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ELSTOW - War Memorial

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

The war memorial sits in the grounds of the Old Elstow School at School House, High Street, Elstow. It is made from Cornish granite and takes the form of a truncated pillar that is topped with a pediment resting on a three stepped base and plinth. There are 11 names for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled by Mr S Howard Whitbread and dedicated by local clergymen and dignitaries 20 November 1919. The memorial cost £150 and these monies were raised by public subscription. The mason was Mr G Carroll. Detailed appeared in the Bedfordshire Times & Independent 21 November 1919.

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IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THESE
MEN OF ELSTOW
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES TO
PRESERVE OUR LIBERTIES
IN THE GREAT WARS

1914-1918

BLAIN
Stanley Amos
Sapper 522737, 7th Division, Signal Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Wednesday, 3rd October 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born and resident Elstow, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Elizabeth Blain, of Elstow, Bedford. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, an apprentice bricklayer, son of George and Elizabeth M Blain, born Bedford, resident The Lane, Elstow, Bedford. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1894 in the Bedford Registration District. Embarked for France 22 April 1917. His effects went to Mr G W Blain, of West End, Elstow. Formerly 2361, Royal Engineers (Territorial). Qualified bricklayer aat attestation. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row I. Grave 37. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
BOWLER
Arthur Charles
Lance Corporal 27607, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday, 17th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born Elstow, enlisted South Farnborough, Hants, resident Mansfield, Notts. Son of Christopher Ernest and Emily Bowler, of Bedfordshire. Formerly 8835, Royal Flying Corps. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, son of Christopher Ernest and Emily Bowler, born Elstow, resident 15 Lord Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 28. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
BOWLER
Ernest Webb
Private 13337, 48th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died Saturday, 26th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Elstow and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 23190, Bedfordshire Regiment. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, an ordinary farm labourer, son of John and Mary Ann Bowler, born Elstow, resident Elstow. IN the 1911 census he was aged 24, unmarried, a Timber Merchasnt, born Elstow, resident Elstow. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 192. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
BYGRAVE
Ernest Herbert
Private 3/6410, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 7th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born Stotfold, enlisted Clifton. Son of William Bygrave, of Folly Rd., Stotfold, Baldock, Herts; husband of Edith Blanche Bygrave, of The Elms, Elstow, Bedford. Went to France 19 September 1914. Regular Soldier. In the 1891 census he is a grandson of Frederick and Emma Rowland, son of Sarah Bygraves, aged 9 months, born Stotfold, resident Little London, Stotfold. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11
CAVES
Joseph Samuel
Private 203274, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at sea Sunday, 30th December 1917. Born and resident Elstow, enlisted Bedford. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1881 in the Bedford Registration District. In the 1891 census he was aged 9, a scholar, son of Amos S and Sarah Caves, born Elstow, resident Elstow. In the 1891 census he was a boarder, aged 19, a Carter on a Farm, born Elstow, resident Elstow. Commemorated on CHATBY MEMORIAL, Egypt. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
CHILLERY
Richard Frank
Lance Corporal 17776, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 25th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Elstow. Son of F. S. and Hilda Chillery, of Elstow, Bedford. In the 1911 census he was a Farm Labourer, aged 15, son of Fredrick S and Hilda Chillery, born Bedford, resident Elstow. Birth registered in the April to June Quarter 1895 in the Bedford Registration District. Went to France 17 August 1915. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIII. Row E. Grave 26.

Photograph Copyright © Mel Gibbs 2014

Extract from National Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Section .. Bedford and Northampton, page 47:

CHILLERY, R. F., Corpl., 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.
He volunteered in November 1914, and in the same year proceeded to the Western Front. There, after taking part in the Battles of La Bassée and Ypres, he was unhappily killed in action at Loos on September 25th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
 
"He died the noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God and right and liberty.
Wilstead Road, Elstow.
 
X1649 /A.
COX
Arthur
Corporal 17425, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 23rd October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Goldington, enlisted Bedford, resident Elstow. In the 1911 census he is aged 15, son of Seth and Annie Cox, an apprentice. born Bedford, resident The Lane, Elstow. In the 1901 census he was the son of Seth and Annie Cox, aged 5, born bedford, resident St Cuthbert's, Bedford. Buried in ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave II. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
GODDARD
Joseph E
The only related Joseph Goddard was crhistened 8 August 1858 at Elstow, the son of Joseph and caroline Goddard. This makes him about 56 at the outbreak of war.
GORDON
Donald George
Private 33109, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 10th December 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 23. Born and resident in Elstow, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Sarah Ann (nee King) Gordon, of West End, Elstow. Formerly 6516, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born 24 August 1894 in Elstow. Buried in VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 12. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
ROBINSON
Frederick C
In the 1901 census Frederick Robsinson was the son of Arthur and Mary Ann Robinson, aged 3, born Elstow, resident Elstow. There is a birth registration for the July to September Quarter 1897 in the Bedford Registration District for a Frank Robinson.

The only death appears to be Charles ROBINSON, Pioneer 254886, "A" Corps Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 3 August 1917. Born and resident Elstow, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9.

See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow
WELLS
James William
Private 23236, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 20th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Shefford, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow

In church but not on memorial

LEES
Thomas Prior
Major, 9th (County of London) Battalion, Queen Victoria’s Rifles. Killed in action Wednesday, 21st April 1915. Son of Alfred and Rosa Matilda Lees, of Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54. Tablet on the North wall of the church:

TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS PRIOR LEES
MAJOR – QUEEN VICTORIA RIFLES.
SON OF ALFRED AND ROSA LEES.
FELL ON HILL 60 NEAR YPRES
APRIL 21ST, 1915, AGED 41
IMMOTA FIDES

1939-1945

HALL
Percival Stanley
Corporal 2575507 Royal Corps of Signals who died on Saturday, 26th August 1944. Aged 29. Husband of Emily Lowis Hall, of Elstow. Buried in MONTECCHIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave II. A. 7.
MELLETT
Victor James
Carpenter S.S. River Afton (Glasgow), Merchant Navy who died on Sunday, 20th September 1942. Aged 36. Son of James Mellett, and of Elizabeth Ann Mellett, of Elstow. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 87.
WELLS
Leonard
No further information currently.

Not on memorial but in churchyard.

WYKES
Geoffrey Francis
Sergeant 1627761 Pilot Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Tuesday, 25th December 1945. Aged 21. Son of James Martin Wykes and Ruby Alberta Wykes, of Kennington, Berkshire. Buried in ELSTOW (SS. MARY AND HELENA) CHURCHYARD. S.E. Corner, grave 775. See also Bedford Modern School

 

 

1627761 Sergeant
G F WYKES
Pilot
Royal Air Force
25th December 1945
Age 21
also his mother Ruby WYKES
died 28th April 1936. Aged 34.

GIBBS, M.C.
John Neill
Major 35487 8th Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Sunday, 13th June 1943. Aged 35. Son of Percy and Janet Gibbs; husband of Helena Doreen Kennett Gibbs, of Bedford. Buried ELSTOW (SS. MARY AND HELENA) CHURCHYARD east of Church.

 

 

Major J N GIBBS, M.C.
Parachute Regiment
Army Air Corps
13th June 1943
Age 35


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