Pammenter, Hugh Alexander

Pammenter, Hugh


Military History:


Royal Army Defence Corps


Regimental Number:   

Date of Enlisting:         

Date of death:
3rd quarter 1937

Cemetery/ Memorial:   

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


Hugh enlisted at Hitchin with the 8th Hussars on 30 December 1891. In his short attestation records Hugh states that he had belonged to the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment and that he had been discharged. He deserted on 3rd May 1892 but re-joined in 1898 and was court martialled and imprisoned six weeks. He returned home until his re-engagement on 13th February 1900 when he was sent to South Africa to fight in the Boer War until 27th March 1903. Hugh then returned home and joined the Army Reserved until 29th October 1913 when he enlisted with the Royal Defence Corps. Garrison battalions were composed of soldiers either too old or medically unfit for active front-line service. The role of the corps was to provide troops for security and guard duties inside the United Kingdom. Hugh survived the War and died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 3rd quarter 1937.

Hugh was awarded the South African War Medal with clasps 1901 and 1902, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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


Family History:


Date of Birth:                4th quarter 1871

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      7.4.1898


Hugh was the eldest son (eighth child) of Amos and Jane (nee Covington) Pammenter, born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 4th quarter 1871. Hugh was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell. When not in the army he was a labourer.

Hugh married Alice Denis at Marylebone, London on 7th April 1898. They had four children, Doris born 1900, Eric Harley born 1903, Vivian Hector born 1906 and Percy born 1908.

Hugh died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 3rd quarter 1937.



Name:Hugh Pammenter
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:3rd quarter 1937
Enlistment Place:Hitchin
Regiment:Royal Defence Corps (previously Bedfordshire Regiment, 8th Hussars)
Battalion:64th Company
Regimental Number:46063, (previously 3428, 5213)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:South Africa, England

Comments about this page

  • Hi , Hugh was my great great grandad , great info on his service , I did notice you wrote he deserted in 1992 and rejoined in 1998 …. think the dates need changing 

    regards dean pammenter


    By Dean pammenter (28/05/2020)

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