It is a common misconception that the men from Hertfordshire who served in the army would have served in one of their ‘local’ regiments, namely the Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire regiment, unless in a ‘speciality’ branch such as the medical corps or artillery etc. While this can be true, if you search through our biographies you will find that Hertfordshire men served with regiments from all over Great Britain and also in the Empire forces such as the Canadians or Australians.
The Hertfordshire Regiment is very important to the war story of our county but for every man from Hertfordshire who died in that regiment, probably fifteen died in another.
It is also important to note that a man’s regiment could change. Men were transferred to make up numbers after great losses or perhaps on their return from a wounding or illness and almost certainly if promoted to officer status.