William Charles Barton MM

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WWI Roll of Honour

by Lynette Wray

William Charles Barton MM



Military History:        


Hertfordshire Regiment
(previously Bedfordshire Regiment)


Service Number:                    

Date of Enlisting:                            

Date of death:                        

Cemetery/ Memorial:            
St Mary’s Church Ashwell cemetery

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


William enlisted in Bedford on 9th August 1914. He served with the Bedfordshire Regiment in France until 1918 when men of all ranks were transferred to the Hertfordshire Regiment.  He served in the Theatre of War – France and Flanders.

William was awarded the Military Medal in 1918 for acts of gallantry. He was also awarded the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.  William survived the war.

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

William died on 26th May 1970 and is buried in the St Mary’s Church Ashwell cemetery.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                c1891

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      24.12.1923


William was the second son of Martha Barton in Ashwell, Hertfordshire.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Before enlisting he was a bricklayer’s labour in Ashwell.

William married Phoebe Daniels (nee Muncey) on 24 December 1923. She had five children from her first marriage. It is not known if she had children with William.

William died on 26th May 1970 and is buried in the St Mary’s Church Ashwell cemetery.




Other references:


Royston Crow 11 August 1916

Pte William Barton, 25, shell wound in left arm, recovering, was first Ashwell man to join the army.



William Charles Barton MM

Birth Place:

Ashwell, Hertfordshire


Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Death Date:


Enlistment Place:

Bedford, Bedfordshire




Hertfordshire Regiment, formerly Hertfordshire Regiment.


1st Battalion, formerly 6th Battalion

Regimental Number:


Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders

This page was added on 05/05/2016.