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FELMERSHAM & RADWELL - Memorials

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

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

There is a memorial of granite on the Felmersham/Radwell main road at the junction with memorial Lane, Felmersham. Within the church a plaque to the WELLS family who fell, a board to the men of Felmersham who fell and a roll of those who served.

Village memorial

IN MEMORY OF
THOSE FROM THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WARS
1914-1918.

Church memorial

1914-1918
Parish of Felmersham
Grant Them O' Lord, Eternal Rest
Roll of Honour

The village memorial contains both WW1 and WW2 whereas the church memorial is solely WW1.
Those that died who appear on both the curch and village memorials are marked
*

TAYLOR * Helen Batchelor
Nurse, died on Monday, 15th November 1915. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. The Cemetery is located 2 kilometres south-west of Valletta on the road to Sliema. On the edge of the Gwardamanga district, the entrance is on Triq II-Principessa Melita, leading to Triq Tal-Pieta and Msida Sea Front and Creek.
ASHPOLE * Charles John
Private 45168, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 26th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Mary Ashpole, of Felmersham. Buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Grave I. F. 15.
ASHPOLE * Herbert William
Private G/25950, 10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Monday, 7th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Clara Ashpole, of Pavenham Rd., Felmersham. Buried in Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, Nord, France. Grave IV. E. 7.
BETTS * John
Private 32052, "D" Coy., 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 24th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 36. Born and resident Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Thomas and Ann Betts, of Felmersham; Husband of Edith A. W. Betts, of Victoria Cottage, Felmersham. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A. See also Carlton Baptist Churchyard
BOYCOTT * Harold Charlton
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards who died of wounds on Thursday, 21st March 1918. Buried in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VI. B. 18.
BROWN * Robert
Private G/25925, 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 31st July 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford, resident Felmersham. Son of Joseph William Brown; husband of Mary Elizabeth Brown, of Church End, Felmersham. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51
BURT Harry
No further information currently.
COOPER * Ernest
Corporal 22065, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 27th June 1917 in France & Flanders [board states 3rd July 1917]. Born Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford, resident Radwell. Son of Mr. J. Cooper, of Dropshort, Radwell. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. S. 36.
HOOD * [John] William

Private 43308 [SDGW states 43408], 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd September 1918. Age 24. Born Blackheath, enlisted Huntingdon, lived at Radwell. Son of William and Charlotte Hood, Radwell, Beds. Formally 863, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamp, Somme, France. PLot III. Row J. Grave 9.

(Information on J W Hood was supplied by Bill Perriton, Bromham, Bedford (Second Cousin of J W Hood))

HULATT * Charles Edward
Private 25464, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 3rd July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Radwell, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles Hulatt, of High St., Radwell. Commeorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
HULATT * Frederick
Private 125434, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds Tuesday, 5th November 1918 in France& Flanders. Enlisted Rotherham. Formerly 205246, Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment. buried in Canonne Farm British Cemetery, Sommaing, Nord, France. Grave D.10.
KEMBLE Thomas E
No further information currently.
PAYNE * Joseph
Private G/18805, 1st Battalion Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Thursday, 14th March 1918 in France & Flanders [board states 15th March 1918]. Age 31. Born Felmersham, resident & enlisted Market Harborough, Leics. Son of Thomas and Mahala K. Payne, of Felmersham. Formerly 108716, Royal Army Service Corps. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A.
RICHARDSON * Charles
Private 201428, 1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment who died on Saturday, 8th December 1917. Age 33. Husband of Nellie Richardson, of Radwell. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Grave K. 2.
SEAMARKS * Herbert [Henry] Gilbert
Sergeant 15084, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 28th September 1918 in France and Flanders. Age 23. Born Stevington, enlisted Bedford, resident Radwell. Son of Mrs. Ellen Purser (formerly Seamarks), of Radwell. Commemoratedon Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5
SMITH Albert S
No further information currently.
TURNER * Frederick Jesse
Private 225133, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Killed in action Monday, 3rd December 1917 in France & Flanders [board in church states 30th November 1917]. Age 23. Born Felmersham, enlisted Luton, resident Leagrave, Luton. Son of Henry Turner, of Felmersham, Bedford, and the late Betsy Turner. Formerly 203703, East Kent Regiment posted to 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 11.
WHITWORTH * William G
Sapper 289241, 22nd Light Railway Train Crew Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Died Saturday, 12th January 1918 [board states 14th January 1918]. Age 20. Son of John and Elizabeth Whitworth, of Radwell. Born Radwell, enlisted Desborough, Northants, resident Sharnbrook. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave IX. C. 18.
WIGGINS, M.M. * Robert H
Lance Corporal 20341, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday, 5th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Pavenham, enlisted Bedford, resident Felmersham. Son of Harry Wiggins, of West End, Stevington. Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave II. C. 23.
1939-1945
WELLS Christopher Hayward
Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Glorious. Died Saturday, 8th June 1940. Age 30. Son of Sir Sydney Richard Bt., D.L., M.P., and Lady Mary Dorothy Wells of Felmersham Grange; husband of Christina Hilary Wells, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 36, Column 1.
WELLS James Michael
Squadron Leader, 90081, 600 Sqdn., Royal Air Force (Aux. Air Force). Killed over Holland Friday, 10th May 1940. Age 31. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Son of Sir Sydney Richard Bt., D.L., M.P., and Lady Mary Dorothy Wells of Felmersham Grange. Buried in Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. Plot LL. Row 1. Grave 3.
WELLS Thomas Capper
Major, 63949, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in Singapore Friday, 13th February 1942. Age 26. Son of Sir Sydney Richard Bt., D.L., M.P., and Lady Mary Dorothy Wells of Felmersham Grange. Passed out of R.N. College, Dartmouth. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Grave 14. D. 13.

This memorial was restored by the
Felmersham and Radwell Parish Council in
August 1995 to commemorate the fiftieth annivesary
of the end of the Second World War.


Top left: The Wells memorial within the church

~*~
In Loving Memory of
Lieutenant Commander
CHRISTOPHER HAYWARD WELL, R.N.
H.M.S. Glorious june 8th 1940
Squadron Leader
JAMES MICHAEL WELLS, R.A.F.
over Holland May 10th 1940
Major THOMAS CAPPER WELLS
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment
Singapore February 13th 1942
who gave their lives for their country
Sons of Sir Richard & Lady Wells of Felmersham Grange
~*~

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

Top right: Those who served in World War 1

Bottom right: Thos who died in World War 1

 


Details of those men from Felmersham who served and survived are listed in the church.

1914

FOR KING
&
COUNTRY

1918

R ASHPOLE H PAULGER
J H BOSTON E PARTRIDGE
W C BROUGHTON J PURSER
P CHAPMAN C P ROBINSON
H COOK E ROBINSON
P COOK H ROBINSON
A J COOK C RUSSELL
H COOPER A E RUST
W J COOPER C W RUST
A E CUMBERLAND T A RUST
C F DESBOROUGH E J RUST
A GALLANT H SCRIVENER
F GADSBY J W SCOLEY
C HULATT T SCOLEY
E T HULATT E SMITH
F HULATT H SWANNELL
W J HULATT R W THOMAS
W HULATT F E TURNER
W D MACKIE R TURNER
C MAKEHAM B R TURNER
F MARRIOT J TURNER
R F MORRIS M TYRELL
T C PACEY  

THE NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
SECTION XII
BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

The National Roll only ever reached 12 volumes. I was intended to be a complete list of all men that served in the Great War whether they survived or not. To fund the book entries were by subscription and many people could not, or did not want to, afford an entry. For Felmersham and Radwell the book is very sparse but the entries below may fit some of the men who served, there are none for those who died. As there are only initials to work with these are not necessarily the right entries.

There are two entries for PURSER of 18 high Street, Pavenham, H J & S J. H J died in the fighting but S J survived. The J PURSER listed above may have been a relavtive or in fact be S J himself.

PARTRIDGE, E., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment

He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following May was drafted to the Western Front. There he participated in strenuous fighting during the Battle of Loos, Ypres, the Somme, Arras and Cambrai, and also saw service at Abbevillle and Albert. He was twice wounded in action on the Somme font in July and August 1916, but remained overseas until April 1919, when he was demobilised. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

9, Bletsoe, Bedford

Z3771/A.

On 1901 census. at 9 Bletsoe, there is family of Partridges headed by Edward with wife Martha, plus sons Ernest b 1880 age 21 & Edward b 1892 age 9. Edward would be age 22 in 1914.

3 September 2005

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