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BROMHAM ST OWEN WAR MEMORIAL

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



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The Memorial is on the left hand wall as you enter the parish church.

1914-1919
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN THE MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO AT THEIR COUNTRY'S CALL,
GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE EUROPEAN WAR.

ALLEN John Francis

Captain, 1st Bn., The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who died of wounds on Wednesday/Thursday, 4-5th November 1914. Age 32. Son of William Henry Allen, of Bromham House, Bromham, Bedford. Buried in Ypres Town Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave E2.15.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1 , Part 2, Page 5 ALLEN, John Francis. Capt and Adjutant, 1st Battalion (47th foot) The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of William Henry Allen of Broham House, Broham, near Bedford, J.P., D.L. born Kilburn, London N.W. 9-10-1881 educated Repton. Gazetted 2nd Lieut Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, from the Militia 5-1-1901, promoted Lieutenant 14th Dec following and Captain 23-4-1912.

Served with the Militia in the Mediterranean during the South Africa war 1900-01(medal) and with the 2nd North Lancashire Regiment in Malta,Gibraltar, South Africa, Mauritius and India, transferred to the 1st battalion in April 1912, served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Aug 1914, was appointed adjutant in Sept, and died 4th November following from wounds received in action near Ypres, while rescuing two men who had been buried by earth thrown up by a shell.

He was a good all round sportsman, and very fond of amateur theatricals.

CHAMBERS A William R

Lance Corporal 242215, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 6th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bromham, enlisted Bedford.

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

CHAMBERS, A.W.R., Corporal, Hertfordshire Regiment and Sherwood Foresters.
He joined in August 1916, and in April of the following year proceeded to the Western Front, where ge was wounded in action in the same month. Later, in 1917, he was transferred to Italy, but returned to France in 1918, and there took part in many important engagements. He fell fighting at Gouzeaucourt on October 6th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherished with pride."

The Lane, Bromham, Bedford. - Z2577/B-Z2578/B.

CURTIS Albert John
Private 4746, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday, 16th August 1915 in Gallipoli. Age 20. Enlisted Bedford, resident Bromham. Son of Samuel and Emma Curtis, of Bromham Green, Bedford. Commemoratedon Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218
HYDE William Frederick

Private 12784, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 28th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Stevington, enlisted Bedford, resident Bromham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Vashni Hyde, of Bromham, Bedford. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

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

HYDE, W.F., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.
Already serving when war broke out in August 1914, he was immediately ordered to France, and served in the Retreat from Mons. He also experienced fierce fighting in many other engagements, including the Battles of La Bassée, Festubert, the Somme and Arras, but was unhappily killed in action at Oppy Wood on June 28th, 1918. he was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country, his soul to God."

1, Vine Cottages, Bromham, Bedford. - Z3020.

MORTIMER Harry

Private 268751, 12th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday, 20th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Bromham Green, resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 1565, Bedfordshire Yeomanry (Lancers). Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 4.

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

MORTIMER, H., Trooper, Bedfordshire Lancers.
He volunteered in December 1914, and in the following year proceeded to the Western Front. In this theatre of war he took part in the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Hill 60 and Festubert, and many other important engagements, and fell gloriously on the Field of Battle at Cambrai on November 22nd, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the general Service and Victory Medals.

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain"

Bromham, near Bedford. - Z3604/A.

MORTIMER, M.M. Walter James

Company Sergeant Major 9714, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died Saturday, 6th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bromham, enlisted Bedford. Prisoner of war. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. Grave VIII. A. 28.

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

MORTIMER, W.J., (M.M.) C.S.M, 11th Essex Regt.
A Regular soldier he was drafted to the Western Front immediately after the outbreak of war in August 1914, and fought in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent Retreat. He later played a conspicuous part in the Battle of La Bassée and Festubert, and other engagements, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty in the Field. He was taken prisoner on the Somme in 1917, and died whilst in captivity in Germany on May 6th, 1918. He was buried in the Ludfriedhof Cemetery, Cologne, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals, in addition to the Military Medal.

"His life for his Country."

Bromham, near Bedford. - Z3604/B.

MORTIMER William S

Private 3/8736, 1st Battalion, originally 3rd, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bromham, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Grave I. I. 7. See also Kempston

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

MORTIMER, W.S., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regt.
He volunteered in October 1914, and after a brief training proceeded to France. In this theatre of hostilities he took part in the first Battle of Ypres, and was later in action in many other sectors of the front. He later participated in the Battle of the Somme, and fell fighting at Delville Wood on July 27th, 1916. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Great deeds cannot die."

222, Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford. - X3603.

ORPIN William

Sergeant (Corporal) 38160, 12th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action Wednesday, 25th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bromham, enlisted Brighton. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

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

ORPIN, W., Sergeant, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Mobilised in August 1914, he was immediately drafted to the Western front, where, after serving through the Retreat from Mons, he took a prominent part in the Battle of La Bassée and many minor engagements. he died gloriously on the Field of Battle at Hill 60 on April 25th, 1915. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherished with pride."

Bromham Green, near Bedford. - Z3290/A.

PRUDDEN Edward Septimus Howe

Private S/43186, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action Tuesday, 26th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Bromham, enlisted Basingstoke. Son of William and Elizabeth Prudden, of Bromham, Bedford. Commemorated in Hibers Trench Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France. Sp. Mem. I.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 4, Page 163 - Private, No 43186/S, 1st Battalion (75th Foot), The Gordon Highlanders

7th son of the late William Prudden, of the Smithy, Bromham, by his wife, Elizabeth, dau. of William Howe; born Bromham, co.Bedford, 6th Jan, 1894; educated Elementry School there; was a Footman; enlisted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 12th Nov, 1915; was transferred to the Gordons in 1917; served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from June, 1916, and was killed in action near Wancourt 26th March, 1918. Buried in a small British Cemetery near Wancourt. Unm.

STOBART William
probably William STOBART, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps and 10th Bn., Durham Light Infantry. Killed in flying accident Thursday, 24th August 1916, flying DH.2 7872. Age 21. Son of Fred W. and Margaret Stobart, of Wispers, Midhurst, Sussex. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IX. B. 7.
VINTNER Charles
Guardsman 8064, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed/missing in action Wednesday-Friday, 10-13th March 1915 in France & Flanders. born Old Warden, enlisted Bedford. Commemoratedon Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2

THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED BY
THE INHABITANTS OF BROMHAM
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN
LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."

1939

WORLD WAR
REMEMBER

1945
EUGSTER Michael John
Lieutenant, 233195, 1st Bn., Irish Guards who died on Wednesday, 28th April 1943. Age 21. Son of Lt.-Col. Oscar Louis Eugster and Edith Mary Eugster. Buried in Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria. Grave IV. E. 10.
PANTON Colin Langley
No further information currently.
STATHAM Herbert
probably Herbert STATHAM, Private, 6473987, 1/6th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regt (West Surrey) who died on Sunday, 25th October 1942. Age 26. Son of Henry William and Helena Statham, of Enfield, Middlesex. Buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave XXI. H. 7.

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