World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards
Memorial stands on the green in the centre of Biddenham village and
takes the form of a small Celtic cross on a plinth with a three-stepped
base. There are 10 names for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. It was
unveiled and dedic ated 18th May 1922; the buolders were Messrs. S W
Jarvis & Son and the designer was F L Griggs. There are also two
memorials in the church of St James, one for World War 1 and the other
World War 2. The names are identical on the church and village memorials.
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PIOUS MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO
FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
IN PROUD MEMORY OF
MEN OF BIDDENHAM WHO DIED
FOR THE HONOUR OF THEIR
G/21037, 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in
action Friday 10th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born 10
October 1897 Biddenham, resident Ford End, Bedford, enlisted Bedford.
Admitted to Biddenham National School 26 July 1901, son of Frank
Armstrong, of Ford End, Biddenham, left 9 October 1901. Re-admitted
to Biddenham National School 26 May 1902, son of Frank Armstrong,
of Ford End, Biddenham, left 4 November 1910 exemption certificate
applied. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 12 and 14
Corporal 86703, 6th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly
Dm/2/231872, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 8th June 1918
in France & Flanders. Born 5 October 1897, and resident, Biddenham,
enlisted Bedford. Admitted to Biddenham National School 4 March
1901, son of William Davidson, of Biddenham. Buried in ESQUELBECQ
MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 31.
12766, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday
23rd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Haynes, enlisted
Bedford, resident Biddenham. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas
de Calais, France. Bay 5.
the National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford
A., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.
in September 1914, he proceeded to the Western front on completing
his training in the following year, and there took part in
the Battles of Festubert, Loos and Arras and other engagements
was wounded on the Somme in 1916. He was killed in action
at Vimy Ridge on April 23rd, 1917. He was entitled to the
1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
path of duty was the way to glory."
[Wilfred eslewhere] Rifleman 45588, 15th Battalion, Royal Irish
Rifles. Died of wounds Wednesday 25th February 1917 in France &
Flanders. Aged 24. Born and enlisted London, resident Biddenham.
Son of William Charles and Henrietta Maria Herring, of Fairmead,
Biddenham, Bedford. Born at Walthamstow, Essex. Formerly 5008, London
Regiment. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
Plot XXV. Row L. Grave 16A.
7547 1st Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action
on Sunday, 20th August 1916. Aged 29. Born Kettering, enlisted Northampton.
Son of George Plain; husband of Mary Elizabeth Plain, of Kennet
Terrace, Brixworth, Northants. Native of Bedford. Commemorated in
BAZENTIN-LE-PETIT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave
lost. Special Memorial Row B. Grave 11.
Lance Corporal 1090, 2/1st East Anglian Division, 486th Field Company,
Corps of Royal Engineers. Died at home Thursday 24th June 1915.
Aged 33. Resident Biddenham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Jeremiah and
Fanny Riddy, of Stagsden, Bedfordshire; husband of M. J. Riddy,
of Avenue Cottage, Biddenham, Bedford. Buried in STAGSDEN (ST. LEONARD)
CHURCHYARD, north of Church. Also on Stagsden
memorial and Stagsden
60202, 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died Friday, 31st January 1919.
Aged 28. Son of Thomas and Kate Rowney, of Stevington, Bedford; husband
of Emily Rowney, of Church End, Biddenham, Bedford. Buried in BELGRADE
CEMETERY, Namur, Namur, Belgium. Plot V. Row B. Grave 3.
5th Battalion (Territorial), Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action
Wednesday 11th April 1917. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born
Stapleton, Bristol, at school, son of William Henry and Blanche
Shaw, resident Woodleigh, the Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
as Lieutenant Colonel on CWGC but Major on Canadian records] Major,
12th Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Died 3rd November 1918. Aged
28. Son of Rev. William and Blanche Shaw, of Stapleton, Bristol,
England; husband of Annie C. Shaw (nee Strong), of Military Hospital,
Quebec. Enlisted as Captain but became Major, 2nd Army Troops
Company. Born 10th February 1891 at Stapleton, Bristol. At the
time of his Officer Declaration, 1st October 1915 at Ottowa, Ontario,
his father was resident at 16 Rothsay Road, Bedford and he was
already in the Canadian Engineers. He was Church of England. In
the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Stapleton, Bristol, son of
William Henry and Blanche Shaw, resident Woodleigh, the Park,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Buried in VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH)
COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 1. National
Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8818 - 54
National Archives the battalion diary for that day:
"B” Company filled enters at E.8.c.2.4. and E.2.d.1.9.,
and repaired the road from E.16.b.1.3. to E.5.c.2.5. making it
fit for two—way lorry traffic.
"C" Company continued the search for booby traps in
VALENCIENNES but did not find any.
"D" Company replaced stop logs in lock at E.14.b.0.5.
to prevent too much water flowing; north, and thus cause further
"C" Company moved their Headquarters to VALENCIENNES.
Battalion Headquarters moved to ANZIN in the morning.
Major SHAW went forward on a motor cycle about 1400 hours to make
a reconnaissance of the forward roads in ST. SAULVE and beyond,
if possible. As he had not returned by 230O hours he was reported
to 4th Brigade, C.E., as missing.
Lieut. G. O. PRICE proceeded to EDINBURGH to 14 days leave.
Lieut W. S. LAWRENCE joined the battalion as a reinforcement.
Private 40670, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment formerly 45180,
Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30th October 1917 in
France & Flanders. Aged 19. Born Kempston, resident Biddenham,
enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick and Eliza Wright, of Duck End,
Biddenham, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL,
Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
(E) H.M.S. Aldenham, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 14th December
1944. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 85,
Pilot Officer 42697 608 Squadron, Royal Air Force who died on Sunday,
1st September 1940. Aged 27. Son of Edward Cecil and Olive Agnes
Creed, of Biddenham. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey.
H.M. L.S.T. 420, Royal Naval Reserve who died on Tuesday, 7th
November 1944. Aged 30. Son of Bennett Henry and Lily Ethel Everett;
husband of Lilian Frances Everett, of Biddenham. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 92, Column 2. See also
Bedford Modern School
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
Douglas Harold of Wintringham Days-lane Biddenham Bedfordshire
died on or since 7 November 1944 on war service Administration
Birmingham 22 March to Lilian Frances Everett
widow. Effects £405 16s.
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