Saturday, 23 May 2015

War Memorial of Sandon in Hertfordshire

Sandon is a village in North Hertfordshire. Sandon is located near the towns of Baldock and Buntingford and has a church called All Saints Church. The church dates back to the 14th century but was partially restored in 1875.

The WW1 memorial consists of a memorial clock on the Church of All Saints, Sandon,  The clock can be seen in the photograph below. It is accompanied by a dedicatory wooden board within the church, to the men of Sandon who were killed in action in World War I. The WW1 memorial was dedicated in April 1921 [1]. There is also another wooden board dedicated to the men of Sandon who were killed in action in World War 2.

Church of All Saints, Sandon, Hertfordshire
The clock dedication

The clock was placed in this
tower and dedicated to the
glory of God in memory of
the Sandon men who fell in
The Great War 1914-1918

WW1 Roll of Honour

Sandon Roll of Honour - WW1
Sandon Parish
Roll of Honour
These Men of Sandon gave their lives in the cause of freedom
during the Great War 1914-1919.

Pte H. H. Clark. 1st Herts Regiment
Pte W. Goss. Royal Fusiliers
Pte E. Palmer. Royal Fusiliers
Pte S. Clark. 8th Beds Regiment
Pte W. King. Bedford Regiment
Pte G. South. East Surrey Regiment
Pte C. Dowler. 1/7th Middlesex Regiment
Pte H. King. Border Regiment
Pte E. W. Wright. 4th Beds Regiment
Pte H. W. Godfrey. 7th Beds Regiment
Pte W. H. Moody. Bedford Regiment
Pte H. HaggerWood. 1st Beds Regiment
Died from service - W. Davis - C. W. Biggs

The following Men also served their Country

E. Biggs
H. Crouch
J. Izzard
J. Strickland
G. Byatt
H. Dearman
H. Keep
S. Strickland
G. Cannon
H. Dearman
H. Kent
J. Throssell
G. Cannon
H. Field
H. Low
B. Turner
O. Cannon
H. Field
F. Mason
R. Walker
R. Cannon
H. Geaves
F. Mason
H. Ward
H. Clark
J. Geaves
H. Mason
E. Ward
J. Clark
R. Geaves
W. Mason
H. Williamson
M. Clark
H. Graves
L. F. Mean
J. Williamson
N. Clark
R. Graves
W. Rand
G. HaggerWood
S. Clark
H. Hatchett
H. Skeggs
G. Graves

A Clock has been erected in the Church
Tower as a permanent memorial to those who made
the Great Sacrifice.

WW2 Roll of Honour

Sandon Roll of Honour WW2

This Chapel was restored in 1947 in memory
of those who laid down their lives in
the Great War 1939-1945

William Roger Burton
Buried near the wreckkage of his aircraft
at the side of the Amiens Road in France
May 20th 1940 Aged 26 years
Harry Charles Izzard
Killed in action near Dunkirk
May 1940 Aged 33 years
William Church
Lost his life in HM Submarine Grampus
near Malta June 16 1940
Edward William Ward
Of the Suffolk Regiment died as a prisoner
of war at Tambaya Burma October 22nd 1943
Aged 26 Years
Cecil Henry Brown DFC
Flight-Lieutenant RAF
Killed on active service in Germany
September 23rd 1946

May they rest in peace

In addition to the memorials, there are also recorded three grave memorials in the churchyard, two Commonwealth War Graves and an Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Register entry for Private G. South being added to his parent's grave.

C W Biggs - RFA
Biggs, Charles William
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 225406
Date of Death: 07/05/1919
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery  transfer. to (550363) 654th Agricultural Coy Labour Corps
Grave Reference:
Cemetery:Sandon (All Saints) Churchyard, Hertfordshire
Additional Information: Son of Aaron Cornelius and Sarah Biggs, of Sandon. [2]

W T Davis - Hertfordshire Regiment
Davis, W T
Rank: Private
Service No: 19497
Date of Death: 21/05/1920
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Hertfordshire Regiment
Grave Reference:
Cemetery: Sandon (All Saints) Churchyard, Hertfordshire
Additional Information: Husband of Frances Davis, of Roe Green, Sandon. [3]

Sadly even though I have visited the churchyard on a number of occasions I have been unable to find the South's gravestone. Looking on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website shows that there are two Private George Souths with connections to Sandon. Either of these could be the individual referenced on the Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Register.

South, George
South, George
Rank: Private
Rank: Private
Service No: 8395
Service No:18/1219
Date of Death: 02/09/1916
Date of Death: 25/04/1918
Age: 28
Age: 37
Regiment/Service: East Surrey Regiment 9th Bn.
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 1st/6th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 6 B and 6 C.
Panel Reference: Panel 42 to 47 and 162.
Additional Information: Son of the late William and Mary South, of Mill End, Sandon, Royston, Herts. [4]
Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Alice South, of Sandon, Buntingford, Herts.; husband of Mary South, of 21, Park St., Brighouse, Yorks. Served in the South African Campaign. [5]

However whilst searching the cemetery I did find another couple of interesting gravestones with military connections. The first is an added memorial for two soldier brothers who died within three weeks of each other in WW1

Wallace Frederick and Albert George King

Loving Memory of
Beloved wife of
John Edward King
Who passed peacefully away
March 2nd. 1938
Aged 69 years
We miss her most who loved her best
Also her beloved sons
Wallace Frederick King
Killed in action April 23rd. 1917
Aged 24 years
And of
Albert George King
Died of wounds in France
May 16th. 1917
Aged 20 years
We will remember them

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website provides the following details

King, Albert George
King, Wallace Frederick
Rank: Private
Rank: Private
Service No: 27593
Service No: 27811
Date of Death: 16/05/1917
Date of Death: 23/04/1917
Age: 20
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment 1st Bn.
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. L. 20.
Panel Reference: Bay 5.
Additional Information: Son of John Edward and Sophia King, of Slip Inn, Ashwell, Herts. [6]
Additional Information: Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. S. King, of Slip End, Ashwell, Baldock, Herts. [7]

The final interesting gravestone whilst not being in respect of a person who died during or as a result of war, clearly was proud of his membership of the armed services.

8 Feb 1911
11 Mar 1990

Henry William Faure Walker was a British officer who served with 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards in Egypt and Palestine, 1937-1939; he commanded the Guards Depot at Caterham in GB, 1939-1940; he served as a staff officer with 7th Guards Brigade in France and Belgium, 1940 and finally was invalided out of the army in 1945. Two IWM interviews with him are available online which deal with many elements of his military career [8].