Paul Norman Jones Christie

Name

Paul Norman Jones Christie

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/10/1917
19

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
Bedfordshire Regiment
"C" Company, 1st/2nd Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.
Belgium

UK Memorials

Broxbourne Town Memorial
St Augustine’s Church Memorial, Broxbourne
Hoddesdon and Rye Park Town Memorial
St Catherine and St Paul’s Church Memorial, Hoddesdon
Not on Much Hadham memorials
St Peters Church, Carmarthen, Wales.

Pre War

Born on 18 Apr 1898 in 85 St Dunstans Road, Fulham, London and baptised on 3 Jul 1898 son of Major Octavius Francis and Christabel Frances (Cay) Christie. He was living in Queen’s Hill, Hertford in 1901 and later in Culver, Much Hadham. Educated at Eton (1912-1915) and entered Royal Military College, Sandhurst on 17 May 1916.

Wartime Service

Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in Apr 1917, entered France in June and joined the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment on 25 Jun 1917 arriving in the front line on 16 July 1917 and was near Ypres in Sep 1917.

He was killed during a heavy bombardment during the Battle of Poelcapelle, while directing the fire of his men on German positions in Gheluvelt close to the Menin Road at Ypres. It was here that 13 British Divisions attacked German positions on a 5-mile line in heavy rain. He was buried near Veldhoek on the Ypres-Menin Road, but the grave was subsequently lost.

Additional Information

A number of letters which Paul sent home to his parents during his time in service are reproduced at www.bedfordregiment.org.uk.

Acknowledgments

Richard Barber, Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams - Much Hadham Forge Museum