Constructed of Portland Stone and erected in 1920, the Village War Memorial stands on the High Street, just to the left of the Churchyard gates. The Memorial acts as a centre for commemoration each year, on Remembrance Sunday, and as a record for future generations of the names of those brave individuals who left the village to fight in two World Wars and who never returned. Indeed, to this day, twenty five of them (listed below with an asterisk after their names) still have no known grave.

The base of the Memorial bears the names of thirty two casualties of the First World War and six from the Second World War. As follows :

1914 to 1918

Name Unit Died Age
Frederick Andrews (*) 7th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1916 24
Percy Andrews 7th Bn Lincolnshire Regt June 1918 19
Frederick George Armstrong 9th Bn Rifle Brigade Mar 1918 27
Frederick Batchelor (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1918 23
Horace Batchelor (*) 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1916 27
Frederick William Clark 4th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Aug 1918 32
Percy Thomas Clark 4th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Nov 1916 unknown
Leonard Cook 1st Canterbury Regt, NZEF June 1917 25
William Coot 7th Bn Northamptonshire Regt Apr 1918 38
Frederick David Curl 10th (Prince Of Wales) Hussars Oct 1914 36
Horace Charles Day 7th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Jan 1916 21
Joshua Dyer 2nd Bn Royal Sussex Regt Sept 1916 19
John Featum (Feetham) 6th Bn Royal West Kent Regt Oct 1916 36
James Fensom 11th Bn Essex Regt Oct 1915 35
Alfred Flitton 693rd Agricultural Company Nov 1918 33
Arthur Flitton 7th Bn Royal West Surrey Regt July 1916 32
William Ernest Flitton 11th Bn Essex Regt Aug 1917 39
Horace Godfrey (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt July 1917 unknown
Percy Godfrey 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Oct 1916 25
Edgar Harris 7th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Mar 1916 23
Horace Harris (*) 7th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1916 26
George Kitchener 6th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Nov 1915 18
Arthur Frederick Lee (*) 2nd Bn Royal Sussex Regt May 1915 27
Elijah Peacock 1st Bn East Surrey Regt Oct 1917 19
Charles Peddar 3rd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1916 24
Harry Peddar 1st Bn Bedfordshire Regt Apr 1918 21
Dennis Riley (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt May 1915 28
Walter Robinson 4th Bn Royal Fusiliers Aug 1918 19
John (Jack) Silvester (*) HMS Hawke, Royal Navy Oct 1914 34
William Smith (*) 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Dec 1915 40
Ernest William Stevens 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Sept 1916 34
Henry (Jack) White (*) 1st Bn Scots Guards Oct 1914 28

1939 to 1945

Name Unit Died Age
Albert George Bandy (*) 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regt June 1944 24
Douglas Arthur Batchelor (*) 2nd Field Coy, Royal Engineers May 1944 20
Frederick Charles Harvey Civilian Munitions Worker Mar 1944 16
Leslie John Horwood (*) Royal Artillery Apr 1944 23
Glenister Leslie Morton 17th Field Regt, Royal Artillery Aug 1943 22
Allan Lane Tuckey (*) HM Levant Schooner No 24, RNVR Apr 1944 21

In November 2007 a Project was begun to create a written record of the stories of these men and their sacrifice. As at today’s date this work continues with the hope of preparing and publishing a booklet that will be available to those visiting the village or those whose own ancestors might be amongst those named. During this research thirty seven other men, with strong Flamstead links, have been identified who are not themselves recorded on the War Memorial. These are :

1914 to 1919

Name Unit Died Age
George Hine Adcock 3rd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Nov 1918 23
James Frederick Lester Adcock Motorised Transport Army Service Corps July 1918 33
Charles Andrews 5th Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers Oct 1919 33
Ernest Joseph Baldwin (*) 21st Bn (Surrey Rifles) London Regt Sept 1916 35
Lawrence Alfred H Barrow 11th Bn Royal Sussex Regt Aug 1916 21
Bertie Brazier (*) “S” Bty Royal Horse Artillery June 1915 24
Frank Bunce (*) 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards Sept 1916 34
Charles Burgess 38th Royal Field Artillery Brigade Sept 1917 34
Herbert Butterfield 217th Siege Bty RGA June 1917 34
Aubrey Spencer Cain 11th Bn Suffolk Regt Apr 1917 20
Harry Leslie Cain (*) 10th Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps Sept 1916 21
Frederick George Charge 212th Siege Bty RGA Mar 1917 36
Charles Cooper 1/1st Hertfordshire Regt Feb 1919 38
George Coote (*) 1st/2nd Field Coy. (NM) Royal Engineers Oct 1915 32
Leonard Coote 8th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Apr 1916 36
Stanley Coote 6th Bn Bedfordshire Regt May 1916 21
Wilfred William Coote (*) 4th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Apr 1915 21
Sidney Arnold B Devis 9th Bn Duke Of Cornwall Light Inf Jan 1918 22
Percy Draper 11th Bn Essex Regt Oct 1918 26
Leonard George Fisher (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Oct 1916 23
George Flitton 6th Bn Northamptonshire Regt Feb 1917 26
George William Flitton 10th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regt Sept 1918 18
Frederick Ginger (*) 4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt July 1917 22
William Ginger (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Oct 1916 39
Alexander Grant 1st Bn Bedfordshire Regt Aug 1918 31
Alfred Hobbs

Percy Impey

22nd Bn Australian Infantry Regt

1st Bn Bedfordshire Regt

Dec 1915

June 1915

18

23

Lawrence Frederick Jackson (*) 2nd Bn Bedfordshire Regt Oct 1916 20
Rolland Hill Kingham (*) 17th Coy Machine Gun Corps Mar 1918 36
Leopold Randolph Richardson 14th Bn (Scottish) London Regt Sept 1916 29
Cecil Clement Robinson (*) 7th Bn Bedfordshire Regt Mar 1917 37
Frederick Rolt 1/4th Duke Of Wellington’s Regt June 1917 31
Thomas Skinner 1st Bn Bedfordshire Regt Nov 1914 33
William Souster 8th Bn East Surrey Regt May 1917 33
Clarence James Thody 8th Bn Manchester Regt Aug 1918 33
Harry Whinnett (*) 1st Bn Rifle Brigade April 1915 30

1939 to 1945

Name Unit Died Age
Vincent James Seymour General List, Canadian Army July 1945 55

These individuals would typically have been born in the Flamstead Parish and then moved away whilst still children, or have lived for only a short time in the village prior to their military service and eventual death. Indeed, a number of these are recorded on other local War Memorials including Markyate, Redbourn, Studham, Great Gaddesden, Slip End and St Albans.

There is also a small wall mounted memorial, within St Leonard’s Church, to the above named 2nd Lieutenant Lawrence Barrow of the 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. His Father, Reverend A H Barrow, was Vicar of Flamstead from 1916 to 1923 and officiated at the unveiling of the War Memorial in November 1920.

Five of the above named men are actually buried in the village graveyard “God’s Acre”. These are :

Joshua Dyer (of Pepperstock)
A Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment, he died of his wounds in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Southampton on the 22nd September 1916 aged only 19. He shares a grave with his sister Kate Dyer (died 1920) and brother Eddy Charles Dyer (died 1911).

James Fensome (of Flamstead)
A Private in the 11th Battalion the Essex Regiment, he died of his wounds in the East Leeds War Hospital, Yorkshire on the 6th October 1915 aged 35.

Alfred Flitton (of Church End, Flamstead)

A Private in the 693rd Agricultural Company, Bedfordshire Regiment Labour Corps, he died in the Military Hospital, Aylesbury on the 1st November 1918 aged 33. Alfred had previously served with the Bedfordshire Regiment before, like many wounded men at the time, transferring to the Labour Corps.

Charles Peddar (of Trowley Bottom)

A Private in the 1st Battalion the Bedfordshire Regiment, he died in the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich on the 9th September 1916 aged 24.

Frederick Charles Harvey (of Trowley Hill Road, Flamstead)Charles Andrews (of London Road, Markyate)

A Private in the 5th Battalion the Royal Irish Fusiliers, he survived the War but was badly injured. He died, aged 33, at home in Markyate on the 25th October 1919.

and one buried in Slip End Churchyard :

Sidney Arnold Bell Devis (of Pepperstock)

A Private with the 9th Battalion the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He was invalided out of the Army and died of Tuberculosis in January 1918, at the age of 22.

In addition, we have identified over 170 men and women who served in WW1 and survived, included amongst whom are the following surnames :

Abbott, Andrews, Arnold, Austin, Bandy, Barford, Bassett, Batchelor, Bolton, Brickett, Browne, Bunyan, Burchmore, Burford, Burgess, Carins (or Cairns), Chalkley, Chapman, Clark, Clasper, Connor, Cook, Coot, Coote, Cousins, Curl, Darnell, Day, Devis, Draper, Dudley, Dunckley, Durrant, Dyer, Ellis, Evans, Farr, Fensome, Fenwick, Field, Fisher, Flitton, Forsyth, Freeman, Friswell, Gallagher, Ginger, Godfrey, Grindrod, Groom, Hall, Harris, Hawes, Hayes, Hill, Hobbs, Howe, Humphreys, Impey, Jackson, Jude, Keel, King, Lee, Lissaman, Long, Martin, Mason, Maunders, Mitchell, Morrice, Morton, Munn, Nicholls, Papworth, Parsons, Payne, Peacock, Pearson, Peddar, Pedder, Philpott, Potton, Quinnell, Ratcliffe, Riley, Robinson, Saunders Sebright, Seymour, Shepherd, Stafford, Stokes, Thody, Thomas, Thorne, Timberlake, Toyer, Turpin, Waller, Warden, Welch, Wheeler, White, Williamson, Wright.

If anyone has any further information on any of the seventy two individuals named above, no matter how small, either to do with their lives before the War or their service during it we would be delighted to hear from them. Please contact Simon Goodwin at the Ver Valley Remembrance Group at FlamsteadWarMemorial@googlemail.com or (01582) 842162.

Ver Valley Remembrance Group

Since starting the Flamstead project we have become aware of similar research being undertaken in the neighbouring communities of Redbourn, Markyate, the Childwickbury Estate, the Luton Hoo Estate and the Parish of St Michael’s in St Albans. If any reader of this webpage has any interest in casualties from any of these other areas we would be very happy to forward any e-mails received to the appropriate people.

Alternatively, the following links may be of interest ….

Redbourn
Webpage : www.redbourn.org.uk/Redbourn/WarMemorial
E-Mail : Redbourn.remembers@gmail.com

Childwickbury Estate
Webpage : www.christineaitken.com

Markyate
Webpage : www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/ww1-rolls-Markyate.htm

Luton Hoo Estate
E-Mail : research@lhwg.org.uk

St Michael’s, St Albans
E-Mail : d.dean868@btinternet.com

(Note : Thanks are due to a large number of people who have helped this project by providing information and encouragement to see it completed. Whilst there are too many to name here individually I would especially like to thank Mr Eric Edwards, of the Flamstead Society, who has provided much of the documentary evidence I have been able to quote above)

This webpage was last updated on : 21st June 2018