Harry Stephen Maddams

WWI Roll of Honour

By Lynette Wray

Harry Stephen Maddams


Military History:        


Regiment:                               Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Rank:                                      Sergeant

Regimental Number:              SE/2407     

Date of Enlisting:                   5.1.1915

Date of death:                        3.1971

Cemetery/ Memorial:             

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


Harry enlisted with his brother on 5th January 1915 at Woolwich with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Regimental Number SE/2407. He was sent to the Western Front, France and Flanders almost immediately. He survived the War and died in the Biggleswade District, Bedfordshire in March 1971.

Harry was awarded the 1915 Star, 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:                14.5.1897

Birth Place:                   Brighton, Sussex

Residence:                    London, and Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Marriage:                      3rd quarter 1902


Harry was the eldest son of Thomas Priest Maddams and Kate Elizabeth (nee Cowley) Maddams, born at Brighton, Sussex on 14th May 1897. The 1891 census shows him a boarder at the Mead School in Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.  In 1901 he was a coachman in Senacre, Kent and in 1911 he was a cab driver in Saffron Waldon, Essex.

Harry married Edith Louisa Jellett in the 34d quarter 1902.  They had two sons, Sidney Lewis born in 1903 and Jack Edward born in 1908.

In the 1950s Harry and Edith moved to Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Harry died in the Biggleswade District, Bedfordshire in March 1971.


Harry’s brother Herbert George died in action on the Western Front, France and Flanders in 1917. His brother Charles Cowley served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and survived the war.





Harry Stephen Maddams

Birth Place:

Brighton, Sussex


Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Death Date:


Enlistment Place:





Royal Army Veterinary Corps


Not known

Regimental Number:


Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders



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