The Combrook Page

                        
Combrook Men who fell in the Great War

COMBROOK CHURCH                                   COMBROOK                                            COMBROOK SCHOOL

ROLL OF HONOUR                                   WAR MEMORIAL                                     ROLL OF HONOUR ( RIP)

Sidney Harrison                 Sidney Harrison                         Sidney Harrison 

George Hayes                 William George Russell Hayes      Herbert Oldham    

Herbert Oldham             Herbert Hadland Oldham               Alfred Hirons

Robert Slade                    Robert Bishop Slade               Frederick Hirons

Frank Stanley                    Frank Stanley                      George Hirons

Alfred Hirons             Alfred Ernest Hirons              Joseph Hirons

Frederick Hirons               Frederick Hirons                  Benjamin Mole

George  Hirons               George Albert Hirons                       William Mighall 

Joseph Hirons                   Joseph Henry Hirons                      Harry Hobday 

                                                                                              John West

You will note some differences in how first names are recorded and also one or two exclusions on each record. 

We have provided a link for each name from each roll of honour to the report prepared on each man.

Combrook War Memorial

This is in a prominent position in the village, being in front of the Parish Church of St. Mary and St.Margaret.

It was unveiled in March 1920 and bears the names of nine men who died in the war.

At the annual Remembrance Day Services thirteen names are read out. These are the nine on the memorial and four more who are listed in the Combrook School Roll of Honour with the letters R.I.P.

A short account of each of these men can be found above by using the link from each name above.

An extensive piece, for each man, with full accounts of their regiments and the battles they were involved in can also  be found at

http://www.ww1wargraves.co.uk/ww1_cemeteries/memorials_combrook.asp

The Hirons Brothers

In a small village such as Combrook a surprising number of men went to fight in WW1.

The Hirons family was particularly tragic in losing four brothers and a brother-in-law in the conflict.

Alfred Ernest, Frederick, George Albert and Joseph Henry Hirons were brothers, all killed in the short space of 4 years. You can visit the page about each brother by following the link from his name above.

Another brother, Percy, may have fought in the war but, if so, this is not recorded on the Combrook School Roll of honour. At the time of the 1911 census he was in Combrook, at Green Farm, working as a farm labourer.

There is a Medal Roll Index card for a Percy Hirons, a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, but there is insufficient information to determine whether or not this is the Percy Hirons from Combrook.

There were three Hirons sisters, Agnes, Elsie and Alice. All three were still single at the time of the 1911 census and all were working away from home as domestic servants.

The eldest, Agnes, was a housemaid at the vicarage in Duns Tew, Oxfordshire at the time of the 1911 census. In November 1912, an Agnes Hirons married Albert Edward Gillam, of Duns Tew.

Private Albert Gillam of the East Surrey regiment, 8th battalion, died on 01/12/1917 and is commemorated at the Bluet Farm cemetery. He would appear to be the brother-in-law of the Hirons brothers, who also died in the conflict.







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