Compton, H J
HERBERT JAMES COMPTON
Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 11.
He originally attested for the Militia 25 July 1907: a stableman at Watford Steam Laundry aged 18, 5’3″ tall, C of E, his next-of-kin his foster parents Harry and Hannah EVETT of Watford. Deemed to have improperly enlisted whilst serving in the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, he was held to serve in the 5th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (no. 7286) 16 September 1907. He attested again 16 August 1908 for six years service in the Army Reserve (Special Reservists), a stableman aged 19, 5’5″ tall, already in the Royal Fusiliers, from which he was released in consequence of having enlisted into the Royal Scots 21 September 1908. Was employed as a clerk in the Allahabad Brigade Office from 1910 to 1913 and had, since February 1914, been undergoing a course of railway duties, during which time he was awarded two Good Conduct badges (21 September 1910 and 21 September 1913). He went with the B.E.F. to France 4 February 1915; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1014-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 4 February 1915, and was killed in action at Voormezeele.
Son of Emma COMPTON.
Herbert was born 14 March 1892 in Watford, and baptised 8 September 1893 at St Mary’s, Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 9 he lived in Watford, the adopted son of Henry and Hannah EVETT. On the 1911 Census, he is proving elusive.
Unit1st Battalion, Lothian Regiment
Date of death18/02/1915
Age at death23
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)