Peterstow War Memorial










Please see below

a brief history

of the seven

brave men

of our village

who gave their

lives in the Great War















William Hall
Albert William Hall, known as William was born in early 1877.  In his pre-school years, William lived at Woods Barn, Peterstow with his father Thomas, who was a tiler and a plasterer, his mother Emily and sisters.  By 1891 William was 14 and the family, had moved to the Rising Sun Inn, Peterstow.  The family had grown and William had two sisters and two younger brothers.  By 1901 the family were at the Red Lion Inn, Peterstow where his father was the innkeeper.  William’s occupation was a plasterer. He met Louisa Thomas who was in service in Kings Caple and they married in late 1910 at Hentland.   By April 1911, William and Louisa had moved to Cwm, Monmouthshire, in the southern part of Ebbw Vale where William became a coalminer.  William and Louisa had three children.
When war came, William enlisted as a Private with the 10th battalion of the South Wales Borderers and was sent to Havre inFrance late in 1915.  He was involved in the Battle of Albert in the first two weeks of July 1916, which was the first of the Battles of the Somme.  The Division suffered severe casualties and William was one of those casualties.  He was sent home, where he died on 25 July 1916, aged 39.  He is commemorated at the Ebbw Vale (Cwm) cemetery.


Arthur W Llewellyn
Arthur William Llewellyn was born in late 1881 or early 1882 in Peterstow to parents Phillip and Ellen Llewellyn .  They lived in New Road Peterstow with Ellen’s parents Michael and Ann Councle.  Phillip was a blacksmith.   Arthur and his parents probablymoved to Bridstow because Arthur’s younger sister and brother were born there but by 1891, the census shows them all livingin New Cottages in Peterstow .  In 1901, Arthur was 19, a general labourer and lived with his parents, one younger sister and five younger brothers in New Road, Peterstow .   Arthur enlisted as a Private with the 1st Battalion of The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was sent to France in June 1915.  The 1st Battalion was part of a huge British army that fought at the Battle of Loos in thelast week of September and the first week of October 1915.  There were 60,000 British casualties.  Private Arthur William Llewellyn died of his wounds on 20 October 1915 aged 34 and was buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery in Picardie, France (about 50 miles south of Boulogne).



David Roger Matthews
David Matthews was born in Pencraig, Herefordshire in 1894.  His father, Roger Matthews, originally came from Northamptonshire, and was a self employed blacksmith based at home.  His mother Alice had two daughters from a previous marriage living with them, as well as David and his younger sister and brother.  By 1911, the family had moved to Wilson, between Peterstow and Glewstone.  David’s father Roger was an employed blacksmith, David was 16 and a farm labourer .  In December 1912 when he was 18, David emigrated to New South Wales in Australia where he worked as a labourer.  He enlisted in the 30th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force in July 1915 when he was 21, but died a month later on 20 August 1915 .    He is buried at Paterson (St. Paul) Anglican Cemetery , about 120 miles north of Sydney, Australia.



Henry Miles
Henry Allan Percy Miles was born near Ross-on-Wye at the end of 1897 or in early 1898 to parents James and Sarah Miles: he was the youngest of their six children.  By 1901, the family had moved to Wilson Brook Cottages between Peterstow and Glewstone.  Henry was 3 and by this time, the eldest two children had left home.  Henry is shown as being 14 and had started work as an agricultural labourer, but his birth record suggests he was 13 and should have been at school.  Henry enlisted with the Herefordshire Regiment and subsequently transferred to the 11th battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.  His regiment fought at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge at the beginning of August 1917, which was the opening attack of the Third Battle of Ypres. Private Henry Miles was killed in action on 12 August 1917.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission certificate of remembrance states he was 21 at the time of his death, but he was only 19.  He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.


John Frederick Woodall
John Woodall was born on 10 August 1897 at The Flann in Peterstow to parents Frederick and Alice Woodall.    John Woodall was the family’s second child, he had an older sister Freda Elizabeth.  Tragedy struck the family on 8 June 1903 when John’s father died aged 40.  He was buried in the churchyard at St Peter’s, and a window in the church is dedicated to him.
John’s early schooling was at the Hereford Cathedral School and then in London when the family moved out of the village.  Later he went to Ellesmere College in Shropshire where he was captain of the cricket and hockey teams and of the shooting team of the OTC.
John joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in August 1915 as soon as he was 18 then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in January 1916.  He served in France and Flanders from March 1916.  Hewas severely wounded at the capture of Guillemont in September 1916.  He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field as a 2nd Lieutenant and was later awarded the Parchment of the Irish Brigade.
John Woodall recovered from his wounds and was sent to Egypt in June 1917.  Major offensives were launched by the British and Empire Army at the end of October and at the beginning of November on strong Ottoman Army positions in southern Palestine.  John was killed in action at Wadi el Hesi on 8 November 1917, aged 20.  Lieutenant John Frederick Woodall MC was buried at the Gaza War Cemetery.  He is remembered on the memorials at Peterstow, at the Hereford Cathedral School and on a silver processional cross at Ellesmere College.


Charles Ryder and Thomas E Ryder

Charles and Thomas Ryder were brothers, and sons of William and Annie Ryder.  William and Annie had seven children born in Hentland and Bridstow.  The family moved around as William changed jobs.  In 1891 the family lived in Marstow in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Peterstow.  In 1901, they lived in Newent.  In 1911, they lived in Tretire near St Owens Cross and continued to live there for another six years, before moving to Wormelow later in 1917.

Charles Ryder

Charles Ryder was born in late 1890 in Hoarwithy.  By the time he was 20, he had left the family home and was working as a waggoner at Pengethley Farm.  Charles enlisted with the      Herefordshire Regiment as a  Private (service number 235696) in August 1915.  He was sent to Egypt with the 1st/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment.  His Battalion was part of the offensive in southern Palestine against the Ottoman Army at the end of October 1917.  Private Charles Ryder was killed in action on 6 November 1917 aged 27 and he is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery, about 25 miles south east of Gaza.



Thomas Edward Ryder

Thomas Edward Ryder was born early in 1897 in Bridstow.  At the time of the 1911 census he was 14 and helped on the farm where his father William worked at Tretire.  Thomas enlisted with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry as a      Private (service number 6595) and was sent to France with the 1st Battalion.     Private Thomas Edward Ryder was killed in action on 10 March 1917 aged 20 and he is buried at the Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay



































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