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BIDDENHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The 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.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000-2009

Church memorial

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN PIOUS MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO
FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

Village memorial

TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
IN PROUD MEMORY OF
MEN OF BIDDENHAM WHO DIED
FOR THE HONOUR OF THEIR
COUNTRY 1914-1919

ARMSTRONG Algernon Cyril
Private 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 and 14
DAVISON John
Lance 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.
DUDLEY Alfred

Private 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.

From the National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton

DUDLEY, A., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering 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.

"The path of duty was the way to glory."

Biddenham, Beds.  
Z2034/A.
HERRING Wilfrid
[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.
PLAIN James
Private 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.
RIDDY Thomas William
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 memorial.
ROWNEY Walter Clifford
Private 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.
SHAW Giles Havergal
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 11th April 1917. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5
SHAW Greville Havergal

[Listed 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: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8818 - 54

From the Canadian National Archives the battalion diary for that day:

3 Nov 1918
"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 floods there.
"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.
WRIGHT Richard
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
1939-1945
CAMPLING, MBE John Norman
Lieutenant (E) H.M.S. Aldenham, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 14th December 1944. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 85, Column 1.
CREED Terence Hugh
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. Panel 7.
EVERETT Douglas Harold
Lieut-Commander 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 Modern School

Last updated 28 August, 2009

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