Arthur Charles Balaam


Arthur Charles Balaam


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Battalion

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

Panel 153.

Headstone Inscription


UK & Other Memorials

Northaw Village Memorial, Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial, All Saints Church, Hertford, There is no memorial to the men of Cuffley (WW1), Not on the Goff's Oak memorials

Pre War

Arthur Charles Balaam was born at Goffs Oak in 1893, the eldest child of Arthur Whybrow and Mary Ann Balaam. His parents married in 1894.

On the 1901 Census he was living with his family at Cuffley and was listed with the surname Whybrow.

By the 1911 Census they were living at Goffs Oak, Enfield, Herts and he was working as a Labourer at the nurseries, and again his surname
was listed as Whybrow. He gave his address on enlistment as Thorntons Farm, Northaw, Potters Bar.

Wartime Service

Arthur embodied into The Hertfordshire Regiment at Hertford on 7th December 1914, becoming Private 4237.

He later transferred into the Bedfordshire Regiment under reg. no. 266253 and embarked from Southampton on 17 August 1915 and joined the battalion in the field on 28 December 1915.

He was promoted to unpaid Lance Corporal on 20 January 1917 but declared missing, believed killed in action, on 23 August 1917 when the Battalion were in front line trenches at Klien Zillebeke.

Additional Information

His mother Mary Ann Whybrow, received a war gratuity of £12 10s and pay owing of £2 7s 7d. She wrote a letter requesting his medals on 23 August 1920 and gave her address as 1 Vicarage Cottages, Hadley Road, Enfield, Middx.


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