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GOLDINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

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

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

The memorial stands on the green at Goldington beside the A428 Bedford/Cambridge Road.

IN MEMORIAM

ARNOLD

R

probably Reginald Charles ARNOLD, Rifleman, S/34132, 6th Bn., Rifle Brigade who died at home on Tuesday, 15th January 1918. Age 19. Born Bedford, enlisted St. Pancras, Middlesex, resident Kentish Town, Middlesex. Son of George John and Emma Elizabeth Arnold. Born at Bedford. Buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford. Grave D. 1056

ALLEN

Harold Roy

Private 325186, 9th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds Wednesday, 24th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born and enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry and Emily Allen, of The Green, Goldington, Bedford. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXXII. B. 6.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"ALLEN, H.R., Private, 9th West Yorkshire Regiment. Joining in September 1916, he was sent in July of the following year to the Western Front, and took part in the fighting at Ypres. During the Battle of Cambrai he was seriously wounded, and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on April 24th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.' The Green, Goldington, Bedford. Z1039/A."

BROWN

Robert Thomas

Private 32960, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 23rd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Enlisted Bedford, resident Wisbech, Cambs. Son of Thomas and Lydia Brown, of East End Cottage, Goldington, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

BENNETT

David

Private 57796, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died at home Thursday, 17th October 1918. Age 27. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Bennett, of 23, Alexandra Rd., Goldington, Bedford. Formerly Sapper 2650, Royal Engineers. Buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford. Grave G/5. 236.

BENNETT

Charles Edwin

Sapper 522326, 486th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Tuesday, 27th March 1917 at Gallipoli. Age 29. Resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles Bennett, of Lesters Cottages, Goldington, Bedford, and the late Ruth C. E. Bennett. No known grave. Commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 9

COLBURT

Charles

Rifleman B/200426, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action Monday, 19th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Goldington, enlisted Bedford, resident Clapham. Formerly 29853, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"COLBURT, C., Rifleman, 10th Rifle Brigade. Joining in June 1916, he proceeded in the following October to the Western front, where he was immediately in action on the Somme. After taking part in heavy fighting at Beaumont-Hamel, he was unfortunately killed during a severe engagement at Le Transloy in February 1917, and was buried near Bapaume. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, may reach him where he sleeps.' 1 Russell Street, Bedford. X1739."

CARTER

Percy

Private M2/183001, 708th Company, Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport). Died Monday, 13th August 1917 in the Balkans. Age 31. Born Ravensden, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Josiah and Lydia Carter, of Bedford; husband of F. M. Carter, of 25, Newnham Lane, Bedford. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece, Grave 1598.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"CARTER, P., Private, R.A.S.C. (M.T.). He volunteered in January 1917, and shortly afterwards proceeded to Salonika. Whilst in this seat of war he was engaged in conveying supplies to the forward areas during many important engagements, inclduing those on the Doiran and Struma fronts. Later he was invalided to hospital suffering from typhoid fever, and unfortunately died in August, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'He passed out of the sight of emn by the path of duty and self-sacrifice.' 41 Beaconsfield Street, Bedford. X1594."

CLARK

Cecil Herbert

Private 9995, "B" Company,1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Morris and Annie Elizabeth Clark, of 3, Dean St., Goldington Rd., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

DARTS

Arthur

Private 12826, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 15th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Wrestligworth, resident and enlisted Bedford. Brother of Frederick below. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial , Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"DARTS, A., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. He volunteered in November 1915, and in the following month was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in engagements at Loos and Vimy Ridge and in various other sectors. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle on the Somme in July 1916. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams, splendidly given.' 19 Greenhill Street, Bedford. X1926/A."

DARTS

Frederick

Private 9691, 1st Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action Sunday, 25th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford. Brother of Arthur above. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 47

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"DARTS, A., Private, K.O. (Y.L.I.). Mobilised in August 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in January of the following year, and there served through the Battles of Neuve Chapelle and St. Eloi and minor engagements. He unfortunately fell fighting at Hill 60 on April 25th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 'He passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice.' 19 Greenhill Street, Bedford. X1926/C."

EAST

Frederick

Private 6111, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 17th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 35. Born Leicester, enlisted Bedford. Croix de Guerre (France). Adopted son of Sarah Dinton, of East End Cottages, Goldington, Bedford. Native of Goldington. Buried in Vaux-Andigny British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Grave C. 13.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"EAST, F., Private, 1st Leicestershire Regiment. He was mobilised in August 1914, and quickly proceeded to France, where he took part in the Battles of La Bassée, Loos, the Somme, Ypres, St. Quentin, and was wounded slightly in September 1915. He was awarded the Croix-de-Guerre for conspicuous bravery in the field. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle near Cambrai on October 17th, 1918, and was also entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. 'His life for his country, his soul to God.' East End Cottages, Goldington, Beds. Z2056."

WINSTONE

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No further information currently. This entry seems to be added as an afterthought to the memorial and may be for another conflict altogether.

GASCOIGNE

Walter John

Private, 3143, 6th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders who died of wounds on Friday, 14th July 1916. Age 19. Son of John and Lizzie Gascoigne, of South End Farm, Wilden, Bedford. Native of Goldington, Bedford. Enlisted Elgin, Morayshire. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. D. 40.

GADSBY

Frederick

Private, 23078, "B" Coy. 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 23rd April 1917. Age 20. Son of W. and Fanny Gadsby, of 5. Swan Terrace, Goldington, Bedford. Born and resident Riseley, enlisted Ampthill. Buried in Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VII. G. 13.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"GADSBY, F., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. He volunteered in September 1915, and in the following July proceeded to the Western Front. In this theatre of war he participated in the batlle of the Somme and in strenuous fighting at Vimy Ridge, and was unfortunately killed in action on April 27th, 1917, during the Battle of Arras. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Honour to the immortal dead, who gave their youth that the world might grow old in peace.' 5, Swan Terrace, Goldington, Beds. Z2545/B."

GRAY

Herbert Victor

Private, 20997, 11th Bn., Suffolk Regiment Died of wounds on Sunday, 15th September 1918. Age 21. Son of James and Sophia Gray, of Goldington, Bedford. Born Swaston, Cambs, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. D. 29.

JOHNSON

James

Private 31342, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 7th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Goldington. Son of the late James and Ada Johnson, of Bedford. Commemorated in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Special Memorial 22.

JOHNSON

A

No further information currently available

KEECH

William

Private 8683, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 19th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

LAUGHTON

George

Sergeant 19470, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born and resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford. Son of Edwin and Fanny Laughton, of I, King Edward Rd., Goldington, Bedford. Buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Grave VI. F. 8.

MANNING

Charles Reginald

[Listed as Reginald Charles MANNING on CWGC & SDGW CD] Private 73366, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters [Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment]. Killed in action Saturday, 14th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Resident Goldington, enlisted Ely, Cambs. Commemorated in Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas de Calais, France. Special memorial A. 3.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"MANNING, C.R., Private, Sherwood Foresters. He joined in November 1916, and five months later crossed to France, where he served for over a year. He took a prominent part in the Battles of Arras and Vimy Ridge, nut made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on July 16th, 1917, at Ypres. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain.' Park Row, Goldington, Bedford. Z3442."

NEWNHAM

Walter James

Rifleman S/33031, 21st battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Died at sea Sunday, 15th April 1917. Age 24. Born Goldington, enlisted and resident Bedford. Formerly 26054, Bedfordshire Regiment. Brother of Herbert below. Son of Alfred and Ellen Newnham, of 6, Newnham Lane, Goldington Rd., Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Mikra Memorial, Greece.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"NEWNHAM, W.J., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment; and Rifleman, 21st Rifle Brigade. He joined in February 1916, and after his training was retained on important duties at various stations in England until April of the following year, when he was drasfted to Egypt in H.M.T. "Arcadian." He unhappily went down on April 15th, 1917, when the vessel was sunk by a submarine in the Mediterranean with a loss of nearly 300 lives. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'And doubtless he went in splendid company.' 6, Newnham Lane, Bedford. Z3650/A."

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright © Paul Newman 2007

NEWNHAM

Herbert

Private 204363, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 16th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born Goldington, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 203742, Bedfordshire Regiment. Brother of Walter above. Son of Alfred and Ellen Newnham, of 6, Newnham Lane, Goldington Rd., Bedford. Buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave IV. D. 15.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"NEWNHAM, H., Private, 13th East Surrey Regiment. Joining in April 1917, he proceeded to the Western Front in the following July, and was there wounded in action at Passchendaele in the following month. Invalided home, he returneed to France however in January 1918, and was once again wounded on the Somme in MArch of that year. He fell fighting on the Selle on October 16th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'The path of duty was the way to glory.' 6, Newnham Lane, Bedford. Z3650/B."

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright © Paul Newman 2007

 

NEWNHAM

G

No further information currently available [Definitely a G not a C]

OGLEE H V

No further information currently available

ODELL

Herbert

Lance Corporal 43270, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford.

ODELL

Edward

Private 23176, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 7th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Goldington, enlisted and resident Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

ODELL

Albert Edward

Private 3/7493, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 15th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Emma Elizabeth Odell, of 7, Alexandra Rd., Goldington, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

ROFFEY

A William

Private 137886, 37th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action Wednesday, 24th July 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Goldington. Formerly 38528, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 90 to 93.

According to the National Roll of the Great War:

"ROFFEY, W., Private, Machine Gun Corps. Shortly after joining in May 1918 he was drafted to the Western Front in 1916 where he saw much severe fighting, and took part in the second Battle of the Marne. He made the supreme sacrifice, falling in action on the Somme July 24th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. 'Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad of dreams, splendidly given.' 4, Pattershall Street, Bedford. Z4022."

SHREEVES

Cecil William

Private 32164, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 9th April 1917. (Reported 12th April 1917). Age 19. Born Harrowden, enlisted Bedford, resident Goldington. Son of Mr. W. K. and Annie M. Shreeves, of 18, King Edward Rd., Goldington, Beds. Buried in Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. C. 20.

SPAVINS

Arthur Joseph

Private 52962, 7th Battalion Royal Fusilierts (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday, 21st August 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Goldington, enlisted Bedford. Formerly PS/11104, 28th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

TYLER

Arthur

Private M/301142, Royal Army Service Corps attd. 99th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 21st August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 37. Born Dunmow, Essex, resident and enlisted Bedford. Husband of Ada L. Tyler, of East End Cottages, Goldington, Bedford. Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. D. 22.

TOWNSEND

G

No further information currently available

WALLER

Edward George

Private 18770, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 11th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Sharnbrook, enlisted Bedford, resident Goldington. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. G. 20.

WALLER

Harry

Private 36608, 12th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Kiled in action Thursday, 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Goldington. Formerly 8456, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Harry and Emma Waller, of Alexandra Rd., Goldington, Bedford; husband of Martha Jervis (formerly Waller), of 9, Beresford St., Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4 and 5.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

1939-1945

BEVINS

Leslie William

Motor Mechanic, C/MX 125836, H.M.S. Gould, Royal Navy who died on Wednesday, 1st March 1944. Age 21. Son of William and Annie Elizabeth Bevins, of Moordown, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 78, Column 2.

COOK

Horace James

Pilot Officer, 77351, 22 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Sunday, 26th May 1940. Age 35. Son of Redfern Hill Cook and Emma Cook, of Bedford; husband of Edith Irene Cook. No known grave. Commemorated on Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, Surrey. Panel 7.

CORNHILL

Boris Frederick

Sergeant 1197358, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday, 16th April 1943. Aged 22. Son of Frederick William Cornhill, and of Mabel Cornhill (nee Dowsett), of Goldington, Bedford. Buried south of St Mary's Church, near Lych Gate in St Mary's Churchyard, Goldington, Bedford.
DIMMICK

Clifford

Lance Corporal, 13095675, 2nd Bn., The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regt.) who died on Wednesday, 21st March 1945. Age 24. Son of William and Florence Dimmick, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar. Face 4.

DURSTON

Kenneth George

Sergeant, 1882568, 576 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Friday, 16th March 1945. Age 21. Son of Stanley James Durston and Grace Evelyn Durston, of Bedford. Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany. Grave 6. J. 9.

EDWARDS

Douglas Humphrey

Boy Telegraphist, C/JX 614062, H.M.S. Asphodel, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 9th March 1944. Age 17. Son of Evan John and Ethel Edwards, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 78, Column 1.

This is a photograph of the Signals Branch. Douglas is possibly one of these.

Photograph Copyright © Jean Hedges 2005

FOLLIARD

Robert Charles

Lance Serjeant, 2070041, 248 Field Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Saturday, 5th February 1944. Age 37. Son of Thomas and Rosina Folliard; husband of Gwendoline Nancy Folliard, of Bedford. Buried in Anzio War Cemetery, Italy. Grave I, X, 3.

FORREST

Benjamin Knight

Leading Airman, SFX/2240, H.M.S. St, Royal Navy who died on Friday, 12th March 1943. Age 20. Son of Thomas Matheson Forrest and Jessie Forrest, of Bedford. Buried in Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy. Grave I. K. 31.

HARRINGTON

Janice Margaret

Flight Engineer, Air Transport Auxiliary who died on Thursday, 2nd March 1944. Age 23. Daughter of Arthur George and Xenia Ivy Vivienne Harrington, of Bedford. Buried in Maidenhead Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Sec. D. Row W. Grave 19.

JONES

L C D

No further information currently available

PITTS

Ernest Lawrence

Private, 5950394, 5th Bn., Suffolk Regiment who died on Monday, 7th June 1943. Age 25. Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar. Grave B6. G. 1.

POTTER

Archie Reginald

Lance Corporal, 2074365, 8 Bomb Disposal Sec., Royal Engineers who died on Thursday, 27th July 1944. Age 22. Son of Reginald and Maud Potter, of Bedford. Buried in Ancona War Cemetery, Italy. Grave II. J. 16.

SMILLIE

T

No further information currently available

SMITH

Reginald Thomas

Leading Aircraftman, 1154861, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Sunday, 25th April 1943. Age 31. Son of George and Elizabeth Smith; husband of Doris Ruth Smith, of Goldington, Bedford. Buried in Bedford Cemetery, Bedford. Section R. Grave 740.

WATLING

Norman Claude

Sergeant, 953426, 215 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Thursday, 20th May 1943. Age 23. Son of Claude Spencer Watling and Florence Watling, of Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 426.

WHITTAKER

G B

No further information currently

WILES

Edward Claude

Private, 5950044, 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who died on Saturday, 3rd July 1943. Age 21. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Grave 6. B. 17.

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