William Oswald Jeffries (poss Jeffreys, poss Jefferies)


William Oswald Jeffries (poss Jeffreys, poss Jefferies)


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Somerset Light Infantry
6th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Pier and Face 2A


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Bengeo War Memorial Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo
Birch Green Village Memorial
Birch Green School, Birch Green
Hertingfordbury Village Memorial
Church of St Mary and St John Church Roll of Honour, Hertingfordbury
Welwyn & Woolmer Green Internal Memorial

Pre War

Born in 1 July 1880 in Hertingfordbury to William and Sarah Jeffreys. Baptised on 8 August 1890 in St Andrew's Church, Herford. On the 1901 Census he was referred to as Oswald William Jefferys, still living with his parents in Hertingfordbury and apprenticed as a boot maker. This trade may have bought him to Welwyn to work for one of the Boot and Shoe Makers then operating in the village. In 1911 he was working as a Gardener at Myrtle Hall (Welwyn Hall) for Riversdale Grenfell, father-in-law of another man named on the memorial, Walter Stewart, and referred to himself as William Jefferys. In 1914 he married Elizabeth Binstead of Bengeo in Hertford, again referring to himself as William Oswald Jefferys. His parents were living in Mill Lane when he died.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in Welwyn. He originally joined the Hertfordshire Regiment 7218, but at some point, was transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry. In 1916 the 6th Battalion was involved in fighting on the Somme, in which Oswald was killed.

Additional Information

Some records incorrectly show his birthplace as Welwyn. War gratuity of £3 awarded to his widow Elizabeth. N.B. Spellings of the surname can differ.


Jonty Wild