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CLAPHAM - War Memorial

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

 

Two Memorials on the pillars to the Recreation Ground
They are to be found on brick pillars on either side of the entrance to the
King George V Playing Field, Clapham. The official opening of the Playing
Field and unveiling of the Two World War Memorial panels was on 23 April
1949, by The Rt. Hon. Lord Luke D.L. J.P. of Pavenham.


Left Hand Pillar


Right Hand Pillar

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2002


The new memorial.

Mr. G.J. Tranquada of Clapham was the chairman of the fundraising committee
who implemented the start for the new war memorial, and with the help of the
Parish Council; and businesses and local people raised all the monies to
fund it.

Attending the dedication and short service on Sunday 28 October 2001, were
three churches - Church of England, Methodist and Roman Catholic, The
Salvation Army Band, and the Royal British Legion Standard Bearer. Many
local residents attended the dedication. Tom Wells of Charles Wells
Breweries Ltd. donated the land on which the memorial stands.


THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM
NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED
TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
IN ALL WARS AND CONFLICTS AFTER

WHEN YOU GO HOME
TELL THEM OF US AND SAY
FOR YOUR TOMORROW
WE GAVE OUR TODAY

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2002

The names listed here appear on both memorials but the new memorial has an additional name: Private Walter Thomas Millard. His name was missing from the original list as it arrived too late.

1914-1918

ARMSTRONG Arthur

Private 57787, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 10th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Clapham, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2359 Royal Engineers. Buried in New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave II.

BARKER Alfred George

Private 8325, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 5th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born Clapham, resident and enlisted Bedford. Husband of C. E. Barker, of 6, Gun St., Sheringham, Norfolk. Buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 4 Plot XI. Row AA. Grave 27.

BARKER Frederick William

Private G/14530, "B" Company,1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action Sunday 27th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born Clapham, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Charlotte Barker, of 26, Beaconsfield St., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.

BROWN Charles Amos

Gunner, 154033, 11th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Sunday 24th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born Bletsoe, enlisted Bedford. Son of Amos Brown, of Bedford; husband of Emma Brown, of 25, Derby St., Bedford. Buried in Roye New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 12.

BROWNING Charles Hunter

Captain, 124th Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Wednesday 26th August 1914. Age 36. Son of Capt. Hugh E. Browning, late of Clapham Park, Beds. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 5. See also Lord's Cricket Ground Members World War 1.

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

Volume 1, Part 2, Page 44.

BROWNING, Charles Hunter. Captain, 124th Battery, 28th Brigade, R.F.A.. Son of Captain Hugh Edmond Browning of Clapham Park, co. Beds, late 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys). born Clapham aforesaid 9-4-1878, educated Eton and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. gazetted 2nd Lieut, R.F.A. 24-6-1898; promoted Lieutenant 16-2-1901; and Captain 13-3-1906, served in the South Africa War 1899-1900; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State Feb to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Dreifontein (Queens medal with 2 clasps); served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Le Cateau 20-8-1914.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN CHARLES HUNTER BROWNING, 124th BATTERY, XXVIIIth BRIGADE, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, son of Captain Hugh Edmond Browning, late of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) of Clapham Park, Bedfordshire, was born at The Woodlands, Clapham, Bedford, on the 9th April, 1878.

He was educated at Eton, where he was captain of the School in 1897, and in the Eton XI (kept wicket) in 1896 and 1897. Proceeding to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he obtained his commission in the Royal Field Artillery in June, 1898. becoming Lieutenant in February, 1901, and Captain in March, 1908. He served in the South African War, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, including engagements at Poplar Grove and Driefontein, from February to May, 1900, subsequently receiving the Queen's medal with two clasps.

Captain Browning was killed on the 26th August at Le Cateau, while his battery was under very heavy fire.

He was the prospective Liberal candidate for Windsor at the next election.

BLAND Charles Alfred

Private 30560, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds Friday 18th January 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Bedford, resident Clapham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bland, of Rabanna Terrace, Clapham, Bedford. Buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 7.

BOWYER Leonard Edwin

Lance Corporal, 5008, 1st/5th battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 2nd December 1915 in Egypt. Enlisted Bedford, resident Clapham. Buried in Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. Section B. Grave 79.

COLBERT Charles

[Spelt COLBURT on SDGW and CWGC] Rifleman B/200426, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action Monday 19th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Formerly 29853, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C

COLBERT R D

No further information currently available. Cannot locate in 1911 census.

CRADDOCK Albert

Private 33614, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 9th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Clapham, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2020 Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

DEVEREUX Walter Frederick

Private, 11297, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Hussars. Died of wounds Saturday 31st October 1914. Born Fenny Startford, resident and enlisted Bedford. Formerly (9704), Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 37.

FOSTER S

No further information currently available

GILBERT A T

No further information currently available

GUDGEON Joseph William

[William Joseph on SDGW & CWGC] Company Quarter Master Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Born Bedford, enlisted London, resident Clapham. Son of the late Mrs. Eliza Tiney; husband of Katie Gudgeon, of High St., Clapham, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

JONES A T

No further information currently available

PETTIT Harry Toseland

Private 45672, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 27th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 39. Born and resident Clapham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Pettit; husband of Maud Pettit, of 6, Peach St., Warren, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Born Clapham, Bedford. Born in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot X. Row D. Grave 16.

ROBINSON George

Private G/17429, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 28th September 1917 with British Expeditionary Force. Age 18. Born Clapham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Emma Robinson, of 2, Preservine Cottages, Clapham, Bedford, and the late Joseph Robinson. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88.

SHADBOLT John Edward

[SHADBUTT on SDGW] Gunner 72067, 126th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Friday 13th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Clapham, enlisted Axminster, resident Bournemouth. Husband of Louisa May Shadbolt, of 10, Woodend Rd., Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire. Buried in the Canadian Cemetery, No. 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 30.

SINGLE, DCM Edwin

Photograph Left Courtesy and
Copyright © 2002 Rebekka Johnys

Ellis SINGLE is on the left,
Sidney SINGLE sat down and
Edwin SINGLE on the right (he is
the brother that sadly died in 1917).

Sergeant, 37111, 126th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds Sunday 22nd April 1917. Age 26. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford, resident Clapham. Son of Caroline Kemp (formerly Single), of Rose Cottages, Clapham, Bedford, and the late George Single. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 47.

SMITH Francis William

Sapper 643, 1st Est Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 31st January 1915. Born and enlisted Bedford. In 1911 he was aged 18, son, Hot and Cold Water Fitter and Electrician, born bedford, resident Fairfield Cottages, High Street, Clapham, Bedfordshire. Son of Francis Henry and Catherine Smith. Buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 3.

THEOBALD G

No further information currently available

WALKER D

No further information currently available

1939 1945
BIRBECK, MM Joseph

Private 13006584, Pioneer Corps, Auxiliary Miltary, who died on Tuesday 28th May 1940. Age 51. Son of John and Mary Ann Elisibeth Birbeck. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Lived in Green Lane, Clapham. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France. Column 149.

DENNIS [Frederick] Kenneth

Sergeant 959648, 217 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd July 1942. Age 25. Son of Mr Christopher & Mess Ellen, Dennis of 5 Bedford Road, Clapham.younger brother of Christopher George Dennis and three elder sisters. Commemorated on Malta Memorial, Malta. Panel 3, Column 2.

FOX S

No further information currently available

HULME John [Reginald]

Private 6027957, 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 18th May 1944. Aged 28. Born and resident bedford. Son of John Robert and Louisa Hulme, of Clapham, Bedfordshire. Buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. Plot XIV. Row C. Grave 17.

LOAK Norman

Fusilier, 14724283, 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers who died on Saturday 10th February 1945. Age 18. Son of William and Alice Loak, of Clapham. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 50. Row B. Grave 18.

MILLER James

Civlian, died 9th April 1941. Aged 56. Of 83 Clapham Road. Husband of Beatrice Emma Miller. Died at 109 Clapham Road. Commemorated on Lowestoft, Municipal Borough.

MILLARD Walter Thomas

Private 5947729. 1st Bn., The Loyal Regiment (NorthLancashire) formerly Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regt. Died Monday 16thAugust 1943. Age 30. Husband of Winifred May Millard of Bedford. Buried: Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria. Plot I. Row B. Grave 5

McKENNAN William Geddes

Private, 2879988, 5/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders who died on Sunday 25th October 1942. Age 31. Son of Alexander and Margaret Geddes McKennan; husband of Constance McKennan, of Clapham. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 70.

PRIOR [Joseph] George

Private 5950196, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and hertfordshire Regiment. Died 21st September 1944. Aged 25. Son of Joseph George and Gladys Mary Prior, of Clapham, Bedfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 64.

Photograph (above) © Ian Burnage 2012

SPRIGGS J

Spitfire Pilot. Crashed in Wales while training. Lived at Fairfield House, Clapham. possibly John Stanley Spriggs, Flight Sergeant (Navigator), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd January 1944. Aged 31. Son of Dr. Neville Ivens Spriggs and Emily Jane Spriggs, of Leicester; husband of Eleanor Myfanwy Spriggs. Buried in Blacon Cemetery, Chester. Section A. Grave 543.

SUMMERS H

No further information currently available

LINDSAY-WHITE John

[Listed as J L WHITE on memorial] Lieutenant 281971, 116th (9th Bn. The Gordon Highlanders) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. SEAC. Died 14th February 1945. Son of Robert William and Elsie M. Lindsay-White, of Clapham. No known grave. Commemorated on Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Face 2.

WRIGHT Reuben Albert V

Private, 5947588, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Friday 8th June 1945. Age 30. Son of John and Sarah Wright, husband of May Sophia Wright, of Clapham. Prisoner of war. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Plot 6. Row E. Grave 17.

Last updated 10 August, 2012

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