Saturday, 23 May 2015

War Memorials of Hinxworth in Hertfordshire

Hinxworth is a village Hertfordshire. It sits just off the Great North Road between Baldock and Biggleswade. The name of the village has variously been recorded as Haingesteworde, Hainsteworde, Hamsteworde (in the 11th century); Hingslewurd (12th century); Hengsteworth, Hyngstrigge, Heynceworth (13th century); Hangteworth, Hynxworth (14th century); Hyggextworth, Hyngxtworth (15th century); and Henxworth (16th century). The author Monica Dickens lived in a cottage in the village for four years from 1947 to 1951. Here she wrote her novels Flowers on the Grass (1949) and My Turn to Make the Tea (1951), the latter based on her experiences as a reporter working on the Herts Express in Hitchin. While there she was the Treasurer of the annual Ashwell Horse Show and President of the Hinxworth Cricket Club, having bought maroon blazers for all the team, the umpire and the Club Secretary. The church and former rectory stand on the southeast of the angle formed by the road to Ashwell and that leading southwest to the Roman road, and the village lies a little to the northwest of the church [1].

St Nicholas, Hinxworth, Hertfordshire
The church has memorials which are personal to individual soldiers both a plaque and a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.

Memorial Plaque to A J Barton, St. Nicholas Church,
Hinxworth, Hertfordshire
In memory of
A. J. Barton
3rd Batt. Grenadier guards
Killed in action 28th May 1940

CWGC Headstone for private E D Street, St Nicholas Churchyard,
Hinxworth, Hertfordshire

M2/019262 Private
E. D. Street
Royal Army Service Corps
4th August 1919

Whilst there are memorials in the church the main memorial at Hinxworth is a clock tower memorial which stands at the side of the High Street close to the village green and Market Square, and takes the form of a clock tower with two dials and three tablets inserted. The clock was bequeathed to the parish of Hinxworth by Major A Vincent Clutterbuck, Essex Regiment who died October 31st 1916.

The memorial was originally unveiled and dedicated on the 24th March 1920. Listed on the memorial are 12 names of those who died in World War 1 and one for World War 2. It cost £250 and the builder were Messrs. Bailey.

Original inauguration plaque with added plaque above for World War 2 Dead

Top Plaque
A. J. Barton
Grenadiers Guards

Bottom Plaque
This clock was bequeathed 
to the parish of Hinxworth by
Major A Vincent Clutterbuck. Essex Reg.
Who died October 31. 1916.

World War 1 list of names A-D
In loving & grateful remembrance
of these
who sacrificed their lives
in the great war 1914-1918
A. Vincent Clutterbuck. Essex Regt.
Walter Brooks. Beds Regt.
Frederick Bryant. M.M. R.H.A.
Frederick Dearmer. Royal West Kents

World War 1 list of names E-Z
G. Edward Garley. East Kent Regt.
William Harradine. 60th Labour Coy
Percy Morgan. Kings Royal Rifles
Frederick Stanton. R.H.A.
Charles Stanton. Beds Regt
Ernest Stanton. Herts Regt
Ernest Street, R.A.S.C. M.T.
George Waldock. Royal Fusiliers

The tower was subsequently restored in 1997. The restoration of the clocktower in 1997 was made possible by a generous donation from Major Robert Clutterbuck [2].

Restoration Plaque

The restoration
of this
clocktower in
1997 was made
possible by a
donation from
Major Robert

[1] Wikipedia (
[2] IWM Memorials Archive (