Enlisted Pre WWII

Whilst researching World War I, I have identified other people who enlisted pre the outbreak of the war and others who joined during the war who returned to their families. I have included all of them identified in this document.

It was not only in the towns and large villages that people enlisted. On 19 May 1915 a number of men enlisted in Henham from the surrounding area.  The military marched up Crow Street, Henham to encourage the young men to join the war effort as this postcard shows.


SurnameForenameAge on enlistmentAddressRegiment enlisted and rankDate and place of enlistmentComments
ADAMSLancelot Harry26yrs 11mths50 Grace Road, TwickenhamRoyal Engineers9th Dec 1915, Twickenhamborn Henham, Essex. next of kin: Ada Adams, nee Keighly wife, married 3rd Aug 1912 in Surrey. Discharged on 14th Dec 1918
BARKERGeorge25 yrsDover, Kent3rd Foot Regiment, 2nd Battalion, British Regiment Register of Service serving in Canada.2 Sept 1807 Canadaborn Henham
BARLTROPFelix ReubenRoyal Fusiliers 12th Battalion.Houslow, MiddlesexDied 27 Nov 1916
BARLTROPJohn19 yrs 1 mth6 Hotham Street, London1st Essex Battery/2nd East Anglia BrigadeStratford, London, 12 Feb 1909born 1890 Henham,
BARLTROPWalter21yrs 4 mths.Private, 17th Lancers;London 24 Aug 1897born Henham son of George, grocers assistant at Holland & Bird at Bishops Stortford, discharged on 26th Nov 1919, married Margaret Clements on 23rd Osct 1915 London
BARLTROPWilliam JamesLance Corporal
BENDALLHerbert HenryUgleyService No. 12069, Essex Regiment 13th Battalion1916Parents lived in Henham
BENTLEYCharles21 yrs 4 mthsLodge Gate HenhamBedfordshire21 June 1915 Saffron Waldenfarm labourer
BENTLEYFrankService No. 17561 7th Battalion Bedfordshire RegimentBishops StortfordBorn in Henham, Essex. Resident in Broxted. Died 25th March 1918 in Flanders.
BENTLEYWilliam ArthurService No. 250925 Essex Regiment 5th Battn.HenhamHe is remembered on Panels 33 to 39 Jerusalem Memorial.
BLACKWELLWilliam Frederick20 yrs 11 mthsBelmont Place, Newport, EssexPrivate, 3rd Batt. Essex Regiment.Warley 25 Jan 1915born Henham, enlists twice.
BRANDChristopher30 yrs 9 mthsMill Field, Stansted, Essex25th Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment12 Dec 1916 Warleyborn in Henham 1895
BRANDJames23 yrsPrivate Grenadier Guards;15 Dec 1857 Bow Street Police Stationborn 1834 Henham
BRANDWilliam GeorgeWilliam was the son of George and Elizabeth Brand, of Woodend Green, Henham, Essex.Private, 12th Battalion East Surrey RegimentSaffron Walden, Service No.33201A reference from the war diaries was that at Bois Quarante on 4th September 1918 an early morning attack was planned to begin at 04.00am. Killed, 21 years, in action on 4th Sept 1918 Flanders. Remembered at Voormezelle Enclosure No. 3 Cemetery.
BRIGHTCharles94th Footborn 1817 Henham, Essex; labourer, deserted 26 Aug 1839
BROWNAlfred34 Years1st Reserve Park, Royal Army Service Corp 1915born 1880 Henham, Essex resident in Wymondham, Norfolk
BURTONHarry19 yrs 5 mthsClavering, EssexPrivate, Essex Regiment - 44th & 56th Foot29 Dec 1888 at Saffron Waldenborn 1869 Henham;
BUSHHenry21 yrsPrivate; Cheshire Regiment 22nd Foot30 Nov 1871 Westminsterborn 1850 Henham
BUSHErnest23 yrs 6 mthsBigglewade, BedfordshireMachine Gun Corps, No. 2nd Company11th Dec. 1915 at Biggleswadeborn 1895 Henham, market gardener.
CAMPAlbert ErnestBurnt House HenhamArmy Pioneer Corps. No 14301195born 1903
CAMPAbel William27 yrs 3 mthsBarking Place, BrainteeEssex Yeomanry10 May 1902 Stanstedborn Mar 1875
CAMPCharles18yrsHenham, Essex3rd Batt. Essex Regiment9 May 1895born 1877 Henham. He bought himself out 19 Feb 1896.
CAMPEdward Charles6th Batt. Queens (Royal West Surrey)Saffron Waldenborn and lived Henham, Essex died of wounds in Flanders 28 Apr 1918
CAMPFrederick C1916-08-26 00:00:00Reported wounded on 12 April 1918
CAMPFrankHenham, Essex10th Batt. Essex RegimentSaffron Waldenkilled in Flanders 1 July 1916
CAMPSidney Johnborn Burnt Cottage ChickneyService no. G22158 the Buffs East Kent RegimentWitham EssexDied 9 August 1918
CARTERWilliam19 yrs54th or West Norfolk Regiment of Foot16 Jul 1822born 1803 Henham, Essex
CARTWRIGHTStanley Belton34 yrs 300 daysRoyal Service Corp20 Aug 1915 Coventryborn 1881 Henham, Essex discharged 22 June 1919, Chesea Pensioner, previous occupation Wholesale Warehouseman, motor driver
CHILDSAlbert37 years 1 monthPrivate in Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment, posted 2/4th London. service no. 84174 Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 4th London. Previously Tr/13/59569, T.R. Battn.Warley and Saffron WaldenBorn Henham, son of George and Sally Childs of The Kennels Elsenham. Resident Elsenham, killed in action Flanders 10 Sep 1918 aged 18yrs. Buried Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery Epehy.Sister was Edith Chapman
CLARKEdward26 yrs 11 mthsPledgdon Green, Henham; Residence 4 Grove Place, New Town, Bishops Stortford4th Battalion, Essex Regiment, previously served in the Suffolk Regiment3 Apr 1916 and 12 April 1921 for 90 daysborn 13th March 1884 although previously claimed 1890 of Pledgdon Green, Henham.
CLARKHenry Frederick GeorgePledgdon Green, HenhamService no. 4/6893 Bedfordshire Regiment 2nd Battalion.Died 25 Sept 1915 aged 21. Remembered at Loos Memorial.
CLARKRobertPledgdon Green, HenhamService no. 7485 Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Battalion.Bishops StortfordDied 22 Oct 1914 aged 32. He is remembered at Le Touret Memorial.
CLARKEAlfred30 yrs 10 mthsPledgdon Green, Henham9th Battalion/ Training Reserve 28th Battalion Bedfordshire27 Oct 1914 Bishop Stortfordborn Henham 1884. Next of kin Mary Clarke (mother) Pledgdon Green
CLEARSHenry18 yrsPrivate, Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) - 87th & 89th Foot26 April 1839 Bury St Edmundsborn 1821 Henham
COOPERDavidDavid Cooper Snr. of Lodge Farm, Henham applied for his son, David, age 28, It was agreed he could be exempt for three months to assist his father on his 83 acre farm.
DENNISONArthur JohnHenham, EssexGunner Clyde (RGA - TF) Royal Garrison ArtillerySaffron WaldenKilled in action in Flanders 5 Sep 1917
DENNISONJohn Peteraged 22HenhamRoyal Tank Corp11 Oct 1926 Maidstoneborn 11 June 1904, previously employment labourer.
DIXONJoseph WilliamSon of Edward and Harriet Dixon of The Row.Hertfordshire RegimentWarley, EssexDied 04/09/18
DUNNHoratioService No. 33411 87th Squadron RAF.Died 01 Jun1940 Aged 23.
ELLISGraham HarryChurch End Henham Essex2nd Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers
FISHERStanley2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers.Died 12th May 1917. Age 22. Buried at Duisans British Cemetery Etrun. Son of Elwin William and Annie Elizabeth Fisher formerly lived Henham.
FREEMANJohn18 yrs19th Jan 1894born Henham, Essex; labourer; medically unfit for the Militia
FROSTGeorge20 yrs 7 mthsMiddlesex Regiment, General Service Infantry16th Nov 1882 Hounslowborn Henham 1862
FULLERJames20yrs 3 mthsPrivate; Scots Foot Guards1st Dec 1854born 1832 in Henham
HAMMONDArthur19 years and 2 monthsService no. 8315 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment.08 Sept 1914 Bishops StortfordDied 10/10/1917 aged 22. Remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial. Son of Mrs. Emma Jane Woodcock of Old Mead Cottages Henham.
HAMMONDWalter18 years and 7 monthsService No. L14106 Duke of Cambridge's Own 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.Mill Hill on 05 Jun 1912Died 10 Oct 1918 aged 28. Buried at St. Aubert British Cemetery.
HARTGROVEWalter14 years 6 monthsRoyal Artillery service no. 11164.Scarborough on 7 Sept 1895.
HARMANErnestNorthumbrian FusiliersMay 1918 reported as a prisoner of war in Germany.
HARRIDGEEdward27 years20th Light Dragoons. Formerly served with the 10th Light Dragoons from 20th Jan 1800 to 25 May 18029 April 1806
HARTGROVEAlbert GeorgeA.S Corps . He previously served with the Duke of Cambride Own (Middlesex) Regiment for 13 years.30th Apr 1915
HARTGROVEJoseph19 years 1st Battalion Rifles28 September 1870Retires to Henham as a baker.
HARTGROVE Walter William14 yrs 6 months Royal Artillery Service 7 Sept 1895 Scarborough Yorkshire His father Joseph Hartgrove retires to Henham
HAWKESGeorgeNapoleonic War - Foot Guards Attestation papers1st April 1813 at Leicesterborn Henham, Essex
HAYDENOwenborn HenhamMiddlesex Regiment service no. 22296Receives pension on 5 Feb 1919.
HEARDBasil Claud ChristmasEssex Regiment 2nd Battalionenlisted Henham.died in action 23 Oct 1916
HOPWOODHerbert45 yrsborn Henham (1891 census) 101 Rye Street, Bishops StortfordRAMC Royal Artillery Mechanised Corp6 May 1918 Hertford
HOUGHTONHarry Hugh40 yrsBingarra Rooms, Main St, VancouverIrish Fusiliers of CanadaVancouverborn Henham
INGOLDHenry (Harry)WilliamBorn 1898 son of Herbert and Mary Ingold of 40 Crow Street, Henham. HenhamDied 28 Sept1918 aged 20
JOHNSONFrederick Harwood17yrs & 11 monthsRifleman, TRN Battery Regiment; service no. 1348672nd or 22nd Sept 1916 at Saffron Walden
JOHNSONWilliam HaydenStone Cottage HenhamService No. 32231, Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion20 Oct 1916 WarleyDied 09/04/1917 aged 20
KINGFrankborn HenhamBirminghamDied 24 Dec 1915 Aged 31
KINGWalterHigh St Henham
LAVERArchibald Charles18born 25 Oct 1899 HenhamNavyJoined 11 Dec 1917 served on President II and HMS Dardalus both training ships, as the war ends he is transferred to the RAF as HMS Dardalus was part of RAF Cranwell
MASTERSFrederickLeicestershire Regiment, 7th Battalion.NottinghamDied 31 Aug 1918, Aged 40
NAPIERRobert DavidBacons Farm HenhamSub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, on board H.M.S. Ruler in the Pacific Ocean.Died age 21, 6 June 1945 states that he was killed during operations at sea.
NEVILLEArcher20 yrs 6 mthsborn HenhamRoyal ArtilleryWarley 29 Oct 1896Previous employment labourer Discharged 28 Oct 1908
NEVILLEArthur31 yearsHigh Street, Henham12th Essex RegimentSaffron Walden 23 Dec 1914born Henham 1885 discharged 3 Aug 1916
NEVILLEGeorge William31 years14th Essex Regiment11 Dec 1915 Saffron Walden
PALMERWilliamWaltham Cross, Herts409 Agricultural Company, Labour Corps, Lincolnborn September 1874 in Henham, Essex
PAYNEDuke Horace23 yrs 11 mthsSandy Mount, Henham, EssexLabour Company24th May 1916 Saffron Walden
PERRYFrederick19yrs 5 mthsHenham3rd Battalion Essex Regiment5 Mar 1896 Bishops Stortford and 20 May 1918 at Colchesterborn 1879 in Henham, Essex; labourer;
PHILLIPSRichard13th Dragoons, 23rd Dragoons, 21st Dragoons then Private, Royal Veteran Battn.born in Henham, Essex;
REYNOLDSWilliam20 yrs 150 daysGate House ElsenhamNorthamptonshire Regiment10 Sept 1914 Saffron Waldenborn in Henham; nursery hand;
RICKETTSJas (James)9th Regiment of Foot2 Feb 1820applied to become a Chelsea Pensioner, born 1789
RICKETTSJoseph16 yrsGunner and Driver, 3rd Batt. Royal Regiment of Artillery17 Mar 1814 Woolwichborn in Henham, Essex; trade groom. Served for 28 years 194 days.
RUSEGeorge BenjaminEast Surrey Regiment 8th Battalion.WarleyDied 18 Sep 1918 aged 32
SALMONJohn18 yrsConsidered unfit at 1st medical due to poor physique10 Jan 1895 Dunmowborn 1877 in Henham, Essex; labourer for Mr Wright of Saffron Walden;
SAMPFORDH. W.HenhamEssex RegimentChelmsford Chronicle published Friday 14 Sept 1917 shows him as wounded.
SEARLESArthurHerds Farm, Molehill Green, Takeley5th Battalion Essex Regiment for 4 years19 May 1915 Henham
SHADE or SHEADWilliam24 yrsHenham, EssexPrivate, Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards2 Apr 1813 Portsmouthborn 1789 in Henham
SHEADJas (James)c. 17 yrs4th June 1803 - 24th Dec 1813 Private with 24th Regiment of Foot, South Wales Borderers then in East Indies 30th Dec 1810 - 24th Dec 1813. Served total of 12yrs 9mths. 20th Oct 1814 applies to become a Chelsea Pensioner at the age of 33 and is recorded in the register entitled served in Canada.13 Oct 1814born Henham c. 1784, labourer
SMITHCliffordService No. 355218 2nd/7th Battalion London RegimentColchesterDied 26 Aug 1918 aged 23
SNOWFrederick George36 yrs 4 mthsDellows UgleyPrivate, Army Reserve (Special Reservists)9 Sep 1914 at Hertfordborn Henham lived in Ugley; gardener
SNOWHerbert James31 yrs 9 mthsChickney Road, Henham, EssexPrivate, Royal Army Medical Corps 19th Company, 8th Training Battalion Essex Regiment21 Dec 1914 Warley Essex
SNOWNelson Arthur35 yrs 1 mthsAlsa Wood, Stansted, EssexPioneer (Roadman), 121st Labour Company13th Feb 1917 Saffron Waldenborn in Henham; married Ellen Minnie Davey 24 Apr 1909 Henham, Essex.
SPELLERAugustusHenhamService No. 9088 Bedfordshire Regiment 2nd Batttallion1914 HertfordKilled 26 Oct 1914 in France and Flanders
SPELLERHerbert James19 yrs 3 mthsHertford Heath, Herts4th Bedford Regiment 20.10.1905 Bedfordborn in Henham, Essex; son of Charles & Hettie Speller; older brother William of Turnford and sister Mary of Hertford Heath; employed by Mr G Gray, timber merchant of Hertford as a general labourer; discharged 26.5.1908 as totally unfit
STEPHENSONJohn26 yrs 3 mthsHigh River, Alberta, CanadaService No. 117552 previously served with 15th Light Horse6 Jan 1915 Calgary, Canadaborn Henham
TURNERAlbert ThomasService No. 34144 Essex Regiment 9 Battalion, formerly 2611, EssexSaffron Walden,died 07/04/1918 aged 25 Buried at St. Hilaire Cemetery Extension Frevent.
TURNERFrank Percy36 yrs 8 mthsThe Stores, Bentfield End, Stansted, EssexMechanical Transport Depot, Army Service Corps.25.8.1916born 1879 in Henham, Essex
TURNERJohn18 yrsBishops Stortford4th Bedfordshire 30 May 1896 Hertfordwife Sarah Ann Willett was from Henham
TURNERRalph Victor19.10.1891 Age 24born HenhamService No. 12169 Army 32 Squadron1915-11-01 00:00:00Occupation carpenter wife May marries 19.12.1916 at Markby near Alford Lincs.
TURNERReginald Vincentborn HenhamService No. G/43082 Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment), 4th Battalion, formerly 11947, Royal Flying Corps.Saffron WaldenDied aged 20, 30 Apr 1917 France and Flanders, formerly 11947 Royal Flying Corp
WARNERFrederickEssex Regiment, 13th Battalion.Saffron WaldenDied 28 Apr 1917
WARNERLeonard22 yrs 4 mthsHenham7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment1914-08-24 00:00:00driver
WESTWARDWilliam21 yrsHenham1st Battalion of the 6th Regiment Infantry Regiment18 Sept 1841 Cambridge11 years and 8 months at Cape of Good Hope. Discharged at own request after 21 yrs of service.
WHITEGeorge William26 yrs & 10mths / 28 yrs90, Queens Rd., Walthamstow London E17Machine Gun Corps, 86th Training Reserve Battalion Service No. 84397 Machine Gun Corps, 86th Training Reserve Battalion26 April 1917 Liverpool Street; 1st joined 18 Aug 1918 Whitehall, Ldnborn Henham Essex c.1889; worked for Great Eastern Railway Co. porter
WHITEPercyService No. 10763, Essex Regiment.Essex Newsman on 12 Aug 1916 as wounded but survived the war with his brother Ernest.Essex Newsman on 12 Aug 1916 as wounded but survived the war with his brother Ernest.
WHITEWalterEssex Regiment, 10th Battalion.Saffron WaldenDied 20 Jul 1916 aged 23 brother of Ernest and Percy.
WILLETTRichard (Dick)2nd Battalion Bedfordshire RegimentHertfordDied 30 Oct 14 aged 20
WILLETTRobert19 yrs 11 mnthsBedfordshire Regiment5 Feb 1903 Bishops Stortford
WILSONThomas GeorgeSergeant, service no. 56002, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 10th Battalion. Formerly 13214, Essex Regiment.Saffron WaldenDied 17/06/1917, aged 28.The 1901 census records Henham as his birthplace.
WRIGHTHerbert Charlesabout 37 years oldThe Row, Great Henham5th Battalion Essex Regiment (Royal Engineers)(Transportation Branch).13 Jan 1915 ChelmsfordThe Row, Great Henham, Essex
WRIGHTWilliam40/48 yrs ?of no abodeMiddlesex Regt / Suffolk Regt.April 18th 1918 Huntingdonborn 1870; labourer; next of kin: sister: Mrs Charles Willett, The Bell, Henham, Essex; proceeded to dispersal 17.1.1919; address for pay: Mrs. C. Willett, Wood End Green, Henham, Essex; service in Eastern Theatre