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Game, L. C - L C Game served as a Corporal in the 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. His address was given as The Hill, Welwyn. He volunteered in October 1914 and went to France the following September. He fought at Ypres and on the Somme, where he was wounded. He was sent home and discharged in November 1917 as unfit for further active service.

Gibbs, Frederick - Frederick Gibbs gave his address in 1918 as Unity Place, Church Street. He served as a Lance Corporal in the Royal West Kent Regiment.

Giddens, Joseph - Joseph Giddens lived in ‘Farmyard Alley’ (now Mimram Walk) with his parents, labourer Joseph and Clara, four brothers and one sister. He served in the Machine Gun Corps.

Giddens, Walter Joseph - Walter’s entry in the National Roll of the Great War gives his address as Hillside and his rank as Rifleman in 10th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. The further details state ‘he volunteered in May 1915 and after his training was engaged upon duties of a special nature until he was drafted to France in August 1916. He was subsequently engaged in the fighting on the Somme, at Albert, Ypres, Passchendale Ridge and Cambrai and did valuable work with his unit overseas until December 1918.’ He was demobilised in February 1919.

Gilbert, Joseph - Joseph Gilbert lived in School Lane and joined the Grenadier Guards in November 1916. He went to France in June 1917 and fought at Ypres and Cambrai. He was invalided home in August 1918 and discharged as being unfit for further service.

Giles, Arthur Edward - Arthur Giles was the first Consultant Surgeon appointed for the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital. He served as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was the brother-in-law of Howard Simpson Tindall,who was killed in action in 1917. For more on Arthur Giles life please see The Doctor’s Window

Gray, Frederick - Frederick Gray was the fourth son of Frederick Gray of the High Street. He served with 3/5th Manchester Regiment. In June 1916 he was promoted to Lieutenant and ended the war as a Captain. He stayed in the army until the 1930s

Gray, Harry - Harry Gray was a Welwyn butcher, living in the High Street. In September 1916 he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Grenfell, Geoffrey Seymour - Geoffrey Seymour Grenfell was the youngest child  and only son of Riversdale Grenfell of Welwyn Hall and his wife Cecilia. Born in Taplow in 1898, Geoffrey was educated at Eton before joining the Royal Navy in 1914. By 1918 he had reached the rank of Sub-Lieutenant and was serving aboard HMS Liberty. Geoffrey Grenfell survived the war and was placed on the reserve List in 1920. He was called up again on the outbreak of World War II and died on active service when his command HMS Juniper, escorting an oil tanker in Norwegian waters, was lost during an engagement with a number of enemy vessels, including the Scharnhorst. His brother-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Stewart was killed in action in April 1918.

Groom, Charles William

Groom, Herbert - These soldiers gave their address in 1918 as New Place and are presumably related. Charles served as a Trooper in the City of London Yeomanry, whilst Herbert served in the Machine Gun Corps.

Hall, Horace Willie - In 1918 Horace Hall gave his address as Gothic House, the reason for this is unclear as this was the residence of the Curate, Neville Lydekker, until 1922. Until 1916 Horace worked as a Buyer for the Australian Imperial Forces, but in that year the responsibility of buying supplies was given to the Headquarters Staff of the Imperial Forces. Horace requested that he be transferred to that department but that was not agreed and in June 1916 he was dismissed and Horace presented himself for military service at the age of 35. He joined the Port Section of the Military Foot Police. He served in England and was demobilised in August 1918.

Handley, David John - John Handley was a Gardener born in Welwyn in 1890. He volunteered in August 1914 and served as a Corporal in the Border Regiment. He first served in Egypt but was then transferred to the Western Front and fought at Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Ypres and Arras. During this time he was wounded and gassed. He returned home and was demobilised in April 1919. His address was given as Mimram Road.

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Welwyn Hall

HMS Liberty

Gothic House

Church Street

Unity Place is on the right, next to Church House

An early view down School Lane