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Welwyn in World War I

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Scargill, Harry Montague - born in October 1888 in Huntingdonshire, Harry or Henry Scargill in 1911 was working as a Gardener at Digswell House, home of the Aclands and destined to be used as an Auxiliary Hospital during the war. In 1913 he married Annie Charter and in 1918 is listed as living on Welwyn Hill. Harry had joined up by 1915, when his son Harry Leonard was born and his occupation is given as a soldier in the Herts Yeomanry Battery. He later served with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Annie died in 1930 and Harry married Nellie Slater 6 years later. In 1939 he was living in Woolmer Green working as a Road Labourer for the Rural District Council. He died in 1968.

Scott, Frederick William - Frederick William Scott was born in Langley in 1886 and lived in Mimram Road. He served with 133rd Company, Royal Engineers. His brother Thomas (below) also served.

Scott, Thomas Edward - Thomas Edward Scott, brother of Frederick (above), was a Gas Worker living with his wife Rose and their children Florence and Alfred when he joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner in 1915. His address was given as the High Street. He served in England and was transferred to the Army Service Corps in December 1918 and demobilised in October 1919.

Severs, John Henry - In 1911 John Severs, originally from Yorkshire, was a 26 year old Butler at Guessens. In 1914 he married Norfolk born Blanche Wright in St Marys Church. Their daughter Dorothy was born in July 1915, when the family was living in Prospect Place. In August 1915 John volunteered and served in France in the 1st Rifle Brigade. He fought on the Somme, and at Ypres, Arras, Cambrai and Passchendale. He returned home and was demobilised in March 1919.

Shepherd, Wilfred Henry - Wilfred Shepherd was born in Lydney, Gloucestershire in 1875 and in 1911 was living with his wife of 13 years, Ella and their 12 year daughter Eileen, who had been born in Welwyn. The family lived in Unity Place, Church Street and Wilfred was employed as a Gent’s Outfitter’s Assistant. Wilfred was called up in August 1917 and initially served with the Royal Naval Air Service at Crystal Palace, the RNAS training sttation. In April 1918 he was transferred to the RAF and as well as Crystal Palace also served at Henlow as an Aircraftsman. He extended his service and was eventually discharged in August 1920.

Skeggs, John - John Skeggs was a 32 year old Farm Labourer from Rabley Heath who in July 1915 joined the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment. He had previously served for 4 years in the Bedfordshire Regiment. His military career was not to be illustrious as he deserted in October 1915. He surrendered himself to PC Baker in Welwyn in January 1916 and was bought before an occasional court charged with desertion. In reply to the charge he stated ‘I was not feeling well and I complained to the doctor, but he only laughed at me. I could do light duty.’  He was placed under military detention and dishonourably discharged in 1917.

Smith, Albert Edward - Albert Smith was born in Welwyn in 1883, son of Shoe Maker Charles and Eliza Smith. Albert had married Ellen Clark of St Albans in 1908 and worked in Welwyn as a Postal Clerk. In 1916 he joined up as a telegraphist in the Royal Engineers. His address was given as ‘Riverside’.

Smith, George - in 1918 George Smith is listed as an Absent Voter, serving as a Stoker aboard HMS Dreel Castle, a requisitioned trawler based at Falmouth. His address was given as c/o Mr J Clark, Mill Lane possibly John Clark, father of Herbert and Cyril Clark

Smith, Henry - Born in 1878, Henry Smith was one of the older of Welwyn’s men to serve. In 1911 he was a Blacksmith and Farrier, living in Mimram Road, but on joining up in 1915 he was also working as a Motor Mechanic. He joined the Army Service Corps. as a ‘Motor Coach Smith’. He served in Bedford until June 1917 when was sent to France. He was taken ill on the Ypres front in 1917 with chest pains and discharged, aged 41, as unfit for further service in April 1918

Guessens 1910

Henry Smith worked as a Farrier

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Digswell House in use as an Auxiliary Hospital 1915