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Those who died in World War Two

Eleven ex-pupils from Hemel Hempstead Grammar School were killed during the Second World War.  They are listed here.

Others who lived in Hemel Hempstead are listed in the 'Roll of Honour' below.  They include Battle of Britain pilot Denys Mileham.

Germans who were originally buried in Heath Lane Cemetery and later moved are listed below.

 

Second World War Roll of Honour

This list began with 136 individuals who served in the military and whose next-of-kin details in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database contain references to at least one of: ‘Hemel Hempstead’, ‘Boxmoor’ or ‘Apsley End’.  As our research progresses, we have added further names and the list is now a cumulative one of all the memorials we have photographed.  Note that there is almost certain to be some duplication of names below, but until it can be confirmed that possible duplicates are not different people, that is inevitable.

Further information on some of the men listed whose names appear on the Hemel Hempstead War Memorial near to St John's Church in Boxmoor can be found at Roll-of-Honour.com and on a site run by Stephen Stratford.

If you have any details on any of the men listed, including photographs, please get in touch through the contact page at: Contact Us

Further details, including information such as next-of-kin, home address and place of burial can be obtained on the CWGC website at CWGC Search by entering the surname, first initial and year of death in the appropriate spaces.  The CWGC website also allows members of the public to create and print a Memorial Certificate for each person recorded in the database.

Civilian dead

Nine of the individuals are recorded as civilian deaths in Belswains Lane on 10 May 1941.  It is possible that they were all killed in the incident which saw houses destroyed close to Nash Mills Primary School.  They are: Doris Beevor, William Chennells, Harold Robert Dyer, Albert Fenton, Maria Fenton, Florence Franklin, William Franklin, James Munday and Lilian Sheldrake.  We are grateful to Clive Lewis for providing this information.

KEY TO SOURCE COLUMN

‡ Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Hemel Hempstead War Memorial

a St Mary's, Apsley End, Parish Memorial

e St John the Evangelist, Bourne End, Roll of Honour

St Francis of Assisi, Hammerfield, Parish Memorial

g St John the Baptist, Great Gaddesden

h Holy Trinity, Potten End, Parish Memorial

i Individual memorial or grave in the area, or other information (details on page for individual)

j John Dickinson Memorial, Apsley (Apsley Mills, Nash Mills and general panels)

k Kent's Memorial

L Leverstock Green Memorial

p St Peter and St Paul's, Little Gaddesden

r Little Gaddesden, Hudnall and Ringshall War Memorial

s Hemel Hempstead Grammar School Memorial

x St Mary's, Hemel Hempstead, Parish Memorial

y CWGC information on Belswains Lane deaths, 10 May 1941

z Lockers Park School Memorial


The Roll was prepared by Prof Richard Grayson of Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Source

Name

Rank

Date of death

Regiment

Unit

x Aird, Ian B.
j Allison, C.R.J Royal Navy
x

Ambrose, John

Able Seaman

24-May-41

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Hood

g Arch, James Henry Sergeant Royal Air Force
g Arch, Percy Sergeant Royal Air Force
z

Ashburnham, Anchitel F.

Aylott, Arthur George

Private

17-Dec-45

Beds and Herts

2nd Battalion

i Badcock, Frederick George Sapper
17-Sep-44
Royal Engineers 87 Assault Squadron
‡•j Ls

Bagshaw, Henry Arthur

Colour Serjeant

14-Feb-42

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

z

Bailey, Anthony

       
‡•ja

Baldwin, Bernard Oliver

Pilot Officer

25-May-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

158 Sqdn.

z

Barker, Hugo J.R.

       
z

Barnett, David

       
Bass, S.A.        
i

Bates, David James

Trooper

14-Mar-41

Royal Armoured Corps

Bayliss, Albert Henry

Pilot Officer

16-Apr-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

‡•a

Beales, Ronald

Signalman

17-Aug-43

Royal Corps of Signals

27 Operating Sec.

•f Beans, George        
z

Beaumont-Thomas, Nigel

       
y Beevor, Doris Ethel
10-May-41
Civilian  
j Belsham, D.W.     Royal Air Force  

Bending, Herbert Arthur

Corporal

04-Dec-42

Royal Engineers

276 Field Coy.

•ji Bentley, Ronald Arthur Corporal
28-Nov-44
Royal Marines  

Bentley, John Walter

Corporal

24-Mar-45

Parachute , A.A.C.

12th (10th Battalion The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Battalion

Berg, Erik Christian

Flight Sergeant

06-Mar-45

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

272 Sqdn.

•j Bird, H.J.     Welsh Guards  

Blofield, Bernard Reginald

Flying Officer

30-Dec-47

Royal Air Force

Bone, Frederick Albert

Private

06-Aug-43

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

Bonner, F.        

Bourne, John Edward

Serjeant

20-Dec-43

Essex

5th Battalion

Bowen, W.G.        
z

Boyd, Roland W.

       
j Boyd-Smith     Royal Armoured Corps  
j Boyd Thomson     Royal Artillery  
j Brackley, F.R.J.     Beds & Herts  
Brawn, C.G.
Brice, J.R.
j Bristow, E.B.S. Sherwood Foresters
Brown, F.W.
Brown, S.
z

Bucknill, Samuel J.R.

z

Budworth, Charles R.D.

f Carter, John Compton
z

Cawley, Harold K.J.

ji

Chapman, Stanley Reginald

Driver

14-Jul-42

Royal Army Service Corps

 

Chappell, Keith Ernest Ansell

Pilot Officer

03-Oct-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

 
j Charge, F.W. Royal Navy
•jay Chennells, William George
10-May-41
Civil Defence
z

Chichester, Arthur P.S.

z

Clark, Edward K.U.

z

Clark, James G.C.O.

j Clarke, J.T. Northamptonshire
•Li Clear, Gordon S. Flying Officer
20-Mar-43
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 139 Squadron
•ji

Clement, Cyril

Private

25-Aug-41

The Queen's Royal  (West Surrey)

11th Battalion

j Coker, F.C. Royal Air Force
L i

Coker, Frank Edward

Private

14-Apr-45

Royal Berkshire

 

Collier, James

Private

29-Oct-43

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

L

Collins, Arthur George Frank

Private

24-Aug-40

Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

1st Bucks. Battalion

i Collins, Joshua Louis Private
25-Sep-43

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

xs

Colyer, John Edward

Flying Officer

03-Oct-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

 
h Cook, Ronald
z

Cookson, Christopher

•x

Cosson or Cossan, Ronald Ingram

Serjeant

16-Jan-43

Royal Army Service Corps

 
•jL Cother, Fred     Beds and Herts 1st
Coughtry, F.        
z

Cowley, John L.

       
j Cox, G.     Royal Air Force  
j Crabb, P.H.     Royal Air Force  
•j

Crawley, Dennis David

Corporal

05-Jun-44

Beds and Herts

1st Battalion

j Crawley, G.W.     Royal Air Force  
j

Crawley, Stanley

Private

14-Jan-45

The Queen's Royal  (West Surrey)

1/5th Battalion

h Cripps, Arthur
•ai

Cripps, Arthur Raymond

Rifleman

02-Apr-45

Royal Ulster Rifles

z

Crompton-Roberts, Richard

       
Croxford, D.S.        
z

Davies, Harold F.T.

       
z

Davies, Harry W.

       
z

Davies, John L.

       
f Davies, Thomas        
g

Davis, Reginald Walter

Fusilier

18-Feb-44

Royal Fusiliers (City of London)

i Devonshire, Charles Sidney Private
30-Jun-1943

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

hi Dickens, (Frederick) Donald Sergeant
29-Sep-44
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 156 Squadron
‡•

Dilley, Lewis Henry John

Ordinary Telegraphist

25-Jan-43

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Corncrake

Doggett, R.H.        

Dry, Alfred George

Gunner

05-Mar-43

Royal Artillery

11 Coast Regt.

z

Duff, Charles E.R.

       
s Duke, Robert Lance Corporal
21-Jun-44
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment 6th Battalion
•j Dungan, S.J.     Army Air Corps  
Dwyer, R.        
jay Dyer, Harold Robert  
10-May-41
Civil Defence  
Duke, Robert George Lance Corporal
21-Jun-44
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 6th Battalion
j

Edmonds, Gilbert

Bombardier

31-Oct-44

Royal Artillery

26 Medium Regt.

j Eldridge, P.H.     Royal Air Force  

Emerton, George Alfred

Ordinary Seaman

17-Nov-40

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Illustrious.

‡•ja

Ewer, Derek Ronald James

Flight Sergeant

15-Mar-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

223 Sqdn.

‡•

Farnes, Rowland James

Able Seaman

26-Mar-42

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Jaguar

z

Farrer, George D.

       
•L Faulder, Archie F.        
L

Faulder, George William

Private

12-Feb-42

Leicestershire

1st Battalion

z

Favell, Edward V.V.

       
y Fenton, Albert Edward
10-May-41
Civilian  
y Fenton, Maria
10-May-41
Civilian  
Fern, P.W.        
a Fern, Thomas        

Finch, John Lennard Frearson

Apprentice

16-Jan-41

Merchant Navy

S.S. Essex (London)

f

Fisher, Harry John

Private

29-Nov-43

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

‡•ja

Fisher, Robert Alfred Henry

Trooper

24-Nov-44

Royal Armoured Corps

142nd (7th Battalion The Suffolk Regt.) Regt.

‡•

Fletcher, Frank

Lieutenant

01-Jun-41

Royal Navy

H.M.S. London.

j

Flint, Ronald Bernard

Serjeant

23-Nov-44

Essex

2nd Battalion

Foreman, Clifford Herbert

Private

16-Nov-44

Middlesex

1/7th Battalion

Fossey, James Indarious

Sapper

23-Aug-45

Royal Engineers

35 Fortress Coy.

Fountain, J.W.        
y Franklin, Florence Lily
10-May-41
Civilian  
y Franklin, William Theophilus
10-May-41
Civilian  
f

Frazer, William Arthur

Gunner

26-May-44

Royal Artillery

84 H.A.A. Regt.

j Freemantle, G.V.     Royal Navy  
‡•

Gadsden, Geoffrey George

Gunner

27-Mar-44

Royal Artillery

76 (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regt.

e

Gardiner, George

Captain

17-Mar-42

Royal Army Service Corps

‡•j

George, Stanley Henry

Trooper

30-Nov-41

Royal Tank , R.A.C.

4th

Ginger, R.A.J.        
i

Glover, Walter William

Major

17-Jan-46

Royal Marines

z

Goodman, John M.

       
rp Gordon, Henry     Gordon Highlanders  
•a Goss, Edward C.        
•a Goss, Frederick H.        
j Graham, A.L.     Irish Guards  
z

Graham, Malise A.

       
rp Gray, Duncan     Rifle Brigade  
•j a

Green, Charles

Private

11-Jul-44

Beds and Herts

2nd Battalion

ja

Green, William Frederick

Serjeant

10-Jun-44

Royal Artillery

62 Anti-Tank Regt.

z

Gregson, Charles B.

       
‡•jai

Gurney, Leonard Ralph

Private

03-Jul-43

Beds and Herts

5th Battalion

j Gurney, P.W.     Beds and Herts  

Gurney, Thomas Ernest

Seaman

11-May-41

Royal Naval Patrol Service

Haigh, James

Electrical Artificer

17-Jul-40

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Calliope.

Hales, Frank Joseph

Flying Officer

04-Apr-45

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

70 Sqdn.

‡i

Hamilton, Goulder George

Leading Signalman

16-Sep-44

Royal Navy

Hammon, Charles James

Leading Aircraftman

19-Aug-45

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

•ai

Hammond, Maurice James

Able Seaman

25-Jan-43

Royal Navy

H.M.S. President

•x Hancock, H.W. or W.H.        
x

Hanks, Gerald Austin

Sergeant

14-Nov-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

j Harman, J.     Beds and Herts 1st
j

Harmsworth, Alfred Frank

Naval Airman 1st Class

10-Nov-39

Royal Navy

H.M.S. St. Vincent.

•a Harrington, Harold E.        
Harris, A.E.        
a

Harrison, Lawrence Richard or Laurence

Gunner

28-Oct-44

Royal Artillery

88 Field Regt.

h Harvey, David
h Harvey, Jeffery

Hathaway, Leonard Charles

Lance Corporal

22-Sep-43

Leicestershire

2/5th Battalion

Haughton, William George

Major

18-Feb-42

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

g Hawes, Horace E. Corporal   Beds and Herts 5th
z

Hawkins, Christopher A.V.

       
‡•a

Hearn, Frank Walter

Gunner

06-May-43

Royal Artillery

65 Field Regt.

•j

Hebbs, Walter John

Private

19-Oct-44

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

4th Battalion

Hector, S.F.        
Hedges, S.W.        
z

Henderson, John A.A.

       
z

Henderson, Roger A.

       
s High, Robert Maurice Sergeant (Pilot)
25-Nov-42
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 202 Squadron

Hills, Herbert Leslie

Gunner

20-Sep-44

Royal Horse Artillery

11 (Honourable Artillery Coy.) Regt.

rpi Hing, Leonard Lance Bombardier
23-Sep-44
Royal Artillery 59 (6th Hampshire Regiment)
z

Holdsworth, John

       
z

Holdsworth, Michael

       
•ja Holmes, Gordon F.C.     Beds and Herts  

Hopkins, Aubrey

Private

07-Aug-44

Royal Norfolk

7th Battalion

j Horne, D.A.     Beds and Herts  

Horne, Sidney Frank

Sergeant

15-Aug-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

178 Sqdn.

k Horton, F.E.     Royal Navy  
‡•j

Hosier, Sidney Ernest

Fusilier

05-Sep-44

Royal Fusiliers (City of London )

9th Battalion

j Hucklesbee, R.R.F.     Beds and Herts  
•j

Hughes, Wesley Arnold

Staff Serjeant

03-Dec-44

Royal Army Service Corps

18 Div. Troops Coy.

j Ings, K.S.     Royal Artillery  

Ives, Reginald Frank

Corporal

19-Sep-43

The Queen's Royal  (West Surrey)

2/5th Battalion

z

Jeffreys, Christopher J.D.

       
Johnson, R.        

Jones, Harry Arthur

Private

09-Dec-41

Essex

1st Battalion

i Keen, Joseph Driver
23-Apr-43
Royal Army Service Corps

Kenny, Patrick Joseph

Serjeant

26-Jul-40

Royal Army Medical Corps

j Kent, D.H.     Royal Air Force  
h Kent, Dennis
‡•ja

King, Frank

Serjeant

14-Sep-44

Leicestershire

2/5th Battalion

j

Lamb, John

Gunner

11-Aug-44

Royal Artillery

21 Anti-Tank Regt.

‡•ji

Lane, John Edward

Sergeant

30-Dec-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

•j Lane, R.E.V.     Royal Air Force  
z

Lawford, Peter W.P.

       
z

Laycock, Michael H.

       

Lee, Raymond Leslie

Sergeant

19-Jul-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

138 Sqdn.

z

Leslie, John A.

       
•i Ling, Alfred Ronald Trooper 7-Apr-42 Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.  
Ling, T.        

Lillico, James Walsh

Captain

18-Oct-42

Indian Medical Service

12 Indian General Hospital

j Lipscombe, S.W.     Royal Artillery  
z

Llewellyn, Rolland M.C.

       
z

Lloyd, John B.

       
z

London, Walter R.B.

       
z

MacDonald, Kenneth F.

       
‡•x

Malley, William Edward

Sergeant

05-Nov-45

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

‡•

Margrove, Leonard John

Serjeant

26-Feb-45

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

4th Battalion

‡•j

Marhoff, Frank Victor

Leading Aircraftman

13-Nov-41

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

z

Marshall, John W.

       
i Mart, William Herbert Serjeant 17-Jan-44 Home Guard 7th Hertfordshire Battalion
•ja

Mason, Richard William

Sergeant

17-Apr-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

408 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.

McDonald, Andrew Cairns Bain

Corporal

06-Sep-44

Gordon Highlanders

1st Battalion The London Scottish

s McGarry, Constantine Sergeant
30-Aug-44
Royal Air Force 260 Squadron
h Meager, John
‡•

Mears, Ernest John

Private

14-Apr-45

East Lancashire

1st Battalion

h Messum, John

Mileham, Denys Edgar

Flight Lieutenant

15-Apr-42

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

234 Sqdn.

•j

Mills, Edward

Stoker 2nd Class

15-Nov-42

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Quebec

‡•

Mills, Joseph Wallace

Lance Serjeant

19-Aug-42

Beds and Herts

Mitchell, Henry Arthur

Assistant Baker

11-Jul-43

Merchant Navy

S.S. California (Glasgow)

z

Mitford, Thomas D.F.

       
•a Monaghan, Derek        
‡•x

Mounsey, Eric Graham

Pilot Officer

07-Nov-41

Royal Air Force

58 Sqdn.

y Munday, James Arthur
10-May-41
Civilian  
Murray, G.A.        
•jL Newland, Jack E.     Dorsetshire  
rpis

Newman, William Searl

Flight Sergeant

15-Oct-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

z

Newnham, John R.F.

       

Newton, Walter

Private

18-Jan-41

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Base Ordnance Depot

j Norman, E.J.     Grenadier Guards  
z

North, Kenneth F.F.

       

Northam, Leonard Charles

Able Seaman

24-Jan-43

Royal Navy

H.M.S. President III

Notton, L.P.        
j Olney, A.A.     Royal Air Force  
i O'Kelly, William Major
19-Jun-41
Royal Army Service Corps

O'Monaghan, Derrick Alexander

Guardsman

15-May-40

Grenadier Guards

1st Battalion

Owen, Cecil George

Lance Corporal

26-Jan-44

Essex

1/4th Battalion

ka

Palmer, Harold Bernard

Fusilier

05-Nov-44

Royal Scots Fusiliers

6th Battalion

‡•a

Palmer, Jack

Serjeant

14-Feb-42

Cambridgeshire

1st Battalion

j Palmer, J.R.     Royal Air Force  
‡•ji

Parsons, Gilbert Kenneth

Sergeant

10-Apr-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

rp Patterson, Ian     Royal Artillery  
h Pearce, Laurence
Pearce, W.H.        

Philps, John Albert

Flight Lieutenant

30-Jul-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

156 Sqdn.

Pickering, Stanley Neville

Sapper

17-Feb-44

Royal Engineers

23 Field Coy.

•j Picton, F.H.     Somerset  
ai

Picton, Leslie Arthur

Bombardier

29-Nov-44

Royal Artillery

508 Coast Regt.

Picton, S.        

Piedot, Victor Wilfred

Flight Sergeant

21-Jan-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

76 Sqdn.

Plain, E.H.        

Plenderleith, Donald Mackay

Lieutenant

28-May-44

1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun )

3rd Battalion

Plumb, W.        
•j

Plummer, Charles James

Marine

01-Jun-41

Royal Marines

R.M. Group, M.N.B.D.O.1.

‡•i

Pratt, Frank William

Sergeant

05-Sep-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Pretlove, Thomas James

Battery Quartermaster Serjeant

12-Sep-44

Royal Artillery

Print, Dennis Charles Ben

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class

24-May-41

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Hood

‡•a

Rance, George Ernest

Trooper

14-Feb-43

Royal Armoured Corps

Staffordshire Yeomanry

Rance, S.J.        
•j

Read, William Harold

Driver

25-Sep-43

Royal Army Service Corps

375 Gen. Transport Coy.

‡•xi

Reid, John

Flight Lieutenant

26-Jun-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

605 Sqdn.

Reynolds, Benjamin Samuel

Flight Sergeant

25-Feb-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

156 Sqdn.

z

Reynolds, Herbert G.

       
Reynolds, L.F.        
j Richardson, E.     Royal Air Force V.R.  
j

Richardson, Eric Ryder

Sergeant

26-Jun-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

115 Sqdn.

Richardson, Robert Edwin

Flying Officer

31-Aug-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

103 Sqdn.

‡•j

Richardson, William John

Corporal

12-May-44

Beds and Herts

2/4th Battalion

‡•xi

Riddle, John Henry

Sergeant

15-Mar-44

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

166 Sqdn.

Riley, William G.

Able Seaman

19-May-45

Royal Navy

H.M.M.T.B. 2011

Risbrough, George Samuel

Serjeant

18-Jul-44

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

5th Battalion

‡•i

Robbins, Ronald Stephen

Lance Corporal

14-Nov-42

Corps of Military Police

3rd Divisional Provost Coy.

j

Robins or Robbins, Harold Alfred

Private

02-Jul-40

Beds and Herts

2nd Battalion

Robinson, C.S.        
gi Robinson, Frank T.W. Private
22-Nov-41
Beds and Herts 71st
rp Rogers, Edward     Suffolk  
L Rogers, James        
j Ronald, M.     Reconnaissance Corps  
j Rumsey, A.B.R.     Royal Air Force  
h Rumsey, Arthur
k Rumsey-Williams, F.E. Flying Officer   Royal Air Force  
Russell, A.G.        
k Russell, E.M.     By enemy action  
xs

Saunders, Geoffrey Leonard Phillip

Leading Radio Mechanic

15-Nov-42

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Avenger

•i Savage, Ronald John Boy
27-Jan-40
Devonshire Regiment
s

Selden, Kenneth Edmund

Flight Sergeant

10-May-42

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

‡•j

Sells, Harold

Gunner

16-Apr-43

Royal Artillery

70 Field Regt.

‡•

Sells, James

Private

16-Nov-43

The Queen's Royal  (West Surrey)

1/7th Battalion

•ai

Sharman, Elsie Louisa

Lance Corporal

14-Feb-43

Auxiliary Territorial Service

151 H.A.A. (M) Regt. Royal Artillery
j Sharp, C.S.     Royal Army Service Corps  
y Sheldrake, Lilian
10-May-41
Civilian  
•a Shepherd, Stephen J.        
•x Sherer, A.J.C.        
z

Sheridan [Dufferin and Ava], Basil

       
x s

Slade, (Ivor Charles) Brian

Flight Lieutenant

24-Aug-43

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

83 Sqdn.

e Smith, Andrew        
Smith, C.D.        
j Smith, E.A.     Royal Air Force V.R.  
j Smith, E.J.     Beds and Herts  
h Smith, Norman
g Smith, William James Flight Sergeant   Royal Air Force  
j Smith, W.N.     Beds and Herts  
h Snowden, George
h Snowden, Robert
z

Solomon, Leonard

       

Stafford, James Dean

Greaser

10-Dec-40

Merchant Navy

M.V. Dunedin Star (London)

‡•

Stafford, Samuel Dean

Lance Serjeant

03-Jul-40

Beds and Herts

1st Battalion

f Stoney, Alan        
z

Storey, Roy F.

       
z

Storey, Thomas W.

       
•j

Streete, Douglas

Private

26-Mar-43

Royal Army Service Corps

74 Motor Amb. Coy.

‡•jxs

Stubbington, Lewis William

Lance Corporal

11-Dec-40

Beds and Herts

2nd Battalion The Hertfordshire Regt.

z

Swanwick, Roy N.

       
z

Tanner, James H.A.

       
i Taylor, John Christopher Leading Aircraftman
18-Jul-41
Royal Air Force
j Tearle, R.F.     Royal Air Force  

Thacker, Roger Ewart

Telegraphist

05-Nov-39

Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve

H.M. Trawler Northern Rover

•j Thomas, G.     Royal Air Force V.R.  

Thwaites, Raymond William

Telegraphist

14-Oct-39

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Royal Oak

•j

Tipping, Frederick Thomas

Fusilier

15-Feb-45

Royal Welch Fusiliers

6th Battalion

j Todd, R.C.     Royal Air Force  
•j Tomlin, R.E.     Royal Air Force  
Tucker, W.J.H.        
z

Turnbull, Graham T.M.

       

Turner, Herbert Edmund

Coder

31-Jan-42

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Belmont

Turner, H.L.        
z

Tyser, John W.G.

       

Wainwright, Charles Harold

Gunner

22-Feb-44

Royal Artillery

136 Field Regt.

‡•x

Walker, Harry

Gunner

18-May-44

Royal Artillery

70 Medium Regt.

Walsh, J.        
a

Walters, John

Serjeant

25-Sep-44

Glider Pilot , A.A.C.

2nd Wing

‡•j

Walters, Lewis Henry George

Bombardier

29-Oct-44

Royal Artillery

151 (The Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regt.

j Waterton, H.J.     Herts Yeomanry  
h Weekes, John
j Welch, A.J.     Royal Army Service Corps  
Westerman, R.T.        
z

Whitcombe, Hugh T.H.

       
k White, E.     By enemy action  

White, John Henry

Private

13-Apr-43

Beds and Herts

2nd Battalion The Hertfordshire Regt.

•x

Whiteman, John Whitmore

Lieutenant

22-Jan-44

Beds and Herts

jg Wibling or Wibbling, Charles W. Gunner   Royal Artillery  

Wilkinson, Dennis Wilfrid

Lieutenant

14-Feb-42

Royal Artillery

6 H.A.A. Regt.

z

Williams, Edward J.A.

       
j Williams, H.T.     Royal Artillery  
z

Windram, Peter

       
Wiseman, W.H.        
j Withers, R.G.     Herts Yeomanry  

Wood, George Watson

Marine

28-Oct-44

Royal Marines

H.M.S. Fabius.

‡•j

Woollatt, Horace James

Flight Sergeant

20-Oct-42

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

407 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn.

•a Woolley, Edward        
h Young, James

 

Germans originally buried at Heath Lane Cemetery

Those involved in the Hemel at War project had heard rumours for some time about Germans buried in the Heath Lane Cemetery but had not been able to find anything out. However, Gregg and Theresa Bisgrove were also on the trail and have passed on information they received from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in November 2011 as follows: 

Having checked our archival documents for Hemel Hempstead (Heath Lane) Cemetery, I can confirm that four Germans were originally buried in the cemetery, three soldiers and one airman. They were exhumed and reinterred in Cannock Chase German Cemetery in the 1960s. 

I should explain that on 16 October 1959, an agreement was concluded by the governments of the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the future care of the graves of German nationals who lost their lives in the United Kingdom during the two World Wars. The agreement provided for the transfer to a central cemetery in the United Kingdom of all graves which were not situated in cemeteries and plots of Commonwealth war graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in situ.

Following this agreement, the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge) made arrangements to transfer the graves of German servicemen and civilian internees of both wars from scattered burial grounds to the new cemetery established at Cannock Chase. The inauguration and dedication of this cemetery, which contains almost 5,000 German and Austrian graves, took place in June 1967.  

I list below details of the four Germans who were originally buried in Hemel Hempstead (Heath Lane) Cemetery, along with the details of the location of their present graves:

Rank: Airman

Surname: FRIEDRICH

Forenames: RUDOLF

Regiment: German Air Force

Date of Death: 21 April 1945

Commemoration

CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, Block 1, Grave 139. 

Rank: Soldier

Surname: KRAUS

Forenames: ALBERT

Regiment: German Army

Date of Death: 9 February 1945

Commemoration

CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, Block 1, Grave 138. 

Rank: Soldier

Surname: KULLMANN

Forenames: VALENTIN

Service No: B148417

Regiment: German Army

Date of Death: 5 December 1946

Commemoration

CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, Block 1, Grave 137. 

Rank: Soldier

Surname: RATHJEN

Forenames: RUDOLF

Regiment: German Army

Date of Death: 26 December 1944

Commemoration

CANNOCK CHASE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, Block 1, Grave 140.

 

Richard Grayson visited Cannock Chase German Military cemetery in July 2017 to photograph the graves:

   

(Photos: Richard Grayson, 22nd July 2017).

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