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  County of Northampton
Helmdon CI School

Roll of Old Boys Serving In The Great War
Held at the Northampton Record Office
Name Rank or Rating Battalion Regiment or ship Notes
Frank Seckington - - - -
William Kelcher Pte 105810 Royal Field Artillery -
Charles Southam Pte 20335 3rd Northants Missing
John Holloway Pte 20334 3rd Northants Wounded
Richard Saunders Pte 16721 Coldstream Guards Wounded. Invalided out.
Harry Morris Pte - Queen's Own Oxford Hussars -
Frank Carpenter Pte 2898 Queen's Own Oxford Hussars -
Waite Iley Cpl 10283 C Sqdr 18th Hussars 2.M.O. Wounded May 26th 1915
William Southam Pte 4140 Oxford & Bucks 4 I Wounded
Benjamin Archer Trooper - Queen's Own Oxford Hussars -
William Humphrey L.Corporal P2837 Military Police -
Harold Seckington - - Notts & Derby Wounded Oct 15th.
James Carpenter Pte 0317 Oxford & Bucks 4 I -
Alf J Bazeley Driver 151518 A.S.C. M.T. -
Oliver Franklin Pte 15456 Royal Warwicks Killed in action
Cyril Brown Pte 20099 Royal Flying Corps -
Arthur Franklin Pte 14806 Royal Flying Corps -
Harold Franklin Pte 24270 Royal Flying Corps Wounded Sept 13th 1916
Fred Winmill Pte 25810 C Coy 7th Northants -
Ralph Branson L. Corporal - Winnipeg Grenadiers Wounded Jan 11th 1917
James Batchelor Pte - Essex Regt. -
Lewis Ayres Pte 74154 R.G.A. -
Charles Holloway Pte 6624 Middlesex Regiment -
Herbert Wood Pte 48941 Middlesex Regiment -
Herbert Saunders Pte - Worcesteshire Regt. Invalided out
William Tyrell Pte 18645 B Coy 3rd Northants -
Alfred Humphrey Pte 27420 G Coy 3rd Northants Missing
Fred Stockley Rifleman 6578 F Coy London Reserves Rifles -
Harvey Franklin Pte 2744 G Coy 3rd Northants -
Herbert Finch Pte 5098 Durham L.I. -
Frank Finch Pte 30236 D Coy 3rd Northants -
Edmund John Ayres Pte 31018 3rd Coy 5th Bat. Bedfords Died of wounds Apl 15th 1917
Charles R Gibbons Pte 213500 Royal Engineers -
Walter Watson Pte 140399 - -
Frank Humphrey Driver 207583 R.F.A. -
Fred Wooldridge Pte 1866 D Coy 10th Norfolks -
Fred Watson Pte S/4145114 A.S.C. -
Hubert Wrighton Pte - A.S.C. -
Charles Finch Stoker - H.M.S. -
Harry Turnham Pte 203423 3rd Northants Died of wounds
Wm Wrighton Pte G25636 8th E Surreys -
John Lightwood - - R.F.C. -
Harry Humphrey - - - -
Herbert Humphrey Pte - Queen Victoria's Regt -
Stanley Saunders Pte 17217 Royal Sussexs -
William H Humphrey Pte 50228 G Coy 3rd Northants -
Gilbert Middleton Pte 31087 4th Bat Queen's R.W.S. -
Guy Evans Pte 183923 Royal Sussexs -

Alfred Templeman

Staff Sergt


Royal Engineers

Dennis Taylor



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John Winmill



"Good Hope"

Lost in the "Good Hope" Nov lst/14

Edwin G Neal

Cook’s Mate


HMS "Weymouth"

Eric Rose



Northamptonshire Regt.

Prisoner in Germany Dec 21/14

Harry Campin



Royal Bucks Hussars

Invalided out – shell shock

Arnold Finch





Howard Barnes



Wiltshire R.E

Arthur Winmill




Wounded May 9/15

Norman Hearn

1st Lieut.


West Kent Reg.

Wounded July 13/16

George Turnham



Royal Bucks Hussars

Harry Seckington



Notts & Derby

Wounded Oct 15

John Grant



Grenadier Guards

Died of wounds Oct 25/15

William Neal



Warwickshire Yeomanry

Frank Watts



Leicestershire Yeomanry

Arthur Wood



Leicestershire Yeomanry

Holland Humphrey



Canadian Contingent

William Wilkins



Oxford Bucks L.I.

Ralph Wilkins

Lnce Corporal

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Edward Campin

Lnce Corporal


Oxford Bucks L.I

William Major



D Coy 2nd Northants

Missing May 9th 1915

Clement Gibbons

Signal Boy

HMS "Inflexible"

Henry Barnes



Royal Engineers

Stanley Strachan

2nd Lieutenant

2/8 Sherwood Foresters

Killed in action Oct 14th 1915

Frederick Finch



Northants Regt

Killed in action

Joseph Paxton


9th Middlesex


Archibald Barber



¾ Oxford & Bucks L.I.

Harold Winmill



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William Merrison



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Died of wounds 15.11.16

Editor's note: The fact that there was no record of Archibald Barber's service intrigued Ross Vicars and he determined to find out his fate. Ross writes:

The School Log on 26th November 1915 records: "Heard that Archie Barber, an old boy, had been killed in action." So, how did we miss poor Archie from our research? I see he appears near the bottom of the Roll of Honour, one of several names that were added after the alphabetical list had been completed. The entry reads: Archibald Barber Pte 4965 3/4 Oxford and Bucks L.I.

There was nothing to say he had died or was wounded etc.. Archie appears in the 1891 census, the 4 year old son of James and Sarah Barber. He was born in Helmdon and is described as a Scholar. That explains why I couldn't find him in the School Register from 1894 onwards ....he'd started school by by April 5th 1891, the date of the 1891 census, and would have been in the previous register."

Every reference I have found for him refers to him as Archie and not Archibald so I think the Roll of Honour is wrong in that respect. The Headmaster at the start of WW1 had been replaced and I think it would have been Miss Barnes who completed the Roll in 1918 -1920 when it seems the last names were added. She wouldn't have known Archie so It can be assumed she thought his name was shortened from Archibald.

The birth of Archie John Barber was registered in Q2 1886 and his baptism recorded as:

Name: Archie John Barber
Mother: Sarah Ann Barber
Father: James Barber
Birth: Abt 1886
Baptism: 20 June 1886, Helmdon, Northamptonshire, England

Archie appears in the 1901 census in Farthinghoe, working as a Gardener and in the 1911 census, married and living with his wife Ada and two daughters in Tadmarton and Swalcliffe parish, Oxfordshire - now a Domestic Gardener. However, having trawled through the various 1914 - 1918 records, there is no sign of him. But he miraculously reappears in the 1939 Register (along with wife Ada) - still living and working in Swalcliffe as a General Labourer.

An "In Memoriam" entry in the Banbury Guardian of 1947 reads -  "In loving memory of my dear husband Archie Barber who passed away Jan 3rd 1944. From his devoted wife Ada. Loves Last Gift - Remembrance" There is another message in the same edition from "his children Ivy, Ruby and Billie and his loving grandchildren".
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