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BLUNHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards

The village memorial sits at the road junction outside the church of St Edmund's, it takes the form of a granite obelisk with a cross carved in relief at the top, this stands on a square plinth with a two-stepped base; the names for World War 2 are on inset into the front of the secodn step. There are 15 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled by Colonel R R B Orlebar on 4th July 1920 (details in the Bedfordshire Times, 1921). Inside the church is a further memorial carved into the oak reredos to the same men as on the external memorial (this is also describe din the Bedfordshire Times 1921). There is also a statue to Our lady of Messines with the story of Ernest Beckley of Leicester and the amazing set of circumstances that followed.



Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

IN HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE
MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."

ALLEN Melville Richard Howard Agnew
Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps who died on Wednesday, 21st March 1917. Buried in Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Grave E/5. 70v. Was native of Sandy, Beds. Pilot at the Experimental Aircraft Flight, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. Killed in flying accident Wednesday, 21st March 1917, piloting Bristol Scout Type D 5556.
BATTLE Sydney Percy
[listed as Percy Sydney on SDGW and CWGC] Private, 31872, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday, 18th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Fredrick and Ellen Elizabeth Battle, of High St., Blunham, Beds. Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave III. D. 23.
BROWN William
Gunner, 124626, 60th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died Thursday, 8th November 1917 in Mesopotamia. Age 26. Born Blunham, enlisted Sandy. Husband of Lizzie Joyce Brown, of Berry Cottage, Blunham, Sandy, Beds. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave III. J. 9.
CHAMBERS Sydney
Private, G/34040, 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday, 8th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Bedford. Husband of Mrs. R. M. Chambers, of Southview, Blunham, Sandy, Beds. Formerly 4047, Essex Regiment. Prisoner of war. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Grave IX. E. 12.
CHRISTIE [W] Sydney
Assistant Motor Engineer, H.M.S. "Sunhill", Mercantile Marine Reserve, Royal Fleet Auxilary, Royal Navy who died on Tuesday, 26th November 1918. Buried in Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Grave E/3. 17.
  Jack EKINS
Private, M/333006, 683rd Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps who died on Thursday, 14th November 1918. Age 29. Son of W. Ekins, of Blunham, Sandy, Beds. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave 817.
GOODSHIP Bertie
Private, 25134, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 9th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Ampthill. Commeorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.
GIDDINGS Horace John
Corporal, 60011, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Tuesday, 12th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Biggleswade. Nephew of Mrs. Edith Jeffries, of 2, Council Cottages, Northill, Biggleswade, Beds. Formerly 3079, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8
LITTLE Herbert [Bert]
Private, 128956, 40th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action Tuesday, 9th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Sandy. Formerly 48328, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 11
MANN Percy
Private, 8487, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 15th September 1914 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
MANN Walter
Private 2462, 1st/1st, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Yeomanry. Died Wednesday, 26th July 1916 in Turkey. Age 31. Enlisted Gloucester, resident Bedford. Son of William and Mary A. Mann, of Blunham, Sandy, Beds. Buried in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria. Grave A. 83.
ODELL Ernest Alfred
Private, 33065, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday, 16th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Sandy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Odell, of Blunham, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Formerly 6197, Bedfordshire Regiment. Prisoner of war. Buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. Grave IV. C. 4.
STEVENS Walter J
Private, 201369, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday, 20th July 1917 in Palestine. Enlisted St. Albans, resident Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Grave XXX. A. 9.
TUPPEN Claud Christopher Selby
Senior Wireless Operator, Mercantile Marine who died on Saturday, 5th October 1918. Son of Claud Ernest Tuppen, of The Woodlands, Wisborough Green, Billingshurst, Sussex. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.
WHEATLEY John
Private, 203292, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday, 3rd July 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of the late James and Rhoda Wheatley, of Blunham, Sandy, Beds.; husband of F. Wheatley, of Newton Blossomville, Bedford. Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave I. L. 3.
1939-1945 WAR
BARTON James Jeffery
Sergeant, 573423, 83 Squadron., Royal Air Force who died on Tuesday, 13th October 1942. Age 21. Son of James Leslie and Ethel Henrietta Barton, of Buckden, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 77.
DALLEY John
Sergeant, 932761, Pilot, 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Tuesday, 21st November 1944. Age 22. Son of John and Anne Elizabeth Dalley, of Bromham, Bedfordshire. Buried in Ameland (Nes) General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands. Plot D. Row 9. Joint grave 27. The British plot is in a prominent position immediately left of the entrance.
GAYLOR Derek Austin
Driver, T/14774735, Royal Army Service Corps, who died on Sunday, 31st August 1947. Age 21. Son of John William and Edith Kate Gaylor, of Blunham, Bedfordshire. Buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. Grave 23. D. 6.
HOPKIN Alan Dunn
Pilot Officer 36220, 59 Squadron, Royal Air Force who died on Wednesday, 10th July 1940. Commemorated on Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, Surrey. Panel 8.
NORMAN Thomas Walter
Sergeant 5832734, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 11th November 1944. Age 30. Son of Harry and Emily Elizabeth Norman, of Blunham, Bedfordshire. Commemorated on Cassino Memorial, Italy. Panel 5.
SIMS Joshua John
Private 5950634, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action during the battle for Singapore on Friday, 13th February 1942. Age 31. Son of Joshua and Florence Sims; husband of Ellen Kathleen Sims, of Bedford. Commeorated on the Singapore memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 56.

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