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ELSTOW - War Memorial

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The war memorial sits in the grounds of the Old Elstow School.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

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. Age 23. Born and resident Elstow, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Elizabeth Blain, of Elstow, Bedford. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. I. 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. Age 20. Born Elstow, enlisted South Farnborough, Hants, resident Mansfield, Notts. Son of Christopher Ernest and Emily Bowler, of Bedfordshire. Formerly 8835, R.F.C. Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Grave VIII. B. 28. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow

BOWLER

Ernest Webb

Private 13337, 48th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died Saturday, 26th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Elstow and enlisted Bedford. Formerly 23190, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Grave III. A. 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. Age 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. 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. 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. Age 20. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Elstow. Son of T. S. and Hilda Chillery, of Elstow, Bedford. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XIII. E. 26.

COX

Arthur

Corporal 17425, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 23rd October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Goldington, enlisted Bedford, resident Elstow. Buried in ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Grave II. D. II. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow

GODDARD

Joseph E

No further information currently.

GORDON

Donald George

Private 33109, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 10th December 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born and resident in Elstow, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gordon, of West End, Elstow. Formerly 6516, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave I. C. 12. See also Bunyan Meeting, Elstow

ROBINSON

Frederick C

Lance Corporal G/67534, 7th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Saturday, 10th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born Shefford, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Buried in BEACON CEMETERY, SAILLY-LAURETTE, Somme, France. Grave II. F. 10. 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. Age 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. Age 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. Age 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. Age 34.

GIBBS, M.C.

John Neill

Major 35487 8th Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Sunday, 13th June 1943. Age 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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