Huffer, William Herbert

Huffer, William Herbert

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:
Cavalry, Corps of Hussars

Rank:
Private

Regimental Number:
305413

Date of Enlisting:
30.12.1912

Date of death:
4.7.1949

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

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

 

William enlisted with the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 4/6757, on 12th December 1912.  He transferred to the Suffolk Yeomanry, Regimental Number 2963, and was sent to the Western Front, France and Flanders on 12th November 1914 where he saw active service at the Battles of Neuve Chapelle and Hill 60.  He sustained a broken leg and severe burns through the explosion of a mine on 30th November 1915 and spent a number of months in a hospital in Rouen.  On 21st December 1915 he was then sent to a hospital in Manchester to recover.  He transferred again to the Corps of Hussars, Regimental Number 305413 and on 15th August 1917 was discharged as unfit for further military service.

William survived the War and died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 4th July 1949.

He was awarded the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and then Silver War Badge.

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

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:                1st quarter 1896

Birth Place:                   Marylebone, London

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      2nd quarter 1920

 

William was born at Marylebone, London in the 1st quarter 1896, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth (nee Kirbyshire) Huffer. The family moved to Ashwell when William was about ten so he would have been a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.  The 1939 census shows him a builder’s labourer living in Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

William married Daisy E Bell in 2nd quarter 1920 at Stockton, Durham. They had four children born in Sedgefield, Durham: William H born 1921, James born 1923 (died 1923), Wilfred born 1924 (died 1928 at Ashwell), and one daughter Elizabeth Ann born at Ashwell in 1927.

William died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 4th July 1949.

 

Commentary:

 

Name:William Herbert Huffer
Birth Place:Marylebone, London
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:4.7.1949
Enlistment Place: 
Rank:Private
Regiment:Cavalry, Corps of Hussars
(previously Suffolk Yeomanry)
(previously Bedfordshire Regiment)
Battalion: 
Regimental Number:305413
(previously 2963, 4/6757)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

Comments about this page

  • Hello William, I will pass this on to our team of investigators and see if they come up with any information. As yet we have not looked into WWII veterans but a lot of forces records are available at: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

    By Peter Greener (27/05/2022)
  • Born in Canada in 1954, I am a grandson of W H Huffer and very thankful for this information as it is now the only knowledge I have about my Grandfather. I was told I might be able to request further official military records of sorts? If possible it would be appreciated… along with my father W H Huffer who served in WW 2 with the Chindits in Burma and passed in March of 1994. Hopefully this makes sense? If I may, I also would have had an uncle (mother’s side) whom I was told passed on the last day of the war as a Major Terry Paynter which again is all I know. I appreciate whatever you can offer if this comment field allows such requesting. I also notice there are 3 other Huffers on your list… would they be relatives to my grandfather??? Thank you very much for your time. Sincerely,
    William Robert Huffer.

    By William Robert Huffer (25/05/2022)

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