Welcome to Lemsford Local History - WW1 Memories

Military Service, School Records and the details of the 1901 and 1911 Census.

98 Men & Women went to War from the Parish of Lemsford

20 Men never came Home

Imgages of the Servicemen of Lemsford

For those who were killed in action they are remembered on the War memorial in the grounds of Lemsford Church

Memories of the Home Front

WW1 Regiments 98 Lemsford Men - 44 regiments

The Regiments A complete list of all the regiments the men of Lemsford Joined. The main regiments for the area was Herts & Beds. Read More

WW1 Forum

Since we launched this website we have received memories from the relatives of the servicemen of Lemsford . Read More

Memories/ Letters and memories of the soldiers

  • “Dear Mrs Freeman. I have received your letter of the 20th inst., and regret I can only confirm the news of your son's death, as reported by the War Office. He was killed by a bullet in the attack on the German Trenches on the 1st July, death being instantaneous. He was buried with a number of his comrades on the battlefield, about half a mile north-west of Carnoy., which is a little village about four miles east of Albert, his name being written on the cross over his grave. All his private possessions have been forwarded to the base, and should reach you in due course. Your son, Private Freeman, was one of the most useful members of my Company, and has, on several occasions, done most excellent patrol work during the winter. It may be some consolation to you that he died most gloriously in the foremost of the attack, which commenced on the 1st, and which or Battalion had the honour to lead. Please accept the sincerest sympathy of the Officers of his Company and myself in your sad loss. ”
    Yours truly, A.E. Percival, Capt.
  • “You have already been informed that your son was sniped on the 16th August. His equipment, along with many other sets, was blown to pieces, after it had been taken off his body. Your son was buried by men of his own company. He was a splendid soldier and liked by all in the company. he died doing his duty, a thing I know you will be proud to hear. His comrades sympathise with you in your great loss”
    Captain Finnie, of the 4th Fusiliers,
  • To Mrs Wren about her son: “We started in the front line at half past three in the morning; during one of our halts, I was at the head of our section, I met your dear boy, he had been wounded, and I helped him to a place of safety: we made him quite comfortable, and gave him necessary attention until further aid came. I had to go further up the line: about an hour and a half later, we had to retire, and we stayed just where your son was, and I went and saw how he was. Our doctor was there: he was quite cheerful at the time, and our platoon stretcher bearers took him away to a large dressing station. At night, I was asked to go to the dressing station, and there was your son laid out. I took his personal belongings, and we buried him in a soldiers cemetery near Albert. I must tell you that he was quite prepared to die; he asked me in the early morning to write to you if anything should happen to him, if I came through alright. Our Captain gave me permission to write to all the Boy’s people who I had anything for.” It must be a great consolation to those who loved them, to know that these two brave young fellows were spared prolonged suffering, and that all that was possible was done for them.
    A Corporal in his regiment

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