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 Biddenham,
resident Ford End, Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES
(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12
Corporal 86703, 6th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died
of wounds 8th June 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident
Biddenham, enlisted Bedford, Formerly Dm/2/231872, Royal Army Service
Corps. Buried in ESQUELBECQ MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave
Kingdom II. E. 31.
12766, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday
23rd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Haynes, enlisted
Bedford, resident Biddenham. 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. Age 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.
Grave XXV. L. 16A.
7547 1st Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action
on Sunday, 20th August 1916. Age 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. Sp.
Mem. B. II.
Lance Corporal 1090, 2/1st East Anglian Division, 486th Field Company,
Corps of Royal Engineers. Died at home Thursday 24th June 1915.
Age 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
60202, 101st Company, Labour Corps. Died Friday, 31st January 1919.
Age 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. Grave V. B. 3.
5th Battalion (Territorial), Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action
Wednesday 11th April 1917. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de
Calais, France. Bay 5
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. Buried
in VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot
I. Row A. Grave 1. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference:
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. 0. PRICE proceeded to EDINBURGH to 14 days leave.
Lieut W. S. LAWRENCE joined the battalion as a reinforcement.
Private 40670, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action
Tuesday 30th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born
Kempston, resident Biddenham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick
and Eliza Wright, of Duck End, Biddenham, Bedford. Formerly 45180,
Suffolk Regiment. 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. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon.
Panel 85, Column 1.
Pilot Officer 42697 608 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Sunday,
1st September 1940. Age 27. Son of Edward Cecil and Olive Agnes
Creed, of Biddenham. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey.
H.M. L.S.T. 420, Royal Naval Reserve who died on Tuesday, 7th November
1944. Age 30. Son of Bennett Henry and Lily Ethel Everett; husband
of Lilian Frances Everett, of Biddenham. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH
NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 92, Column 2. See also Bedford
28 August, 2009