Oliver Herbert Jeffreys

Name

Oliver Herbert Jeffreys

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

18/05/1915
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
2511
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Panel 47.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Bengeo War Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church
Hertingfordbury Village Memorial
Church of St Mary and St John Church Roll of Honour, Hertingfordbury
Birch Green War Memorial
Birch Green School Memorial
Not on the Hertford memorials

Pre War

in 1891 in Cole Green, to parents William and Sarah (nee Willis) and baptised on 28 Feb 1892. He had three sisters and two brothers, one of whom also served and died, William Oswald, they lived in Cole Green, Hertford, in 1901 where his father was a house painter. Oliver was still living there in 1911 but now he was employed as an upholsterer apprentice, also his father signs his name on the census as Jefferys. As yet we have not found any connection to Bengeo.

Wartime Service

Joined his unit in 1914 at the outbreak of war and was then sent to France on 5th November 1914. On 11th they came under fire for the first time while near the town of Hooge. They moved onto camp near Zillebeeke and then on to Bethune where they stayed until the end of the year. They stayed there in most of January 1915 serving at times in the front-line trenches. On February 6th they came under heavy enemy fire near Cuincy and suffered a number of casualties. They stayed near Bethune through March and April and in early May moved to Le Touret where they took part in the battle of Festubert, when they attacked enemy positions in support of the Grenadier and Irish Guards and it was here that Oliver was killed.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins