest son of George and Alice Gray of Morton Street, Royston. Husband of Naomi Grey of Green Street, Royston. They had eight children. He had been employed by Messrs. Abbott and Son for about 14 years but was working for Messrs. Nash and Co when be enlisted.

Enlisted
Bedford, 3rd July 1917

Died
Saturday, 23rd March 1918 aged 39

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 46990

Third son of George and Alice Gray of Morton Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Bedford, June 1916

Died
Monday, 22nd April 1918 aged 30

Buried
Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France

Image - Frederick Hale

Private, “C” Company, 2nd/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion
Regimental Number : G/38926

Elder son of John and Emily Jane Hale of West Terrace, Baldock Street, Royston. Employed for three years as a gardener by Mr. W.J. Abbott at Brewery House. He was in the R.D.B Territorial Regiment prior to transferring to the Kent Cyclists on 1st May 1918.

Enlisted
Hertford, February 1918

Died
Sunday, 5th May 1918 aged 18 at the Military Hospital, Shorncliffe.

Buried
Royston Church Additional Burial Ground, England with millitary honours.

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 135th (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
Regimental Number : 105952

Son of Arthur Hallum and Susan Muncy (formerly Hallum) of The Fleet, Baldock Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Tuesday, 12th November 1918 aged 25

Buried
Muttra Cemetery, Uttar Pradesh, India

Image - Albert Harradine

Private, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Regimental Number : G/18711

Formerly of the West Surrey Regiment
Regimental Number : 11707

Only son of Arthur Albert and Elizabeth A. Harradine of Morton Street, Royston. Employed in Royston Cash Grocery Stores. 

Enlisted
Royston 1917

Died
Sunday, 21st April 1918 aged 19 at the 2nd General Australian Hospital of wounds received on 27th March.

Buried
Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France

Image - Henry Hicks

Image of HG Hicks with thanks to Ansteyvillage.co.uk and family members

Private, 23rd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment
Regimental Number : G/29574

Formerly of the Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 13993

Married to Eliza with daughters Eva and Cassie, he worked at Nash & Co, coal yard, Royston.

Enlisted
Bedford, 1914 - Bedfordshire Regiment, discharged for medical reasons
Bedford, June 1916 - Duke of Cambridgeshire’s Own Regiment

Died
Friday, 22nd March 1918

Buried
Grevilliers British Cemetery, France

Image - William Horn

Private, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Regimental Number : 25509

Eldest son of Wiliam and Sarah Horn of The Green, Royston. Employed by John Pigg of Royston and, prior to that, in the gardens of Earls Hill House and Yew Tree House, Royston. He was sent to France on 27th August 1916.  He was the first Royston man injured in the war to die in this country.

Enlisted
Royston, 21st February 1916

Died
Tuesday, 17th October 1916 in King George’s Hospital, London from wounds received on 25th September aged 20

Buried
Royston Church Additional Burial Ground, England with millitary honours.

Image - Male silhouette

Private, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266710

Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 5154

Married Rose Howard, with three children living at The Green, Royston. Employed at Royston Brewery.

Enlisted
Hertford, February 1915

Died
Friday, 22nd March 1918 aged 34

Memorial
Pozieres, France

Image - Male silhouette

Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment 
Regimental Number : 34510

566th Company, Labour Corps
Regimental Number : 132137

Son of Peter and  Marianna Hoy, The Warren, Royston. Husband of Florence A. Hoy of Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. Serverd for 23 years in India and Tibet.

Re-Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Wednesday, 22nd May 1918 aged 34

Memorial
Manchester Southern Cemetery, England

Image - Alfred Humphrey

Sergeant, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment (Lewis Gun Section)
Regimental Number : 235052

Younger son of Joseph and Elizabeth Priscilla Humphrey of Barfield Cottages, Royston. He was an Assistant Scout-Master in the Royston Boy Scout Troop and employed as a grocer’s assistant in Messrs. W.C. Titchmarsh & Co’s shop since he left school. He was a time expired member of the Royston “E” Company, Hertfordshire Regiment but rejoined at the outbreak of the war and went out to France (as a Private) in November 1916.

Re-enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Friday, 5th April 1918 aged 30

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry
Regimental Number : 18540

Son of George Harding and Mary Innes of The Warren, Royston. He served under the name of Harding.

Enlisted
Bedford, 1914

Died
Thursday, 17th October 1918 aged 44

Buried
Ors British Cemetery, France

Image - Francis James

Private, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 25561

Lived in The Warren, Royston with his wife, Mercy, and 5 children. Employed for over 20 years by Mr. W. Bedwell, plumber and decorator, Royston.

Enlisted
Hitchin, June 1916

Died
Sunday, 4th March 1917 aged 36

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Male silhouette

Lance-Corporal, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Numbers : 15623

Son of Mrs. M. A. Jeffrey of Shanklin, Isle of White.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Sunday, 17th September 1916 aged 20

Buried
Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France

On memorial as Private J. Jeffries

Image - Harold King

Private, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 5156

Youngest son of William John and Esther King of Back Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, June 1915

Died
Saturday, 27th May 1916 aged 18

Buried
Bethune Town Cemetery, France

Image - Dennis Lilley

Private, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 29956

Younger son of Denis and Mary Lilley of Garden Walk, Royston. Employed by Messrs. Halstead & Kestell of Market Hill, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 1916

Died
Saturday, 27th January 1917 aged 19

Buried
Varennes Military Cemetery, France

Image - Herbert Marshall

Driver, Army Service Corp, attached to 22nd Anti-Aircraft Section, Royal Artillery
Regimental Number : M2/ 074520

Fourth son of Stephen and Elizabeth Marshall of “Orchard House”, Royston. Married to Elizabeth H. Marshall with a daughter. Employed at one time by Mr. E. Logsden and was, when war broke out, working as a private chauffeur at Bush Hill Park, Enfield. He was on his way to France within three weeks of enlistment. 

Enlisted
London, April 1915 

Died
Friday, 18th June 1915 aged 39. While driving an officer in the Anti-aircraft Section in Festubert on 17th June he was severley wounded by a bursting shell and died of his injuries the following day. 

Buried
Hinges Military Cemetery, France

Image - Phillip Marshall

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 3/8565

Youngest son of Stephen and Elizabeth Marshall of “Orchard House”, Royston. Employed as a bricklayer by Messrs. Gimson & Co, Royston and then by Mr. C.F. Ball in Letchworth.

Enlisted
Hitchin, August 1914

Died
Sunday, 7th March 1915 aged 29. He was killed by shell burst near Ypres.

Buried
Hooge Crater Cemetery, France

Image - Male silhouette

Sergeant, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 12026

Son of Richard and Ann Mawson of Ludlow. Husband of Lucy Vipond Mawson of Bedford. Living in Royston.

Enlisted
Hitchin, 1914

Died
Thursday, 4th May 1916 aged 36

Buried
Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France

Image - James Mulberry

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 36393

Son of George and Mary Mulberry of Royston. Employed by Mr. Jarman at Mile End Farm near Royston.

Enlisted
Hertford, November 1915

Died
Saturday, 19th May 1917 aged 32

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Charles Nelson

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Regimental Number : G/11270

Son of Thomas and Emma Nelson of the "Prince of Wales”, Barkway Street, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 19th August 1914. Originally enlisting in the Bedfordshire Regiment, he was discharged 3 months later but was recalled to the Royal Sussex Regiment in March 1916.

Died
Saturday, 9th September 1916 aged 26

Buried
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France

Image - Rowland Newling

Private, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 266711

Forth son of James and Louisa Newling of The Warren, Royston. He was 15 years and 8 month old when he enlisted and was sent out to France in April 1916.

Enlisted
Royston, 7th June 1915

Died
Sunday, 23rd July 1916 aged 16

Memorial
Loos, France
He is remembered on his parents' grave in Royston and his age is given as that when he enlisted.

Image - Harold Newman

Private, 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Regimental Number : 73562

Eldest son of Frank and Sarah Ann Newman of Town Hall Cottages, Melbourn Street, Royston. Employed at Mr. E.R. Smith’s Seed Mill, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, March 1918

Died
Tuesday, 8th October 1918 aged 18

Memorial
Bel-Aise Farm Cemetery Memorial, Bois-des-Angles British Cemetery, Crevcourer-sur-l’Escaut, France

Image - Herbert Norman

Private, Machine Gun Section, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 16703

Second son of Herbert J. and Ellen Norman of Town Hall Cottages, Melbourn Street, Royston. Employed as a chauffeur with Mr. C.V. Grundy, Royston.

Enlisted
Cambridge, 18th November 1914

Died
Saturday, 1st July 1916 aged 21

Buried
Ovillers Military Cemetery, France

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
Regimental Number : G/15501

Son of Alice Nottage of Bromley, Kent. Born in Barkway, Hertfordshire.

Enlisted
Hertford (Exact date not known)

Died
Wednesday, 28th March 1917 aged 19

Buried
Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Fance

Image - Walter Offord

Image of WG Offord with thanks to Alan Cecil 

Lance-Corporal, 1st/21st East Surrey Regiment and London Regiment, 1st Surrey Rifles
Regimental Number : 36091

Born in Rayleigh, Essex and moved to Royston in later life. He became known as “The gentleman fishmonger of Royston” while trading from his shop in Market Hill. His brother, A.W. Offord, donated a set of gates dedicated to his memory which were placed at the south-east entrance to the Priory Memorial Gardens, Royston and officially opened on 31st May 1953.

Enlisted
Hitchin, December 1915

Died
Saturday, 24th August 1918 aged 35

Memorial
Vis-en-Artois. France

Image - Alec Paterson

Sapper, 70th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Regimental Number : 49140

Second son of James and Elenor Paterson of Queen Street, Royston. Employed at the Enfield Small Arms Factory.

Enlisted
Royston, August 1914

Died
Sunday, 27th August 1916 aged 25, killed by a sniper,

Buried
Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France

Image - Albert Pearce

Rifleman, 5th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Regimental Number : 46941

Only son of Albert C. and Alice Pearce of Mill Road, Royston. Married to Lucy E. Pearce of Thornton Heath, Surrey with two children. Apprenticed to Mr. W Wilson, carriage smith, Royston. Also worked in the Sunday School and other instutions connected with the Parish Church and Mission Room. 

Enlisted
Thornton Heath, 15th May 1918 

Died
Friday, 5th July 1916 aged 32 of influenza at the Military Hospital, Sheerness.

Buried
Royston Church Additional Burial Ground, England

Image - Harold Pepper

Private, 4th Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps
Regimental Number : 1382

Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pepper of Factory Cottages, Royston. Employed by Mr. T. Goodman’s grocery store, Royston prior to emegrating to Canada in February 1912 to join his four brothers.

Enlisted
Calgary, Canada, 1914. Initially enlisted in the Legion of Frontiersmen but changed to the Field Ambulance Corps where he believed he had a better chance of joining the fighting.

Died
Friday, 29th September 1916 aged 23

Buried
Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Image - Male silhouette

Trooper, Ontario Mounted Police and 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Regimental Numbers : 4198 and 109163

Son of Lucy and Frank Herbert Perry of Ifield, Sussex. Employed as a groom on the Burloes Estate near Royston.

Enlisted
Toronto, Canada, 28th November 1914
Died
6th November 1918 of influenza

Buried
St. John’s Church, York Mills, Toronto, Canada

Image - Male silhouette

Private, Duke Of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment and 7th Battalion, London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Numbers : 34165 and GS/61326

He was married to Elenor Pettengell and lived at Factory Cottages, Royston.

Enlisted
Hitchin, April 1916

Died
Friday, 25th May 1917

Buried
Albuera Cemetery, Bailleul-Sire-Berthoult, France

Image - Albert Pigg

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 14099

Only son of Charles Octavius and Annie Pigg of Morton Street, Royston. Employed in the gardens at Icknield Bury, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, August 1914

Died
Tuesday, 12th September 1916 aged 24

Buried
La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, France

Image - Arthur Pigg

Gunner, Machine Gun Corp (Heavy Branch)
Regimental Number : 206172

Third son of John and Agnes Pigg of Gower Road, Royston. Attested under the “Derby Scheme” (whereby men committed to enlist be a given date) and joined the Machine Gun Corps in April 1916. He was sent out to France in October that year.

Enlisted
Hitchin, April 1916

Died
Thursday, 7th June 1917 aged 21. He was buried where he fell on the Messines Ridge

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - Ernest Pigg

Rifleman, 8th Battalion, City of London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
Regimental Number : 372861

Eldest son of John and Agnes Pigg of Gower Road, Royston. He was sent out to France at the end of January 1917.

Enlisted
London, 6th April 1916

Died
Tuesday, 30th October 1917 aged 30

Memorial
Tyne Cot, Belgium

Image - Male silhouette

Petty Officer, 1st Class, Royal Navy

Son of Thomas and Eliza Potter, licensee of the "White Hart", Royston. Born in Royston and married to Alice Mary Potter of Buckland, Portsmouth.

Enlisted
Portsmouth, 1914

Died
Wednesday, 4th July 1917 aged 54

Buried
Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery, England

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Private, 12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 42155

Born in Royston, the son of Adelaide Roberts (formerly Pryor) of East Lytham St. Annes, Lancs.

Enlisted
Blackpool (Date not known)

Died
Saturday, 1st June 1918 aged 19

Buried
West Ham Cemetery, London, England

Image - Frank Pulley

Private, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 1911

Son of Mrs. Fanny Pulley, The Mount, Royston. Employed by Mr. Dennis of Queens Road and then by Mr. W.H. Hinkins, painter, where he worked for over 14 years. He served with the 1st Herts. Volunteer Battalion. When the Territorial Force was formed he joined the Artillery, later transferring to the Royston “E” Company so as to become eligable for the Long Service Medal.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Thursday, 19th November 1914 aged 28

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - William Reed

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 8571

Eldest son of William and Alice Reed of The Mount, Royston. He was an attendant at Arlesey Asylum at the outbreak of the war. He served in Africa, Bermuda and Gibraltar.  He fought at La Bassée and Ypres.

Enlisted
Bedford, 1914

Died
Tuesday, 30th March 1915 aged 26

Memorial
Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Image - Percy Reeve

Private, “A” Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 10160

Fourth son of James Reeve of Odsey and Sarah Reeve, now of Pix Road, Letchworth. Educated at the Merchant Tailor’s School in Aswell, he lived in Royston for several years.

Enlisted
Grays, Essex, 1914

Died
Monday, 26th October 1914 aged 20

Memorial
Le Touret, France

On memorial as P. Reeves

Image - Male silhouette

Private, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 203733

Son of Frederic Henry Reynolds and Catherine Course of Market Hill, Royston.

Enlisted 
Hitchin, April 1917

Died
Friday, 22nd March 1918 aged 27

Memorial
Pozieres, France

Image - John Robinson

Private, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 30122

Eldest son of John and Hanna Robinson of The Fleet, Royston. Husband of Annie Robinson and living in Queens Road, Royston. Prior to enlisting he worked for Messrs. Duce and Lilley, Royston. He broke his leg whilst training at Felixstowe and was sent out to France in June 1917, although only partially recovered.

Enlisted
Hitchin, June 1916

Died
Thursday, 16th August 1917 aged 40

Memorial
Tyne Cot, Belgium

On memorial as I. Robinson

Image - Frank Saunders

Private, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Regimental Number : G/41588

Son of Jonas and Katherine Saunders of Trinity Street, Stevenage. Employed for nearly five years by Mr. Hann, a hairdresser of Kneesworth Street, Royston. Sent to France about six months after he started training, he was returned to England in March 1917 suffering with dysentery, spending his convalenscence in hospital in Bournemouth and Addington Place, near Croydon. After a short visit to Royston he returned to France in June 1917.

Enlisted
Luton, May 1916.

Died
Friday, 30th November 1917 aged 22

Memorial
Tyne Cot, Belgium

Image - Ralph Sharp

Private, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 14098

Third son of Stephen and Alice Mary Sharp of Gower Road, Royston. Worked in the gardens of Yew Tree House, Royston and at Cokenach. He was trained at Felixstowe before being sent out to France in May 1915 where he served as a stretcher-bearer.

Enlisted
Royston, August 1914

Died
Thursday, 27th July 1916 aged 22

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Herbert Shaw

Private, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 12249

Adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Frost of the "William IV”, Baldock Street. He worked, from the age of 14, at the Royston Post Office as a telegraph messenger. He was one of the first men from Royston to sign up for the fighting. Wounded in the thigh by machine gun fire on or about 18th June 1916 he was sent to the Whiston Infirmary, Prescott near Liverpool to recover, coming home on 19th Septemeber for a few days leave before returning to France.

Enlisted
Hertford, August 1914

Died
Sunday, 11th February 1917 aged 23

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Robert Shaw

Private, “Z” Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 20147

Son of Samuel Searby Shaw and Sarah Negus Shaw of Mill Road, Royston. He served eight years in the Royal Garrison Artillery, mostly in the West Indies. He was employed in the gardens at Wimbish Manor, Shepreth prior to re-enlistment.

Re-enlisted
Cambridge, 1915 

Died
Friday, 6th October 1916 aged 32 years. He was severly wounded in the leg on 17th August 1916 and died after an operation in a Frenh Hospital, during which his leg had to be amputated.

Buried
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Image - Male silhouette

Co-Sergeant-Major, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment
Regimental Number : 9009

Sister was living in Royston and was a servant to the Banhams family. He was a resident of Baldock.

Enlisted
Warley, Essex, Re-Enlisted August 1914

Died
Saturday, 26th October 1918

Buried
St. Souplet British Cemetery Extension, France

Image - James Stamford

Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery and “ B” Battery, 77th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Regimental Number : 203032

Formerly PTE R.A.S.C. Remounts
Regimental Number : R/258523

Only son of James and Hanna Maria Stamford of Stamford Yard, Kneesworth Street, Royston. A Lieutenant, writing to his mother, says that he was buried with a comrade near Graincourt, Derchigny, France.

Enlisted
Hitchin, February 1917

Died
Friday, 30th November 1917 aged 25

Memorial
Cambrai, Louveral

Image - William Stoten

Private, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 6079

Third son of Frederick and Jane Stoten of The Fleet, Royston. Employed by Mr. L.E. Clark of Royston. He went out to France in October 1916.

Enlisted
Hertford, December 1915

Died
Sunday, 7th January 1917 aged 17 from wounds received during a raid on German trenched on News Year Eve 1916.

Buried
Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

Image - George Thomas

Private, “D” Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch)
Regimental Number : 75068

Husband of Minnie Thomas of Barkway Road, Royston. Employed as a motor car driver at the Bull Hotel, Royston. He was wounded in the nose and forehead while advancing a tank on 11th Septemebr 1916. He received the Military Medal for his work in the advance. 

Enlisted
Hitchin, June 1916

Died
Thursday, 3rd May 1917 aged 27

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Herbert Thomas

Private, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 20013

Son of Robert and Mary Thomas of Down Halll, Abington Pigotts.

Enlisted
Royston, 15th March 1915

Died
Friday, 15th September 1916 aged 18

Memorial
Thiepval, France

On memorial as Frank Thomas

Image - George Wake

Private, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 16236

Youngest son of George and Elizabeth Wake of Queens Road, Royston. He was employed in Cambridge and, prior to that, he drove the Great Northern Parcel Delivery Cart in Royston. He was sent out to France in January 1916.

Enlisted
Cambridge, October 1914

Died
Monday, 2nd April 1917 aged 19 while helping stretcher-bearers attend wounded comrades.

Buried
St. Catherine Cemetery, France

Image - Charles Watson

Private, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 290596

Only son of Mr. W. Watson and Mrs. F. Mason of Victoria Crescent, Royston. He had been married for 13 months before he died. He was an old member of the Royston “E” Company, Hertfordshire Regiment. He had been employed from 1901 until June 1915 (except for a short period) in the printing department of the “Herts. and Cambs. Reporter” but was working in London when he enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment before transferring to the Cambridgshire Regiment.

Enlisted
London, October 1916

Died
Saturday, 17th November 1917 aged 29 after undergoing an operation in a Brighton Hospital.

Buried
Royston Church Additional Burial Ground, England with military honours.

Image - Reginald Watson

Lance-Corporal, London Regiment (The Rangers)
Regimental Number : 471847

Eldest son of David and Mary Watson of Mill Cottage, Royston. He served five and a half year’s apprenticeship at Messrs. Sounds & Powell’s, Royston before working in London. He was sent to France on 5th February 1917. He was severly wounded in the thigh, legs and groin on 14th April 1918. He was taken to the American General Hospital at Rouen where his right leg was amputated.

Enlisted
London, 20th January 1916

Died
Wednesday, 17th April 1918 aged 24. 

Buried
St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

Image - Percival Webb

Private, London Regiment, London Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Number : 4636

Fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. James Webb of Melbourn Road, Royston. He was working in Barnet when he enlisted. He was sent to Malta in December 1915 and to France soon after Christmas 1916.

Enlisted
Barnet, September 1915

Died
Monday, 9th April 1917 aged 20

Buried
Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt, France

Image - Tom Weston

Private, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Territorials
Regimental Number : 265084

Son of Thomas and Eliza Ann Weston of Royston. He was invalided home in November 1914 suffering from shock following a “Jack Johnson” (an immense shell packed with high explosive) explosion which buried him and three other men. Although extricated quickly, he remained unconsious until he recovred in hospital. He was repatriated to the 4th North General Hospital, Lincoln before returning to Royston and then on to the front lines again. He became time expired but re-enlisted going back to France on 30th November 1915. 

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Tuesday, 31st July 1917 aged 23

Buried
New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium

Image - Male silhouette

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, attached to 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Son of Mrs. Clara Westwood of Queens Road, Royston.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Wednesday, 23rd September 1917 aged 23

Memorial
Tyne Cot, Belgium

Image - Andrew Whitby

Corporal, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Regimental Number : 202809

Sixth son of Mr. and Mrs. William Whitby of Eagle Tavern Cottages, Royston. Employed to drive Mr. Haggar’s milk cart from Wimpole to Royston and at Burloes. He was a member of the Royston “E” Company and was called up for mobilisation in August 1914. He was sent to France in January 1917 and transferred to the Essex Regiment. He was home on leave on 4th March 1918 returning to France on 17th March, three days before he died. He was married to Florence with two children, the family living at Burloes Farm.

Enlisted
Royston, 1914

Died
Friday, 22nd March 1918 aged 28

Memorial
Arras, France

Image - Percy Wiggins

Private, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Regimental Number : 60152

Youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wiggins of Royston. Employed as a coachman to Captain Whitacker. He as sent to France on 25th September 1916. Severly wounded by gunshot in the chest on 21st September 1917, he was admitted to hospital at Etaples in France and, at the beginning of October, removed to a conavlescent camp. He was leter transferred to the Italian Front were he died. He was married to Amy and had four children.

Enlisted
Hitchin, 1916

Died
Wednesday, 12th December 1917 aged 33

Buried
Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade, Italy

Image - Herbert Wilkerson

Private, 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 201496

Youngest son of the Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Wilkerson of Royston. Employed by the Cambridge Co-operative Society. Sent to France in July 1916, he was returned home suffering from entric (an intestinal infection) the following September. On recovery he volunteered for Egypt and was sent out on 15th March 1917. He was wounded in the right arm on 9th March 1918 and spent time in an Egypian hospital before recovering and being sent ot France where he arrived on 1st June 1918.

Enlisted
Cambridge, 2nd April 1916

Died
Wednesday, 16th October 1918 aged 26

Buried
Rue-David Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France

Image - Male silhouette

Lance-Corporal, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment
Regimental Number : L/6044

Son of William and Rhoda Selina Bonner Williams of Royston.

Enlisted
Hounslow, 1915

Died
Saturday, 25th September 1915 aged 30

Buried
Cambrin Church Yard Extension, France

Image - Ernest Williamson

Private, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Regimental Number : 51857

Youngest son of Edward and Mary Williamson. Husband of Elizabeth E Williamson of Mill Road, Royston. Employed at Messrs. Duce & Lilley, Royston. He was married with six children, the family lived in Huntingdon Terrace, Mill Road, Royston. Sent was to France in August 1915. On 22nd January 1916 his shoulder was smashed by an exploding shell and he was buried under debris for 24 hours. He recouperated in hospital in Boulogne before a time at a convalenscent hospital in Leyton.

Enlisted
Royston, February 1915

Died
Tuesday, 1st October 1918 aged 38

Memorial
Vis-en-Artois. France

Image - Male silhouette

Sergeant-Major, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Regimental Number : 5444

Son of William and Rhoda Selina Bonner Williams of Royston.

Enlisted
Southwark, 1914

Died
Wednesday, 9th August 1916 aged 33

Buried
Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, France

Image - Alfred Witts

Rifleman, 1st/9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Regimental Number : 7663

Younger son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Witts of Heathfield, Royston. Apprenticed to Mr. J. Course, Watchmaker, etc. in Royston and Letchworth. He was sent to France in June 1916.

Enlisted
London, March 1916

Died
Monday, 25th September 1916 aged 19 by a German bomb.

Memorial
Thiepval, France

Image - Frank Woodcock

Private, 2nd/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Regimental Number : 54510

Second son of Mr. J. and Mrs H. Woodcock of Wrexham Terrace, Queens Road, Royston. Employed at Royston Brewery for about four years. Trained at Dovercourt and Colchester. He was sent to France on 19th October 1917.

Enlisted
Hitchin, February 1917

Died
Thursday, 21st March 1918 aged 19

Buried
Bellicourt British Cemetery, France

Image - Percy Wooding

Private, 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Regimental Number : 23432

Elder son of Thomas and Annie Wooding of Royston. Husband of Deborah P. Wooding of Huntingdon Terrace, Mill Road, Royston. He was sent to France on 1st July 1916. Wounded in the left arm on 3rd September 1916 he spent five months at Hemel Hempstead Hospital. He returned to France on 18th April 1917.

Enlisted
Bedford, February 1916 under the Derby Scheme (where men pledged to enlist at a future date).

Died
Sunday, 23rd September 1917 aged 25

Buried
Westouter Church Yard Extension, Belgium

Image - John Woods

Captain, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Second son of Charles and Sarah Woods of Barkway Street, Royston. Educated at Hitchin grammar School and Westminster College. He was a schoolmaster under the London County Council. He went out with the Guards in February 1915 and fought at La Bassée. He was offered a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on 10th Juy 1915 and promoted to Captain a year later. In February 1917 he effected the capture of 60 prisoners, the act for which he received the Military Cross.

Enlisted
Royston, September 1914 in the Coldstream Guards

Died
Saturday, 14th April 1917 aged 24

Buried
Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon, France

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