Arthur James Negus


Arthur James Negus


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


IV. E. 2.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Bengeo War Memorial
Plaque Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born in 1894 or 95 in Clavering, Essex son of Alan and Eliza Negus and he had four brothers and three sisters. In 1901 he was living in Amwell Place Farm, Little Amwell and his father was employed as a horseman on the farm. By 1911 they were living at 34 Church Road, Bengeo and Arthur was a farm labourer.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford. Formerly 4492 Hertfordshire Regt. He went to France in 1915 where his unit fought at Festubert and Loos. In 1916 they were in action during the Somme campaign at the Battle for Ancre and for The Ancre Heights in October and November. 1917 saw them heavily engaged on the opening day of third Ypres (Passchendaele) when the battalion lost 450 men in the assault on St Julien part of the battle for Pilckem. They were also involved in the battles for Langemarck, the Menin Road and Polygon Wood. In 1918 they took part in the 2nd Battle of the Somme, part of the German spring offensive, and then in the Battle of the Lys before being withdrawn and reformed as they had suffered heavy casualties. They then took part in the opening battles of the 100 Days Offensive, the Battle for Albert in August and it was during this that Arthur was killed, dying of wounds.


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