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ASPLEY GUISE - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2002 Lynda Smith

The War Memorial is situated in St Botolph’s Parish Church as well as a printed Roll of Honour.
Information was kindly supplied by the Vicar, The Rev. Graham Bradshaw,
which is used during the Remembrance Sunday Service.
This notes the Regiment and date of death of the serviceman.
There are some discrepancies between this information and that on CWGC.


Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2002 & Carolynn Langley 2003

FOR GOD & COUNTRY
1914 - 1919

BILLINGTON

William Charles

Private 15291. 7th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 27 September 1916. Age 32. Born and lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Jane Billington, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, Beds. Buried: CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Ref. VII. A. 2.

BLANCHARD

Ernest L

[Spelt Blanshard on CWGC] Private 3/7769. 6th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Wednesday 8 November 1916. Age 18. Born Aspley Guise. Lived and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. M. B. Blanshard, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, and the late E. E. W. Blanshard. Buried: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

3/7769 PRIVATE
E.L. BLANCHARD
BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
8TH NOV 1916 AGE 18

BOON

John Charles

Private 45153. Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Killed in action Thursday 16 November 1916. Age 21. Enlisted London. Son of Henry and Margaret E Boon of Mount Pleasant House, Aspley Guise, Beds. Formerly 2887 London Regiment. Buried: FRANKFURT TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Ref. B. 14

BRITNELL

William

Private 32175. 1st Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 1 November 1918. Age 29. Husband of Florence L. Britnell, of The Firs, West Hill, Aspley Guise, Beds. Formerly 74000 Royal Engineers. Born Stokenhurst, Bucks. Enlisted Aldershot. Buried: PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Ref. I. E. 19.

CLARKE

Charles

Private 23107. "A" Coy. 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Age 30. Born and lived Woburn. Enlisted Ampthill. Son of Henry and Ann Clarke; husband of Mabel Nellie Clarke (nee Crute), of Duke St., Aspley Guise, Beds. Commemorated: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29

CRUTE

Herbert Walter

Private 25923. Transf. to 693rd Coy., Labour Corps. Died Saturday 16 November 1918. Age 23. Son of Charles and Amelia Crute, of 12, Duke St., Aspley Guise. Buried: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Bedfordshire.

25923 PRIVATE
H.W. CRUTE
ROYAL FUSILIERS
16 NOV 1918 AGE 23

DENTON

William Albert

Ordinary Seaman J/60149. H.M.S. "Q27.", Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 13 March 1917. Age 18. Son of Albert Edward and Anne Jane Denton, of Milton Ernest, Bedford. Born at Husborne Crawley, Beds. Commemorated: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon

DOWNES

Archer Chernocke

[Arthur not Archer on SDGW] Second Lieutenant. 2nd Bn., Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 20 November 1914. Age 22. Son of Catherine E. A. Downes, of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, Beds., and the late Lt. Col. C. V. Downes. His brother, Villiers Chernocke Downes also fell. Buried: POPERINGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. I. B. 5.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 116, DOWNES, Archer Chernocke, 2nd Lieut, 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment. 4th youngest and last surviving son of the late Lieut-Col Villers Somerville Downes of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, co Beds, East Lancashire (59th) Regiment, by his wife Catherine Elizabeth Anne, dau and heir of Frederick Thompson, of Wimbledon Park.

Born Aspley House aforesaid 5-8-1892. educated The Knoll, Woburn Sands, Winchester College and Trinity College Oxford. Obtained his commission in the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment 2-9-1913 went to France with the first Expeditionary Force and died at Poperinghe, Flanders 20-11-1914, of wounds received in action at Neuve Eglise, near Bailleul. He had left the trench to help a wounded man when he was shot.He was unmarried and was buried in Poperinghe Cemetery. His brother Lieut V.C Downes was killed in action 18-10-14.

DOWNES

Villiers Chernocke

Lieutenant 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 18 October 1914. Age 23. Son of Catherine E.A. Downes, of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, Beds., and the late Lt. Col. C. Villiers Downes. His brother, Archer Chernocke Downes also fell. Buried: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. A. 7.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 116, DOWNES, Villers Chernocke. Lieutenant, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. 3rd and elder surviving son of the late Lieut-Col Charles Villers Somerville Downes of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, co Beds, East Lancashire (59th) Regiment, by his wife Catherine Elizabeth Anne dua of Frederick Thompson of Wimbledon Park (see previous notice).

Born Aspley House aforesaid 5-3-1891, educated The Knoll, Woburn Sands, Winchester College and Trinity College Oxford, and was gazetted to the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment (TF) 15-7-1913. On the outbreak of war he was posted to the first Battalion 4-8-1914 , went to France with the First Expeditonary Force , served through the retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Marne and was instumental in saving three guns.

He died at St Omer 18-10-1914 of wounds received in action and was buried in the cemetery there, unmarried. Lieutenant Downes had passed as a musketry instructor, and was nearly due for his Captaincy.

ELBORN

Samuel Walter

Corporal T4/143764. 354th Coy., Army Service Corps. Died Wednesday 7 June 1916. Age 32. Born and lived New Cross. Enlisted Hammersmith. Son of Joseph and Alice Elborn; husband of E. M. Elborn, of Church Rd., Aspley Guise, Beds. Buried: SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Ref. 145.

FALL

Cyril

Private 33848. 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 8 October 1918. (Remembrance Service list has date 18 Oct 1914) Age 23. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Thomas and Mary A. Fall, of 13, Newton Rd., Bedford. Buried: NOYELLES-SUR-L'ESCAUT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Ref. II. C. 3.

FISHER

Edward Humbert

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Btn. Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action on Wednesday 19 May 1915. Age 30. Son of Edward and Dora Fisher, of Aspley Guise, Bletchley, Beds. Commemorated: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 12

FOYSTER

Philip Tillard

Captain. 86th Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Monday 11 December 1916. Age 28. Son of the late Rev. George Alfred Foyster and Adelaide Julia Foyster. Educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Born at Hastings. Buried: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. B. 76.

GREENHOOD

Charles Alfred

Private 20111. 10th Bn., Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 7 December 1915. Age 24. Born and lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Elizabeth Greenhood, of Aspley Guise, Beds; husband of Lillian Ada Elizabeth MacKerness (formerly Greenhood), of 83, Denmark St., Bedford. Formerly 18469 Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated: DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece

HOLLIMAN

Jim [James]

Lance Corporal 14146 (Parish information spells Holiman and his rank as Corporal). 8th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. Age 21. Born Aspley Guise. Enlisted Marylebone. Son of Albert and Alice Holliman, of 10, San Remo Rd., Aspley Guise, Beds. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A

KERSHAW

[George] Claude

Private 17908. 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards. Killed in action Thursday 5 August 1915. Age 20. Born and enlisted Bromley Kent. Son of Christopher H. and Alice P. Kershaw, of Orchard Cottage, Childe Okeford, Shillingstone, Dorset. Buried: GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. B. 4.

LOVERIDGE

John William

Private 20921. 1st/6th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 18 February 1917 (Parish information gives 28 February) Age 33. Born Fenny Stratford, Bucks. Enlisted Coventry. Son of Frederick and Eliza Loveridge; husband of Florence Loveridge, of 5 Court, 1, Matthew Square, Bond St., Coventry. Buried: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. O.V. I. 6.

LOVESEY

Harry

(Lovesay on Parish Information) Lance Corporal 522485. 486th East Anglian Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Friday 30 November 1917. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Ref. K. 12.

MASTERS

John Gale

Private 52104. 10th Bn., Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Wednesday 11 April 1917. Age 24. Born Wandsworth. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bletchley. Son of John and Caroline Masters, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, Bletchley, Beds. Formerly 6459 25th Middx. Regiment. Buried: HOUDAIN LANE CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. C. 5.

MATTHEWS

Edgar Walter

Private 265702. 2nd Bn., Monmouthshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12 April 1918. Born Raglan. Enlisted Pontypool. Commemorated: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 10

MAYNARD

William Jesse

Private 4164. 5th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 13 September 1915. Age 20. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Sarah Maynard, of West Hill, Aspley Guise, Beds. Commemorated: HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218

MOORE

[Edwards] Walter

Private 9749. 1st Bn., Essex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 4 June 1915. (Remembrance Service list has date of 4 July 1915). Born and lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233

RENTON

Harry Noel Leslie

Lieutenant 9th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps. (Parish information notes 2nd Lt. 60th King’s Own Rifles). Killed in action Friday 30 July 1915. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 51 and 53

SARGEAUNT

Arthur Frederick

Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Saturday 31 July 1915. Age 44. Son of Col. R. A. Sargeaunt (Royal Engineers, Retired) and Emily Alberta Sargeaunt, of Westridge, Aspley Guise, Beds; husband of C. M. Sargeaunt, of "The Elms," Headley, Bordon, Hants. Buried: BRANDHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. I. D. 20.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 319. SARGEAUNT, Arthur Frederick. Lieut - Colonel, Royal Engineers. Eldest son of Col. Richard Arthur Sargeaunt of Aspley Guise co. Beds, late R.E. by his wife Emily Alberta, dau of Charles Sargeaunt, J.P. Born Bombay 1-11-1870, educated Marlborough College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Gazetted 2nd Lieut 14-2-1890 and promoted Lieutenant 4-2-1893, Captain 13-2-1901, Major 14-2-1910, and Brevet Lieut-Col for his services 1915.

Served in the South African war 1899-1902 took part in the operations in Cape Colony 30-11-1900 to 31-5-1902 (Queens Medal with clasp and Kings Medal with 2 clasps). Was Instructor at the school of Military Engineering from 1-10-1908 to 13-2-1910.

Went to France 8-9-1914 in command of a field company, was subsequently appointed Commanding Royal Engineer of a division and was killed in action near Ypres 31-7-1915. Buried at Brandhock. He was twice mentioned in F.M. Sir (now Lord) Frenchs despatches (London Gazette 17-2-1915 & 22-6-1915 ) .

He married at St Thomas church, Edinburgh, 9-5-1906, Clare Marguerite, dau of Andrew Smart of Edinburgh, M.D., L.L.D., F.R.C.P.E.,and had two daughters Hilda Clare born 13-2-1907, and Aileen Marguerite born 18-2-1909.

SARGEAUNT

Herbert Gaussen

Lieutenant Colonel, 16th Heavy Artillery Group, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Friday 15 June 1917. Age 44. Son of Col. R. A. Sargeaunt, of Aspley Guise, Beds.; husband of Norah Millicent Sargeaunt. of "Eagle Dene," Foxholes Rd., Southbourne, Bournemouth. Buried: BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Ref. III. C. 264.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 4, Page 177 - SARGEAUNT, Herbert Gaussen - Lieut-Col, Royal Garrison Artillery

Eldest surviving son of R.A.Sergeaunt, of Westridge, Aspley Guise,co. Bedford, by his wife Emily Alberta, dau. of Charles Sergeaunt; born 7th Feb, 1873; educated Marlborough, and The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; gazetted 2nd Lieut, 1st April, 1893; promoted Lieutenant 1896; Capt 7th March, 1900; Major 1st April, 1914. Between the years 1893-1902 he served in Gibraltar, India, Aden and Singapore, where he was appointed Divisional Adjutant, Royal Artillery, Straits Settlements; invalided home in 1902; on recovery served in Ireland as Adjutant to the Cork Artillery, R.G.A. (Militia), at Gosport and at Plymouth; was appointed Staff officer at Lydd for six months, after which he went through the gunnery staff course at Woolwich and Shoeburyness, and afterwards filled successfuly the appointments of Instructor in gunnery at Ceylon, and major Instructor in Gunnery at Hong Kong, and D.A.A. and Q.M.G. China Command. While holding the last appointment was ordered home to command and train a siege battery; served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from March 1916 and was killed in action near Armentieres 14th June, 1917. Buried at Bailleul. He was twice mentioned in despatches by F. M. Sir Douglas Haig for gallant and distinguished service in the field. He married at Bournemouth, 10th Sept,1902, Norah Milicent, dau.of Robert Dunman, and had two daus,: Ena Norah born 17th Oct, 1903 and Gwyneth Maude, born 24th Jan, 1915.

SEAR

Henry Edward

Private 19882. 8th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 29 December 1915. Age 22. Born London. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Maria Sear, of I, Ivy Cottages, Rads End, Eversholt, Bletchley, Bucks. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

SMITH

Christopher Francis

Private 29452. 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 25 September 1916. Born Aspley Guise. Lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Ampthill. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

SMITH

Frederick Charles

Private 3/7255. 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 17 May 1915. Born and lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

SMITH

Percy Lowe

Ordinary Seaman SS/4670. H.M.S. "Pathfinder.", Royal Navy. Died Saturday 5 September 1914. Age 18. Grandson of Mrs. M. A. Smith, of Mount Pleasant, Aspley Guise, Beds. Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom Ref. 3.

Special Note: HMS Pathfinder was a light cruiser. She was patrolling the Scottish North Sea coast on 5th September 1914, when she was torpedoed by SM U 21 captained by Otto Hersing. Pathfinder was the first British warship to be sunk by a submarine. Only 11 of her crew survived.

WALKER

John Croxton

Second Lieutenant. 1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 3 September 1916. Buried: KNIGHTSBRIDGE CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINSART, Somme, France. Ref. A. 17.

WATSON

Josiah James

Sapper 522812. 569th Devon Army Troops Coy., Royal Engineers. Died Monday 10 December 1917. Age 32. Born Cranfield, Beds. Lived Newport Pagnell, Bucks. Enlisted Bletchley. Son of James and Ellen Watson; husband of May E. Watson, of 79, Tickford St., Newport Pagnell, Bucks. Buried: PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Ref. C. 17.

WHITE

Walter

Private 18208. 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 8 May 1918. Born and lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

WILSON

William Bert

Private 149756. 39th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Inf). (Parish information gives Royal Sussex Regiment) Died Wednesday 5 February 1919. Buried: WOBURN SANDS (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. East of church.

Not on memorial but buried in graveyard

CHAPMAN-WATSON

William

Quartermaster Sergeant 3/2801, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 5th August 1919. Age 50. Buried: ASPLEY GUISE (ST. BOTOLPH) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Bedfordshire.

3/2801 QMR SERGT.
WILLIAM CHAPMAN- WATSON
KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE L.I.
5 AUGUST 1919 AGE 50

 

1939 – 1945

COX

Charles Alfred

Private 5949272. 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. Died Monday 18 October 1943. Age 22. Son of Alfred James Cox and Violet Jane Cox, of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire Buried: THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Ref. B6. Q. 9.

DEACON

Ralph Malcolm

Corporal 5949633. 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. Died Wednesday 9 December 1942. Age 32. Son of George and Lily May Deacon; husband of Doris Annie Deacon, of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire. Buried: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Ref. 4. F. 1

HEALD

Howard Harvey Noel

Lieutenant 256442. Attd. , The Queen's Royal Regt (West Surrey). Died Tuesday 22 February 1944. Age 21. Son of Thomas and Ethel Selina Heald, of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire. Buried: ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Ref. III, X, 6. See also Bedford Modern School

LAWRENCE

Reginald Charles

Lance Corporal 5833601. 1st Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment. Died Tuesday 4 July 1944. Age 32. Son of Harry and Eliza Lawrence; husband of Dorothy Lawrence, of Aspley Guise, Buckinghamshire. Buried: CASERTA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Ref. I, B, 15.

ODELL

Dennis

No further information available at present.

PARREN

Frederick Thomas

Private 5954610. 4th Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regt.) Died Saturday 23 October 1943. Age 28. Commemorated: ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 5.

WADE

Anthony John

Able Seaman C/JX 336396, H.M.S. President III (lost in M.V. Peter Maersk), Royal Navy. Died Monday 7 December 1942. Age 19. Son of Thomas and Nellie Wade, of Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire. Commemorated: CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. Ref. 56, 3. Special Note: HMS President III was a Naval Gunnery training base, where Royal Naval seamen were trained to man guns on Merchant Navy ships, known at DEMS (Defence Equipped Merchant Ships). The MV Peter Maersk had been requisitioned by the Ministry of War transport, and was sailing (not in a convoy) from Liverpool to Aden via Cape Town. She was torpedoed in the Atlantic west of the Azores. There were no survivors.

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