POLICE WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 & 2 & Korea - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards
The Bedfordshire Branch of
the Police Federation held its first meeting on 22nd March 1922. One
of the earliest requests was that a Roll of Honour be fixed in a conspicuous
place at Shire Hall "to the memory of our fallen comrades in the
Great War." Lieutent-Colonel, Sir Frank Stevens supported the request
and the standing joint committee duly commissioned a memorial stone.
The memorial now resides in the Police Headquarters at Kempston, opposite
the reception desk. It has been added to with one entry for World War
2 and beside it rests a memorial to one man who fell in Korea.
Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002
GLORIOUS MEMORY OF
MEN OF THE
IN THE GREAT WAR
33181, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday
20th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident
Stagsden. Son of Harry and Harriett Babbington, of Stagsden, Bedford.
Enlisted Ampthill. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery,
Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave II. D. 7. See also Stagsden
Roll of Honour.
Corporal 23773 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds
Saturday, 9th (CWGC & SDGW say 14th) April 1917. Age 24. Born
and enlisted Eaton Socon, enlisted Ampthill. Husband of Nellie Dean,
of 31, East St., St. Neots, Hunts. Born 22nd July 1892. in the 1911
census he was a Flour packer in Mill, born Eaton Socon, aged 18,
son of James and Lizzie Dean and living in Eaton Socon. Buried in
WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France.
Grave VII. H. 5. Also on the Eaton
Socon War Memorial.
14284, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 1st February
1917. Age 25. Son of Richard W. and C. A. Gordon, of 6, Leslie Avenue,
Garlinge, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. Native of Bedford. Born St Cuthbert's.
Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l'Abbe, Somme, France.
Grave V. G. 30.
2511, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Died of wounds 18th November
1914. Age 27. Born Doddington, Cambs, enlisted Bedford. Son of John
and Ann Kirk, of 22, Ampthill St., Bedford. Buried in Wimereux Communal
Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. B. 32A.
Serjeant 7845, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards who died
on 8th November 1918. Age 31. Husband of Jessie Sarah McCartie
of 2 King Street, Kempston. Buried in Kempston Cemetery,
Kempston. Grave A. 456.
Corporal 23134, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in
action Monday 5th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25.
Born and resident Beeston Green, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Jesse
and Jane Norman, of Beeston Green, Sandy. Buried in Le Touret Military
Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. C.
36428, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action
17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Hertford,
resident Hitchin. Son of John and Rebecca Pedley, of 29, Highbury
Rd., Hitchin, Herts. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Pier and Face 11 D
20059, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th
September 1916. Age 28. Born Bletsoe, enlisted Ampthill, resident
Bedford. Son of John Surridge, of Chettles Close, Sharnbrook, Beds;
husband of Caroline Surridge, of Church Farm, Church Rd., Sutton,
Surrey. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and
Face 2 C
Officer, 135648, Air Bomber, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve who died on Wednesday 8th September 1943. Born 1st March
1914. Dairyman before joining the police force 1st June 1938. He
left the force 8th September 1943, his reason for leaving "presumed
killed whilst flying an operation against the enemy on the 8th September
1943 in the Mediterranean". there is a letter from the Air
Ministry on his personal file but as yet this has not been located.
Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Collective grave 7. E.
listed on the memorial
2694696, Corps of Military Police formerly 2nd Battalion, Scots
Guards. Died in a motorbike accident 29th September 1940. Aged 28.
Son of James and Mary Fisher; husband of Edith Fisher, of Bedford.
Buried in ACKLAM CEMETERY, Middlesborough. Unconsecrated grave 1.
THEIR COMRADES IN DEEP RESPECT
Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002
is also a memorial to Constable D A Simcox.
18 April, 2020