The Combrook Page
Combrook Men who fell in the Great War
COMBROOK CHURCH COMBROOK COMBROOK SCHOOL
ROLL OF HONOUR WAR MEMORIAL ROLL OF HONOUR ( RIP)
Sidney Harrison Sidney Harrison Sidney Harrison
George Hayes William George Russell Hayes Herbert Oldham
Herbert Oldham Herbert Hadland Oldham Alfred Hirons
Robert Slade Robert Bishop Slade Frederick Hirons
Frank Stanley Frank Stanley George Hirons
Alfred Hirons Alfred Ernest Hirons Joseph Hirons
Frederick Hirons Frederick Hirons Benjamin Mole
George Hirons George Albert Hirons William Mighall
Joseph Hirons Joseph Henry Hirons Harry Hobday
You will note some differences in how first names are recorded and also one or two exclusions on each record.
We have provided a link for each name from each roll of honour to the report prepared on each man.
Combrook War Memorial
This is in a prominent position in the village, being in front of the Parish Church of St. Mary and St.Margaret.
It was unveiled in March 1920 and bears the names of nine men who died in the war.
At the annual Remembrance Day Services thirteen names are read out. These are the nine on the memorial and four more who are listed in the Combrook School Roll of Honour with the letters R.I.P.
A short account of each of these men can be found above by using the link from each name above.
An extensive piece, for each man, with full accounts of their regiments and the battles they were involved in can also be found at
The Hirons Brothers
In a small village such as Combrook a surprising number of men went to fight in WW1.
The Hirons family was particularly tragic in losing four brothers and a brother-in-law in the conflict.
Alfred Ernest, Frederick, George Albert and Joseph Henry Hirons were brothers, all killed in the short space of 4 years. You can visit the page about each brother by following the link from his name above.
Another brother, Percy, may have fought in the war but, if so, this is not recorded on the Combrook School Roll of honour. At the time of the 1911 census he was in Combrook, at Green Farm, working as a farm labourer.
There is a Medal Roll Index card for a Percy Hirons, a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, but there is insufficient information to determine whether or not this is the Percy Hirons from Combrook.
There were three Hirons sisters, Agnes, Elsie and Alice. All three were still single at the time of the 1911 census and all were working away from home as domestic servants.
The eldest, Agnes, was a housemaid at the vicarage in Duns Tew, Oxfordshire at the time of the 1911 census. In November 1912, an Agnes Hirons married Albert Edward Gillam, of Duns Tew.
Private Albert Gillam of the East Surrey regiment, 8th battalion, died on 01/12/1917 and is commemorated at the Bluet Farm cemetery. He would appear to be the brother-in-law of the Hirons brothers, who also died in the conflict.