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BEDFORD ST MARY'S - Roll of Honour

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

 

Photographs copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards

St Mary's Church, Bedford is now used as a research centre by Albion Archaeology (Bedfordshire County Council). Beside the World War 1 memorial their are several individual plaques not all of which were readily accessible on the initial visit but will be covered at a later date. Details of the church and some of its memorials can be found in the publication "A Pattern of Stones: The Story of St Mary's Church, Bedford" ISBN 1 85351 313 X
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO
OFFERED THEIR LIVES AND WHOSE
SACRIFICE WAS ACCEPTED.

1914-1918

AYRES

Albert T

Corporal 60010, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Formerly 40293, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and Northampton

AYRES, A., Corporal, 26th Royal Fusiliers.

Volunteering in September 1914, he was engaged on Home Service duties for two years, and landed in France in September 1916. In the course of his service on the Western Front he was in action in the Battles of Beaumont-Hamel, Vimy Ridge and Bullecourt. He fell fighting near Messines on June 7th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His life for his Country, his soul to God.”

89, Pilcroft Street, Bedford. - X1123.

BAILEY

Albert E

Private 77068, 1st/7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 13th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Spalding, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 917, Royal Engineers. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8 and 9.

BARKER

John William

Corporal 306600, 1st Gun Carriage Company, Tank Corps. Died 6th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry Rupert and Mary Arm Barker; husband of Florence Annie Barker, of 24, St. Leonard's Avenue, Bedford. Native of Bedford. Formerly 1650, Royal Engineers. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave S. III. S. 22.

BEAUMONT

Percy Victor

Private 33011, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16th March 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 35. Born Huntingdon, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late James Favell Beaumont and Sarah Ann Beaumont, of Huntingdon. Formerly 6406, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. M. 2.

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BEAUMONT, P. V., Private, Leicestershire Regt.

Volunteering in March 1915, he was drafted in the following December to the Western Front, where he took part in much of the severe fighting, but was unhappily killed in action at Vermelles on March 16th, 1917. He was buried at Philosophe, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country, his soul to God.”

5, Farrer Street, Bedford. - X1246.

BELL

Robert

Private 5230, 8th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 5th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Oundle, Northamptonshire, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 22755, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave P. IX. L. 9A.

BROWN

David Westcott

Captain, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 17th July 1916. Age 23. Born 1895. Son of the Rev. George Gibson Brown and Mrs. Nelly Brown, of St. Mary's Rectory, Bedford. B.A. Oxon. (Balliol College). One of the war poets. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A.

From the Balliol College War Memorial Book, Volume 1 - David Westcott Brown

DAVID BROWN, son of a very loyal old member of the College, the Rev. G. G. Brown, Rector of St. Mary’s, Bedford, was born on December 19, 1892. From the Oxford Preparatory School he went to Marlborough as a scholar in 1907, and came up to Balliol in 1912. He took a Second Class in Classical Moderations in March 1914, and was reading for Greats when war broke out. He was a regular and useful helper at the Boys’ Club, and a keen member of the Officers’ Training Corps, and at once took a commission in the 6th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He went to France in July 1915, and became Captain in November. For the greater part of a year the Battalion was in the trenches north of Albert, opposite Monchy-au-Bois; in the great attack on the Somme on July 14, 1916, they captured the woods at Bazentin-le-Petit and Bazentin-le-Grand, with two lines of German trenches, but at a loss of over 600 men and officers. David Brown was last seen going out with his sergeant to reconnoitre, and both were killed. He was a fine warm-hearted man; military service greatly developed his qualities, and he took to his work in the Army with unaffected enthusiasm. Few who were getting so much out of life can have faced the prospect of death with a firmer determination, as he said, “not to shirk or dodge the thought of it,” and some of his later letters, while not less full of life and fun than the earlier, are noble expressions of his strong and deep religious faith. One or two poems which he wrote in France breathe the same spirit.

BROWN

Leonard

Private 29299, 1st/7th Battalion, Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. Banham, of 11, St. Leonards St., Bedford. Brother of William below. Formerly 32418, Norfolk Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.

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BROWN, L., Pte., 7th Royal Warwickshire Regt.

He enlisted in January 1917, and a month later was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in much fighting in the Vimy Ridge, Passchciidaele and Cambrai sectors. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action in October 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

11, St. Leonard’s Street, Bedford. - X1455/B.

BROWN

William

Private 477118, Royal Canadian Regiment. Died 16th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born in Bedford 10th February 1885. Brother of Mrs C Harlow, 44 York Street, Bedford. Brother of Leonard above. Labourer by trade. Single man. Height 5ft 8½ins, girth 39 inches. Compexion fair, eyes grey, hair light brown, religion Church of England. tattoos on both arms, the left forearm had a woman, a cross, a flower, a butterfly and a sphynx, the right forearm had a sailor, a scroll, a woman and a star. Enlisted at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 23rd August 1915 having previously served 3 years 81 days with the Lincolshire Regiment (character recommendation was very good) and 4 months 29 days with the 46th Regiment, Active Militia of Canada (his period of reserve was due to expire 24th August 1916). Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1185 - 14

National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and Northampton

BROWN, W., Private, Canadian Overseas Forces.

He was already in the Army when war broke out in August 1914 , and was retained for a time on important duties at various home stations. In February 1916 he was drafted to France, and fought at Loos, Vimy Ridge and on the Somme. He was reported missing on September 16th, 1916, and is now presumed to have been killed in action. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last hill.”

11, St. Leonard’s Street, Bedford. - X1455/A.

BUCKLE

Alfred George

Private 48637, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 22nd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 34. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. Sarah Buckle, of 65, Pilcroft St., Bedford. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 19 to 21.

BURRIDGE

Alfred Cecil

Private 33605, [Memorial lists as 5th] 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 5th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Kennington, Surrey. Brother of Mr. T. Burridge, of 44, Magdalane St., Glastonbury, Somerset. Formerly 2451, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave I. L. 14.

CARR

Alfred John

[Listed as Private on memorial] Guardsman 5789, 1st [memorial states 2nd] Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of wounds 2nd November 1914 in France & Flanders. Born Hackney. Middlesex, enlisted Cantebury, resident Bedford. Husband of S. E. Carr, of 26, Alexandra St., Ebbw Vale, Mon. Buried in RAILWAY CHATEAU CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave C. 7.

CHANDLER

James Thomas

Private 1418, 8th Div. Cyclist Company, Army Cyclist Corps. Died of wounds 14th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Samuel and Esther Chandler, of 2, Holmes St., Bedford. Formerly 9115, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 14.

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CHANDLER, J. T., Private, Army Cyclist Corps.

Already in the Army when war broke out in August 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in January of the following year and there saw much severe fighting in the Ypres sector. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle at Neuve Chapelle on March 14th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

2, Holme Street, Bedford. - X1621/A.

COBB

Percy William

Sapper 523013, 483rd Field Company, East Anglian Royal Engineers. Died in England 22nd October 1917. Age 27. Enlisted Bedford. Son of William George Cobb, of 87, Station Rd., Bedford; husband of Madeline Maud Cobb, of 24, Brereton Rd., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedford. Grave D. 156.

DEWETT

Arthur

[Spelt DEWITT on SDGW & CWGC] Private 10397 (SDGW) or 10327 (CWGC), 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 7th July 1915 in France & Flanders. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Buried in TALANA FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. E. 27.

DILLINGHAM

Walter George

Private 26572, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Luton, enlisted and resident Bedford. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.

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(Please note this entry has G W DILLINGHAM, Bedfordshire Regiment. The only DillIngham to have served with the Bedforshire Regiment was W G - also not the disparity in the dates).

DILLINGHAM, G. W., Private, Bedfordshire Regt.

At the outbreak of hostilities he was serving in the Army, and accordingly at once proceeded to France, where he was in action in the Battles of Mons, Ypres, Hill 6o, Vimy Ridge and the Somme. After taking part in fierce fighting at Cambrai he was reported wounded and missing on March 18th, 1918, and was subsequently assumed to have been killed on that date. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“He joined the great white company of valiant souls.”

33a, Pilcroft Street, Bedford. - X2011.

EDGELEY

John

Private 27738, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 8th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, enlisted and resident Bedford. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

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EDGELEY, J., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.

He joined in March 1916, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the heavy fighting at the Battles of the Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele and Albert. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action near Cambrai on May 8th, 1918, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last hill.”

36, Pilcroft Street, Bedford. - X2065.

EMERY

Frederick James

Lance Corporal 23122, [Memorials states 5th] 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 29th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated in CHILI TRENCH CEMETERY, GAVRELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Special Memorial C. 11.

EMERY

Harry Ernest

Private 8933, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th January 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Northampton. Son of Harry and Catherine Emery. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30

FULLER

Thomas

Sergeant 9693, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd April 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Bedford. Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Fuller, of 10, Little Butts St., Bedford. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas De Calais, France. Grave III. D. 75.

HARPER

Harold Sanders

Lance Corporal 4528, 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Enlisted London, resident Bedford. Son of Albert and Emily Louisa Harper, of 9, St. Mary's St., Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 C and 13 C.

HAYNES

Reginald A

Corporal 8774, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 25th October 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Harry and Emma Haynes, of 9, Ampthill St., Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8.

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HAYNES, R. A., Corporal, 1st Norfolk Regiment.

A time-serving soldier, he proceeded to France at the outbreak of war and fought in the Retreat from Mons. He also took a conspicuous part in others of the early engagements, but made the supreme sacrifice on October 24th, 1914, at La Bassée. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His life for his Country, his soul to God.”

9, Ampthill Street, Bedford. - X2810/A.

HEAPE John Schofield
Lance Corporal G/447, 16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted London. Son of Samuel Heape, of 4, St. Alban's Rd., Bedford. Buried in HAWTHORN RIDGE CEMETERY No.1, AUCHONVILLERS, Somme, France. Grave A. 90.

HEMSLEY

Dudley Staunton

Trumpeter 9411, 18th (Queen Mary's Own Royal) Hussars [CGWC states 3rd (King's Own) Hussars, the memorial and SDGW state otherwise]. Died of wounds 26th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Tipperary, Ireland, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Henry and Isabella Hemsley, of 39, London Rd., Bedford. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave VII. AA. 16.

HOBSON

Owen Ellis

Captain, 6th Battalion attached 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Son of James Walter and Rosamond Hobson, of Bedford; husband of Eileen Nora Roberts, of Lavenderhayes, Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Buried in MOEUVRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Grave III. B. 18.

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

Volume 2, Part 5, Page 85 - HOBSON, Owen Ellis - Captain, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment

Only son of the late James Walter Hobson, of Cauldwell Cottage, Bedford; Timber Merchant, by his wife, Rosamond, dau. of the late W. H. Ellis, of Anstey Grange, Leicester, High Sheriff and deputy Lieutenant of the county; Born Bedford, 29th April. 1891; educated Penrhyn Lodge, Westgate on sea and Uppingham School; worked with his father until war broke out; joined the Bedfordshire Yeomanry 5th Aug. 1914; received a commission and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 6/10th Bedfordshire Regt. 25th Jan. 1915; served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 18th April. 1916; was wounded in the following Nov. and invalided home, returning to France in Jan 1917; was again invalided home in March; on recovery was attached to the 3rd Battn., and subsequently appointed Musketry Officer; rejoined his Battn in France 17th July. 1917, and on the disbandment of that Battn. was transferred to the 4th; was appointed to the American training staff from 22nd May 1918, to 6th July following, and was killed in action at Moeuvres 27th Sept. of the same year, during the attack on Cambrai. Buried there. He was mentioned in despatches by F. M. Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished service in the field.

He married at St. Marys, Bedford, 2nd Jan. 1917, Ellen Nora, elder dau. of A. O'Brien, of Cheltenham, and had a dau., Suzanne, born 14th April, 1918

INSKIP

William James

Lance Corporal 524087, 481st Field Company, East Anglian Royal Engineers. Died 12th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Son of Mrs. Phoebe Churchman, of 43, St. Leonard's St., Bedford. Buried in BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, Lebanon. Grave 110.

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INSKIP, W. J., Corporal, Royal Engineers.

Volunteering in August 1914, he proceeded to Egypt in the following year and was there engaged on duties of great importance at various stations. He also served in Palestine, where he was present at the Battles of Gaza. He contracted malaria and influenza, and unhappily died in hospital at Alexandria on November 12th, 1918, and was buried at Beyrout. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and tbe General Service and Victory Medals.

"Steals on the ear the distant triumph song."

43, St. Leonard’s Street, Bedford. - X1665/A.

JAKES

Frank Ernest

Private SD/5750, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wunds 9th June 1917 with British Expeditionary Force. Age 20. Born St Mary's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. R. Jakes, of 28, Grosvenor St., Bedford, and the late Mr. G. Jakes. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. D. 17.

KEDGE

Ernest Frank

[Listed as E J on memorial] Private 9787, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 8th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Clophill, Beds, enlisted and resident Bedford. Husband of W. D. Kedge, of 27, Union St., Bedford. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XV. J. 1.

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KEDGE, E. F., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.

A serving man, he proceeded to France in October 1914, and after fighting at La Bassée, was wounded in action at Ypres and again at Hill 60. He also took an active part in the Battles of Festubert, Loos, the Somme and Arras, and whilst engaged in severe fighting at Messines was badly wounded, and unfortunately succumbed on June 8th, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last hill.”

27, Union Street, Bedford. - X3179-X3180.

KEECH

Sidney George

[Listed on memorial as Machine Gun Corps] Private 60169, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 7th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born St Cuthbert's, Bedford, resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 6189, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

KILPIN

Thomas Bennett

[Memorial states Lieutenant] Second Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery attached 25th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 15th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Buried in PONT-D'ACHELLES MILITARY CEMETERY, NIEPPE, Nord, France. Grave II. B. 3.

LAMBERT

George

Lance Corporal 12800, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1916 in Fance & Flanders. Age 26. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr and Mrs. George Lambert, of 32, Melbourne St., Bedford. Commemorated in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special memorial B. 5.

LOCKEY

Percy

Private 22660, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th October 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Sheeford, Bedfordshire, enlisted and resident Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

MANTON

Harry Hector

[SDGW states Private] Sergeant TT/03540, 2nd Vet. Hospital, Royal Army Veterinary Corps attached 250th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 12th January 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry and Kate Manton, of The Hop Pole, Cauldwell St., Bedford. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Grave V. F. 42.

MASLEN

Percy Ormond

Private 22799, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born Tansfield (sic), Bedfordshire, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry Ormond Maslen, of 27, St. Leonards Avenue, Bedford. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

MEDCRAFT

Harry Morris

Private 202669, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Stanbridge, Bedfordshire, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Joseph and Emma Medcraft, of 19, St. Leonard's Avenue, Bedford. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. A. 41.

MYERS

Percy William

Private 42949, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur Myers, of 29, Little Butts St., Bedford. Formerly 10790, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 51 and 52.

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MYERS, P., Private, 10th Essex Regiment.

He joined in April 1917, and after a period of training was drafted to the Western Front in the foilowing year. He only served three weeks overseas before being unfortunately killed in action on April 26th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Great deeds cannot die: They with the sun and moon renew their light for ever.”

29, Little Butts Street, Bedford. - X3628.

NUTTING

Archibald

[Memorial states Private] Lance Corporal 24396, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of William Henry and Grace Nutting, of 11, Cauldwell St., Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D

PAGE

Frederick N

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

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PAGE, F. N., Private, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

Joining in June 1916, he proceeded in the same year to the scene of 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. - X1158/A.

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Sydney Leonard

Private 3925, 1st/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born Bedford, enlisted Sudbury, Suffolk. Son of Henry and Sarah Page, of 3, Hardwick Rd., Bedford. Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave V. O. 1.

PARKER

Charles Edwin

Private 3339, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218. See also Beds Regiment Gallipoli

PEAK

Alfred Edward

Private 3061, 1st/7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Sun Street, resident Nunhead, London South East. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 130-135.

POLLARD

Alfred Gordon

[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial] Second Lieutenant, 9th (The Dumbartonshire) Battalion (Territorial), Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). Killed in action 16th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Son of Mr. H. Pollard, of 8, Woburn Rd., Bedford. Buried in BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. D. 24.

POLLARD

George Herbert

[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial] Second Lieutenant 9th (The Dumbartonshire) Battalion (Territorial), Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) attached Royal Flying Corps. Died of wounds in German hands 7th June 1917. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XIV. A. 1.

RAY

Frederick Lee

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Son of Frederick and Alice Ray, of Bedford. Buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, Nord, France. Plot 2 Row C Grave 5 - also commemorated on Bedford St Leonard's Memorial

ROSS

William Ernest

Private 41060, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 29546, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

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ROSS, W. E., Private, 2nd Essex Regiment.

He joined in May 1916, and in the following October proceeded to the Western Front. There he participated in severe fighting on the Somme front, and also in the Battles of Ypres (III.) and Cambral. After taking part in several engagements dunng the Retreat and final Advance, he was unhappily killed in action on October 24th. 1918, near Arras, He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams, splendidly given.”

32, Great Butts Street, Bedford. - X4040.

SPRECKLEY

John Ralph

[Spelt SPREAKLEY on SDGW and listed as 5th Battalion on memorial] Private 32161, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of John and Caroline Spreckley, of 10, Elstow Rd., Bedford. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

STAPLETON

Charles Ernest

Private 3816, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in Malta 3rd November 1915. Age 22. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Frank and Sarah Ellen Stapleton, of 14, Holme St., Bedford. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Grave D. II. 2.

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(Please note that this entry differs from the others as his intials are reversed - it is still the same person).

STAPLETON, E. C., Pte., 1/5th Beds. Regt.

A month after the outbreak of war he volunteered, and in July 1915 was drafted to Gallipoli. After taking an active part in the Landingat Suvia Bay he contracted dysentery, and unfortunately died on November 4th, 1915, at Malta. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

14, Holme Street, Bedford. - X4287/B.

STEELE

Arthur

Private 9315, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 24th October 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born Kempston, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Steele, of 63, Muswell Rd., Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

STRATTON

Sidney A

[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Corporal 6333, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial Force), Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born SOuth HAckney, Middlesex, enlisted Colchester, Essex, resident Bedford. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 102 and 104.

TAYLOR

William George

Sapper 20483, 81st Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 19th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D.

National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and Northampton

TAYLOR, W. G., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Already in the Army when war was declared in August 1914, he was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where he served at Mons, and later took part in the Battles of Ypres, Loos and the Somme, being wounded in February 1915. He was reported missing, and is believed to have been killed in action on November 19th, 1916. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“And doubtless he went in splendid company.”

11, Holme Street, Bedford. - X4369/A.

TOMPKINSON

Percy Alexander

[Spelt TOMKINSON on SDGW] Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 4th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 34. Son of William and Selina Tompkinson, of Longton, Staffs.; husband of Sarah Loury Tompkinson, of 87, York St., Bedford. Buried in CALVAIRE CEMETERY, MONTBREHAIN, Aisne, France. Grave A. 23.

TRIBE, M.M.

George Holt

Private 43694, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Adversane, Sussex, enlisted Bedford. Son of Richard and Mary Tribe, of Nether Toat, Slinfold, Horsham, Sussex. Formerly 24394, Nothamptonshire Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. E. 22.

VYNE Joseph Samuel
Private 24913, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds 29th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 33. Born Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late Ann Vyne, of Kempston, Bedford; husband of Kate Hanna Vyne, of 7, Little Pilcroft St., Bedford. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VI. C. 3.
WEBB Leslie
Gunner 906627, "C" Battery, 286th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 9th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of William and Phoebe Webb, of Bedford. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.

"THEY GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
AND EVERY ONE OF THEM APPEARETH
BEFORE GOD IN SION"

Other memorial tablets within the church

GREEN

St John

Late Lieutenant, H.M. 15th Prince Albert's Light Infantry (now known as the Someset Light Infantry). Died 27th July 1873. Son of Thomas Green Esq., and Jane his wife. Buried in Bedford Cemetery.

MILLS

William

Major. Second son of William Mills, Esq., of Bisterine, Hants. Died 5th October 1832. Age 47.

HALLETT

John

Hallett memorial

Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Died 2nd December 1794. Age 22.

Hallet flagstone

This is NOT John HALLETT, Midshipman on the Bounty. He died in 1798 as a midshipman, at sea, when HMS Penelope sank. This John HALLETT died four yars prior to that.

29 April 2004

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