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BROMHAM ROAD METHODIST CHURCH, BEDFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Lynda Smith


World War 1 memorial
Photograph Copyright © Sally Gunning 2001

The memorials now reside in Putnoe Heights Methodist Church as Bromham Road Methodist Church was demolished some years ago.  The Second World War Memorial is in the form of a cross and also resides in Putnoe Heights Church.

In Honoured Memory
of

DAVIS, MM

Francis Wood

Private 27357, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Poziers Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 79 & 80.

FREEMAN

William

Possibly Corporal 10496. 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 July 1917. Age 25. Son of Edward & Ann Maria Freeman of Council Houses, The Baulk, Beeston, Sandy, Beds. Born Beeston, Lived Sandy & Enlisted Bedford. Buried in Pond Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section P. Grave 2.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"FREEMAN, W., 6th Bedfordshire Regt. He enlisted at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and in the following year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Battles of Loos, Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Arras and Messines Ridges and many other engagements. He was killed in action at Ypres on July 22nd, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 'He joined the great white company of valiant souls'. The Baulk, Beeston, Beds."

Also listed on the St Paul's Methodist memorial.

KNIGHT

Albert Frederick

Private 3834, 1st/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 15 August 1915. Aged 19. Son of Mrs Z. Knight of 9 Prebend Street, Bedford and the late Charles Fred Knight. Lived and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 54 & 218.

LAWSON

Herbert Charles

Private 17769,"C" Company, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 25 September 1915. Aged 24. Son of Charles & Emily Louisa Lawson of 17 Hartington Street, Bedford. Born Luton. Lived and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Panel 41.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"LAWSON, H.C., 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment. He volunteered in November 1914, and in June of the following year was drafted to the Western Front. There he took an active part in severe fighting at Ypres and Festubert, but after only three months' active service was unfortunately killed in action in the Battle of Loos on September 25th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams splendidly given'. 17, Hartingdon Street, Bedford"

MARKHAM

George

Lance Corporal 206132, Machine Gun Corps (Heavy Branch). Formerly 68979 Machine Gun Corps. Died Wednesday 11 July 1917. Aged 31. Son of John & Elizabeth Markham; Husband of Annie Markham of 10 Gwyn Street, Bedford. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot/Row/Sectiomn G. Grave 16.

ROLFE

William Lionel Steward

Lance Corporal 67633, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Formerly 32077 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 9 September 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr. Mrs. W.E. Rolfe of Cranfield, Beds. Born, lived and enlisted Bedford. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Section R. Plot II. Row H. Grave 3.

SMITH

Sidney

Private 40715, 1st Battalion Essex Regiment (formerly 25258 Northants Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 14 April 1917. Aged 22. Son of Mrs. L.E. Smith of 29 Honey Hill, Bedford, and the late Mr. J.E. Smith. Born and lived Bedford. Enlisted Westminster, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Bay 7

"Faithful Unto Death"

1939-1945

EVISON

Harold Thorn

Lance Corporal 5951125.  5th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment.  Died Sunday 17 October 1943.  Aged 27.  Son of William Barton Evison & Mabel C. Evison; husband of Joan Grace Evison of Bedford. Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar.  Plot B6. Row Q. Grave 6.

KING

Kenneth

No further information available at present.

JACKSON

David L

No further information available at present.

WATLING

Norman Claude

Sergeant 953426,  215 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve.  Died Thursday 20 May 1943. Aged 23.  Son of Claude Spencer Watling and Florence Watling of Bedford.  No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 426

Last updated 28 October, 2007

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