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CARDINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

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

The war memorial can be found in the cemetery of St Mary's church which is detached from the actual church about 100 yards down the road on the left heading towards the Bedford bypass from the village. The CWGC graves in the cemetery do not relate to any one on the memorial and appear to be from RAF Cardington.

IN MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT
WAR
1914-1918
1939-1945

Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

AYRES

A
possibly Albert Ayres, Corporal 60010 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers who was killed in action on Thursday, 7th June 1917. Resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 40293, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8

AYRES

William
Corporal 30440 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 11th April 1918. Born and resident Cotton End, enslited Bedford. Formerly 16613 Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row P. Grave 73.

BARCOCK

Frederick
Private 25147 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 15th March 1917. Aged 29. Born Cotton End, resident and enlisted Bedford. Brother of George Barcock, of 254, Old Harrowden Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

BARTRAM

J
possibly John Bartram, Private 8440 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 18th May 1915. Born and resident Wilstead, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

or James William Bartram, Private 18184, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 12th May 1917 in France. Aged 31. Native of Kempston, Beds. Born and resident Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. B. 17. See also Kempston

BARTRAM

Percy Charles
Private 32212 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Wednesday, 4th September 1918. Aged 21. Son of Ann Lydia Bartram, of Cotton End, Bedford; brother of Walter (below). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section Q. Plot V. Row F. Grave 1. Brother of below.

BARTRAM

Walter Maurice
Private 30565 1st/1st, Bedfordshire Yeomanry who was killed in action on Monday, 27th May 1918. Aged 33. Born and resident Cotton End, enlisted Bedford. Son of Ann Lydia Bartram, of Cotton End, nr. Bedford; brother of Percy (above). Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 9.

BROWN

J
No further information currently.

BUSHBY

Stanley
Lance Corporal G/69159 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) who was killed in action on Wednesday, 23rd October 1918. Born Cardington, resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly BO/325006, 6th London Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3. See also Bedford Bunyan Meeting House

CHAPMAN

W
possibly William Chapman, Private 17276 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 19th April 1916. Born and resident Stotfold, enlisted Hitchin. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

COLLINS

F
possibly Frederick Collins, Private 17725 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 15th July 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

COLLINS

James
Private 19075 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Friday, 1st October 1915. Aged 24. Born Wilstead, enslited Ampthill, resident Cotton ENd. Buried in LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 49.

DENNIS

Alfred John
Private 31496 90th Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Inf) who was killed in action on Monday, 10th July 1916. Born and resident Cardington, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 23613 Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C

DUBERLEY

Vernon Conrad
Captain 17th Indian Cavalry who died on Sunday, 6th February 1916. Aged 30. Son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Arthur Duberly, of Fenlake Barns, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on NAIROBI BRITISH AND INDIAN MEMORIAL, Kenya. From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour the following: Volume 2 part 3 page 83, Captain Vernon Conrad DUBERLY, 17th Cavalry, Indian Army, killed in action 6-2-16 in East Africa. Second son of Arthur Grey Duberly, Lt-Col (retired) late Bedfordshire Regiment. Born Fenlake 22-6-1885, educated at Hinnick House , Bedford Grammar school and Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Obtained commission in august 1904 in Royal Field Artillery, served in Ireland, South Africa and India. Transferred to 17th Cavalry, Indian Army in 1910. promoted Captain august 1913, ordered to Africa and killed in action 6-2-16 while commanding a patrol to Nagarsene. General Sir Michael Tighe wrote "The patrol fought desperately and all testify to the splendid behaviour of your son. He was a great loss to the 17th" and his colonel "having commanded the Regiment all the time he was in it, I can only tell you that he had been of great assistance to me at many times while he was doing the work of quartermaster, and i looked on him as one of the most promising officers in the Regiment. Indeed , as perhaps he told you at the time, i had put him on the selected list for the staff college, which will show you the opinion i had of him and his ability. It is also perhaps a little consolation to feel that his death was one he would have chosen,if he had been asked, giving his life in fighting bravely with only a small party, in order to save the rest of the patrol, giving them the time to withdraw from what would have been annihilation, so that almost the only casualties among the patrol of 50 men were himself, Lieutenant Mowdsley and that little party of nine men, every one of who was killed wounded or taken prisoner. I am sure you could have wished for no finer end for him than this".

FORD

Joseph
Private 96920 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) who died from weakness due to lack of food while prisoner in Germany and from broncho pneumonia on Tuesday, 6th January 1919 in No. 1 American Red Cross Military Hospital, France. Aged 19. Born and resident Cardington, enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred and Ann Ford, of Berrington Lane, Cardington; two brothers and three sisters. Attested 14 September 1917 at Bedford, aged 18 years 1 month, a Painter by trade, unmarried, chest 34½ inches, height 5 feet 9 inches. 32nd Training Reserve Battalion transferred to 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment at Tunbridge Wells 25 November 1917, posted 2nd Battalion 2 April 1918, Prisoner of War 24 April 1918. Religious denomination Church of England. Buried in LEVALLOIS-PERRET COMMUNAL CEMETERY, PARIS, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Plot 34 Row 1 Grave 18.

GALE

Ellis
Corporal 65166 128th Field Company, Royal Engineers who died of wounds received in action at Horton (County of London) on Saturday, 18th November 1916. Aged 26. Born Cardington [SDGW] or Cotton End [CWGC], enlisted Oxford, resident 7 Beaconsfield Street, Bedford. Husband of Susan Gale, of Wilstead, formerly of 7 Beaconsfield Street, Bedford, married 10th November 1911 in Bedford; one son. Attested 22nd January 1915, aged 24 years 11 months, a Carpenter by trade, married, height 5 feet 7½ inches, chest 37½ inches. Emabrked with British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) 27 August 1915. Suffered shrapnel wounds to the neck (thorax), arms and left leg 22nd September 1916, admitted to 2 Field Ambulance, transferred to 426 General Hospital, England, 11th October 1916. Buried in north part of WILSTEAD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire. See also Wilstead

GASCOINE

C
No further information currently.

GREEN

Frank
Private 103467 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) who was killed in action on Sunday, 21st April 1918. Aged 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Green, of Cotton End, Bedford; husband of Winifred Ellen Green, of 16, Sussex Rd., Hove, Brighton. Born Cotton End, enlisted Bedford, resident Hove, Sussex. Formerly 16781 Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 52 to 54

HILLYARD

Lewis
Gunner 223780 "A" Bty. 122nd Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died on Wednesday, 30th October 1918. Aged 32. Born Cardington, enlisted Milton Ernest. Son of Lewis and Elizabeth Hillyard, of New Fenlake; husband of Dora Hillyard, of Milton Ernest. Formerly Private 143, R.A.V.C. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 11.

HOLMES

S
No further information currently.

HULL

Stanley Richard
Private G/18709 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 3rd April 1918, with the British Expeditionary Forces. Born Ascot, Berkshire, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 46 and 47

HURST

William John
Private 10483 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 4th September 1918. Born and resident Cardington, enlisted Bedford. Buied in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 15.

LANCASTER

George Sidney
Rifleman 2426 Rifle Brigade who was killed in action on Thursday, 4th February 1915. Aged 25. Born Cople, resident Cardington Green, enlisted Bedford. Son of Christopher Charles and Sarah Lancaster, of Cardington. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50

LOFT

James
Private 3/7802 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 17th May 1915. Born Cardington, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Eliza Loft, of Fenlake, Bedford; brother of John, George and Arthur Loft. Originally attested Bedfordshire Regiment 12th March 1900 at Bedford, age 20 years 2 months, resident Cardington, General Labourer by trade, height 5 feet 9 inches, weight 130lbs, chest 32 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England, extended his service to complete 8 years with the colours 18th April 1904, Army Reserve 11 March 1908, transferred 11th March 1909; served at home 12th March 1900 to 18th December 1900, in East Indies 19th December 1900 to 26th December 1907, at home 27th December 1907 until 11th March 1912. Passed 3rd Class Certificate of Education 2nd September 1901, passed in Telegraph 17th October 1902, qualified for station work Signalling 21 December 1907. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

MANN

Samuel George
Petty Officer 220196 H.M.S. "Victory.", Royal Navy who died on Wednesday, 20th January 1915. Aged 29. Son of George and Emma Mann, of Harrowden, Bedford. Buried in west part of VEURNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Veurne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 179.

MANN

William
Driver 50981 3rd Indian Army Signal Company, Royal Engineers who died on Sunday, 7th October 1917 in Mesopotamia. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Harrowden. Buried in Wellington Garrison Cemetery. No known grave. Commemorated on the Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India. Face 6.

MARSHALL (M.M.)

Robert Douglas
Private 57882 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 28th February 1918. Aged 23. Son of the Rev. George and Priscilla P. Marshall, of The Manse, Cotton End, Bedford. Born at Tobermore, Belfast, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 1674, Royal Engineers. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row M. Grave 1.

MINNEY

Fred
Private 202366 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers who died of wounds on Thursday, 21st March 1918. Born Harold, enlisted Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Harrold, Bedfordshire, a Farm Labourer, resident with his aprents, Benjamin and Eliza Minney, at London Road, Cotton End, Eastcotts, Bedfordshire. Formerly 25364, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row B. Grave 10.

POTTER

H
No further information currently.

PURSER

Reginald Fred
Private 9238 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) who was killed in action on Sunday, 24th September 1916. Born and resident Cotton End, enlisted Bedford. Buried in WAILLY ORCHARD CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 8.

REDMAN

Thomas
Private 61483 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 4th October 1918. Aged 20. Born Cotton End, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 114664 Machine Gun Corps. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Redman, of Cotton End, Bedford. Buried in BEAUREVOIR BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Row F. Grave 15.

SHREEVES

Russell

Private 45499, 55th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps who was killed in action on Sunday, 1st October 1916. Aged 24. Born Harrowden, enlisted Bedford. Son of Frederick and Thirza Shreeves, of Harrowden, Bedford. Buried in LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 9.

Note: Henry Ritchie SHELTON was Sergeant in the 55th Field Ambulance and kept a diary he states that Russell SHREEVES died on Wednesday 27th September 1916, the day after their Division took the Schwaben Redoubt.

Details of his death appeared in Bedfordshire Times and Independent 20 October 1916:

A BRAVE "MEDICAL"

Pte. Russell Shreeves, R.A.M.C., who was killed in action on the 1st Oct., was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shreeves, of Harrowden Post Office, and was aged 24. In a letter to the young soldier's father, the officer Commanding stated that Shreeves was carrying a wounded man when a shell exploded and killed him immediately. "He was one of my very best men in the Field Ambulance," the writer continued, "and was already noted for very excellent work he had done and for his bravery. His loss is deeply regretted by all of us."

The Captain of the deceased's unit wrote that he had strongly recommended him to the General for his gallantry and devotion to duty. "He was a splendid man and we all, officers and men, were full of his praises. This time, had he lived, he would most certainly have receibed the D.C.M." In detailing the circumstances of Shreeve's death, the Captain wrote, "On Sunday I was standing in a trench in ...., a village which our division had just taken. Your son with his squad had just brought a wounded man from a trench further on, when a shell burst amongst us, killing or wounding 14 out of 20 there. Your son, who was next but one to me, was hit in the head and killed almost instantaneously ; he can have suffered no pain. Next day I asked for volunteers, and it shows how fond our men were of him that many volunteered to bring his body down out of that hell spot. This was done, and he lies buried in a small cemetery by a pretty wooded valley off the River Ancre. We all attended his funerla, tired and busy though we were. The Rev. Stofford, a Church of England chaplain, conducted the service. --- Yours faithfully. W H. Lister, Captain, R.A.M.C."

THODY

William Alfred
Private 17746, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regimentwho died on Sunday 30th July 1916. Aged 27. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth H. Thody, of Cotton End, Beds. Buried in FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 5.

TOWNE

Joseph H
Private 3744 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Manchester, enlisted Bedford, resident New harrowden. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218

WARTON

Horace
Corporal 283 1st (East Anglian) Field Company, Royal Engineers who died of wounds on Wednesday, 10th March 1915. Aged 23. Husband of Maud C. Warton, of 15, Duncombe St., Kempston. Born Cardington enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Buried in GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 40. See also Bedford Bunyan Meeting House

WEBB

Joseph
Private 17443 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 19th April 1916. Aged 35. Born Caldecote, enlisted Bedford, resident Cotton End. Buried in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row G. Grave 2.

WILMOT

Sidney Wynn
Private G/11990 8th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) who was killed in action on Thursday, 21st March 1918. Aged 27. Born Cople, enlisted Bedford, resident Harrowden. Son of Mrs. Jane Wilmot, of Cliftonville, London Rd., Harrowden, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 14 and 15

1939-1945

ANSELL

K
No further information currently available

LILLEY

Jack
Able Seaman, C/JX 301894, H.M.S. Asphodel, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 9th March 1944. Aged 29. Son of John and Alice Lilley, of Cardington. No known grave. Commemorated on the CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 75, Column 3.

SUMMERFIELD

William James
Driver, 2041178, 248 Field Company, Royal Engineers who died on Wednesday, 18th July 1945. Aged 26. Son of Joseph and Bertha Edith Summerfield, of Cardington. Buried in CARDINGTON (ST. MARY) CHURCH CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Row R. Grave 23.

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