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BEDFORD ST PETER'S WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2003

The two memorials to those who died in both wars reside in the area of the choir stalls within St Peter's church. There is also a memorial to the Omnibus Company. Next door to the church is Bedford School which is a boarding school and may have some bearing on those listed here. The church web site can be found at www.stpeter.org.uk

THESE DIED FOR US

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2003

1914                 1919

ALISON

Cyril Hugh
[Spelt ALLISON on SDGW & CWGC] Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1916 in France & Flanders. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

ALLEN

Stephen Dexter
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment attached 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 27th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Son of William and Gertrude M. Allen, of "Morwenstow," 39, Southbourne Rd., Bournemouth. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

ANDERSON

Patrick Alexander
Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps and General List. Killed 19th October 1917. Aged 18. Born 17 March 1899, admitted to Bedford Grammar School 1906. Son of Frank and Blanche Anderson of 74, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Maidenhead, Berkshire, resident with his parents Frank and Blanche Marian Anderson, and his siblings, at 38 Goldington Avenue, Bedford. Buried in COMELY BANK CEMETERY, EDINBURGH, Scotland. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 889.

ANTHONY

Gerald Caldecott
[Listed as COLDECOTT on SDGW and CALDECOTT on CWGC] Lance Corporal PS/10689. "C" Company, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 16th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 33. Born Bedford, enlisted Hereford. Son of John and Sophia Anthony, of 24, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford; husband of Gladys Dorothy Anthony. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 26.

BALL

Ernest William
Private 43821, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21st July 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Annie Qualia Ball, of 15, Argyll St., Bedford. Buried in BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany. Plot XX. Row C. Grave 1.

BEALL

Philip Keith
Private 130289, "C" Company, 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died 23rd November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born 26th February 1890 in Leicester. Living at 1030 Melville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Son of Louisa Beall, of 70, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford and the late William Edes Beall. Bank Clerk by trade. Unmarried. Served 1 year with the O.T.C. Enlisted 27th March 1916 at Vancouver, British Columbia. Height 5ft 8½ins, girth 33 inches, complexion normal, eyes blue green, hair dark, religion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Nation Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 533 - 44

BECKETT

John Arthur
Sergeant 22674, 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 31st December 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex, resident Darley Bridge, Derbyshire. Son of Sarah Ann Beckett, of Bedford, and the late John Beckett; husband of Annie Maria Beckett, of Bridge Farm, Darley Bridge, Matlock, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.

BENNETT

Frank Arthur
Private 42301, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. A. F. Bennett, of 29, Foster St., Bedford, and the late Mr. W. Bennett. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

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

BENNETT, F. A., Private, 2nd Essex Regiment.

He joined in February 1917, and after a course of training proceeded to France. Whilst in this theatre of war he fought in many notable engagements, including that of Arras, where he was taken prisoner. On March 28th, 1918, he was reported missing, but is now presumed to have been killed. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

29, Foster Street, Bedford.  
X1265/B.

BOWICK

Charles Graham
Civilian from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Died 3rd May 1918 in France. Aged 18. Son of John Robie Bowick and Isabel Maud Bowick, of 178, Foster Hill Rd., Redford. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 1.

BOWICK

William Robie
Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Killed 11th June 1918 in England. Aged 20. Born 20 September 1897. Son of John Robie Bowick and Isabel Maud Bowick, of 178, Foster Hill Rd., Bedford. Born in South Africa. Buried in South-West part of ST GENEVIEVE CHURCHYARD, EUSTON, Suffolk.

BRICKDALE

John Bancel
Private 1211899, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died 4th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Son of Charlotte P. E. Brickdale, of Harding St., Greytown, Natal, South Africa, and the late Comdr. E. F. Brickdale. Also served at Gallipoli. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 1.

BROOKS

Herbert James Bartlett
Gunner 108405, 16th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 4th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 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. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 13.

BROWN

Charles Amos
Gunner 154033, 11th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 24th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 31. Born Bletsoe, enlisted Bedford. Son of Amos Brown, of Bedford; husband of Emma Brown, of 25, Derby St., Bedford. Buried in ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 12.

BROWN

George
Private 25427, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in ation 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford. Lived at 13 Trevor street Bedford and was married to Elizabeth Ann (formerly Endersby), one child Grace Emily born 1906. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 19.

BUCK

Charles
Private 8689, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 21st February 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 25. Born St Peter's, Bedford, enlisted Northampton. Son of Charles and Emma Buck, of 14, Derby St., Bedford. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 58.

BULL

John Leon
Corporal S/33426, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 1st June 1918 in South Africa. Born and enlisted London, resident Bedford. formerly 34066, Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried in MITLAND CEMETERY, CAPE TOWN, Western Cape, South Africa. Section 4. Grave 97456C.

BURNAGE

Frederick
Private 8567, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1st March 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Northampton. Buried in LES GONARDS CEMETERY, VERSAILLES, Yvelines, France. Plot/Row/Section 2. Grave 30.

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

BURNAGE, F., Drummer, East Yorks. Regt.

When war broke out in August 1914 he was already serving, and accordingly at once proceeded with the first Expeditionary Force to the Western Front. He took an active part in fierce fighting in the Battles of Mons and Ypres, and was severely wounded in action, and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at Versailles on March 1st, 1915. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

70, Wellington Street, Bedford.  
X1525/C.

BURNAGE

Harry
Private 9112, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st October 1914 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

Extract from National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and Northampton (Please note the discrepancies of date of death)

BURNAGE, H., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.

He was already serving in Africa when war broke out in August 1914, and in October of that year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Battle of La Bassée. After seeing much severe fighting in this theatre of war, he fell in action at Ypres on November 5th, 1914, only four weeks after landing in France, He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"And doubtless he went in splendid company.”

70, Wellington Street, Bedford.  
X1526/B.

CAMBERS

Walter
Gunner 82380, "B" Battery, 83rd Brigade, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 1st October 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 37. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Charles and Sarah Cambers; husband of Beatrice Deborah Cambers, of 13, Cobden St., Bedford. Native of Cople, Beds. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 3.

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

CAMBERS, W., Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.

He volunteered in January 1915, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Battles of Ypres, Festubert, Loos and on the Somme. He was unfortunately killed in action in the Ypres sector on October 1st, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain.”

13, Cobden Street, Bedford.  
X1571/A.

CHAPMAN

Albert William
No further information currently

CIRCUIT

Harry
[Spelt CIRCUITT on SDGW] Lance Corporal 319993, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force). Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th September 1918 in Egypt. Aged 34. Born Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mary Ann Circuit, of Felmersham, Bedford; husband of Annie E. Circuit, of 29, Argyll St., Bedford. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section T. Grave 48.

CLARE

Alfred Frederick
Lance Corporal G/52054, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 14th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred Howard Clare and Ann Clare, of 9, Foster Hill Rd., Bedford. Formerly G/23616, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in BOIS-CARRE BRITISH CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 8.

COLEMAN

Frank William
Private 40522, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born St Peter's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Formerly S4/215R. 365, Royal Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56.

COLLINS

George William
Private 57829, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Hallow, Worcesteshire, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2304, Royal Engineers. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 61 to 63. See also Frederick Charles Fuller & Son Brewery

COOK

Harry
Private 17945, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 2nd September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born St Anne's, Bedford, enlisted Stockport, Cheshire. Buried in RED CROSS CORNER CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 4.

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

COOK, H., Private, Cheshire Regiment.

He volunteered in October 1914, and, on completing his training in the following year, was drafted to France. There he took part in many important engagements, including the Battles of Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Arras and Cambrai, and in the Retreat and Advance of 1918. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle near Cambrai in September 1918, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

51, Queen’s Street, Bedford.  
X1777/A.

COOK

Horace Thomas
Private 299343, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th July 1917 in Palestine. Aged 22. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXX. Row B. Grave 1.

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

COOK, H. T., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.

We volunteered In August 1914, and in the following July was drafted to Egypt. in this seat of operations he first saw sewice on the Suez Canal and at Katia, and later took part in the Advance into Palestine. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action near Gaza in July 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken,
may reach him where be sleeps.”

51, Queen’s Street, Bedford.  
X1777/B.

COOPER

Howard Frank Byrne
Second Lieutenant, "A" Company, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 19. Son of Capt. Frank A. and Mabel E. Cooper, of Aligarh, United Provinces, India. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 44.

COX

William Joseph
Private 43663, 10th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 38. Born Stevington, enlisted Bedford. Husband of Ellen Mary Cox, of 42, Cavendish St., Bedford. Formerly 4/10857, 61st Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 16.

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

COX,W. J., Sapper, R.E.; and Pte., 10th K.O. (Y. LI.)

Joining in June 1916, he proceeded overseas seven months later. During his service on the Western Front he saw much severe fighting in numerous important engagements, and was unfortunately killed in action at Amiens on March 28th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“He died the noblest death a man may die:
Fighting for God and right and liberty.”

42, Cavendish Street, Bedford.  
TX1839.

DAWES

Arthur [James]
Driver L/44807, 69th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 9th October 1918, Aged 18. Born Hoxton, North London, enlistd Shoreditch, East London. Son of Mrs. Rose Tibbitt, of 2, Boswell Place, Tavistock St., Bedford. Buried in DELSAUX FARM CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 26.

DAWES

Arthur Irwin
Captain, 9th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry attached 10th Battalion, Gurkha Rifles. Died 22nd June 1917. Buried in HAIDAR PASHA CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot II. Row F. Grave 9.

DAY

Charles Norris
Second Lieutenant, 298th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 1st May 1918. Husband of C. N. Day, of 20, Southgate St., Gloucester. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row S. Grave 11.

DENHAM

William Malcolm
Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Killed as a result of an aeroplane accident 3rd January 1918. Born 18 June 1899. Resident 2 Cutcliffe Grove, Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Hampstead, London, son of Ethel H Denham, resident 7 Spenser Road, Bedford. Admitted to Bedford Modern School 1912. Attested 25 October 1916, aged 18 years 6 months (his casualty form states 17 years 4 months), occupation listed as Miscellaneous Aviator, 3rd Class Air Mechanic 85254, Royal Flying Corps. Height 5 feet 7¾ inches, chest 37 inches, discharged 12 December 1917 at South Franborough, appointed temporary commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on General List for duty with the R.F.C. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Plot F. Row 5. Grave 79.

Extract from Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1858-1959 - 1918:

DENHAM William Malcolm of 3 Carcliffe (sic - Cutcliffe) Grove Bedford second-lieutenant R.F.C. died 3 January 1918 at Waddington Lincolnshire Administration London 24 August to Frederick Denham merchant. Effects £128 3s. 6d.

DENTON

Arthur William George
Rifleman R/19914, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 23rd July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted London. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

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

DENTON, A. W. G., Rifleman, K.R.R.C.

In February 1916 he joined the Army, and shortly afterwards proceeded overseas. During his service on the Western Front he was in action in numerous important engagements, and fell fighting in the Battle of the Somme on July 23rd, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

19, Wellington Street, Bedford.  
X1873/A.

DIEMER

George Henry


Private G Diemer,
Beaconsfield Road, Bedford
from a privately published
book by Edmund Rimmer.

Private 3819, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Born 14th January 1886 at 25 Russell Street, Bedford. Married Miriam Snell on 2nd August 1908 at All Saints Church, Kempston, Beds. Children: George Lawrence Diemer and Gladys Ellen Diemer. Grandchildren: Rosemary Groves (nee Diemer, Doreen Hurren (nee Diemer) and Pamela Shaw (nee Diemer). Commemorated in AZMAK CEMETERY, SUVLA, Turkey. Special Memorial 38. See also Kempston

FEASEY, M.M.

Arthur George
Sapper 127603, 2nd Div. Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died fo wounds 30th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 22. Enlisted Bedford. Son of S. A. and C. Feasey, of 24, Wellington St., Bedford. Native of Bedford. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXV. Row F. Grave 11.

FOOTER

Daniel
Private 57753, 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 15th December 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Robert Thomas and Eva Footer, of 7, Argyll St., Bedford. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row C. Grave 45.

FOSTER

Harold John Brittain
Captain, Bedfordshire Regiment attached 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 26. Born 13 April 1891. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Foster, of 66, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford; husband of Annie C. Foster, of 36, York St., Baker St., Marylebone, London. Admitted to Bedford Grammar School in 1906. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Bedford, son of John and Elizabeth, resident 124, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, an Examiner Civil Service, born Bedford, resident with his parents, Jphn and Elizabeth Ann, and his sister, Catherine May, at 23 Wolseley Road, Crouch End N, Hornsey, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

Extract from Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1858-1959 - 1918:

FOSTER Harold John Brittain of 23 Wolsely-road Crouch End Middlesex captain H.M. Army died 14 April 1917 in France Probate London 8 March to Annie Classina Foster widow.
Effects £689.

FREIR

Cuthbert Glen
Private 12654, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Walthamstow, Essex, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D

FULLER

Richard
Private 22900, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Hermon and Rose Fuller, of 62, Russell St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

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

FULLER, R.,Private, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering in November 1915, he was drafted to the Western Front and saw much severe fighting. He took part in engagements at Loos, Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, and was unhappily killed in action on November 30th, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

62, Russell Street, Bedford.  
X2536.

GOATLEY

Albert Edward
Private 276536, 1st/6th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 16th July 1918 in Egypt. Aged 18. Enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of William and Edith Goatley, of 25, Cavendish St., Bedford. Formerly 5542, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section F. Grave 249.

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

GOATLEY, A. E., Private, 1/6th Essex Regiment.

Volunteering in August 1915, he was drafted to Egypt on completion of his training, but later proceeded to Palestine, where he took part in the Battles of Gaza. He was taken seriously ill with malarial fever and unfortunately died in hospital at Alexandria on July 16th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

25, Cavendish Street, Bedford.  
X2615/B.

GRAY

Cyril Henry
Private 3/8587, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 19th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Aged 25. Born Hampthill, Herts (sic - probably Ampthill, Beds), enlisted Northampton. Son of Henry and Laura Emily Gray, of 29, Princes St., Bedford. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 57.

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

GRAY, C. H., Private, 1st Northants Regiment.

A Reservist, he was called to the Colours at the outbreak of wax in August 1914, and was quickly drafted to France. In the course of his service in this seat of war he took part in the heavy fighting at Ypres, and was badly wounded in November 1914. As a result he unfortunately died shortly afterwards, and was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

9, Wellington Street, Bedford.  
X2666/B.

HAMMOND, M.M.

Wilfred
[SDGW is confused about this man, lists him as William, Corporal (Lance/Sergeant)] Sergeant C/8064, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 7th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born Wellingborough, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Sarah Hammond, of 8, Newnham St., Bedford. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Buried in BUS HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 9.

HARRIS

Reginald [Russell Goddard]
Lance Corporal 551414, 16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles). Died of wounds 24th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 21. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Westminster. Son of Mrs. Lettia Harris, of "Fairview," Cromer Rd., Mundesley, Norfolk. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 9.

HARRISON

Sidney
Private G/1132, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 6th March 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted Willsden, Middlesex. Buried in CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot J. Row 1. Grave 6.

HORTON

Paul Frederick
Private 351092, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Died of wounds 28th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 29. Born Bedford, resident and enlisted Pudsey, Yorkshire. Son of Thomas Frederick and Minna Horton, of 30, St. Peter's, Bedford. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 10.

HUTCHINGS

George
Private 4229, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Aged 20. Enlisted and resident Luton. Son of William John and Sarah Ann Hutchings, of 30, Canning St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey, Panel 54 and 218.

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

HUTCHINGS, G., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.

A month after the outbreak of war he volunteered, and in the following year was ordered to Gallipoli. In that theatre of war he saw service in numerous engagements, and fell gloriously on the Field of Battle at Suvia Bay on August 15th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

30, Canning Street, Bedford.  
X3014/B.

HUTCHINGS

Walter Charles
[Spelt HUTCHINS on SDGW] Private 25661, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died 1st February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Formerly G/28477, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.

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

HUTCHINGS, W. C., Private, Bedfordshire Regt.

Joining in 1917, he proceeded on completion of his training to the Western Front in the same year. Whilst serving in France he took an active part in severe fighting in the Somme sector, but contracted bronchitis,and unfortunately died on February 1st, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, may reach him where he sleeps.”

30, Canning Street, Bedford.  
X3014/A

JOHNSTON

Alfred Roy
Second Lieutenant, 20th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and General List. Killed in action 24th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 21. Son of Lavinia Teresa Johnston, of 1, Oaklands Rd., Bedford, and the late G. M. Johnston. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

KEMP

Frederick Sidney Albert
Sapper 72347, 7th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 18th December 1918. Aged 24. Son of Frederick George and Rose Kemp, of 57, Foster Hill Rd., Bedford. Buried in MONTECCHIO PRECALCINO COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Italy. Plot 10. Row C. Grave 9.

KIFFORD

James
Private 23817, 8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died of wounds 12th April 1917. Aged 28. Born Hemsworth, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late Henry Kifford. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 3.

LANCASTER

Albert Edward
Private 35714, 218th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 13th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Lancaster, of 25, Canning St., Bedford. Formerly 25472, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56.

LANCASTER

Harry
Private 26950, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Buckingham, enlisted and resident Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.

LEES

Thomas Prior
Major, 9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Killed in action 21st April 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 41. Son of Alfred and Rosa Matilda Lees, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54. See also Bedford Modern School

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 2 January to June 1915

MAJOR THOMAS PRIOR LEES, 1/9th (COUNTY OF LONDON) BATTN. THE LONDON REGIMENT, (QUEEN VICTORIA'S RIFLES) (T.F.), younger son of the late Alfred Lees and Mrs. Lees, of Bedford, was born on the 3rd September, 1874, at the Old Priory, Bedford.

He was educated at Bedford Modern School, under the Rev. R. B. Poole, P.D. He was head of the school, and proceeded to Clare College, Cambridge, where he was eighth Senior Optime, and took the degree of M.A. He then entered the Civil Service, and on mobilisation he was Assistant Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Burlington Gardens, London. He was fond of tennis, rowing, and music, and studied naval and military history. He joined the Victoria and St. George's Rifles in March, 1889, becoming Lieutenant in September, 1900; Captain in March, 1905 ; and Major in August, 1913; and passed the Army examinations for Field rank. He landed in France with his battalion (now the Queen Victoria's Rifles) in November, 1914, proceeding straight to the trenches, in which he remained, with the usual rest periods, all through the winter. On the night of the 20th-21st April the enemy took the trenches on the top of Hill 60. Major Lees organised and led a night assault with rather more than 100 of his men, afterwards reinforced to 150, drove the Germans out, found he was the senior officer left alive on the hill, and proceeded to conduct the defence. For some hours the enemy made repeated attempts to drive our men out by heavy artillery and machine-gune (sic) fire, bombing and infantry attacks, which were all repulsed. Between 4 and 5 a.m. on the 21st the situation became critical. He left his trench and crossed under a heavy fire to the trenches held by the Bedfordshire Regiment, which the Germans were assaulting, and he was shot through the head and heart while giving orders to hold on, only ten yards from the enemy. He fell into the arms of a Sergeant of the Bedfords and never spoke again. Lieutenant-Colonel R. B. Shipley, C.M.G., writes: “He died like a hero, having retaken and made good a position of primary importance which the enemy were on the point of reoccupying. His last gallant charge was as he would have wished it—to the assistance of his county Regiment., the Bedford Regiment. The last words I heard him speak as he led his company off into the trenches were: Now, remember, if anyone is wounded, the others must carry-on—not stop with him. If I am hit, go on I ' It was his initiative and courageous behaviour that has enabled us to hold on to the position. I cannot even attempt to tell you what a stupendous loss this is to the Regiment and myself, but we must console ourselves by remembering and trying to emulate your brother's unswerving devotion to duty and the unflinching gallantry shown by him in all times of stress. His life so earnestly devoted to others will live in our memories for all time."

On the advanced detachment of the Queen Victoria's Rifles being relieved after this action they were found to have lost over seventy-five per cent, of their number killed mid wounded.

LEGGE

Hubert Charles
[Listed as Herbert Charles LEGGE on SDGW] Sapper 185189, 29th [SDGW] or 79th [CWGC] Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 1st December 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 40. Born and enlisted Bedford. Husband of Gertrude L. Legge, of 1, Foster Hill Rd., Bedford. Native of Bedford. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 24.

LEWIS

Mark E
Pioneer WR/24936, Royal Engineers. Died Sunday 20th July 1919. Aged 46. Husband of Sarah Jane Lewis, of 3, Derby St., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedford. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 855. See also Bedford Cemetery.

LILLEY

Charles W
No further information currently - have not managed to find any details to fit this man's profile.

LITCHFIELD

Horace B
Private 2723, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 5th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born and resident Bedford, enlisted Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Son of Ellen Jane Litchfield, of 3, Ombersley Rd., Bedford. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 36.

LONG

Frederick
No further information currently - have not managed to find any details to fit this man's profile.

LOVELL, M.M.

Samuel H
Sergeant 9095, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23rd August 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 32. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Husband of E. M. Lovell, of 23, Eastville Rd., Bedford. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 13.

LOWE

Charles Edward
Sapper 470622, 1st/2nd Durham Fortress Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 24th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 35. Enlited Jarrow-on-Tyne, Co. Durham, resident Gateshead-on-Tyne, Co. Durham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Lowe, of 3, Argyll St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D.

LOXLEY

James [Joshua]
Gunner 105020, 126th Anti-Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 18th August 1918 in Egypt. Born Colmworth, enlisted Bedford. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section L. Grave 23.

MADDEN

William Henry
Captain, 16th (Pioneer) Battalion, Royal irish Rifles. Died of wounds 24th March 1918. Aged 33. Son of the Very Rev. S. O. Madden (Dean of Cork), and of Charlotte B. Madden, of 26, Goldington Rd., Bedford. Born at Cork. Buried in NOYON NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Oise, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 10.

MARKHAM

Arthur Lambert
Private 77539, 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Died 9th April 1917 in France. Born 30th June 1893 in Nottingham. Next of kin Mr A Markham, 34 Albert Street, Nottingham. Engineer by trade. Aged at enlistment 21 years 3 months, height 5 feet 5 inches, girth 35 inches, complexion light, eyes blue, hair brown, religion Church of England. Enlisted 9th November 1914 in Victoria, Canada. Buried in NINE ELMS MILITARY CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 20. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Box 5925 - 14

MAXEY

Harry
Private G/29569, 23rd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 12th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Born St Peter's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row H. Grave 16.

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

MAXEY, H., Private, 23rd Middlesex Regiment.

He joined in 1916, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Battle of Arras and many other important engagements. Mortally wounded in action at Vimy Ridge, he unhappily died on June 12th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“He died the noblest death a man may die: Fighting for God and right and liberty.”

2, Derby Street, Bedford.  
X3523.

MAYHEW

Edwin
Sergeant 24795, 48th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3rd October 1914 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Born Great Barford, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Harriett Mayhew, of 9, Argyll St., Bedford. Buried in PORTE-DE-PARIS CEMETERY, CAMBRAI, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 1.

McNAUGHTON

Ronald C
No Photograph currently
[R M C McNAUGHTON in cemetery and on SDGW.] Lance Corporal 1162, 54th East Anglian Division, Royal Engineers. Died in England 10th September 1914. Aged 23. Enlisted Bedford. Son of J. I. and Janie C. McNaughton, of "Belhaven," 39, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedford. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 31. See also Bedford St Martin and Bedford Cemetery

MERRYWEATHER

Herbert {Wilson}
Private 20305, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 13th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Joseph Merryweather, of 58, Wellington St., Bedford. Buried in HEM COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 2.

MILLS

Albert S
Lance Corporal 10319, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 5th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

MILLS

Percy
Private 25981, 8th Battalion, [Listed as Essex on SDGW] East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 79 to 80 and 163A.

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

MILLS, P., Private, 8th East Surrey Regiment.

He joined in December 1916, and on completion of his training was in the following year sent overseas. During his service on the Western Front he took part in many important engagements in various sectors, and fell fighting at Ypres on October 12th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

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

23, Canning Street, Bedford.  
X3559.

MULLER

Carl Wihelm Albert
[Charles William Albert]
[Note the two sets of names one in English] Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 5th October 1916. Aged 19. Born 7 February 1897. Son of Frederick Charles Theophilus and Priscilla Muller, of Eastern Bengal Railways, Kanchrapara, Bengal, India. In the 1911 census he is aged 14, at school, born Bangalore, India, resident with his mother, Priscilla, and his siblings, at 132 Foster Hill Road Bedford. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 12.

NICHOL

Anthony Thomas
Second Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 16th April 1917. Aged 19. Son of Lt. Col. William Dale Nichol and Mary Louisa Nichol, of 8, Kimbolton Avenue, Bedford. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 8.

NORMAN

Ernest
Private 33762, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st June 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 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 1.

Extract from National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and 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.  
TX3671.

OAKLEY

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

Extract from National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918 - Section XII - Bedford and 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.  
X3695/E—X3696/E.

ODELL

Frank
Private 10036, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 8th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Aged 22. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Brother of Mr. H. J. Odell, of 4, Queen St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 4.

ODELL

Harry
[Listed as M ODELL on CWGC] Guardsman 24362, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 16.

OLIVER

Jack H
Pioneer WR/24936, Royal Engineers. Died Sunday 20th July 1919. Aged 46. Husband of Sarah Jane Lewis, of 3, Derby St., Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedford. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 855. See also Bedford Cemetery.

PARKER

Samuel Samson
Private 29798, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 31. Born Bethnal Green, Middlesex, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Parker, of 8, Great Butt St., Bedford; husband of Mary Louisa Parker, of 50, Sandhurst Rd., Southend, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

PARROTT

Cecil Henry
Private G/24720, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 18th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born Bedford, resident and enlisted Margate, Kent. Son of Albert Edward and Clara Elizabeth Parrott, of 7, Peel St., Bedford. Formerly 9473, East Kent Regiment. Buried in STUMP ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 72.

PARSONS

John Francis aka Frank
Private 1822, (Territorial Force), Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in England 13th October 1916. Born St Peter's, enlisted Bedford. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Bedford, son of George and Abb Parsons, resident 50, Argyll Street, Bedford. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 756.

PAULGER

Charles Thomas
Private 45126, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 13th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France . Plot I. Row L. Grave 22.

PECK

James Robert
Private 14110, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 17th December 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 35. Son of Charles and Sarah Peck, of Bedford; husband of Maud Eleanor Peck, of 24, Cowley Rd., Mortlake, London. Buried in MAZARGUES WAR CEMETERY, MARSEILLES, Bouches-du-Rhone, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 20.

PURNELL

Charles
Sergeant 9551, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 5th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

REID

Herbert Sidney
[Listed as Sydney Herbert REED on both SDGW and CWGC] Private 3/7074, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Eliza Reed, of 47, Queen St., Bedford. Buried in HALLUIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 3.

REYNOLDS

William Henry
Private 21268, 1st Garrison Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 13th May 1918 in India. Aged 30. Born Bedford, enlisted Hove, Sussex. Son of Thomas and Martha Reynolds. No known grave. Commemorated on KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL, India. Face 3.

RICHARDSON

Harry
Sapper 522376, 486th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 19th November 1918. Aged 36. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Richardson, of Bedford; husband of Mrs.F.E. Richardson, of 45, Cavendish St., Bedford. Buried in BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, Lebanon. Grave 156.

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

RICHARDSON, H., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

He volunteered in January 1915, and in the following July was drafted to the Dardanelles, where he saw much heavy fighting at the Landings at Cape Helles and Suvla Bay. Later he was transferred to Egypt, took part in the Advance into Palestine, and was in action at Gaza and Jaffa. He contracted fever, and unfortunately died through the effects on November 19th, 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, may reach him where he sleeps.”

45, Cavendish Street, Bedford.  
X3957.

RICKETTS

Lionel James
Private 200169, 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died 22nd June 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 30. Son of Duncan Richard and Marion Phoebe Emma Ricketts, of Doolha Estate, Gorokhpur, Northern India; husband of Eva M. Ricketts, of 30, Argyle St., Bedford, England.

There are two enlistment forms for Lionel James Ricketts, one gives his date of birth as 15th August 1884 and the other 15th August 1887. The first lists the following:

Date of birth 15th August 1884. His Canadian address is given as Beaubier Hotel, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. His place of birth India, next of kin, his brother, G W Ricketts, Water Rights Dept., British Columbian Government, Victoria, British Columbia. Surveyor by trade. Single man. Stated to have served with Royal North-West Mounuted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Rifles for 2 years. Enlisted 5th November 1915 in Winnipeg aged 28 years 3 months. Height 5 feet 9 inches, girth 40 inches, complexion dark, eyes hazel, hair dark brown, religion Church of England.

The second lists the following:

Date of birth 14th August 1887. His Candian address Grand Union Hotel, Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Born Gorukpore, India. Next of kin, his brother, Duncan Grantley Rickeets. Clerk by trade. Single man. Served 3 years with the North West Mounted Police 1909-1911 and 1914-1915 then 11th Battalion, Irish Fusiliers of Canada for 3 weeks in 1916. Enlisted 19th December 1916 in Vancouver. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 37½ inches, complexionsallow, eyes, hazell, hair dar brown, religion Church of England.

Buried in BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, RIVIERE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row P. Grave 9. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8263 - 7

SETCHELL

Alfred Knight
Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Son of Alfred and Jessie Laura Setchell, of 16, Spenser Rd., Bedford. Educated at Bedford Modern School. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3. See also Bedford Modern School.

SHELTON

Kenneth
Temporary Captain (Lieutenant), The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and Royal Flying Corps. Died of wounds 14th February 1918. Buried in ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 9.

SILLAR

Tom Cameron
Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 30th September 1915. Aged 19. Born 19 December 1895. Son of Hannah E. Sillar, of 16, Goldington Avenue, Bedford, and the late Tom Cameron Sillar. Admitted to Bedford Grammar School in 1903. In the 1901 census he is aged 5, born Wandsworth, Surrey, son of Hannah E Sillar (a widow, resident 15, The Crescent, Bedford. In the 1911 census he is aged 15, born Wandsworth, London, at school, son of Hannah Sillar, brother totwo sisters, resident 5 St Augustines Road, Bedford. Buried in X FARM CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 2.

SIMMS

Alfred
Stoker 1st Class K/11783, H.M.S. Hawke, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 15th October 1914 when torpedoed by German submarine U9 of Aberdeen in the North Sea. Born 31 December 1892, at 28 Albert Street, Bedford. Joined the Royal Navy as a Painter 14 July 1911 for 12 years. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Bedford, resident with his parents, Alfred and Laura Emily Simms, and his siblings, at 26, Beaconsfield Street, Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, a worker labourer, born Bedford, resident with his parents and siblings, at 28 Albert Street, Bedford. Prior to enlistment he was a Bottle Washer. Height 5 feet 5½ inches. chest 36 inches. dark hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion. First served H.M.S. Pembroke I4 July 1911 to 17 November 1911, then H.M.S. Banche 18 November 1911 to 22 January 1913 during which time he became a Stoker 1st Class (23 January 1913) then served H.M.S. Pembroke II 23 Jabuary 1913 to 3 February 1913 and then H.M.S. Hawke 4 february 1913 until his death. No known grave. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 5.

SIMMS

Charles James
Private 10207, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th March 1916 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row H. Grave 40.

SIMONS

William
[Spelt SIMMONS on SDGW and CWGC] Private 3/8659, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

SWANNELL

Frank
No further information currently

SWANNELL

George Henry
Lance Sergeant 1326, 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte's Own). Died of wounds 16th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Sarah Ann Swannell, of 31, Canning St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5.

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

SWANNELL, G. H., Sergeant, 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’) Dragoon Guards.

He was mobilised in August 1914, and immediately drafted to France, where he played a prominent part in the Battle of Mons and saw much fighting in the Arras sector. He died gloriously in the Field at the Battle of Ypres on May 16th, 1915 and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Nobly striving; He nobly fell that we might live.”

31, Canning Street, Bedford.  
X3450/A.

TANCOCK, M.C.

Osborn[e] George
Lieutenant, 5th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Artillery. Killed in action 17th March 1918. Aged 20. Son of Col. Osborne Kendall Tancock C.M.G. (late R.A.), and Theodosia Louisa Tancock (nee Hartnell), of 54, Goldington Avenue, Bedford. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI.Row J. Grave 13.

TANSLEY

Frederick
Guardsman 20452, 4th Battalion, Grebadier Guards. Killed in action 30th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born St Peter's, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9.

WEMYSS

Norman Douglas
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Son of Alexander and L. F. A. Wemyss, of 24, de Parys Ave., Bedford. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 19.

WHITBREAD

Ernest H
Private 47708, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Chesterfield, Derbyshire, enlisted Bedford. Buried in DURY CRUCIFIX CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 59.

WHITE

Charles Percy
[Listed as Percy Charles WHITE on SDGW and CWGC] Sapper 495, 1st Field Company, East Anglian Royal Engineers. Killed in action 10th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Mary White, of 34, Wellington St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 1.

WHITE

Howard
No further information currently

WHITEMAN

George Worley
Second Lieutenant, 3rd/4th (London) Howitzer Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 30th July 1917. Aged 21. Son of Hazer and Caroline Whiteman, of 1, Westmill Villas, Stotfold, Baldock, Herts. Native of Bedford. Buried in LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row F. Grave 1.

WHITING

Charles Maurice
Private 27623, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st July 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 36. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick and Susannah Whiting, of 26, Cavendish Street, Bedford. Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 5. Row A. Grave 3.

WOODCOCK

Arthur
Private 10030, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 22. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Matilda Woodcock, of 44, Russell St., Bedford. Buried in ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 8.

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

WOODCOCK, A., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regt.

He was already serving with the Colours at the outbreak of war in August 1914, and was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in the Retreat from Mons. He was also in action at subsequent engagements of importance, including the Battles of Ypres and Arras, and made the supreme sacrifice on September 7th 1915, being killed in action on the Somme front. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Great deeds cannot die.”

44, Russell Street, Bedford.  
X2449

WORKER

Roland Lionel Thomas
Pioneer 42619, 67th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 9th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Oxford, enlisted Coventry, Warwickshire. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328.

WRIGHT

Edwin
No further information currently

YOUNG

Alfred
Private 3/7682, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Buried in FAUQUISSART MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 5.

YOUNG, M.M.

Harold William
Sergeant 3397, 1st/4th Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds. 13th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Leicester. Aged 25. Son of Harry Young, of 10, Lurke St., Bedford, and the late Mrs. H. Young. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 8.

YOUNG

Thomas
Painter 1st Class 347000, H.M.S. Hawke, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 15th October 1914 when torpedoed by German submarine U9 of Aberdeen in the North Sea. The torpedo hit amidships and Hawke capsized within 10 minutes. The destroyer Swift and the steamer Modesta picked up 71 survivors but about 500 crew were lost. Aged 30. Son of Isaac and Sarah Young, of 71, Wellington St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 6.

THESE DIED FOR US

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2003

1939                 1945

BRADLEY

Peter William

Corporal 1874335, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th June 1946. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 460.

COLTMAN

Noel Birkbeck

Driver T/185007, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 14th February 1942 on the penultimate day of the Fall of Singapore. Son of Ernest and Alice Coltman; husband of Margaret P. Coltman, of Kew, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 99.

DARLOW

John Michael

Flight Lieuteant 168713, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17th August 1945. Aged 23. Son of Henry and Ida Elizabeth Darlow, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Classical Scholar of Downing College, Cambridge. Buried in KIRKEE WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 7. Row D. Grave 7.

FORD

Ernest Campbell

Flying Officer (Pilot) 25130, 4 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18th May 1940. Aged 24. Son of Dr. Donald McNeil Ford and Mary Wight Ford, of Slough, Buckinghamshire; husband of Muriel Frederick Ford. Formerly Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Buried in OUTER COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ninove, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 261.

GLIDEWELL

Albert Donald

Lance Bombardier 904136, 63 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 3rd January 1945. Aged 26. Son of Walter James Glidewell and Emily May Glidewell, of Bedford; husband of Phyllis Lilla Glidewell (nee Huckle), of Bedford. Buried in VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 6.

GOOCH

Michael John Covington

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 132302, 14 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th December 1945. Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Plot 6. Row E. Grave 16.

GROOM

Cecil Victor Bleriot

Guardsman 2732807, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Guards. Died 27th May 1944. Aged 34. Son of William and Sarah Groom; husband of Nellie Groom, of Holbrook, Suffolk. Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 4.

MAWSON

Michael Gerald Hargreave

Midshipman (S), H.M.S. Neptune, Royal Navy. Died 19th December 1941. Aged 20. Son of Capt. Gerald Hargreave Mawson, M.C., and Mary Ruth Mawson, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 45, Column 1.

OAKLEY

Edward Thomas

Driver T/5942662, 3 Division Petrol Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died between 27th and 28th May 1940, exact date unknown. Aged 38. Son of Alfred and Alice Oakley; husband of Doris Mary Oakley, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 138.

SALISBURY

Alfred

Sub-Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Trumpeter, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 10th August 1944. Aged 23. Son of William and Mary Ann Salisbury; husband of Brenda Mayes Salisbury. No known grave. Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 5, Panel 6.

SANDES

Charles Richard

Flying Officer (Pilot) J/22255, 428 Squadron, Royal canadian Air Force. Died 20th December 1943. Aged 21. Son of Charles Lancelot Compton Sandes and Georgie Helen Sandes, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot 9. Row G. Collective grave 18-20.

SHAW

Patrick Robert Dupre

Lieutenant 249402, The Inns of Court Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 6th June 1944. Aged 22. Son of Frederic Lloyd Shaw and Marian Jane Shaw, of Bournemouth, Hampshire. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XIV. Row C. Grave 25.

SHUTE

Harry John

Flying Officer 142074, 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 10th August 1944. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 209.

THORNE

Sidney Edward

Trooper 7900536, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Royal Armoured Corps. Died 14th June 1942. Aged 26. Husband of Joan A. Thorne, of Bedford. Buried in TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY, Libya. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 25.

TILLARD

John Nigel

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 115124, 142 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th March 1942. Aged 19. Son of Colonel Arthur Basil Tillard, C.B.E., D.S.O., and Leila Tillard, of Bedford. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 9. Row C. Grave 2.

WHITLEY

David

Pilot Officer (Pilot) 42036, 264 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 28th August 1940. Aged 21. Son of David E. Whitley and Olivia Whitley, of Kilburn, Middlesex. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Section E Grave 849. See also Bedford Cemetery.

WILSON

Frederick Arthur

Warrant Officer 5947516, 2nd Battalion, tHe Hertfordshire Regiment, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died between 28th and 31st May 1940 exact date uncertain. Aged 30. Son of John Herbert and Nell Wilson; husband of Margaret Rose Wilson, of Bedford. Buried in OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row CC. Grave 3.

WOODS

Ronald George

Pilot Officer (Air Bomber), 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th January 1943. Aged 20. Son of Charles Thomas Woods and Edith May Woods, of Bedford. Buried in PLOUGASNOU COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Finistere, France. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 5.

There are two memorial windows within the church. The first sits over the main entrance door the second is to the north side of the church.

1941
1945
BURMA
BURMA STAR ASSOC
WHEN YOU GO HOME
TELL THEM OF US
& SAY FOR YOUR
TOMORROW WE
GAVE OUR TODAY
CAMPAIGN
Erected by the Town and County of Bedford in memory of Colonel
Burnaby born in this parish Fell at Abou Klea Jany 17th 1885.

There is also a plaque to a fallen soldier on the south side interior wall.

THORPE W
Sergeant Farrier. No 8 Mountain Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 1908 on Mohmand Expedition.

 

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