Bosbury Village, Herefordshire
The Men Who Survived


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WW1

Name Serving with Service number Date of enlisting Age Date of discharge Where they served Wounds
sustained
Pte Arthur BAILEY
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Arthur Bailey was a blacksmith in Bosbury, married to Eliza Ellen. In the parish baptism register, he is recorded serving in H.M.Forces at the baptism of his son Ivor Oswald in April 1916 and back home for the baptism of his daughter Brenda May in November 1920.
Harold James BEAUMONT
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Harry was the son of James Beaumont of Townend Farm and he joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry in 1915 aged 25. He fought at Suvla Bay in the Gallipoli campaign and after the war married Winifred Brooks in Bosbury church in April 1923. They had two children, Cynthia and Richard.
John Ernest BEAUMONT
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. John was the son of James Beaumont of Townend Farm and he joined the Worcestershire Yeomanry in 1915 aged 25. Like his brother he fought at Suvla Bay in the Gallipoli campaign. He was reported missing in the Ledbury Guardian of 13 May 1916 but he survived and after the war married Gwendoline Shew in Bosbury church in April 1924.
C. BERRY
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
John Harold BETTINGTON 16/11/1914 20 26/11/1914
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was baptised in Bosbury on 30th December 1894, the younger brother of Thomas Bettington. His parents were Charles and Elizabeth Bettington living at Dowdings Brook Farm. His father was a farm bailiff and John also gave his occupation as bailiff. He is recorded joining the R.A.M.C. in the Hereford Mercury of 18/11/1914. It was a 3-year short service agreement but ten days later he was discharged as medically unfit owing to varicose veins.
Thomas BETTINGTON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was baptised in Bosbury on 29th November 1891, his parents were Charles and Elizabeth Bettington who lived at Stoneyard’s Green and his father was a labourer.
Harold T. BRANT Herefordshire Regiment 1518 & 235300
Son of James Brant, he was born around 1896 and died in 1967 aged 71.
J. BREWER
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Daniel E. BROWN 1st Herefordshire Regiment 2604
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. His enlistment in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914. The Hereford Mercury lists him as a casualty returned to England on 27/10/1915.
J. A. BROWN
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
William T. BROWN
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. His enlistment in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914.
Robert BUCHANAN
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. His enlistment in the Liverpool Scottish Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914.
E. BUFTON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Frank James BUFTON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Edward CHADD
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Francis Edwin DAVIES
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
D. DAVIS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Stanley Gordon EVANS Herefordshire Regiment 3128
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial, he served in Gallipoli.
Christopher FARMER
Frederick FARMER
His enlistment in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914. However there were three Frederick Farmers in Bosbury in 1911, one aged 37 in 1914 was living at Paddals Farm and two at Catley Suffield, aged around 14 and 16.
James A. FLETCHER 1st Herefordshire (Reserve) T.R.
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. His enlistment is recorded in the Hereford Mercury of 28/10/1914. His address is given as Long Acre, Bosbury.
Percy Valentine FLETCHER King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
His story is told by his grandson in an article in the Birminham Mail in 2013.
Albert Roland FOSTER Herefordshire Regiment 1839 & 235461
I believe this is the A.E.Foster listed on Army records as being from Bosbury. He was the son of Frederick and Caroline Foster of Noverings Lodge, born in December 1899. He must have been only 15 when he was awarded the WW1 Campaign Medals, Pip Squeak and Wilfred, on 9 August 1915. He was listed as Missing on the War Office Casualty List of 8 January 1918 but the Hereford Journal of 30 November 1918 on page 5 reported that he had just been released from being held as a prisoner-of-war in Turkey. In 1924 he married Ethne Saxton Granville Toole in Bosbury.
J. GIFFORD
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Francis HAMILTON 21st Div. R.A.S.C. 13-2505 30/01/1915 19 19/04/1919 Salonica None
Baptised in Bosbury church on 20th April 1895, his Irish father, Frederick, lived at the Nelmes Farm. Francis was working as a farm labourer near Welland when he enlisted in Worcester in January 1915. He served with the RASC in Salonica from 1917 until his demob. in April 1919. He contracted malaria during his wartime service.
G.K.H. HAYTER
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. However the only George K.H.Hayter recorded in the annual census was born in East Acton, Middlesex in 1888 to Thomas and Agnes and in 1911 he was a private in the West Yorkshire Regiment. No obvious link to Bosbury.
H. HILL
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Pte. James HINKSMAN 48th Provisional Battalion,
Territorial Army
1033 24/02/1911 23 22/02/1916 Rupture
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. James Hinksman was born in September 1888 at Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefordshire and in 1911 he joined the Territorial Army. At the time his father John was living at Lower Townend Farm, Bosbury and on his discharge sheet James stated that he intended to live at Old Country, Bosbury and continue work as an agricultural labourer and platelayer.
Leonard Knight Valentine JOB
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Born on 23 March 1890 he was the son of John Knight and Emilie Job. His enlistment in the Warwickshire Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914.
Albert JONES
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. His enlistment in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914.
Charles William JONES 18/07/1918 21 04/02/1919
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Charles Jones was born in Bosbury on 15th October 1897. His father William Jones lived at “The Sallies”, Stanley Hill [Probably Sally Trees Cottage] He joined the RAF on 18th July 1918 and his air force Trade is given as K.B. telephonist. He was discharged unfit for service on 4th February 1919.
F. JONES
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
L.Cpl.George William JONES Worcestershire Regiment 241852
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial, George was born in Bosbury 1895 and his parents, James and Mary Ann lived at The Moats, Bosbury. He was reported wounded in the War Office Daily Casualty list of 11 January 1918 published on page 32 of the Weekly List, 15 January 1918.
Harry JONES
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
William Edward JONES
William Jones was born in Bosbury to William E. and Maria Jones who were living at Barlan Cottage. They had left Bosbury by 1901 and we next hear of William on the Caerleon Roll of Honour in the Memorial Room of Caerleon Town Hall. He had attended the Bosbury school because he wrote a letter to his old schoolmaster, Mr. Job, accurately reporting an action when he was serving, possibly as a Royal Marine, on board HMS Venerable in October 1914 (see it on the ‘Bosbury at War’ menu).
Herbert Edward LANE
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Sgt. Sivell LANE Royal Engineers
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was baptised at Holy Trinity on 25 September 1881 and his parents were William Sivell and Elizabeth Lane who lived at ‘The Farm’, Bosbury. He married Edythe Lance in Cheltenham in April 1913. He is recorded in the London Gazette as being promoted to 2nd. Lt. in March 1918. He emigrated to Canada where he married Rhoda Laird. He died in 1961 and is buried in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto.
George LAYTON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was baptised at Holy Trinity on 8 May 1887 and his parents were Albert and Alice Layton who lived at Old Country, Bosbury.
Percy LAYTON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. The younger brothger of George, he was baptised at Holy Trinity on 26 January 1896 when his parents were living at Winsordine, Bosbury. Layton is an uncommon surname and there was a P.Layton, Service Number 10119 who served in the KSLI.
Pte Arthur Henry LEWIS 4th Bn. Worcester Regiment 45226
Born in Bromyard in 1866, Arthur Lewis married Susannah Lee at Cradley and they had six children, Thomas Henry, Mary, Kate, Bertha, George and Arthur. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on 17th June 1919. He also served in the Gloucestershire Regiment (number 50714). His wife died in 1920 and in 1923 he married Emily Baggott. He died in Bosbury and was buried in the churchyard on 2 November 1936 aged 69.
G.E.LEWIS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Allen MASON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was baptised at Holy Trinity on 1 October 1898. His parents Thomas and Ellen lived at Norbridge. His enlistment in the KSLI Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914. It notes his occupation as collier.
Thomas MASON 5th Bn. Worcester Regiment 6117 9/08/1900 21
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Ernest Thomas Mason was born in Bosbury in July 1879 and baptised at Holy Trinity on 9 November 1879. His parents Henry and Mary lived at Slatch Wood. Thomas was working as farm labourer near Worcester when he enlisted in 1900.
Edwin MAYO
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
H. MAYO
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial
E. PAYNE Gloucestershire Regiment 203650
Not named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was reported wounded in the Gloucester Journal of Saturday 12th May 1917
A. PETERS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial but not recorded in the Bosbury census or Parish Registers. His enlistment in the Royal Field Artillery is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914. There was an Alfred Peters, an agricultural labourer living in Ledbury, aged 15, recorded in the 1901 census. Also the IWM records an Alfred Peters as a gunner, service number 55608 who became Corporal and later Serjeant.
Albert E.J. POWELL Shropshire Light Infantry 13434
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Albert James Powell was baptised at Holy Trinity on 14 September 1879. His parents were Thomas and Jane Eliza Powell who lived at Swinmore and his father was a farmer. Reported wounded in the Hereford Journal 2 Sept. 1916
George Thomas POWELL
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Pte. Albert PULLEN R.A.M.C. 83940 11/11/1914 30
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Albert was born in Bishops Frome in August 1884. His father was Walter Pullen and the family lived at Little Noverings, Bosbury. Albert was a farm labourer.
Ernest William ROUSE K.S.L.I. 31382
Albert E. SCRIVENS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Albert was born in Bosbury around 1897 the son of William and Martha Scrivens but his baptism is not recorded in the Parish Registers.
Ernest SCRIVENS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Ernest was born in Bosbury around 1892 the son of William and Martha Scrivens but his baptism is not recorded in the Parish Registers.
F.H. SCRIVENS
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial but not recorded in the census or Parish Registers. The 1911 census records a Frederick Henry Scrivens, 26 years old, living in Ledbury with his family. He was a farm workman and he may have worked or had relatives in Bosbury.
William David SHUCK
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial, he was born in Castle Frome and the family moved to The Brook, Bosbury. He was aged 17 in the 1911 census.
William STROUD
William SWAITHE Herefordshire Regiment 14298
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. He was born in 1880 in Colwall and in 1911 was a coachman living at Noverings Lodge. His enlistment as Corporal in the KSLI Regiment is recorded in the Ledbury Guardian of 31/10/1914. He was made a Serjeant during the conflict.
D. THOMPSON
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.
Henry James TOWNSEND 16th Batt 1st Devon Regiment 2488 07/08/1914 19
Not named on the War Memorial, he was born in Bosbury and baptised at Holy Trinity on 12 April 1895. His father Thomas was a blacksmith in Bosbury but Henry was an apprentice butcher, living in Exeter and aged 19 years 6 months when he enlisted
W. TUCK
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. Not recorded in Bosbury census or Parish Registers. There was a William Henry Tuck aged 14 in the 1911 census living in Ashperton. The IWM records a W. Tuck who was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, service number 1337.
W.C. WHEELER
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial. William Charles Collins Wheeler was baptised on 29 July 1883 at Holy Trinity church, Bosbury. His parents were Joseph and Emma Wheeler and the family lived at ‘The Moats’. His father was a labourer.
Col. William Brookes WOOD-ROE
Named on the Bosbury War Memorial.


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