Harry Albert Piper


Harry Albert Piper


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.


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II. I. 14.

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born in 1888 in Victoria Park, Hackney, Middlesex, son of Alfred Samuel and Sophia Ann Piper. His father was publican of the Waggon and Horses, Great Amwell in 1911 and later of the Bull Inn, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire where Harry was a barman. Before the war he had returned to England from Africa to become landlord of the Bull Inn, Much Hadham. At the outbreak of war, August 1914, he was the first man from Much Hadham to enlist. He joined the machine gun section of the Hertfordshire Regiment. Enlisted at Hertford on 7 Sep 1914.

Wartime Service

Harry entered France on 21 Jan 1915, appointed Lance Corporal on 23 Aug 1916 and was a machine gunner. He was killed in action on the Somme. Letter to Harold's parents from 2nd Lieut. Smallwood: He was one of the very best and most reliable of my men. He died as he lived, doing his duty and those of us out here who knew him and had worked alongside him will not forget him. On September 3rd, the British launched an attack on enemy trenches north of Ancre. The 1st Hertfordshire Regiment were in reserve. The attack failed and their trenches suffered from the German shelling. From September 12th until the end of the month, the regiment were behind the lines It is presumed that Harold was wounded or gassed during the attack on the 3rd. 1st Hertfordshire War Diary Extract September 3rd 1916: The whole night from l 1.30pm till dawn the Germans put over gas shells behind our support lines and gas helmets had to be worn.


Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum), Jonty Wild