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Saturday, 23 May 2015

War Memorials of Therfield in Hertfordshire

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Therfield, Hertfordshire has stood the test of time. The most recent church was completed in 1878 and it replaced a church that had been located here since the 13th Century. When it was replaced, the windows, pulpit and font were removed from the old church and built into the new structure. The tower contains six bells dating from 1597 until 1707.

The war memorial consists of a memorial clock on the Church tower. On accessing the church, there are three memorial plaques. A roll of honour for those who died in WW1, a plaque confirming the clock was placed as a memorial and a personal memorial plaque to the memory of Joseph Thomas.

The memorial was erected in 1919, designed by the clockmakers William Potts & Sons Limited of Leeds and was dedicated on the 8th February 1920 by Revd H R Humphrey [1].

St Mary the Virgin Church, Therfield, Hertfordshire
Therfield Memorial Clock

Plaque 1


This tablet is placed here by the people of Therfield,
in proud memory of her sons who were faithful unto
death, in the great war 1914-1918.

PTE William Andrews
PTE Ernest Badcock
PTE Sidney Batt
PTE Albert Bullard
PTE Sidney Bullard
PTE Thomas Bullard
LCPL William Bullard
PTE Thomas Drage
PTE William Edwards
CPL Victor Fardell
PTE Charles Gatward
PTE Walter Gatward
PTE Joseph Hagger
PTE Thomas Kingsley
PTE Frederick Knights
PTE Francis Leete
PTE Arthur Rayner
PTE Percy Rayner
PTE William Stoten
PTE Ernest Watson
PTE Frederick Watson

Their name liveth for evermore.

Plaque 2


The clock on the tower
was placed there to
perpetuate their memory

Plaque 3

Individual Memorial to Joseph Thomas, Therfield, Hertfordshire

To the memory of
JOSEPH THOMAS
Saddler Corporal 209th Company, Army Service Corps.
Voluntary Soldier in the GREAT WAR 1914
Served with distinction in the
Auxiliary Horse Transport, Salonica.
Where he succumbed to a severe illness
And gave his life for his Country
on FEBRUARY 1st 1917 aged 31 years
interred at the BRITISH CEMETERY SALONICA. Grave No. 794
ERECTED IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE BY HIS SORROWING WIDOW
& CHILDREN AND HIS FORMER EMPLOYERS I. BEER & SONS SMITHFIELD EC