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Compiled and copyright © 2002 Martin Edwards
extra photographs and details courtesy Colin Woolf

1939-1945

ALLEN Alfred John
Sapper 2132123, 757 Field Co, Royal Engineers. Died as a result of an accident 10 July 1941. Aged 29. Born 6 October 1911 and resident Bedfordshire. Son of Harold and Annie Allen; husband of Grace Ena Allen, of Bedford. In the 1939 Register he was married to Grace Allen, a Butcher's Salesman, resident Ivydene, Ivy Lane, Bedford R.D., Bedfordshire. Buried in Bedford Cemetery on the 15 July 1941. Sec. I. Grave 1051.
BAIRD Robert Sidney
Sergeant 887551, 2nd Battalion, Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. Accidentally killed 23 January 1944. Aged 24. Born London, S.W., resident Bedford. Son of Sidney Charles and Dorothy Ann Baird, of Bedford. Sec. I. Grave 383.
BAKER Cecil Donald
Leading Aircraftman 1471429, 980 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 21 March 1947. Aged 25. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1922 in bedford Registration District. Son of George Edward and Ethel Baker, of Bedford; husband of Angela Baker (nee Kenny), of Bedford, married January to March Quarter 1942 in Bedford Registration District, Bedfordshire. Section N. Grave 267.
BALL Charles Odo aka Charlie

Lance Sergeant 730620, 363 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 5 January 1941. Aged 38. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1902 in Bedford Registration District, Bedfordshire. Son of George and Elizabeth Ball, of Bedford; husband of Mabel Ball, of Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 8, born Bedford, at school, son of George and Elizabeth, resident 43 Coventry Road, Bedford. Attested 8 September 1920 at Bedford, aged 18, a Wood Merchant by trade, born St. Paul's, Bedford, son of George of 8, Priory Street, Bedford, re-engaged to serve to complete 11 years service. Buried in Bedford Cemetery on the 8 January 1941.Sec. M. Grave 283.

BARTRAM Kenneth Sidney
Private 5958614, 70th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Accidentally killed 25th April 1941. Aged 18. Only son of Sidney and Nite Bartram. Grave Section I. Grave 273.
BIALOZOR Maksymilian
Szer. 3 Karp. Baon. Lacz. Died 17th November 1947. Aged 22. Polish Forces. Bedford Cemetery Grave section I. Grave 319. (within the Cross of sacrifice enclosure).
BIRCH, OBE William Kenning
Squadron Leader 74363, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 22nd [Grave states 29th] September 1941. Age 51. Section R. Grave 489.
BLATCHFORD James

Sergeant 745212, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed on active service 19 December 1940. Aged 20. Son of James H. Blatchford and Mary Blatchford, of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 734.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1941:

BLATCHFORD James of 61 Rosamund-road Bedford died 19 December 1940 in a field at Warren Farm Braunton Devonshire Administration Birmingham 4 July to James Henry Blatchford engineer fitter. Effects £188 10s. 1d.

BOWERMAN Bevill Cyril
Corporal 1198140, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 30th December 1943. Aged 23. Son of Raymond Bevill Bowerman and Ethel Florence Bowerman; husband of Mary Emma Bowerman, of Bedford. Section I. Grave 361.
BOYD Ronald Douglas

Sergeant (Pilot) 745212, 920 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 19th December 1940. Aged 20. Section I.5. Grave 247.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1940:

BOYD Ronald Douglas of 20 Kimbolton-road Bedford died 19 March 1940 at Royal Victoria Hospital Neetley Hound Hampshire Probate London 31 May to the Public Trustee
Effects £3403 10s. 10d. Resworn £3299 10s. 10d.

BRIDGE James Frederick
Flying Officer 77783, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 7th October 1940. Aged 26. Son of Walter and Mary Bridge; husband of Masie Edwina Bridge, of Bedford. Section E. Grave 850.
BROWN Arthur George
Lance Corporal 5950693, 6th Battalion, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 13th January 1943. Aged 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Brown, of Bedford; husband of E. E. Brown. Section I. Grave 1074.
BUTLER William
Gunner 916677, Royal Artillery. Died Tuesday 21st May 1940. Aged 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Butler; husband of Maud Mary Butler, of Bedford. Section E. Grave 563.
CARR Eleanor Mary
Private W/109150, Auxiliary Territorial Service. Died Monday 8th October 1945. Daughter of Arthur William and Emily Blanche Carr. Sec. 1. Grave 407.
CHEASMAN Frederick Headland
Private 5957772, The Essex Regiment. Died Thursday 24th April 1947. Aged 32. Husband of Doreen Phyllis Maud Cheasman, of Bedford. Sec. N. Grave 295.
CHERRY Herbert Ernest
Private 5950647, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 24th February 1941. Age 21. Son of Mrs. V. Barcock, of Bedford. Sec. A. Grave 140.
CHRISTY Peter McMartin
Aircraftman 2nd Class 3008938, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 22nd September 1944. Aged 18. Son of Vincent and Jean Christy, of Bedford. Sec. I. Grave 405. See also Bedford, Eastern National Omnibus Company Limited
CICHOCKI Franciszek
Kpl. St. Zb. 7. D.P. Died 23rd September 1946. Aged 47. Polish Forces. Grave section I. GRave 297 (within the Cross of sacrifice enclosure).

COBLEY, DSM Albert William
Chief Petty Officer C/J 22075, HMS Prosperpine, Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 23rd January 1945. Aged 48. Son of John and Jane Cobley; husband of Edith Frances Cobley, of Bedford. Sec. I. Grave 384.
COMPTON John Frederick
Leading Aircraftman 1151558, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Sunday 15 June 1947. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Compton, of Bedford. Sec. G.7. Grave 134.
CORFIELD James Wilmot

Pilot Officer 65533, 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 August 1941. Aged 25. Son of William Wilmot Corfield and Gladys Corfield, of Bedford. Buried in TEXEL (DEN BURG) CEMETERY, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Plot K. Row 3. Grave 55. Commemorated on family grave in bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Section Q. Grave 426.

DALGETY Edmund John

Midshipman, H.M.S. Copra, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 10 June 1944. Aged 18. Cremated in, and commemorated at SOUTHAMPTON OLD CREMATORIUM, Hampshire. Panel 2. Commemorated on family grave in Bedford Cemetery Bedford. Section F.5. Grave 104.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

DALGETY Edmund John of 15 Pemberley-avenue Bedford died 10 June 1944 at Cosham Hospital Portsmouth Administration Birmingham 18 April to Marion Patricia Dalgety (wife of Giles Hill Dalgety). Effects £320 12s. 11d.

DAVIES Stanley Llewellyn
Gunner 852271, 548 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died Wednesday 15th March 1944. Aged 23. Son of Abel John and Harriet Rose May Davies, of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 387.
DENTON Harold
Private D/8307, 5th Battalion, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 25th October 1939. Aged 49. Sec. M. Grave 278.
EDWARDS Harry James
Gunner 905836, 551 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died Sunday 10th May 1942. Aged 23. Husband of Florence Eileen Joyce Edwards. of Bedford. Sec. M. Grave 19.
ELLIOT Charles Hamereton
Fltying Officer 41159, 150 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed on active servic Friday 21st March 1941. Age 21. Son of Charles and Mary Elise Elliot, of Bedford. Sec. G.7. Grave 243.
FARR F R E
Captain 250221, Quartermaster, Royal Signals. Died Thursday 22nd May 1947. Aged 45. Son of Frederick Arthur and Sarah Farr; husband of Grace Evelyn Farr, of Bedford. Sec. Q. Grave 770.
FENSOME Herbert James
Private 1463115, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died Sunday 5th August 1945. Aged 21. Son of Percy James Fensome and Amelia Gertrude Fensome. of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 462.
FORTUNE William John
Marine PO/X 3402, 2nd R.M. Landing Croup, Royal Marines. Died Sunday 30 May 1943. Aged 22. Born July to September Quarter 1921 in Bedford. Son of Elizabeth Roberts, of Bedford. Section J. Grave 665.
FOWLER James Spencer
Ordinary Seaman P/JX 296467, HMS Tormentor, Royal Navy. Died Wednesday 19th August 1942. Aged 18. Son of Barbara Elizabeth Fowler, of Andover, Hampshire. Sec. M. Grave 31.
GAJUS Henryk
Bom. L. P. Art. POM. Died 21st September 1946. Aged 39. Polish Forces. Grave section I. Grave 275. (within the Cross of sacrifice enclosure).
GARRITY Geoffrey Arthur Edward
Motor Mechanic (L) P/FX 84215, H.M.S. Teviot, Royal Navy. Died 6th June 1943. Sec. I. Grave 447.
GIDDINGS William Edward

Sergeant 2214166, Royal Corps of Signals. Died on service in United Kingdom Wednesday 18th October 1939. Aged 31. Born and resident Bedford. Son of William and Emily Giddings, of Bedford; husband of Amy Giddings, of Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 3, born bedford, son of William Henry and Emily Giddings, resident 35A, Priory Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire. Sec. M. Grave 323.

GOLDNEY James Lang

Major IA/150, 2nd Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles. Died 11th May 1944. Aged 39. Son of Colonel Thomas Holbrow Goldney, C.B., Indian Army, and F. Marion M. Goldney; husband of Daphne Elspeth Goldney. Buried in IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 3. Row E. Grave 15. Commemorated on family grave in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford. Section K.4. Graves 75/80.

GRAY Eric Negus

Private 5956631, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 23 October 1943. Aged 30. Born 15 January 1913. Son of William James Gray and Louisa Gray, of Bedford; husband of Doris Edna Gray, of Bedford. In the 1939 Register he was a Journalist & Manager Newspaper District Office, married to Doris E., resident 11, Church Street, Ampthill, Ampthill U.D., Bedfordshire. Sec. B.3. Grave 38.

GREENWOOD Arthur Henry

Lance Corporal 185906, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Monday 26th August 1940. Aged 37. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Greenwood, of Bedford. Playing member of Bedford and Leicester R.U.F.C., also East Midlands, Leicestershire and Combined Counties, R.U.F.C. Included in English Trials, R.U. In the 1911 census he was aged 8, born Bedford, son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Greenwood, resident 60, Beaconsfield Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire. Sec. R. Grave 708

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1941:

GREENWOOD Arthur Henry of 10 Durler-avenue Kempston Bedfordshire died 26 August 1940 on war service Administration Oxford 26 March to Sarah Ann Greenwood widow.
Effects £565 10s. 8d.

GRIFFITHS Alfred Richard
Trooper 5834643, 142nd (7th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 31 October 1942. Aged 30. Son of William and Mary Griffiths; husband of Doris L. Griffiths, of Bedford. Sec. M. Grave 109.
HAMPTON Peter Qui
Lieutenant 93617, 286 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died on Friday 7 March 1941. Age 21. Son of Capt. Cuthbert Qui Hampton and Ada Elizabeth Hampton, of Bedford. Sec. G.7. Grave 255.
HATHERLY John Edward
Sergeant 748136, Observer, 521 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 4th October 1942. Aged 23. Son of Alfred Medley Hatherly and Emily Hatherly, of Cowley, Middlesex. Sec. E. Grave 872. See also Bedford St Andrew's.
HOGG Robert Dudley
Sergeant 754041, 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 11th November 1940. Aged 22. Son of Ernest Henry Hogg and of Beatrice Irene Hogg, of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 353.
HUCKVALE Walter
Warrant Officer 358388, Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 29th September 1942. Aged 37. Son of Frederick and Annie Huckvale; husband of Alice H. E. Huckvale, of Bedford. Sec. I. Grave 317.
HUDSON Anthony Arthur Aylmer Erskine

Lieutenant 179848, Gordon Highlanders attached to 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War Sunday 21st January 1945. Aged 24. Son of Maj. Eric Charles Robert Hudson, and of Constance Gwendoline Hudson (nee Erskine), of Bedford. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY , Myanmar. Lieutenant Hudson is also commemorated on his parent’s grave at Bedford Cemetery Bedfordshire (now known as Bedford Cemetery Foster Hill Road Bedford) Grave reference - K. 267


IBBOTT Herbert
Pilot Officer (Air Bomber) J/24024, 82 OTU, Royal Canadian Air Force. Took off from Ossington on a daylight cross country exercise an engine failed at low level and the Wellington crashed between Newark and Retford. Monday 9th August 1943. Aged 21. Born 2 August 1922. Son of Arthur W. P. Ibbott and Caroline Ibbott, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Sec. H. Grave 838.
JENNINGS Henry James
Marine CH/X 2194, Royal Marines. Died Friday 24th September 1943. Aged 22. Son of Rose Catherine Barcock, of Bedford. Sec. A. Grave 361.
KING George William Bert

Able Seaman C/J 103309, H.M.S. Widgeon, Royal Navy. Died Thursday 7th September 1939. Aged 35. Son of JaSec. J. Grave 840.mes and Annie King; husband of Jessie Catherine King, of Bedford.

KING Harry Thomas

Ordinary Seaman D/JX 312952, H.M.S. Valkyrie Royal Navy. Died Sunday 7th July 1943. Aged 40. Son of Henry Callaby King and Anne King; husband of Constance Beatrice King, of Bedford. Buried Saturday 10th July 1943 in a family grave. Sec. J. Grave 993

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

KING Harry Thomas of 30 Gloucester-road Bedford died 7 July 1943 Administration (with Will) Oxford 30 August to Constance Beatrice King widow. Effects £1104 12s.

LAUGHTON Leslie Arber

Private 5949640, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 31st January 1942. Aged 21. Son of John and Alice Laughton, of Bedford. Section M. Grave 977.

LITCHFIELD James Charles Sidney
Writer D/MX 699615, HMS Drake, Royal Navy. Died Saturday Saturday 30th November 1946. Aged 20. Sec. N. Grave 185.
LUDDINGTON Richard Kenneth
Flying Officer (Observer) 108028, 151 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve attached R.A.F. Station, Bircham Newton. Died 25th October 1942. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedford. Section E 5 Grave 103. See also Bedford Modern School
MANTON Richard John
Squadron Leader 39599, Pilot, 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed during air operation 20/21 October 1943. Age 30. Son of Lionel Manton, and of Beatrice Manton (nee Ross), of Melbourne, Derbyshire. ASSEN SOUTHERN GENERAL CEMETERY, Drenthe, Netherlands. Plot E. Row 1. Grave 51. Commemorated on his mother's grave in Bedford Cemetery.
MATHERS Ronald Arthur
Corporal 2201170, Royal Engineers. Died Thursday 25th November 1943. Aged 42. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Mathers; husband of Gladys Irene Mathers, of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 99.
MAYCOCK Harold Edward
Craftsman 7584618, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died Tuesday 4th May 1943. Aged 40. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Maycock, of Bedford. Sec. R. Grave 142.
McGOVERN Charles
Private 14711681, Pioneer Corps. Died Monday 5th March 1945. Sec. I. Grave 406.
MILLARD Derek Douglas
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Gunner 915439, 187 Battery, 67 H.A.A. Regiemnt, Royal Artillery. Killed by enemy action between Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December 1940. Aged 19. Youngest son of William L. Millard and Ada Millard, of Bedford. Sec. L. Grave 931.
   
   
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