Rifleman Uglow

The youngest volunteer from the
Broxbourne District in the Great War

A young soldier.

While Cedars Park's Tommy statue is dedicated to all personnel who served in the Great War, he was erected to particularly remember those from the Broxbourne District, and is in special memory of the district's youngest volunteer recruit in the war.

William Ernest Taylor Uglow was the son of William Ernest and Florence Uglow, who lived at Beaumont View in Cheshunt. After hearing about the outbreak of the war, he enrolled himself in 1/9th Battalion, Queen Victoria's Rifle Brigade. This was a First Line Territorial Force of the London Regiment, who were part of the initial British Expeditionary Force of 100,000 sent to support France and Belgium against the invasion by the Imperial German Army according to Treaty. Rifleman Uglow was given the service number 1687.

After three months of training, Uglow's unit was sent to fight on the Western Front. They disembarked in France on 4 November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres.

In the early hours of 1 January 1915, while sleeping in a barn used as a temporary overnight bivouac, Uglow and over 40 others of his battalion were killed by an incendiary bombardment from Hooge heights — the shell was either from a Trench Mortar or Light Field Artillery. Many others were seriously injured. Rifleman Uglow was just 17 years old.


W.E.T. Uglow has 'No Known Grave' and is therefore Commemorated on Panel 54, Stone J of the Menin Gate Memorial Arch (remembering nearly 55,000) in Ypres (Ieper), Belgium, annotated as a Private.

He is also remembered on the Cenotaph at Cheshunt Almshouses.

In 2015, he was posthumously given the award of Broxbourne Borough's "Young Citizen of the Year", and a copy of the certificate was placed on his wreath at the Menin Gate.

The Tommy statue in Cedars Park is not based on Rifleman Uglow's face, but his uniform has a design from one of the buttons from Queen Victoria's Rifles.