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BEDFORD ST MARTIN'S - Roll of Honour

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards

St Martin's Church stands on the Clapham Road leading out of Bedford; the roll of Honour is in the form of an honour board. The Roll of Honour board can be found on the left hand side of the church as you face the altar in a set back recess which acts as a small chapel. There are plaques on the wall and immediately in front of you as you enter the church.
Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2003

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF GOD AND
IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEN OF THIS PARISH
AND CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

ADAMS Ralph Stuart

Able Seaman J/2403, H.M.S. "Inflexible.", Royal Navy. Died on Thursday 18th March 1915. Age 22. Son of Joseph and Alice Mary Adams, of "Brooklands," Alford Rd., Sutton-on-Sea, Lincs. Native of Bedford. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Column 9.

AGER Albert

Corporal 9329, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 1st November 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Harry William and Emma Age R, of Bedford; husband of Elizabeth Emily Age R, of 109, Tavistock St., Bedford. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. A. 6.

AYRES Charles Percy

Private 60019, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds Saturday 16th December 1916. Age 33. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred and Susan Ayres, of 21, Palmerston St., Bedford. Formerly 40302, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave X. C. 29.

BARKER Alfred George

Private 8325, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 5th October 1917. Age 31. Born Clapham, Beds, enlisted and resident Bedford. Husband of C. E. Barker, of 6, Gun St., Sheringham, Norfolk. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No.4 Grave XI. AA. 27.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
BARKER, A. G., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regt.

He was mobilised in August 1914, and immediately drafted to France, where he took part in the Battles of Mons, Ypres, Festubert, Loos and the Somme. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action at Ypres on October 5th, 1917 and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He died the noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God and right and liberty."
26, Beaconsfield Street, Bedford.
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BARKER W

R W K - No further information currently

BARLEY A

E Surrey - No further information currently

BARLEY Frank

Sergeant 2210, 5th Battalion, Princess victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Died of wounds in Salonika Wednesday 8th Decmber 1915. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Ampthill. Formerly 5294, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.

BARLEY John

Private 7707, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 3rd June 1916. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Samuel and Isabel Barley, of 32, Russell St., Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

BEATSON Roger Stewart Montresor

Lieutenant, 6th, attached 10th, Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in action on Sunday 2nd July 1916. Age 25. Son of Mrs. C. M. Beatson and the late Mr. W. W. G. Beatson. Commemorated in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Special memorial B. 6.

BEATSON Walter William Gordon

Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Killed Tuesday 18th July 1916. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave E/4. 84. See also Bedford Cemetery.

BEATTIE John Arthur

Sapper 1120, 1/1st (East Anglian) Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Monday 13th November 1916. Age 40. Enlisted Bedford. Son of James and Eliza Beattie, of Bedford. Buried in MAILLY WOOD CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave I. B. I4.

BLUNDELL Alfred

Sapper 522826, 218th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Tuesday 27th November 1917. Age 35. Born Linslade, Beds, enlisted Bedford. Husband of Eva Agnes Blundell, of 2, Gladstone St., Bedford. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XIV. E. 13.

BRITTAIN Alfred

Private 19017, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 21st June 1917. Age 22. Born Old Warden, Beds, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Mrs. A. E. Brittain, of 14, Hartington St., Bedford. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XV. E. 9.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
BRITTAIN, A., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.

Volunteering in November 1914, he proceeded to the Western Front on completing his training in the following year and there took part in the Battles of Ypres, the Somme and Arras and many minor engagements. He made the supreme sacrifice, falling in action near Ypres in June 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Steals on the ear the distant triumph song.”

14, Hartington Street, Bedford.

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BROOKS Herbert James Bartlett

Gunner 109405, 16th Heavy Briagde, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Tuesday 4th September 1917. Age 30. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted London. Son of Elizabeth and the late Bartlett John Brooks, of Bedford. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VI. A. 13.

BROWN, MM Charley

Private 71021, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds Friday 25th October 1918. Enlisted Bedford. Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in VIESLY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave A. 10.

BROWN M

East Anglian Royal Engineers - No further information currently

BROWN W

R W K - No further information currently

CHOVEAUX Nigel

[Listed as Lieutenant on SDGW] Captain, 1st/5th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 14th March 1917. Age 27. Son of M. Frances E. Choveaux, of 31, Crescent Grove, South side, Clapham Common, London, and the late louis Nicholas Choveaux. Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. E. 15.

COLSON, MC Anthony Francis Douglas

Lieutenant, West Riding Brigade, Royal Artillery. Killed in action Saturday 10th November 1917. Age 25. Son of Charles George and Antoinette Colson, of Eperstone, Bedford. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XII. D. 6.

CRAFT [Edward] George

Private 40229, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action either Thursday 21st [CWGC] or Thursday 28th [SDGW] March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born Aldershot, Hampshire, enlisted Norwich, resident Walsoken, Norfolk. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Craft, of Bedford; husband of Elizabeth Craft (formerly Street), of Upton, Hunts. Formerly 5235, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in CHAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, HOLNON, Aisne, France. Grave III. A. 19.

DEAR W C

Sapper 1287, 2nd/1st East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of tuberculosis Saturday 20th July 1918. [Not on SDGW] Age 25. Son of William John and Louisa Dear, of 8, Garfield St., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave D. 620. See also Bedford Cemetery.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
DEAR, W., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

He volunteered in September 1914, and after completing a period of training was drafted to the Dardanelles, where he was present during the Landing at Cape Helles, and at other important engagements. Owing to ill-health he was invalided from the Army in June 1916, and has since died of tuberculosis. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherished with pride!"

8, Garfield Street, Bedford.

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DENTON A G

Company Quartermaster Sergeant 522001, 483rd field Company (East Anglian) Royal Engineers. Died Thursday 30th January 1919. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave Q. 952. See also Bedford Cemetery

DICKENS Herbert Thomas

Private 99384, 165th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action Saturday 22nd September 1917. Age 20. Born St. Martin's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Catherine Hannah Dickens, of 76, Stanley St. Bedford, and the late Thomas Dickens. Formerly 7526, London Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A

DOWN Charles Boileau

Major, 40th Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Saturday 10th May 1919. Age 37. Son of James Erskine Down and Mary Charlotte Down; husband of Beatrice L. H. Down, of 13, Warwick Avenue, Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave F/6. 170. See also Bedford Cemetery.

DYER Percy Maitland

Lieutenant, 20th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Saturday 1st September 1917. Age 19. Son of Edward John Richard (of India) and of Mary Turner Dyer, of 48, Clapham Rd., Bedford. Buried in JEANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Grave II. D. 13.

DYNES Robert George

Private 30402, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 8th November 1917. Age 41. Born Wilstead, enlisted and resident Bedford. Husband of Elizabeth Dynes, of 103, Hartington St., Bedford. Native of Bedford. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XIV. B. 15.

EDMONDS E

R.A.F. - probably EDWARD PEREGRINE PELL EDMONDS, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died Monday 18th March 1918. Age 19. Born at Stutterheim. Son of Richard Pell Edmonds and Constance Caroline Edmonds (nee Hutton), of Omega Avenue, Disandt, Sea Point, Cape Province, South Africa. Buried in DENAIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave B. 79.

EYRE Charles Howard

Lieutenant, 6th attached 2nd, Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action Saturday 25th September 1915. Buried in DUD CORNER CEMETERY, LOOS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. E. 8.

FENSOME, MM Frederick

Private 20192, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds Saturday 1st July 1916. Age 23. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Sarah Fensome, of Bedford; husband of Gladys Mary Fensome, of 36, Park Road West, Bedford. Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in BERTRANCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 20.

FOSKETT James Samuel

Sapper 522048, 483rd Field Company (East Anglian), Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Friday 30th August 1918. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. E. 10.

GARNER Joseph

Private 6732, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 13th November 1914. Born Northill, beds, enlisted Bedford, resident Chalton, Sandy, Beds. Buried in LES GONARDS CEMETERY, VERSAILLES, Yvelines, France. Grave 2. 18.

GLASS H

A L I probably HUGH GLASS, Private 4711, 22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died on Thursday 4th October 1917. Age 42. Son of Thomas and Florence Emily Glass; husband of Louisa L. Glass, of "Boryl," Tennyson St., Sandringham, Victoria, Australia. Native of Melbourne, Victoria. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XX. H. 15.

GRANT C A E

Private M2/147687, No. 4 Water Tank Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Thursday 28th November 1918. Age 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Grant, of 169, Tavistock St., Bedford. Buried in AUBERCHICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave I. B. 24.

HALL Henry George

Private 44876, 1/5th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action Friday 26th October 1917. Age 33. Born Leighton Buzzard, enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick and Sarah Hall; husband of Henrietta Kate Hall, of 42, Hartington St., Bedford. Formerly 12127, Army Service Corps. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23 and 162

HARDWICK Charles

Private 20768, 4th Battalion formerly 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13th November 1916. Age 24. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford, May 1915. Son of Thomas and Emma Hardwick, of 83, Gladstone St., Bedford. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Grave IV. E. 48.

HAZELL Roy

Sergeant 17187, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born 15th May 1891. Age 25. Killed in action in Picardy Tuesday 17th April 1917. Son of Julia Hazell, of 90, Clapham Rd., Bedford, and the late Fredrick Hazell. Formerly of St Martin's Company C L B. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41

HEMSLEY Francis Henry

Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died Thursday 16th August 1917. Age 37. Son of Alexander and Ellen Hemsley; husband of Adina C. Hemsley, of 31, South Park Rd., Wimbledon, England. Served in the South African Campaign with the Imperial Yeomanry. An Old Bedfordian. Born Ealing, Middlesex. Living at 230 Carlton Street, Winnipeg when he enlisted. Born 5th August 1880. Next of kin Adina Cresswell Hemsley of Prince Albert, Saskatewan, wife. His profession farmer, religion Church of England. Militia unit 52nd P.A.V. Papers signed 20 February 1916 in Winnipeg. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4245 - 14

HULETT Herbert James

Gunner 7210, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action at Salonika Wednesday 3rd January 1917. Age 24. Born St. Paul's, bedford, enlisted Tottenham, Middlesex, resident Bedford. Son of Edwin James and Leah Hulett, of 54, Hartington St., Bedford. Formerly 153, Tottenham H.B., Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried in STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave V. J. 14.

IRVING Archibald Denys

Second Lieutenant, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Monday 16th September 1918. Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave IV. I. 9.

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

Volume 2, Part 5, Page 92 - IRVING, Archibald Denys - 2nd Lieut, Royal Field Artillery

Eldest child of Edward Alexander Irving, Director of Education, Hong Kong, of 1 Chaucer Road, Bedford, by his wife Dorothy Mabel, dau. of the late Rev.Thomas Bray; born at Ipoh Perak, Federated Malay States, 20th Sept., 1898; educated at Bedford School, where he held a school Exhibition, and took an Open Exhibition on leaving school at Lincoln College, Oxford. He received a commission and was gazetted 2nd Lieut., R.F.A. 29th Sept., 1917; was posted to C Battery, 82nd Brigade, R.F.A.,and served with the Fourth Army of The Expeditionary Force in France from 3rd May, 1918. He was struck by a piece of shell while leading an ammunition column and died a few hours later at Saulcourt, 16th Sept., 1918. Buried at the Military Cemetery , Molslains, by the Tortille river and Canal Du Nord. His Commanding Officer wrote: "...Your boy was popular with all, and we mourn his loss. He had the makings of a first class officer, and had been doing very well indeed. I am awfully sorry to lose him." And his Major: "I was very fond of your boy, and feel his loss most deeply. He was extremely useful to me in the great battle, which began 8th Aug...... and he was developing into a really first class officer. It was such a pleasure to have him in the mess, as he was the real Public School type, which, unfortunately, seems to get rarer and rarer as the war goes on." Unm.

JAMES Aubrey Thomas

Private 426290, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment). Died Thursday 15th June 1916. Age 23. Son of Walter Thomas and Sarah Ann James, of 112, Gladstone St., Bedford. Born 26th May 1893 in Bedford. Bank clerk by trade, single, enlisted 8th January 1915 at Moosejaw, Sask. Age at enlistment 22 years 7 monts, height 5 feet 8½ ins, girth 35½ inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair dark, religion Church of England.Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VIII. A. 17A. National Archives of Canada Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4245 - 14

JAMES Arthur Leslie

Private 38566, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 29th September 1918. Age 19. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Walter Thomas and Sarah Ann James, of 112, Gladstone St., Bedford. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave X. A. 19.

JAMES Charles

Sergeant 7659, 7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds Friday 12th November 1915. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Glasgow. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave I/4. 71. See also Bedford Cemetery.

JONES John W

Private DM2/164751, 978th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 3rd May 1918. Age 30. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Harry Jones; husband of Mary Jones, of 4/46, Arthur St., Small Heath, Birmingham. Buried in BIRMINGHAM (YARDLEY) CEMETERY, Warwickshire. Grave E. 24491.

KEMP S

R M A - No further information currently

KINGSLEY Eric

Second Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 7th July 1916. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C

LAMB Samuel Percy

Private 11689, B" Company, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds received on the Somme at Netley Hospital Saturday 19th August 1916. Age 23. Born Bedford, enlisted Stamford, Lincolnshire. Son of Sam and Emma Lamb, of 7, Patteshall St., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave D. 806. See also Bedford Cemetery.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
LAMB, S. P., Private, 7th Lincolnshire Regiment.

He volunteered in August 1914, and, after a period of training, was eleven months later sent to France, where he took part in the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Ypres, and Vimy Ridge. Whilst engaged in fierce fighting on the Somme he was severely wounded in July 1916. and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at Netley Hospital on August 19th, 1916. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His life for his Country.”

7, Patteshall Street, Bedford.

X3277.
LARPENT [John] Wilfred

Private 10409, 8th Battalion, Royal fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Monday 7th August 1916. Age 19. Born Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Mrs. E. de H. Larpent, of 2, Chawen Rd., Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A

LAWSON Herbert Charles

Private 17769, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 25th September 1915. Age 24. Born Luton, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Charles and Emily Louisa Lawson, of 17, Hartington St., Bedford. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
LAWSON, H. C., Private, 3rd Bedfordshire Regt.

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 Batlle of Looson 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.”

27, Hartington Street, Bedford.

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LLOYD [Edward] Raymond

Captain, Adjutant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action 3rd December 1914. Age 32. Son of Lt. Col. E. Lloyd (late Indian Cavalry), of 36, Linden Rd., Bedford. Buried in PORTE-DE-PARIS CEMETERY, CAMBRAI, Nord, France. Grave I. A. 15.

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

Volume 1, Part 1, Page 228 - LLOYD, Edward Raymond - Captain and adjutant, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Elder surviving son of Lieut-Col Edward Lloyd, of Bedford, late Indian Cavalry, by his wife, Mary Katharine, dau of the Rev. John Harding. Born 13th Nov 1882; educated Bedford Grammar School and Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut, 1st Battalion of the Inniskillings 22nd Oct 1902, promoted Lieutenant 2nd Jan 1905 and subsequently transferred to the 2nd Battalion, then in Egypt, of which corps he was successively assistant adjutant and (29th Aug 1911) adjutant.

He received his Coy. 21st Feb 1912, went to the front with the Expeditionary Force in Aug 1914, was wounded in the fighting about Cambray Le Cateau on 26th Aug and died of wounds in the hospital at Cambray 3rd Dec following. Was Unmarried.

He was mentioned in F.M. (now Lord) Frenchs despatches on 8th Oct for gallant and distinguished service in the field. A good all round sportsman, he represented his school in the public schools boxing competition held at Aldershot in 1899, and was a keen follower of the hounds and a frequent rider in point to point hunt steeplechases. He was also a good shot both with gun and rifle.

LYALL A

A L I - No further information currently

MACLEAR Basil

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublion Fusiliers. Killed in action Monday 24th May 1915. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 44 and 46.

MACLEAR, DSO Harry

Lieutenant Colonel, East Lancashire Regiment attached 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. Killed in action Wednesday 15th March 1916. Awarded the Distiguished Sevice Order (DSO). Son of Henry Wallich Maclear and Mary Maclear; husband of Beatrice Maclear, of 2, Warwick Avenue, Bedford. Buried in MAZINGARBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 107A.

This extract from The VC and DSO Book - Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval and Military Press:

 

MACLEAR, HARRY, Major, was gazetted to the East Lancashire Regt. 18 March, 1891: became Lieutenant 3 April, 1892; Captain 11 May, 19th), and Major 9 March, 1910. He served in the Chitral Campaign in 1895, with the Relief Force (Medal with clasp). Served on the North-West Frontier of India, 1891-98 (Malakand; clasp). Served in East Africa, 1903-4; commanded the 9th Somali Camel Corps from 20 Dec. 1903. Took part in the operations in Somaliland; Special Service Officer, Assistant to Base Sopply and Transport Officer, Berbera (from Nov. 1903) (Medal with clasp). Major Maclear served in the European War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order ondon Gazette, 23 June, 1915]: “Harry Maclear, Major, East Lancashire Regt. For distinguished service in the field.” He was killed in action in France 7 March, 1916.

MACLEAR Percy

SDGW states Major, Royal Dublin Fusiliers while CWGC states Lieutenant Colonel, commanding 2nd, Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. Killed in action Sunday 30th August 1914. Husband of Ethel Maclear, of "Pinecot," Gordon Rd., Camberley, Surrey. Commemorated on LOKOJA MEMORIAL, Nigeria.

MARTIN Henry

Private 11330, "F" Company, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action Saturday 13th March 1915. Age 17. Born Peterburgh, enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry and Alice Emma Martin, of 42, Stanley St., Bedford. A Clerk in the Finance Dept., Bedford Corporation. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 39 to 41

McNAUGHTON Ronald M C

Lance Corporal 1162, 54th East Anglian Division, Royal Engineers. Died in England 10th September 1914. Age 23. Enlisted Bedford. Son of J. I. and Janie C. McNaughton, of "Belhaven," 39, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave K/31. See also Bedford Cemetery.

NEWMAN George

Private 240262, 43rd Garrison Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died Monday 28th October 1918. Age 45. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Husband of Mary Ann Newman, of 4, Park Rd. West, Bedford. Formerly 4472, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in BLARGIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Oise, France. Grave I. F. II.

NORMAN Ernest

Private 33762, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1st June 1918. Age 36. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Husband of Lilian Alice Norman, of 68, Hartington Street, Bedford. Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 3. Row A. Grave I.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
NORMAN, E., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

He joined in October 1916, and early in the following year was drafted to France, where he played an important part in the Battles of Messines, Ypres and Lens. He gave his life for King and Country at the third Battle of the Aisne on June 1st, 1918, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

68, Hartington Street, Bedford.

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OAKLEY Charles

Private 3/6983, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 17th March 1915. Age 20. Born Woburn Sands, Beds, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred and Alice Mary Oakley, of 41, Canning St., Bedford. Buried in RAMPARTS CEMETERY, LILLE GATE, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave E. 18.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
OAKLEY, C., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

He was mobilised in August 1914, and was quickly drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in much heavy fighting, particularly at the Battles of La Bassée and Ypres, where he was wounded in November. Later he was in action in other important engagements, but was unfortunately killed on March 17th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“The path of duty was the way to glory.”

41, Canning Street, Bedford.

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PAGE Frederick N

Private G/15848, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday 31st October 1918 in Mesopotamia. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave V. C. 10.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
PAGE, F. N., Private, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

Joining in June 1916. he proceeded m the same year to the scene ot activities in Mesopotamia. In that theatre of war he took an active part in engagements at Kut-el-Amara and in the capture of Baghdad. In 1918 he was severely wounded in action, and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on October 31st, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain."

34, Salisbury Street, Bedford.

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PARSONS Cecil

Lance Corporal G/7353, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 1st July 1916. Born Bedford, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex, resident Barnet, Herts. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B

PARSONS Frederick Arthur

Private 60069, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 7th June 1917. Age 35. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Formerly 40353, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Frederick Arthur and Mary Parsons, of 38, Salisbury St., Bedford; husband of Mary Parsons, of 1, Queen's Row, All Hallows Lane, Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
PARSONS, F. A., Private, 26th Royal Fusiliers.

Volunteering in November 1915, he was drafted in the following September to the Western Front. In this theatre of war he took part with his unit in the Battles of the Somme and Arras, also in heavy fighting at Ypres. He was later in action at Messines, where he was unfortunately killed on June 7th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Courage, bright hopes and a myriad dreams, splendidly given."

7, Rich Bell Cottages, Chandos Street, Bedford.

X3768.
PARSONS William George

Lance Corporal 12789, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 25th October 1916. Age 30. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Parsons, of 38, Salisbury St., Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIALSomme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
PARSONS, W. G., L/Cpl., 7th Bedfordshire Regt.

Volunteering in September 1914, he was shortly afterwards drafted to the Western Front, where he participated in the final stages of the Retreat from Mons. He later took part in the Battles of the Marne, La Bassée and Ypres (I.), and fell gloriously in action on September 24th, 1916, during the first Battle of the Somme. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"And doubtless he went in splendid company."

38, Salisbury Street, Bedford.

Z3767/C.
PAULGER Charles Thomas

[Spelt PAUGLER on CWGC] Private 45126, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 13th September 1917. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. L. 22.

PEARSON Terence Charles

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 26th September 1915. Age 22. Son of C. F. and Ellen Mary Pearson, of 74, Chaucer Rd., Bedford. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41

PECKHAM John Dean

Petty Officer 183202, H.M.S. "Invincible.", Royal Navy. Died Wednesday 31st May 1916. Age 35. Son of John Peckham, of Southampton; husband of Laura Peckham, of 115, Hartington St., Bedford. Served at the Battles of Heligoland Bight and Falkland Islands. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 12.

PLAYNE Leslie

Lieutenant, 16th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died Saturday 27th March 1915. Age 23. Son of Alexander Whateley Playne and Florence Elizabeth Playne, of 9, Stanley St., Bedford. Enlisted August, 1914. Embarked for France with the 1st Canadian Division. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

PURSEY Reginald Douglas

Gunner 76186, 26th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Saturday 7th September 1918. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VII. F. 16.

RICHARDSON Archie

Private 30795, 1/1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Killed in action Tuesday 15th January 1918. Born St Peter's, bedford, enlisted and resident Bedford. Buried in VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, MAISSEMY, Aisne, France. Grave I. A. 14.

ROBINSON Arthur Henry

Lance Corporal, "A" Squadron, 6th Dragoons (Inniskilling). Killed in action Monday 21st August 1916. Age 26. Born St Paul's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Sarah Robinson, of Bedford. Buried in ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. E. 12.

SANSOM William Richard

Private 41567, 11th Battlaion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action Wednesday 18th September 1918 in Serbia. Age 38. Born, according to SDGW, in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, but also, according to CWGC, born in Whitney, Herefordshire, enlisted Hereford. Son of Richard and Charlotte Sansom, of 75, Hartington St., Bedford. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.

SIMMANTS Albert Samuel

[Spelt SIMANTS on SDGW and CWGC] Acting Corporal 8124, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23rd October 1914. Age 28. Born Kempston, bedford, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Samuel and Louisa Simants, of 16, Gladstone St., Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

SIMPSON William Hugh

Major, 93rd Burma Infantry, Indian Army. Died on Monday 17th April 1916. Age 40. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 50.

SIMS Harry Edward

Private 6987, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 25th September 1914. Born St Martin's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

SKINNER James Stuart

Major according to CWGC, Captain accordng to SDGW, 2nd Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Drowned Tuesday 21st February 1917. Age 31. Son of Bessie Skinner, of 20, Linden Rd., Bedford, and the late E. F. Skinner. Commemorated on MIKRA MEMORIAL, Greece.

SMITH Charles

Private 23303, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd April 1917. Born Preston, Hertfordshire, resident and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

TETLEY, MiD A S

Lieutenant Colonel, Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died on Wednesday 15th November 1916. Age 36. Son of Capt. A. J. and Mrs. Tetley, of Iford House, St. Michael's Rd., Bedford. Twice mentioned inDespatches, Croix de Guerre with Palm (France). Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave I. C. 37.

VENOUR Walter Edwin

Lieutenant Colonel, 58th Rifles, Frontier Force Rifles. Died Saturday 31st October 1914. Age 50. Son of Lt. Gen. Edwin Venour, H.M.E.I. Co. (Indian Army), and Jessie Margaret Anderson, his wife, of Upton-on-Severn, Worcester; husband of Annie L. Venour, of 61, Warwick Avenue, Bedford. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. A. 6.

WARNER Thomas Harold

Private 33858, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 22nd August 1918. Age 20. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of William and Ellen Warner, of 48, Chandos St., Bedford. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXI. E. 10.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
WARNER, T. H., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering in June 1915, he was sent to France later in the same year, and took part in much heavy fighting on the Arras, Ypres and Cambrai fronts. He also rendered valuable services during the Retreat and the Initial stages of the Advance, but was unfortunately killed in action near Albert in August 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He died the noblest death a man may die."

48, Chandos Street, Bedford.

X2291/A.
WEBB Edward

Private DM2.227925, Motor Transport Reserve Depot (Grove Park), Royal Army Service Corps. Died in England Monday 15th January 1917/ Born Sea View, Isle of Man, enlisted Kettering, resident Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave H. 43. See also Bedford Cemetery.

WEST James William

Sapper 1200, 2nd/1st (East Anglian) Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action at Gallipoli Tuesday 28th September 1915. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated in 7th FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY, Turkey. Special Memorial C. 4.

WHITING John Robert Bethune

Private 517137, 1st/14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 2nd April 1918. Age 19. Born India, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of E. W. B. and Constance M. Whiting, of Lonsdale, Craneswater Park, Southsea, Hants. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 53.

WHITMORE Bertie Samuel

Private 204244, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 23rd August 1918. Age 30. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Joseph and Ruth Whitmore; husband of Mrs. Whitmore, of 31, Gladstone St., Bedford. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Grave IV. D. 32.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
WHITMORE, B. S., Private, 1st Norfolk Regt.

Mobilised from the Reserve in October 1914, he first served with his unit at important stations in England, and was not drafted to France until 1917. There he took part in many important engagements, including Arras and Passchendaele, and was badly wounded at Bazencourt. He unfortunately died at the 56th Casualty Clearing Station Hospital on August 23rd, 1918, from his injuries. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

31, Gladstone Street, Bedford.

X2395.
WILLAUME H T

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WILLIAMS Charles James

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds near Ypres Sunday 19th December 1915. Age 28. Solicitor, B.A. and B.C.L., Cantab. Son of Henry Clissold Williams, I.C.S., and Mary Williams, of 16, The Beacon, Exmouth, Devon. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERYPoperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. A. 14. See also Bedford St Andrew's.

WILLIAMS Robert Lukyn

Lieutenant, 23rd Indian Cavalry (F.F.). Killed in action Sunday 27th October 1918 in Mesopotamia. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 45 and 65. See also Bedford St Andrew's.

WINMILL Thomas George Peyton

Captain, "U" Battery, 16th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action Tuesday 11th June 1918. Age 20. Born at Lucknow, India. Passed into Woolwich November, 1914. Served three years. Buried in QUERRIEU BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave B. 38.

WINMILL Westropp Orbell Peyton

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 23rd March 1918. Age 23. Son of Frances Ada Macnab (formerly Winmill, Nee Peyton), and the late George Winmill; husband of Myfaneny Winmill (nee Clarke). Educated at the Bedford School and Sandhurst. Also served as a Pilot in R.F.C. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29

WOODING Frank

Private 7020, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918. Age 34. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Peterborough. Husband of Kate Wooding, of 34, Gladstone St., Peterborough, Northants. Brother of William below. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.

WOODING William

Private 11309, 1st Battalion, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 27th November 1914. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Derby. Son of Mrs. Fanny Wooding, of 6, Hartington St., Bedford. Brother of Frank above. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 26 and 27

WRIGHT Cyril Vivian

Leading Stoker K/11842, H.M.S. "Derwent.", Royal Navy. Drowned when his vessel floundered in the English Channel Wednesday 2nd May 1917. Commemoarted on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Column 23.

From The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918. Section XII Bedford & Northampton
WRIGHT, C. V., Leading Stoker, Royal Navy.

He was already serving in H.M. Navy at the outbreak of war in August 1914, and immediately proceeded in H.M.S. “Derwent” to the North Sea, where he was engaged on important patrol and escort duties. He also rendered valuable services escorting troops to France, and was unfortunately drowned in the English Channel on May 2nd, 1917, when his vessel foundered. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“The path of duty was the way to glory.”

33, Beaconsfield Street, Bedford.

X2488/A.

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

Volume 2, Part 3, Page 293 - WRIGHT, Cyril Vivian - 1st Class Leading Stoker, No K.11842, Royal Navy

Son of John Wright, Labourer in the Gas Works, Bedford, by his wife, Sarah, dau. of John Richardson. Born Bedford 14th May, 1892; educated Clapham Road School there; joined the Navy 29th July,1911; served on H.M.S. St George for nearly three years, then in Torpedo boats No 2 and 22; was posted to H.M.S. Wolf, torpedo destroyer, on the outbreak of war in Aug 1914; after which he joined H.M.S. Diamond, torpedo destroyer; transferred to H.M.S. Derwent, torpedo destroyer, 2nd May, 1915 and was lost when that ship was torpedoed in the English Channel 2nd May, 1917.

He Married at St Silas Church, Nunhead, London S.E. 14th Nov, 1915, Florence Louise (306 Fawcett Rd, Southsea) dau. of James Theophilis Rogers, and had a dau. Patricia Florence Vivian, born 3rd Jan, 1917.

AS A THANK OFFERING TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR DELIVERANCE FROM THE ENEMY. THE SUM
OF £500 WAS RAISED BY THE CONGREGATION TOWARDS THE ENDOWMENT OF THIS CHURCH

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