James Field


James Field


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment
2nd Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Panel 9

UK Memorials

John Dickinson & Co Memorial, Croxley Green
Wesleyan (Bushey & Oxhey Methodist) Church Memorial, Oxhey
St. Matthew’s Church Oxhey
St. Mary’s Church Memorial, Watford
Watford Borough Roll of Honour

Pre War

James Field’s birth was registered in Watford district in the fourth quarter of 1899. His parents were George and Kate Harriett Field of 121 Pinner Road, Oxhey. George was a railway clerk.

By 1911 Kate had borne 8 children of whom 3 had died. In 1911 James was still at school. He worked at Croxley Mills. His older brother, George, was also killed.

Recorded as enlisting in Hertford.

Wartime Service

Private James Field 28170 2nd Bn Wiltshire Rgt (30 Div, 21 Bde), formerly 25997 2nd Royal Berkshires.

On 19th October the 2nd Wiltshires were in the front line near St Aubert east of Cambrai. On 20th October they attacked the retreating Germans, managing to advance about 1000 yards but with casualties of 3 officers and 119 men. On 21st October one platoon was attacked by the Germans, who were quickly driven off, but 1 officer and 2 men were killed.

James is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois memorial, between Arras and Cambrai, along with 9,000 others who died in the advance to victory from August 1918.

The army paid his father George Field £8 4s 6d including a war gratuity of £5.

Additional Information

Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


Brian Thomson