St Mary Magdalene Enfield and The Great War

To mark the centenary of the Armistice of The Great War our archivist, Joy Heywood, researched the lives of those commemorated on the lists either side of our War Memorial Window. The results were placed in a special display in Church alongside specially commissioned 'There but not there' perspex figures. Our drama group also produced a special series of evenings to mark the event.

Below you will find the names and further information of those listed in the memorial and further down the page are several detailed biographies of some of those listed, taken from our Parish Magazine of the times and other sources. At the bottom of the page is the Role of Honour listing those who served in the Great War and survived.

Our thanks go to our archivist Joy Heywood for the research that has gone into making this information available.

The War Memorial Window

War Memorial Window ~ The Dying Soldier

The War Memorial window was dedicated in November 1919 to honour those from the Parish who died during the Great War. The inscription at the bottom of the window reads:

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’.

The subject, a soldier lying dead at the feet of Christ on the Cross, was copied from a picture entitled ‘The Great Sacrifice’ by James Clark which hangs in St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight.

The Names on the left plaque:

Lieutenant E.H.P. Bailey, R.A.F.
Name:Eric Henry Platt Bailey
Born:25th March, 1898 in Friern Barnet, Hertfordshire
Lived:Kayes, The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Pupil civil engineer
Parents:James Henry Bailey, Civil Engineer, railway construction
Esther Bailey
Other family:Older sister, Hilda Olive
Younger brother, John Davenport, too young to serve in the Great War.
Enlisted:1916 in the Royal Naval Air Service
Rank:Flight Sub-LieutenantTransferred into the Royal Air Force, 1st April, 1918, with the rank of Pilot Lieutenant.
Campaigns:In 1916, serving aboard H.M.S. President II, is recorded as having taken part in a raid.
Died: 11th August, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 20
Flying an Airco DH9 Bomber, failed to return from a raid. His co-pilot, Lt. R. Milne, was also killed.
Grave / Memorial:Linselles Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
2nd Lieutenant F.V. Beevor, 1st Middlesex Regiment
Name:Felix Victor Beevor
Born:1898, in Bayswater, London
Lived:43, The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Not known
Parents:Septimus F. Beevor, Electrical engineer (deceased)
Jane Beevor (widow)
Other family:Older brother, Henry Stirling, also served and survived the Great War.
Enlisted:Not known
Rank:2nd Lieutenant from 2nd June, 1915
Died:1st July, 1916. Killed in action. Aged 18.
Grave / Memorial: No known grave. Remembered on Panel 99B of the Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.
2nd Lieutenant C.A. Cartledge, 5th Northamptonshire Regiment
Name:Charles Ashforth Cartledge
Born:1884, in Bishop Middleham, County Durham
Lived:Address in Enfield not known but he may have been related to the Beevor family.
Civilian occupation:Civil engineer
Parents:Rev. Charles Cartledge, Vicar of Bishop Middleham (deceased)
Harriet A. Cartledge (widow)
Other family:Married Ethel C. Snowdon, June, 1914
Enlisted:February, 1915 as a Pioneer attached to the Northamptonshire Regiment
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Campaigns:Served on the Western Front for 14 months
Died:29th July, 1916. Killed in action. Aged 33.
Grave / Memorial:Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Rifleman H. Clements, King’s Royal Rifles
Name:Cecil Henry Clements
Born:1884, in Old Southgate, Middlesex
Lived:1, The Cottages, East Barnet Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Brewery drayman
Parents:Henry William Clements, General labourer
Alice Clements (nee Hollier)
Other family:Two younger brothers, Edward and William. (William died in 1913, aged 26)
Younger sister, Alice, who married in 1915.
Enlisted:Not known
Rank:Private (Rifleman)
Died:April 17th, 1919. Died of wounds. Aged 35.
Grave / Memorial:Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex
Private W.C. Cope, City of London Royal Fusiliers
Name:William Charles Cope
Born:November, 1890, in South Kensington, London
Lived:42, Station Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Gas meter repair man
Parents:Charles Cope, Railway porter for GNR
Georgina Ellen Cope
Other family:Three younger brothers, Percy Samuel, Arthur George Warren and Ernest Noah, who all served and survived the Great War
One older sister, Mabel Eliza, and one younger sister, Florence Ellen and one adopted sister, Lilian.
Enlisted:Shaftesbury Street, North London, 1914
Died:7th December, 1915. Killed in action. Aged 25.
Grave / Memorial:Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.
Corporal R. Coldwell, Royal Fusiliers R.S.
Name:Richard Coldwell
Born:1892, in Enfield, Middlesex
Lived:2, Rose Cottages, Lavender Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Railway clerk, GNR
Parents:John Edward Coldwell, Railway clerk, GNR
Louisa Elizabeth Coldwell
Other family:Two older brothers, Sydney and Arthur.
Enlisted:St. Pancras, Middlesex with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Rank:Corporal, 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died:15th August, 1915. Reported wounded and missing. Aged 23.
Grave / Memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
2nd Lieutenant N.T. Cossar, Rifle Brigade.
Name:Norman Thomson Cossar
Born:24th March, 1887, in Palmers Green, Middlesex
Lived:Golfview, East Barnet Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Clerk for Shaw, Savill & Albion & Co. Ltd. at Lloyd’s of London
Parents:James William Cossar, Shipping company manager (deceased)
Elizabeth Thomson Cossar (widow)
Other family:Two younger brothers, Claude Thomson and Eric William Thomson who both served and survived the Great War.
One younger sister, Sybil Agnes Thomson, who was the widow of Lt. John P. Millar, also on our War memorial.
Enlisted:26th October, 1914 as a Private in the 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles)
Rank:2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade from 20th November, 1915
Died:15th May, 1917. Killed in action. Aged 29.
Grave / Memorial:Hibers Trench Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Corporal A. Driscoll, 7th Middlesex Regiment
Name:Alfred James Driscoll
Born:July, 1896, possibly in Edinburgh, Scotland
Lived:4, Brailsford Cottages, Chase Side, Enfield
Civilian occupation:Upholsterer
Parents:Adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll of Chase Side, Enfield
Other family:Not known
Enlisted:3rd August, 1915 in the Middlesex Regiment. Discharged because he had been claimed as an apprentice, 25th September,1915.Re-enlisted in the same Regiment sometime in 1916, probably as a result of conscription.
Rank:Private. (Also listed as Corporal and Sergeant in non-Army records.)
Campaigns:France, 1916-1917
Died:9th May, 1917, of wounds, at the Military Hospital at Rouen, France. Aged 20.
Grave / Memorial:St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
Lieutenant C.P. Darrington, London Rifle Brigade
Name:Clarence Philip Darrington
Born:1893, in Highgate, Middlesex
Lived:Penrhyn, Lavender Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Junior insurance clerk
Parents:Thomas Darrington, Importer and exporter of sausage casings
Clara Darrington
Other family: 2 older brothers, Thomas Augustus & Herbert Basil (the latter also served and survived the Great War). 2 younger brothers, Bernard Quintin and Eustace Bryan.
3 younger sisters, Ella Clarice, Sybil Eunice and Vida Phoebe
Married Nora Wooddard Williamson at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 18th September, 1918. Their son, Dennis Philip, was baptised there in June,1919.
Enlisted:1914, returned from his job in Buenos Aires to re-join the London Scottish Regiment.
Rank:2nd Lieutenant, 1916; Lieutenant, 1917
Campaigns:France, 1914; Gallipoli, 1915; France, 1917 - 1918
Died:22nd November, 1918. Wounded at Angreave, France on 6th November, 1918 and died as a result of his wounds at Camiers Military Hospital, France. Aged 26.
Grave / Memorial:Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Lieutenant C.B. Frost, Royal Field Artillery
Name:Colin Blomfield Frost
Born:27th September, 1889, in Enfield, Middlesex
Lived:Treborough Lodge, Uplands Park Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Insurance clerk with Butterfield & Swire.
Parents:Edward Henry John Frost, Civil Service Accountant with the G.P.O.
Ada Susan Frost (nee Large)
Other family:One older brother, Prosper Barnaby
One older sister, Lettice, and one younger, Faith Susanna
Enlisted:18th January, 1909 with the Honourable Artillery Company. Resigned 1912
Campaigns:France, Flanders, Egypt, Palestine, France
Died:24th July,1918. Killed in action. Aged 28.
Grave / memorial:St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Captain Arnold Fairbairns, Yorkshire Regiment
Name:Arnold Fairbairns
Born:1882, in Harlesden, London
Lived: St. Ives, Waverley Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Publisher
Parents:William Henry Fairbairns, Master-printer
Kate M. Fairbairns
Other family:Married Ethel Annie Champion Fletcher at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 15th June, 1911
Their son, William Richard Fletcher, was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, in July, 1917.
Campaigns:France – mentioned in dispatches.
Died:14th October, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 37.
Grave / memorial:Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas-de-Calais, France
Corporal A. Foster, Royal West Kent Regiment
Name:Alec Edgar Foster
Born:1896, in Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Thomas Foster
Rebecca Foster
Other family:
Died:1st July, 1916. Killed in action. Aged 20.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
2nd Lieutenant W.R. Gifford, City of London Royal Fusiliers
Born:1897, in London
Lived:Walden, Slades Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Mr. and Mrs. W. Gifford
Other family:
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Died:7th October, 1917. Killed in action. Aged 19.
Grave / memorial:A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France
Major J.B.T. Gough, Hertfordshire Regiment
Name:John Bolle Tyndale Gough
Lived:2, Old Park Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Hubert Gough
Alicia Jane Gough
Other family:
Rank:Acting Lieutenant Colonel
Campaigns:Mesopotamia and France
Died:22nd March, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 37.
Grave / memorial:Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villiers-Faucon, Somme, France.
2nd Lieutenant E.J. Godward, 7th Middlesex Regiment
Name:Eric James Godward
Born:19th February, 1895, in Enfield, Middlesex
Lived:New Thorpe, Enfield
Civilian occupation:
Parents:William Godward, Accountant
Agnes Godward
Other family:
Enlisted: On the outbreak of war, he was transferred from the St. Andrew & St. Mary Company of The Church Lads’ Brigade to the 7th Middlesex Regiment.
Rank:2nd Lieutenant from 2nd October, 1914
Campaigns:France – from 25th July, 1915.
Died:25th August, 1915. Killed in action. Aged 20
Grave / memorial:Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France
Lieutenant R. Hunter, Warwickshire Royal Horse Artillery
Name:Robert Hunter
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Rank:Lieutenant from 11th November, 1915
Died: 5th June, 1917. Killed in action
Grave / memorial:Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Lance Corporal R.P. Jeaffreson, Honourable Artillery Company
Name:Roland Percy Jeaffreson
Born:5th October,1897 in Highbury, London
Lived:Belmont, Bycullah Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Worked for E. Uzielli & Co. Ltd at Lloyd’s of London
Parents:Henry John Jeaffreson, Insurance broker
Edith Margaret Rendell Jeaffreson (nee Gregory)
Other family:Two brothers, Norman Henry and Bryan Leslie, who also served and survived the War.
Enlisted:15th November, 1915 at Armoury House, Finsbury Circus, City of London
Rank:Lance Corporal
Campaigns:France from 1st October, 1916
Died:3rd May, 1917. Killed in action at Bullecourt, France. Aged 19.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Also with a Memorial window in the North aisle of this church.
Private E.L.W. Johnson, London Rangers
Name:Ernest Lionel Wayland Johnson
Lived:Ottery, Uplands Park Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Henry Johnson (deceased) Sarah Ann Johnson (widow)
Other family:
Died:1st July, 1916. Killed in action. Aged 18.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Private F. Langford, London Regiment
Name:Frank Langford
Lived:Boundary Cottage, East Barnet Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Mr. & Mrs. Henry Langford
Other family:
Died:6th July, 1917. Aged 27.
Grave / memorial:Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Lieutenant L.G. Maddox, M.C. & Bar , Queen’s London
Name:Leonard George Maddox
Lived:Pentire, Glebe Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Ernest Wilfred Maddox Edith Alice Emily Maddox
Other family:
Died:30th August, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 18.
Grave / memorial:Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
2nd Lieutenant A.J. Maitland, R.F.C.
Name:Arthur James Maitland
Lived:Blythwood, Culloden Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Undergraduate at New College, Oxford
Parents:John Maitland Florence Maitland
Other family:
Enlisted:2nd May, 1917 in the Royal Flying Corps
Rank:2nd Lieutenant from 2nd July, 1917; graduated Pilot 11th September, 1917.
Died:22nd September, 1917. Killed in a flying accident at Croydon aerodrome. Aged 18.
Grave / memorial:Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex.

The Names on the right plaque:

Lieutenant J.P. Millar, Scottish Rifles
Name:John Pitcairn Millar
Born:19th November, 1887 in Norwood, Surrey
Lived:15, Springfield, Upper Clapton. Previously, he and his family had lived in Enfield for at least 10 years.
Civilian occupation:Commercial clerk
Parents:William Pitcairn Millar, Shipping manager
Clara Millar
Other family:3 younger brothers, Clare, Alec and William and 2 younger sisters, Elsie and Lily.
Married Sybil Agnes Thomson Cossar on 28th March, 1916 at the parish church of Finchley.
Their son, John Pitcairn, was born 13th April, 1919. (He served as a Lance Corporal with The London Scottish – Gordon Highlanders in the Second World War and was killed in action in Italy, 4th January, 1945, aged 25.)
Sybil was the sister of 2nd Lt. Norman J. T. Cossar, who is also on our War Memorial.
Enlisted:1908 with the London Scottish Regiment.
Mobilised on the outbreak of war in August, 1914.
Rank:2nd Lieutenant, July, 1915. Lieutenant, August, 1915. Temporary Captain, September, 1916.
Campaigns:With the Expeditionary Force in France from September, 1914. Returned to France, August, 1918.
Died:21st September, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 30.
Grave / memorial:Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, Nord, France
Private H. Matthews, 8th Middlesex Regiment
Name:Henry Matthews
Lived:34, Mayfield Road, Green Street, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Other family:Eleanor Emily Matthews (his widow)
Enlisted:August, 1916
Died:4th December, 1917. Died of wounds. Aged 27.
Grave / memorial:Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France
Private C.F. Newcombe, North Lancashire Regiment
Name:Charles Frederick Newcombe
Born:Torquay, Devon
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Enlisted:December, 1916
Died:21st July, 1917. Died of wounds.
Grave / memorial:Locre Hospice Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Private S.J. Newcombe, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Name:Stanley John Newcombe
Born:Torquay, Devon
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Enlisted:December, 1916
Died:16th August, 1917. Died of wounds.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Tyne-Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Private James Oakley, Suffolk Regiment
Name:James Oakley
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Enlisted:After August, 1916
Died:Prior to April, 1917
Grave / memorial:Unknown
Trooper A. Pitcher, Westminster Dragoons
Name:George Alexander Pitcher
Born:1891, in Canonbury, London
Lived:Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Ernest Stephen Pitcher
Julie Alexandrine Pitcher
Other family:Maurice A. Pitcher, uncle
Rank:Private (Trooper)
Died:10th March, 1916. Aged 25.
Grave / memorial:Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Private G.T. Potter, Wiltshire Regiment
Name:George Thomas Potter
Born:Poplar, London
Lived:Upper Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Died:2nd July, 1916. Killed in action.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
2nd Lieutenant R.F. Potter, 5th North Staffordshire Regiment
Name:Reginald Funge Potter
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Frederick William Potter
Clara Louise Potter
Other family:
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Died:24th July, 1916. Died of wounds. Aged 33.
Grave / memorial:Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
Trooper G.J. Prytherch, City of London Yeomanry
Name:Gerald James Prytherch
Born:1892, in West Green, Middlesex
Lived:Northbourne, Bycullah Road, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Henry James Prytherch
Emily Ann Prytherch
Other family:
Rank:Private (Trooper)
Died:10th September, 1915. Killed in action. Aged 23.
Grave / memorial:Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey
Gunner H. Slade, Royal Garrison Artillery
Name:Horace Slade
Born:1893, in Enfield, Middlesex
Lived:88, Slade’s Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Edwin Slade
Emily Slade
Other family:
Rank:Private (Gunner)
Died:29th October, 1916. Died of wounds. Aged 23.
Grave / memorial:Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex
Private E.J. Slade, Royal Rifle Brigade
Civilian occupation:
Other family:Mrs. M.V. Clark (his widow)
Rank:Private (Rifleman)
Died:29th November, 1918. Died of wounds. Aged 34.
Grave / memorial:Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex
Lieutenant F.C.D. Scott, Durham Light Infantry
Name:Francis Charles Dudley Scott
Lived:Edgehill Lodge, Enfield
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Mr. & Mrs. W. Scott
Other family:Younger brother, Victor William Scott, who is also on our War Memorial.
Enlisted:Durham Light Infantry but transferred to R.A.F. October, 1917
Rank:Lieutenant from 1st June, 1916
Campaigns:Battles of Flers-Courcelete, Morval and Transloyes Ridges, 1916
Battle of Arras, 1917
Treated for shell-shock at Craiglockhart Hospital, Edinburgh at same time as the poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.
Died:4th November, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 23.Shot down while flying a Bristol F2B over the Western Front. His co-pilot, Lt. Charles Rigby was also killed.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, France.
Lieutenant V.W. Scott, M.C. , East Surrey Regiment
Name:Victor William Scott
Lived:Edgehill Lodge, Enfield
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott
Other family:Older brother, Francis Charles Dudley Scott, who is also on our War Memorial.
Enlisted:East Surrey Regiment but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, January, 1918.
Rank:Lieutenant Observer from March, 1918
Died:16th March, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 22.
Shot down in a DH4 over the Western Front. The pilot, Lt. R.A. Mayne was taken p.o.w.
Grave / memorial:Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas-de-Calais, France
2nd Lieutenant E.A. Smith, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Name:Eric Arthur Smith
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Died:22nd July, !916. Killed in action.
Grave / memorial:Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.
Trooper W.A. Smith, Hertfordshire Yeomanry
Name:Wilfred Arthur Smith
Born:Enfield, Middlesex
Lived:Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Rank:Private (Trooper)
Died:21st February, 1917.
Grave / memorial:St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Corporal F.J. Taylor, Coldstream Guards
Name:James Frederick Taylor
Born:1893, in Cambridge
Lived:Maltby, Yorkshire
Civilian occupation:
Parents:James Taylor
Sarah Taylor
Of 3, Ridgeway Cottages. Enfield
Other family:Ethell Mary Taylor (widow)
Died:24th February, 1917. Died of wounds. Aged 24.
Grave / memorial:Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France
Private T. Tong, Australian Infantry
Name:Thomas Tong
Civilian occupation:
Other family:
Died:12th October, 1917. Died of wounds.
Grave / memorial:Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Lieutenant J.W.H. Trenchard, Royal Garrison Artillery
Name:John Wilfred Hugh Trenchard
Lived:Trefriw, The Ridgeway, Enfield, MIddlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Hugh Trenchard
Katherine Trenchard
Other family:
Rank:Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
Died:3rd October, 1917. Died of wounds. Aged 20.
Grave / memorial:Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Captain A.E. Vanderpump, M.C., 52nd Canadian Battalion
Name:Archibald Edward Vanderpump
Born:1st April, 1892
Lived:Enfield, Middlesex
Civilian occupation:Farmer
Parents:Paul Edward Vanderpump
Esther Vanderpump
Other family:P.G. Vanderpump of Silver Street, Enfield Town, Middlesex
Died:27th August, 1918. Killed in action. Aged 26.
Grave / memorial:Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, Pas-de-Calais, France
Private E.C. Verity, Royal Fusiliers London Regiment
Name:Ernest Charles Verity
Born:1892, in Bloomsbury, London
Lived:8, Chase Green Cottages, Enfield, MIddlesex
Civilian occupation:
Parents:John Abednego Verity
Hannah Verity
Other family:Sibling(s)
Died:11th August, 1918. Died of wounds. Aged 26.
Grave / memorial:Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-les-Pernois, Somme, France
2nd Lieutenant H.E, Weld, 2nd Scots Guards
Name:Hugh Edward Weld
Civilian occupation:
Parents:Henry Corbin Weld
Mary Jane Weld
Other family:
Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Died:25th January, 1915. Killed in action. Aged 21.
Grave / memorial:No known grave. Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France

Armistice Centenary

Photo © Gill Bird

Poppies Field in Flanders

Biographies of some of those listed above


2nd Lieutenant Eric James Godward                          

1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action 25th August, 1915

From De Ruvigny Roll of Honour, Vol.1 published 1914 onwards.

Second son of the late William Godward, accountant and his wife, Agnes, of “New Thorpe”, Enfield in the County of Middlesex.

He was born in Enfield 19th February, 1895, educated at Merchant Taylors’ School and was in business until the outbreak of war, giving up the whole of his spare time to work among lads in Enfield. He held a commission as Cadet Lieutenant in the St. Andrew’s and St. Mary’s Company of the London Diocesan Church Lads’ Brigade and when war broke out was transferred to the 2nd/7th Middlesex Regiment (Territorial Force) with Captain Perks and most of the senior lads in his Brigade Company and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 13th, October, 1914. He was transferred to the 1st/7th Middlesex and went to France 25th July, 1915 and was killed in action there 25th August, 1915, being shot while on patrol duty and was buried at Fleubeix cemetery.

His Colonel wrote: Your son had not been with us very long, but in that time he had earned the liking and respect of everyone with whom he had come into contact. He was absolutely fearless and a very gallant young officer, in whom I had the utmost confidence.

Colonel Drew of 2nd/7th Middlesex wrote: During the ten months he served with me, I formed a great admiration for him. He was a boy of exceptional character.

From The Parish Magazine, September, 1915.

The news of the death of Lieut. Eric Godward, of the 7th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, at the post of duty in France, has come as a great shock to his many friends in the parish and neighbourhood. We are very sorry that such a promising young life has been cut short; but as far as he is concerned, to use the words of the poet: “The shorter the life, the longer immortality”. Nevertheless, his young friends have lost a splendid and inspiring example, and his mother, to whom we offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy, one of the best and most devoted of sons. Lieut. Godward’s death was glorious for it found him at his accustomed task of doing his duty. That he should have offered himself to the service of his King and Country at this serious crisis in the nation’s history, was quite to be expected, and we are sure that he would rather have died as he has done, by the enemy’s bullet, than not to have served at all. May God make him to be numbered amongst his Saints in glory everlasting.

From The Parish Magazine, October, 1915.                           

Excerpt from a letter from Lieut. Eric James Godward to the lads of St. Andrew’s and St. Mary’s Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade, December, 1914.

Now, the Regiment I am in hopes and expects to go abroad soon, so that when that time comes, both Captain Perks and I will need your thoughts and prayers more than ever, and I know that you do not wish to hurt the feelings of your old Company Officers by weakening the Brigade. Just think what a satisfaction it will be when the war is over to find a more united, larger and more efficient Company than when we left. Lads! Stick to it, play the game, be keen and attend your Bible Classes and Drills regularly, so that if your country should need you, you will be disciplined, trained and ready.

Once more, the very best of luck, health and happiness to you.

Your affectionate friend,

Eric J. Godward  


Lance Corporal Ronald Percy Jeaffreson       

2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company
Killed in action 3rd May, 1917

Research by J. Heywood

Born in 1898, he was the third son of Henry J. Jeaffreson, an insurance broker, and his wife, Edith, of “Belmont”, Bycullah Road, Enfield in the County of Middlesex. He was one of four brothers, all of whom served in the Great War; the others, Norman, Bryan and Kenneth, survived.

He was posted missing 3rd May, 1917, later listed as killed in action at Bulle Court, Pas-de-Calais. His parents installed a stained-glass window in the North Aisle of the church in his memory. It shows a young Jesus working with Joseph in his carpentry workshop while his mother, Mary, spins wool.

From The Parish Magazine, February, 1920

We have no doubt but that Ronald Percy Jeaffreson as a lad strove to follow in the footsteps of the Divine Son, and he possessed that charm of character and manner which comes from such an effort. For several years, he was a member of S. Mary Magdalene’s choir, and being the possessor of a charming voice, he generally sang the solos in the Anthems, and sang with such feeling that it was easy to realize that he fully meant what he sang. Our deepest sympathy is with the bereaved parents and all others who are in a similar case, and our prayer for Ronald Percy Jeaffreson, as well as for all who have made a like sacrifice, is that they may rest in peace, and be fully satisfied when they wake up with His Likeness.

Lance Corporal Alfred J. Driscoll

1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Died of wounds 7th May, 1917

From The Parish Magazine, June, 1917

A further inroad upon the S. Andrew’s and S. Mary’s Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade has been made by the death of Sergeant (sic) Alfred Driscoll, at the hospital at Rouen, as the result of wounds received on active service. Alfred lost his parents when quite a small child, and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll of Chase Side, who played the part of parents to him, and Alfred, ever since he became old enough to realize the situation, had played towards them the part of a dutiful son, and this makes his loss to be keenly felt by them. We offer Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll our most sincere sympathy. He had been a member of the Church Lads’ Brigade for several years, and no doubt was greatly benefited by the good influence of Captain Perks, (whose death was also announced in this edition of the Parish Magazine).

Letter from the Chaplain of the Hospital at Rouen to Mrs. Driscoll.

Dear Mrs. Driscoll,

Please allow me to express to you my deep sympathy on the loss you have sustained by the death of your son, 202102 Pte. A.T. Driscoll (sic), 7th Middlesex regiment, which took place at 6.30 this morning.

Your son was admitted to this hospital on 11th April last, suffering from a severe wound in the knee. His condition grew gradually worse, and although everything possible was done to save his life, these efforts proved unavailing. His strength was unable to meet the shock to his system. I have seen him daily since his admission to the hospital, and ministered to his spiritual needs. He has received the Blessed Sacrament at my hands and frequently I have prayed with him. He was a wonderfully brave and quiet patient, never complaining, however much he may have suffered, though happily, much of his suffering was mitigated for him. For the last few hours of his life he was delirious, and so I regret that I am unable to send you any message from him. I know how fruitless must be any attempt of mine to beguile you from the grief of a loss so great, but I pray our heavenly Father to assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and to leave you only the cherished memories of a loving son, together with the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of our country’s welfare.

His funeral will take place tomorrow in the cemetery of St. Sever, Rouen, with military honours. I will ask the Graves Registration Commission to send you a photograph of his last resting place, though this must necessarily take some time.

With my prayers that the merciful God will grant to him a place of eternal peace, and once more expressing my sincerest sympathy with you and yours, - I am, dear Mrs. Driscoll, always yours sincerely…….

2nd Lieutenant Norman Thomson Cossar

7th Battalion Rifle Brigade
Killed in action May 15th, 1917.

From Lloyd’s of London Memorial Book, 2014 researched and written by John Hamblin.

Norman Thomson Cossar was born in Palmers Green in Middlesex on the 24th March, 1887, the eldest son of James William Cossar, manager of a shipping company, and Elizabeth Thomson Cossar. He was christened at St. Pancras on 2nd July, 1887.

Norman worked as a clerk for Shaw, Savill & Albion and Company Ltd at Lloyd’s.

He enlisted into the Army as Private 464 in the 28th Battalion London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles) and embarked for France on the 26th October, 1914. He later returned to England for Officer training and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade on the 29th November, 1915.He was killed in action on the 15th May, 1917 and is buried at Hibers Trench Cemetery.

Research by J. Heywood.

Norman was the eldest of four children. His mother was from Duns in Berwickshire, Scotland and his father from St. Pancras, London. He had two younger brothers, Claude and Eric, who also served in The Great War and a younger sister, Sybil.

Claude had been farming before the War. He served in the Royal Scots Guards from September, 1914, being promoted to Lieutenant, and being demobilised in April, 1919. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1923.

Eric was working as a bank clerk before the War and joined up in September, 1914, serving until February, 1919 but because of a chronic health problem spent the whole war working as a motor mechanic in the London Scottish Regiment and never served at the front. He married in 1918 and he and his wife and one-year old daughter emigrated to Canada in 1920.

Sybil’s story is the saddest of all and is representative of the lives of many women of her generation. In 1911, at the age of 21, she was living with her now widowed mother in “Golfview”, East Barnet Road, Enfield and earning her own living as an assurance clerk – in her own way, following the family traditional profession, but also one of the new breed of independent working women. In 1916, she married Lieutenant John Pitcairn Millar of the 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). John is also remembered on the St. Mary Magdalene War Memorial. He was killed in September, 1918. On 13th April, 1919, Sybil gave birth to their son who was named John Pitcairn after his father. Sybil moved with her son and her mother to Bournemouth, where they were all registered at the outbreak of World War 2. Her mother, Elizabeth Thomson Cossar, died in 1940. Sybil’s son joined up in 1939 and served at the rank of Lance Corporal with the 1st Battalion London Scottish (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment. He was killed in action in Italy on 4thJanuary, 1944. Sybil chose as her son’s epitaph “So kind, so thoughtful, so greatly missed” and recorded the fact that he was the son of Lieutenant John Pitcairn Millar who had been killed in the First War.

Sybil herself travelled to visit her brother in Canada in 1947 and her brother in New Zealand in 1953. She died in Poole in Dorset in 1971, aged 81. She had lost her husband and her brother to The Great War and her son to the Second World War.


Lieutenant John Pitcairn Millar

6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Killed in action September 21st, 1918

From De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, Vol. 1, published from 1914 onwards.

…the eldest son of William Pitcairn Millar of Hythe, near Southampton, and his wife, Clara; b. Norwood, London, S.E. 19th November, 1887; educated Enfield Grammar School, Enfield; was a clerk; joined the London Scottish in 1908; was mobilized on the outbreak of war in August, 1914, served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the following month; returned to England, July, 1915; was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant The Cameronians, 15th July, 1915; promoted Lieutenant in August, 1915; temporary Captain in September, 1915, and Adjutant in September, 1916; returned to France in August, 1918, and was killed in action at Villers Guislain 21st September following. Buried there. He married at Finchley, London, N., 28th March, 1916, Sybil Agnes Thomson Cossar, daughter of the late James William Cossar, and had a son, born 13th April, 1919.

Lieutenant Victor William Scott, M.C.

13th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, later Royal Flying Corps
Killed in action March 16th, 1918

The younger son of William Scott, a sugar confectioner, and his wife, Ellen Mary, of Edgehill Lodge, Enfield. Victor William began his service in the Army and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 3rd. January, 1918. His older brother, Francis Charles Dudley Scott, also began his service in the Army and transferred to the Royal Air Force shortly after its formation in April, 1918. Neither brother survived the War. They were their parents’ only children.

From The London Gazette, 8th January, 1918

Gazetted Awards and Mentioned in Despatches.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of Military Cross to this Officer for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went into No Man’s Land under hostile machine gun fire and searched over two hours for a wounded man, although there was every reason to believe that the enemy’s patrols were still about. Finding the wounded man, he carried him a distance of five hundred yards to our lines. He afterwards organised a searching party, and again proceeded into No Man’s Land to within a short distance of the enemy’s wire in the endeavour to find two missing men. His initiative and complete disregard for danger deserve the highest praise.

From Airmen Died in the Great War 1914 – 1918, published 1920.

Lieutenant Victor William Scott: transferred to 18th Squadron January 3rd, 1918 as Observer. Promoted Acting Flight Lieutenant 5th January, 1918 then Lieutenant. Posted missing March 16th, 1918. Later recorded as died 16th March, 1918. He was killed over the Western Front when his plane, a DH4 (Serial No. A8043) was shot down. His pilot, Lieutenant R.A. Mayne, was taken Prisoner of War.

Lieutenant Francis Charles Dudley Scott

Durham Light Infantry, later 62nd Squadron R.A.F.
Killed in action 4th November, 1918.

Research by J. Heywood

Francis Charles Dudley Scott was the older brother of Victor William Scott. He began his military service at the beginning of The Great War with the 6th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1st June, 1916. His battalion took part in the Battles of Flers-Courcelette, Morval and the Transloyes Ridges in 1916 and the Battles of Arras in 1917. The records of Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh show that Francis Charles Dudley Scott was admitted for the treatment of neurasthenia, now referred to as “shell-shock”, on 12th June, 1916, having served for 2 years and ten months, of which the last year had been spent in the field. Later that same month, the poet Wilfred Owen was also admitted to Craiglockhart Hospital and was discharged to pre-duty leave at the end of October.

Lieutenant Scott was discharged to duty on 16th October, 1917. Sometime after April, 1918, he was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force and flew with the 62nd Squadron. On 4th November, 1918, flying a Bristol F2B over the Western Front, he was shot down and killed along with his co-pilot, Lieutenant C. Rigby. On the same day, Lieutenant Wilfred Owen of the 5th Battalion Manchester Regiment was killed in action on the Sambre-Oise Canal in Ors in France.

Lieutenant Eric Henry Platt Bailey

206th Squadron Royal Air Force
Killed in action August 11th, 1918

Research by J. Heywood

Eric was born in Friern Barnet, Middlesex, in 1898, the first son of James Henry Bailey and his wife, Esther. James Bailey was from Manchester and a civil engineer in railway construction. His wife was from Cheshire. They had an older daughter, Hilda, and in 1902 had a second son, John, who was just too young to see service in The Great War. The family moved to live on The Ridgeway in Enfield.

Eric joined the Royal Naval Air service in 1916 and rose to the rank of Flight Sub-Lieutenant, serving on H.M.S. Hazael, a hired merchant ship which was used on miscellaneous service throughout the War. He was transferred into the R.A.F. as a Pilot Lieutenant on its formation in April, 1918. On Sunday, August 11th, 1918, flying an Airco DH9 Bomber, he and his co-pilot, Lieutenant R. Milne, failed to return from their mission and were declared killed in action.

Captain Archibald Edward Vanderpump, M.C.

Killed in action August 27th, 1918

Born 1st April, 1892, he was the son of Paul Edward Vanderpump and his wife, Esther. Archibald had been a farmer before the War.

From The London Gazette, 11th January, 1919

Gazetted Awards and Mentions in Despatches

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Cross to this Officer for conspicuous gallantry and initiative. During an attack when the battalion was heavily counter-attacked, he steadied his men under severe machine-gun and artillery fire, and then led them forward to the support of the right flank. His coolness and initiative at a critical time was largely instrumental in completely overthrowing the enemy attack.

2nd Lieutenant Leonard George Maddox, M.C.

1st/22nd Battalion London Regiment
Killed in action August 30th, 1918

From The Parish Magazine, October, 1918

Lieutenant Maddox was 19 years of age, and had only been in France a short time when he made the Great Sacrifice. But though the time had been short he had won the M.C. for bravery, and his Superior Officers deeply regretted the loss of such a gallant and efficient soldier.

From The London Gazette, 20th September, 1918

Gazetted Awards and Mention in Despatches.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of Military Cross to this Officer in recognition of his gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. He led a daylight patrol and brought back valuable information which enabled the battalion to move forward and establish posts in the old lines. Later he did fine work in getting rations and ammunition through to the forward outpost company under heavy shelling of gas and high explosive.

From The London Gazette, 10th January, 1919

Gazetted Awards and Mention in Despatches.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of a Bar to Military cross to this Officer. He displayed great courage and coolness during an advance under heavy fire of all descriptions and captured a chalk pit strongly held by the enemy with machine guns. When his platoon was counter-attacked in force he repulsed the enemy with loss, controlling his men with judgement and ability.

The fighting famously stopped at the signing of the Armistice at 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. But many soldiers continued to die of their wounds. On the St. Mary Magdalene War Memorial, two such men are recorded.

Lieutenant Clarence Philip Darrington

1st/5th Battalion London Rifle Brigade
Died of wounds Wednesday 27th November, 1918.

From The Parish Magazine, January, 1919

We deeply regret the death of this gallant young officer, and we offer our sincere sympathy to his young widow, his father, and the rest of his family. Lieut. Darrington died on November 22nd (sic), at Camiers Military Hospital, France, as the result of wounds received at Angreave on November 6th. He rejoined his old regiment, the London Scottish, from Buenos Aires, and went to France in November, 1914, missing the Mons Medal by twenty-four hours. On three occasions he went to France, and once to Gallipoli. From the London Scottish, he was transferred to the Fusiliers and then to the Rifle Brigade. His Major has written to his father as follows:-

We hear today with the deepest sorrow that your son has died of wounds. The news has come as a great blow to us all. Although we did not have the good fortune to be with him for long, he endeared himself to us all, and proved himself to be a very gallant and able soldier in action.

As a matter of fact, he was beloved by all who knew him, both in and out of the army, and what makes his death particularly sad is the fact that he was married as late as September 17th, 1918. R.I.P.

From The Parish Magazine, July,1919

Baptism: June 19th – Dennis Philip, son of Clarence Philip (deceased) and Norah Woodard Darrington

Research by J. Heywood

Clarence Philip was the son of Thomas and Clara Darrington. Thomas was an importer and exporter of sausage casings. Thomas and Clara had nine children. Clarence was the second child and oldest son of the family. In February, 1922, The Parish Magazine recorded the death of Clarence’s brother, Herbert Basil Darrington, who died in Northampton General Hospital after an operation following an accident in which his motorcycle was hit by a motorcar in heavy fog. He was only 25 years old and had served in and survived the Great War.

Private Henry Clements

6th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Died of wounds April17th, 1919

Research by J. Heywood

In the 1911 Census, Henry is recorded living with his aunt at 1, The Cottages, East Barnet Road, Enfield. He was born in 1884 in Old Southgate and worked as a brewery drayman before the War.

There is no further record of Henry except that he died of wounds, aged 35, and is buried in a War Grave in Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield.


Role of Honour 1914-1918

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield. The Men Who Served in the Great War and Survived.

Oliver Richard Alderman
Herbert John Alderman
Ely Alderman
Ernest George Alderman
Cyril Harrison Rowlands Andrews
Robert Stuart Huish Baker
Henry Stirling Beevor
William Bloomfield
Vincent Leslie Burgess
John Victor Burgess
Claude Henry Caton
Frederick Holman Claydon
Percy Samuel Cope
Arthur George Warren Cope
Ernest Noah Cope
Frederick Harold Court
William Harry Court
Kenneth Charles Craig
Daniel James Crisp
Louis Wyatt Cox
Ralph Davis
Eric Davis
Kenneth Owen Davis
Cecil Beresford Davis
Herbert Basil Darrington
John Benjamin Dean
John Rowland Dudin
Albert Dix
William John Eales
George Douglas Ritchie Eales
Harold Gordon Eales
Theodore Hickling Ellis
Stanley Elliot
Walter Farrow
Frederick Farrow
Thomas Foster
Samuel Foster
Ernest Arthur Foster

Frederick Ford
Harry Ford
Charles Ford
Frank Foskey
Wilfrid Fulton
Norman Mansergh Frost
Sydney Harold Gadd
Percival Walter Gittings
Eric Decimus Gittings
Francis Augustus Gittings
Edward Green
Cornelius Hack
Walter George Hack
Gaius Wilfrid Hack
Oliver Percy Hack
William Henry Hamilton
Andrew Richard Holt
Henry Francis Hunt
Richard Collinson Hunt
Maurice Leonard Hunt
Sydney Frederick Humpherson
Norman Henry Jeaffreson
Bryan Leslie Jeaffreson
Frederick George Johns
John Henry Judson
John Leech
Guy Lovegrove
John Kenneth Maitland
Alfred Mardell
Frederick Matthews
Reginald Henry Meiers
John Henry Moules
Charles Grey Fairrie Parker
Percy Horace Parker
Arthur Stanley Radama Parker
Gilbert Pawsey
Harold Perks
Charles Perks


Douglas Graham Potter
Bernard Potter
George Poulton
Henry Frederick Prytherch
Horace Daniel Prytherch
Walter Pudney
Arthur Pudney
Wiliam Pudney
George Henry Pudney
Charles Rawlinson
Charles Westcott Reeves
Seward Henry Reeves
Henry James Ricketts
William Alfred Rowsell
Leslie Adolphus Albert Salter
Harold Philip Arthur Salter
George Robert Sayers
Frederick Harold Smith
Alan Rae Smith
Stanley Charles Sterckx
Arthur Joseph Sterckx
Harold Stephen Stevens
George Robert Summerhayes
Norman Llewellyn Thomas
Claude Noel Thomas
Cuthbert Wynne Thomas
Charles Louis Thompson
Leonard Walter Thompson
Alan Boulton Thompson
William Thurston
Alfred Leonard Tolliday
Francis Thomas Turner
Charles David Turner
Herbert Edwin Turner
William Waller
Arthur John Watkins
Edwin George Watkins
Reginald Court Wilkinson
George Lewis Wilson
William Spencer Wilson

Church photos © John Salmon