Henry Folds

Name

Henry Folds
1885

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

29/09/1918
32 years

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
51005
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
4th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

VILLERS-GUISLAIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY
A. 6.
France

Headstone

>No Inscription

UK Memorials

Hertford Town War Memorial.
St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford.
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Hertford.
Not on the St Mary's Church Memorial, King's Walden.
Not on the Breachwood Green Baptist Chapel Memorial.

Pre War

Henry was born in 1885, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, Herts, the son of Vincent Folds (B 1858 in King’s Walden, Herts) a Brick Maker and Sarah Folds (nee Houghton) (B 1862 in Offley, Herts).


Baptised in the parish Church of St Marys, King’s Walden on 30th August 1885.


1891 Census records Henry aged 5, at school, living with his parents, sisters Eliza 10, Ada 7, Clara 3 and brother George 1, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, Herts.


He attended Breachwood Green and King’s Walden National Schools.


On 21st November 1900 Henry enlisted for 6 years into the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia, with the Regimental No. 4097.


He was discharged on 20th November 1906, on completion of his term of engagement.


Note: His Militia service record gives his age on enlisting in 1900 as 17yrs & 9 months ?.


1901 Census records him aged 15, living with his parents, brothers and sisters, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, and working as a general Labourer and a member of the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia.


On the 14th June 1905 Henry Folds married Charlotte Geeves of Hertford, in St Andrews Church, Hertford, Herts.


1911 Census records Henry aged 25, married to Charlotte, they have two children Benjamin and Margaret Elizabeth and living at 65H Kiddill’s Yard, St Andrews Street, Hertford. His occupation is given as a Horseman on Farm.

Wartime Service

Henry enlisted in the County Town of Hertford, re-joining the Bedfordshire Regiment with the Regimental No. 23795. Later transferred to The Kings (Liverpool Regiment) with the Regimental No. 51005. Serving with the 1st/8th Battalion and 4th Battalion. He was Killed in Action on 29th September 1918.

Additional Information

His effects of £9-00s-6d, pay owing and £13, War Gratuity went to his widow Charlotte.

His younger brother Private 202337 Edwin Folds of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment was Killed in Action on Monday 4th November 1918. He is buried in the CWGC Le Rejet-De-Beaulieu Communal Cemetery in France.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Malcolm Lennox.