Maurice Owen Kirchin

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WWI Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Maurice Owen Kirchin


Military History:        


Royal Engineers


Service Number:                    
360462 (previously 14608)

Date of Enlisting:                   

Date of death:                        

Cemetery/ Memorial:            
Not known

UK Cemetery/Memorial:      
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


Maurice (also known as Owen) enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental number 14608) on 4th September 1914 at Bedford, Bedfordshire.  He was sent to France on 1st May 1915.  On 20th March 1918 he transferred to the 30th Division Signal Corps, Royal Engineers as a Driver, Regimental Number 360462. He saw active service on the Western Front, France and Flanders. In 1918 he was with the 89th Brigade Headquarters Signals.

Maurice survived the War and died in St Albans on 9th November 1957.

Maurice was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal and the 15 Star.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                27.2.1897

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    St Albans, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      3.12.1921


Maurice was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 27th February 1897. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylor School in Ashwell.  On his military enlistment papers he is shown as groom and gardener.  Maurice was often known as Owen.

Maurice married Lily White in Ashwell on 3rd December 1921.  They had one son, Denis Albert George born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire and christened on 23rd February 1927.

Maurice died in St Albans, Hertfordshire on 9th November 1957.





Maurice Owen Kirchin

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire


St Albans, Hertfordshire

Death Date:


Enlistment Place:

Bedford, Bedfordshire




Royal Engineers

(formerly Bedfordshire Regiment)


30th Div, Signals Company

Regimental Number:


(formerly 14608)

Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

This page was added on 29/06/2017.