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This page is concerned with Tring War Memorial and the people who are commemorated on the memorial.
The War Memorial
The war memorial is located in the grounds of the St Peter & St Paul (Church of England) Church, just by the main road through the small Hertfordshire town of Tring.
Tring War Memorial in front of the St Peter & St Paul Chruch (Stephen Stratford 2009)
Another view of Tring War Memorial (Stephen Stratford 2009).
The First World War names are listed on panel around the base of the memorial, while those for the Second World War are listed on panels located around the base of the memorial cross.
Some of the names on the Memorial including Edward Barber, VC (Stephen Stratford 2009)
First World War
Click here to view a list of the First World War names.
Private Arthur Stratford on the Menin Gate Memorial (Stephen Stratford 2011).
One of the names listed on the Memorial for Tring servicemen during the First World War is that of Edward Barber, whose was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
Edward Barber was the son of William & Sarah Ann Barber of Miswell Lane, Tring. At the time of the events, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, Barber was a 22-years-old Private in the 1st Battalion, The Grenadier Guards.
On 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France, Private Barber ran in front of the grenade company to which he belonged, and threw bombs on the enemy with such effect that a very great number of them surrendered at once. When the grenade party reached Private Barber they found him alone and unsupported, with the enemy surrendering all about him. He was killed soon afterwards.
Private Barder has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. His Victoria Cross and other medals are on public display in the Guards Regimental Museum in London.
Second World War
Click here to view a list of the Second World War names.
Grave of Private R.C. Rance in Arnhem Oosterbeek Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2007).
14711301 Private Raymond Christopher Rance was a soldier in the 5th Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He was only 18 years' old when killed on 6 October 1944; the son of Alice Rance, Tring, Hertfordshire. He is buried in Plot 10, Row C, Grave 11, Arnhem Oosterbeek Military Cemetery.
The 5th Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry were part of General Horracks' XXX Corps who formed the ground-based spearhead that was to drive from the Belgian-Dutch border across the various bridges captured by the American, British and Polish troops, and then turn into Western Germany; the operation known as Market Garden. The operation started on Sunday 17 September 1944 with parachute landings near Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem and start of XXX Corps' ground advance. The operation ended on Tuesday 26 September 1944 with the ending of the evacutation of troops across the Lower Rhine from Oosterbeek.
Able Seaman Norman James Turney on Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Stephen Stratford 2007).
P/JX 217566 Able Seaman Norman James Turney was serving on the establishment of HMS President III when he was killed on 16 March 1941. Having no known grave, Able Seaman Turney is commemorated on Panel 49, Column 3 on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was the son of Mr & Mrs A. E. Turney.
The entrance to Tring Memorial Garden (Stephen Stratford 2009)
Those servicemen killed during World War Two are also commemorated in Tring by a Memorial Park. Two plaques, one either side of the entrance gate, replicate the list of World War Two names from the town's war memorial.