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GREAT BARFORD - Rolls of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

REMEMBER THE MEN OF GREAT BARFORD
WHO FELL IN THE WAR 1914-1918


REST ETERNAL GRANT THEM O LORD
AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM

1939-1945
ALSO THOSE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000, 2001, 2002, 3003, 2004

The Village Memorial was originally housed in the wall of the Institute Hall, when this was sold and the new village hall built the memorial was incorporated in the new building. The church memorials sit together on the right hand side of the church as you look at the nave; the World War 1 memorial was dedicated 2nd August 1925 (date taken from the Order of Service held by the Record Office, Bedfordshire County Council. All the men bar John Robinson appear on both memorials. A new memorial has been erected in the burial grounds of the church and was dedicated on 23rd April 2004. There is new a memorial and garden of remembrance. The village were fortunate to obtain from Asda (free of charge!) a suitable stone to be used as the Memorial, on which they had the names inscribed, as they are on the other Tablets in the Village. The Vicar dedicated the Memorial and representatives of Sandy Royal British Legion participated in the ceremony.

The mystery surrounding the name at the bottom of the existing tablets, John Robinson, has been somehwhat clarified as it transpires that he was in the Navy and was part of the Fisheries Protection Service, he died in 1956 while on service of Iceland.

THIS HALL
WAS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME
SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
THEY ANSWERED BRAVELY TO THEIR COUNTRIES CALL.
IN HEALTH AND YOUTH THEY GAVE THEIR ALL

ATKINSON John

Private 17774, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday, 15th September 1916 in France and Flanders. Age 43. Born Blunham, enlisted Bedford, resident Great Barford. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Atkinson, of 3, Council Cottage, Willington, Beds.; husband of the late Ada Atkinson. In 1911 he was a farm labourer, aged 38, married 10 years to Ada with a son Percy, aged 6, resident Great Barford. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Grave II. G. 11.

Entry in 'The National Roll of The Great War - Section XII - Bedford & Northampton'.

ATKINSON, J., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He was mobilised on the outbreak of war, and, landing on the Western Front early in 1915, was engaged in severe fighting in the Battles of Hill 60, Ypres and Festubert. He was unhappily killed in action at Loos in September 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
Chalton, near Sandy.
Z1115/A.
ABBOTT James Walter Charles

Private 301555, 13th Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action Thursday, 25th April 1918 in France and Flanders. Age 27. Born Blunham, enlisted Ampthill. Formerly 25133, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Rose Symonds (formerly Abbott), of Queen's Terrace, London Rd., Sandy, Beds, and the late James, Abbott. IN 1911 he was listed as a farm labourer, aged 16, resident Great Barford, the son of Rose Abbott, widower (aged 35), elder brother of William Abbott. Buried in WYTSCHAETE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IV. F. II.

Entry in 'The National Roll of The Great War - Section XII - Bedford & Northampton'.

ABBOTT, J. W. C., Gunner, Tank Corps.
Volunteering in 1915, he was drafted to the Western Front in the following year and was in action in many parts of the line. including the Loos, Albert and Somme sectors. He was killed in action at Kemmel Hill on April 25th, and was buried at Wytschaete. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
The Gardens, Great Barford. Bedfordshire.
Z1004/C.
BOON [Arthur] Edgar

Private 3/6145, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday, 10th January 1915 in France and Flanders. Born Great Barford, enlisted Bedford, resident St Neots. Brother of Oscar below. In 1911 he was living with his parents, Arthur and Hannah Boon, and brothers Walter and Oscar, in Prospect Row, St Neots, aged 20, a Bricklayers Labourer, born Great Barford. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY (NORD), Nord, France. Grave G. 15.

BOON, A. E., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.
He was mobilised in August 1914, and quickly proceeded to the Western Front, where he took part in the Retreat from Mons and in the Battles of the Marue and La Bassée. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle at Ypres on January 10th, 1915, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain.”
Willoughby Cottages, Great Barford, Bedford.
Z1347/B.
BOON Oscar John

Private 23181, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 30th October 1917 in France and Flanders. Age 20. Born Folksworth, Northants, enlisted and resident Bedford. Son of Arthur and Hannah Boon, of 1, Willoughby Cottage, Great Barford; brother of Edgar above. In 1911 he was living with his parents, Arthur and Hannah Boon, and brothers Walter and Arthur, in Prospect Row, St Neots, aged 13, a Baker's Errand Boy, born Folksworth, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.

BOON, O. J., Private, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in 1915, and, on completing his training in the following year, was drafted to the Western Front. There he was engaged as a runner with his Battalion, and took part in much heavy fighting at Ypres, on the Somme and at Messines. He was unfortunately killed in action at Passchendaele on October 30th, 1917, and 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.”
Willoughby Cottages, Great Barford, Bedford.
Z1347/A.
BUNCH Charles Walter

Lieutenant, 128th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who was killed in action 13th November 1916. Age 34. Husband of May Maud Bunch, of 14, Harley Rd., Newtown, Great Yarmouth. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. D. 4.

Note: In 1901 the only family with the surname BUNCH in bedfordshire were James and Mary Ann Bunch, living in the Farm House, Moggerhanger. James was aged 48, a farm bailiff, born Codicote, Mary Ann was also aged 48, born Blockley, Warwickshire, and they had three children with them, Laura (14), Reginald (10) and Sidney (8). Charles would have been aged 19 but cannot be located on the census.

CROFT Percy Edward
Private 2303S, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 24th February 1920. Age 26. Son of Samuel and Jane Amelia Croft, of Brook Lane, Great Barford. In 1911 he was aged 17, a son of Samuel and Jane Croft, cousin of Mabel Croft, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Great Barford. Born in the July-September Quarter 1893 (Vol: 3B, Page: 329); his death is registered in the January-March Quarter 1920 (Vol: 3 b, Page: 375). Buried in All Saints churchyard.
GOODMAN Thomas

Private 50057, 19th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday, 19th December 1917 in France and Flanders. Born Great Barford, enlisted London, resident Paddington, London. Formerly 159836, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VII. Row U. Grave 1.

In 1911 Thomas William Goodman had been married 14 years to Emma (aged 36, born Thurleigh), he was aged 38, a Farm Labourer, born Great Barford, father of Elsie F Goodman, aged 13, born Renhold, all living in Great Barford.

GOODWIN John Edward

According to the 1881 census, John E. Goodwin was 7 months old, and born in Great Barford, the son of Elijah and Mary Ann Goodwin. In 1891 they lived in Back Lane. In 1911 John Edward Goodwin was a son, aged 30, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Great Barford, living with his parents Elijah and Mary Ann Goodwin. There is no viable record of him dying on the SDGW nor on the CWGC, by 1920 he would have been aged 39. From the British Army Pension Records we have his record:

John Edward Goodwin, of Gt. Barford, Private 11954, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Labourer by trade, unmarried, he enlisted, aged 24 years 5 months, on 16th January 1915, in London, being passed fit the same day; this is contradicted later when his casualty form states he enlisted 11 August 1914. He was just over 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 155 lbs and had a girth of 38 inches, his complexion was described as fresh, eyes hazel, hair dark brown. He was Church of England. He had originally enlisted in the Grenadier Guards 16th January 1905 but had been discharged as medically unfit 16th February 1906 having spent 23 May to 14 July 1905 in hospital then 26 August 1905 to 26 January 1906. His next of kin is listed as Elijah and Mary Goodwin, brothers William, George, Arthur, Albert (also in 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards), Leonard, sisters, Daisy, Edith and Lizzie. He was transferred as Private 21198, Depot (Warley), Northamptonshire Regiment where he died 20th November 1917, aged 36. He had been examinded for the Special Reserve 11th August 1914 at Bedford, aged 33, he Was originally assigned to the 3rd Battalion, bedfordshire Regiment as 7570 but subsequently was assigned to 21198, 1st Garrison Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment and died 20th November 1917. He had been in hospital in Felixstowe from 3-12 April 1915 with Measles and then the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby 16 August to 10 September 1917 convalescing from Bronchitis, then in Duffield Hospital 10 September to 21 October 1917 suffering from Bronchitis when he was further ill with bronchitis 22 October to 20 November 1917 when he died (described as permanently unfit). His casualty form states he suffered gunshot wounds to the hand 31 October 1914. The 1st Western Hospital was at Warley. On 14 May 1916 he joined his battalion, 8 July 1916 admitted to hospital with gunshot wound to back recieved Learniers, transferred to Etaples 11 July 1916 he then went missing in action 11 July 1916, admitted to hospital 22 July 1916 with shell wound to the back then readmitted with gunshot wound to the back 2 August 19166

HOLYOAKE Joseph
Serjeant 34230 3rd Labour Company, Northamptonshire Regiment transferred to (84005) 432nd Agricultural Company, Labour Corps who died on Tuesday, 3rd December 1918. Age 28. Husband of Laura Harriett Holyoake, of Brook Lane, Great Barford. Served with (9280) 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment from 1908 to 1917. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Great Barford.
MINNEY Arthur Joseph
Driver 174331, Royal Field Artillery. Died at sea Sunday, 15th April 1917. Born Great Barford, enlisted Woolwich, London S.E. Formerly 15911, Horsekeeper, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Commemorated on the CHATBY MEMORIAL, Egypt.
NORMAN George Arthur

Private 204352, 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 2nd August 1917 in France and Flanders. Formerly 9270, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of TYhomas and Mary Norman. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34. Also commemorated on his parents gravestone in the churchyard.

NORMAN, G. A., Private, 12th East Surrey Regt.
He joined in January 1917, and, after his training, was engaged on important agricultural work for four months. He then proceeded to France in July 1917, but after the Battle of Ypres (III.) was reported missing, and is now presumed to have been killed in action, on August 2nd of the same year. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“And doubtless he went in splendid company.”
The Gardens, Great Barford, Beds.
Z3674.
PITTS William Charles

Private 27848, "B" Company, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 16th November 1916 in France and Flanders. Age 24. Born and resident Great Barford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Eliza Pitts, of Great Barford. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Grave I. D. 13. The 7th Batt Orders dated 18th Nove,ber 1916 (the first day after being relieved from Regina Trench) has the following entry on the casualty list. 27848 Pte PITTS W C "B" Company, Missing 16th November 1916, he was obviously found and confirmed as KIA later.

PITTS, W. C., Private, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in March 1915, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, but after taking part in heavy fighting at Arras and Ypres was unfortunately killed in action near Albert on November 16th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Honour to the immortal dead, who gave their youth that the world might grow old in peace.”
Albert Cottage, Great Barford, Beds.
Z3854.
ROBINSON Archdale Saunders
[Listed as Archibald on SDGW] Private 20043, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 19th April 1916. Age 20. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Great Barford. Son of Saunders and Elizabeth Robinson, of Green End Rd., Great Barford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.
ROBINSON Thomas George

Private 31522, 160th Company, Infantry Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action Tuesday, 30th April 1918 in Palestine. Enlisted Bedford. Formerly 23264, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave N. 63.

ROBINSON, T. G., Private, Machine Gun Corps.
He joined in November 1916, and, on completion of a period of training in the following year, proceeded to Egypt, whence he was sent into Palestine, and took part in the Battles of Gaza. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle near the River Jordan on April 30th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain.”
The Gardens, Great Barford, Beds.
Z4006.
WOOTTON Albert Claude
Acting Regimental Serjeant Major 9716, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 8th April 1918. Born and resident Great Barford, enlisted Bedford. Age 26. Buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave I. K. 25.
WOOTTON Leonard
Private 67638, posted to 2/2nd London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Friday, 26th October 1917 in France and Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Great Barford, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Emma Spavins, of 2, East End Cottage, Goldington, Bedford. Formerly 31459, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A

R.I.P.

1939-1945

CHITTY Cyril Chilton
Pilot Officer 173584 224 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Monday, 12th June 1944. Age 21. Son of Henry and Lilian Chitty; husband of Gwendoline May Chitty, of Bromham. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 210.
CROFT Leonard
Gunner 917387 Royal Artillery who died on Monday, 13th April 1942. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Croft, of Great Barford. Buried in All Saints Graveyard, Great Barford. North end of Churchyard.
DARRINGTON Henry
Corporal T/14385576, 22 Corps Troops Company, Royal Army Service Corps who died on Friday, 22nd March 1946. Age 35. Son of Charles and Mabel Elizabeth Darrington; husband of Bessie Darrington, of Bedford. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 6. Row F. Grave 21.
FAVELL [Kenneth] Jack

[Kenneth Jack on CWGC] Private 14558323 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders who died on Thursday, 10th August 1944. Age 19. Son of Frederick and Fanny Favell, of Great Barford. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave IX. F. 6.

 

Photograph Copyright © Steve Favell 2004

HARRIS Alan Walter
Serjeant 5948559 2nd Battalion, Welch Regiment who died on Wednesday, 10th January 1945. Age 29. Son of Walter and Pamela Harris; husband of Rosina Evelyn Harris, of Bedford. Commemorated RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 14.
MINNEY Reginald Percy
Private 14724372 5/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders who died on Saturday, 10th February 1945. Age 19. Son of Percy Herbert and Elsie Maud Minney, of Great Barford. Buried in MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Grave II. C. 15.
ROGERS Alan [Kenneth]
Sergeant (Observer) 1390428, 150 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action during operations in the Central Mediterranean, 9th May 1943. Aged 28/29. Son of Herbert Rogers and of Ethel Josephine Rogers (nee Rapkin); husband of Phyllis Nora Rogers. No known grave. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 9, Column 1. Also commemorated on his father, Herbert Rogers, gravestone in Great Barford churchyard.
WATKIN Nicholas
possibly Charles Joseph Nicholas Watkin, Sergeant 570553 Flt. Engr. 7 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Saturday, 28th March 1942. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Germany. Grave 9A. B. 5.
Below the other men, separated by a line on village hall memorial
ROBINSON [Albert] John
Royal Navy. Fisheries Protection Service. Died 21st March 1956 while on service off Iceland. Son of William John and Margaret Ann Robinson. Commemorated on his parents gravestone in the churchyard.
Two men are commemorated in the churchyard were added to the memorial
8th November 2005
MITCHELL Gordon
Private 72398, 134th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Aged 18. Born Bedford, enlisted Richmond. Buried in HAMEL MILITARY CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 28. Also commemorated on the grave of James John & Mary Elizabeth May Mitchell in All Saints Graveyard, Great Barford
ROUPELL Michael Prideau
Lieutenant (E), HMS Royal Oak, Royal Navy. Died 14th October 1939. Aged 25. No known grave. Commemorated on on Potsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Also commemorated on the grave of Lieut Colonel Ernest Peter Stuart Roupell, DSO, and Rosellen Elwin in All Saints Graveyard, Great Barford.

GREAT BARFORD MEN WHO WERE KILLED
BUT ARE NOT ON INCLUDED ON THE MEMORIAL

World War 1

GARDNER or GARDINER John
[Listed as GARDNER on SDGW and GARDINER on CWGC] Private 3/7028, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th February 1915. Born Great Barford, enlisted and resident Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33
LANSOM Leonard
Private 3152, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born Great Barford, enlisted Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
MAYHEW Edwin
Sergeant 24795, 48th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3rd October 1914. Aged 27. Born Great Barford, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Harriett Mayhew, of 9, Argyll St., Bedford. Buried in PORTE-DE-PARIS CEMETERY, CAMBRAI, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 1.
PACK Ernest
Gunner 61936, 1st/1st Highland (Fife) Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3rd April 1917. Aged 26. Born Great Barford, enlisted Kilburn, Middlesex. Husband of Kathleen Edith Pack, of 8, Eresby Rd., High Rd., Kilburn, London. Buried in MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 1.

World War 2

JACOB Herbert Arthur
Lance Sergeant 5948816, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and hertfordshire Regiment. Died 17th September 1943. Aged 25. Son of George Frank and Winifred Jacob; husband of Vera Elizabeth Jacob, of Great Barford, Bedfordshire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot B1. Row J. Grave 15.

Last updated 11 August, 2010

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