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BOLNHUSRT, ST. DUNSTAN'S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Brenda Asplin
with additional information by Lynda Smith

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2001

ERECTED BY PARISHIONERS
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918

HARPER

William Henry

Lance Corporal B/200451, 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Formerly 30177 Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23 August 1918. Age 32. Born Bolnhurst. Lived Wilden. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Peter & Ellen Harper of Bolnhurst. St. Neots, Hunts. Husband of Elizabeth Arm (sic) Harper of 3 Red Brick Cottages, Wilden, Beds. Buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 6. See also Wilden.

HARVEY

Ronald Marmaduke Dawnay

Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment (attached to 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 20 April 1915. Buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 13.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice, Officers Died in the Great War, Volume 2, page 207-208:

2nd LIEUTENANT RONALD MARMADUKE DAWNAY HARVEY, 4th BATTN. (EXTRA RESERVE) PRINCE OF WALES'S (NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGT.) attd. 1st BATTN. BEDFORDSHIRE REGT., son of the late Rev. Frederick Mortimer Harvey, Rector of Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire, and of his late wife, Katherine Dorothea, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Edward J. Parker-Jervis, of The Pyrehill, Stone, Staffordshire, w a s born on the 16th May, 1887, at Buckingham Palace Hotel, London, S.W.

He was educated at Haileybury, where he was prominent in the Gymnasium. After leaving school he went with his parents to Australia, in 1905, with the intention of farming, but instead he entered the theatrical profession, and, having trained for it, appeared in many parts. In 1909 he returned to England, and, having joined the F. R. Benson Shakespearean Company (South), went on tour to South Africa, in 1911, with the "Herbert Company." Soon after returning to England, in 1912, he was with the "Julia Neilson and Fred Terry Company" for about a year. After that he settled down with a friend in Somersetshire to run a garage, which he gave up—just when it was becoming successful—in August, 1914, feeling that "in a time like this everybody must do what they can for the country." His friend, a Haileyburian too, like 2nd Lieutenant Harvey, joined the Army as 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th North Staffordshire Regiment.

The subject of this memoir received his commission on the 15th August, 1914, and having gone to the front in March, 1915, was attached to the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. He was wounded in the thigh, on the 20th April, while throwing hand-grenades during the attack on Hill 60, and early on the morning of the 21st was killed outright by shell. He was buried, with others of the regiment, just behind Hill 60.

HAWKINS

Harold Jabez

Private G/41338, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 1 August 1917. Age 23. Born Bolnhurst. Lived St. Neots. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Josiah & Annie E. Hawkins of Bolnhurst, St. Neots, Hunts. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 & 51.

HAWKINS

Walter

Private A20947 [420947 on CWGC], 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died of pneumonia 22 May 1915. Aged 30 at the General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Son of Samuel and Louisa Hawkins of Ackerman Street, Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire; Canadian records give their address as Wood End Cottage, Bolnhurst, nr. St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. Unmarried. Admitted to Bolnhurst Board County Primary School 18 March 1890. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, a scholar, born Bedfordshire, son of Samuel and Louisa Hawkins, resident St Neots Road, Bolnhurst. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Bolnhurst, a Farmer's Son, son of Samuel and Louisa Hawkins, resident Wickey Farm, Little Staughton. Buried in Winnipeg (Elmwood) Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada. Grave referenceL.400. S.13. G.6. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4169 - 60

JOHNSON

Arthur

Possibly Private 16283. 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. Age 24. Born, lived and enlisted Bedford. Brother of Mrs. J. Cunnington of Brookend, Keysoe, St. Neots, Hunts. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2C.

JOHNSON

James

Possibly James Johnson, Air Mechanic 2nd Class 44839, No. 27 Kite Balloon Section (Macedonia), Royal Flying Corps. Died 30th March 1918. Buried in Sarigol, Greece. Plot D. Grave 639.

PARROTT

Charles F

Private 4146, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home 26 September 1916. Born and enlisted Bedford. Lived Bolnhurst. Son of Mr. F.G. Parrott of Keysoe Row, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in Bolnhurst Churchyard, Bedfordshire.

STEWARD

Cecil Norman

[Listed as Norman C STEWARD on memorial] Gunner 769, 46th (North Midland) Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died at home 18 July 1917. Aged 21. Son of Frederick & Lucy Steward of Bolnhurst. Buried in Bolnhurst Churchyard, Bedfordshire.

WHITMORE

Alec A.

Private 43287, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Formerly 26936 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of Wounds 26 February 1917. Born Bolnhurst. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Andrew & Louise Whitmore of Bolnhurst, St. Neots. Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 5.

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