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

The Memorial is in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist, Flitton, near the north wall. It taks the form of a polished, granite, obelisk.




Sapper 2192. 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy, Royal Engineers. Drowned Thursday 28th October 1915, aged 30, in Gallipoli. Born Ampthill, resident Greenfield, enlisted Gillingham, Kent. Son of William S. Arnold of Greenfield. Husband of Edith Elizabeth Arnold of Greenfield. Commemorated Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 23-25 or 325 to 328. See also HMS Hythe 1/3rd Field Company Royal Enginners Kent

[From National Roll of the Great War Section V - Luton]

ARNOLD, O., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Volunteering in May 1915, and having completed his training was en route to Gallipoli on board H.M.S. "Hythe," when the vessel was torpedoed and sunk on October 28th, 1915, and he was drowned. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Mill Road, Greenfield, Bedfordshire. - 1520.

Note: In actual fact he died when HMS Hythe and HMS Sarnia collided. There was no torpedo. Hythe was on her way into Cape Helles, Sarnia was coming out empty. Despite last minute course corrections, both ships were going too fast and running without lights and Sarnia hit Hythe in the middle. Sarnia was much bigger and had just a hole above the water line. Hythe sank within 15 minutes. Some lucky men managed to scramble from Hythe onto Sarnia.



Private 6586 1st Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Wednesday 21st April 1915. Born Ampthill, resident and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 & 33


George Charles

Private 260052 7th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 28 March 1917 aged 29. Born Bedford, enlisted Luton, resident Flitton. Son of John Thomas & Minnie Augusta Catlin of Flitton. Commemorated St. Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II.F.3



possibly Private 5233, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Born Mangone, Beds (?), enlisted Luton. Killed in action Tuseday 22nd June 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 35. Husband of Bernice Julia Clare (formerly Cox), of The Bull Inn, Offley, Hitchin, Herts. Commemorated in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial B. 3.



[Spelt Sidney Downing on Soldiers Died CD] Driver 821204, 298th Division Ammunition Column (Territorial Force), Royal Field Artillery. Born Flitton and enlisted Luton. Died of wounds Wednesday 1st August 1917 in France & Flanders. Buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Bord france. Grave I. A. 34.


[Arthur] Joseph

Lance Corporal 27807, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 28th September 1916. Aged 37. Born and resident Flitton, Beds, enlisted Luton. Baptised 1880 in Flitton, Bedfordshire, son of George and Selina Porter, resident Flitton, Bedfordshire. Youngest son of the late George and Selina Porter. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, born Flitton, Bedfordshire, a scholar, son of George and Selina Porter, resident Village, Flitton, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Flitton, Bedfordshire, a Roadman, son of George Gewyn Porter (a widower), resident Flitton Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 43.



No further information currently.


Thomas Charles

Private G/43801 1st Bn Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 October 1916 aged 23. Born Campton, Beds, enlisted Bedford, resident Ampthill. Son of Thomas & Emma Thompson of Wardhedges, Flitton. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 12D & 13B.


Lionel Arthur

[Listed as Arthur Lionel WILLINGHAM on Soldiers Died CD and National Roll] Lance Corporal 30685. 4th Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born and resident Flitton, enlisted Luton. Killed in action on Tuesday 30 October 1917. Commemorated Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 - 50 & 1652A

[From National Roll of the Great War Section V - Luton]

WILLINGHAM, A.L., L/Corporal, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering in 1915, he proceeded to the Western front later in the same year and was in action on the Somme, Arras and Ypres sectors, and fought in many important engagements. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on October 30th, 1917, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Brook Lane, Flitton. - 5532.


Archer [Archie] H

[SDGW and SDGW as Archie] Private 30761, City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). Killed in action Friday 28th December 1917. Born Greenfield, resident Ampthill, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panel 6


Anthony [Lawrence]

Leading Aircraftman 1038976, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th November 1944. Aged 24. Son of Charles and Anne Adams; husband of Joan Adams, of Chatham, Kent. Buried in Brussels Town Cemetery, Evere, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Plot X. Row 26. Grave 48.


Arthur E

possibly Arthur Edward CLACK, Private 1802051 5th Bn Dorsetshire Reg. Died Friday 16 February 1945 aged 28. Commemorated Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Ref. 57.A.2.


Hilbert K

possibly recorded as Herbert Cedric LANE, Private 14506408 12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regiment]) Bn., Parachute Regiment. A.A.C. Died Tuesday 22nd August, 1944 aged 20. Son of Charles & Elizabeth Lane of Greenfield, Bedfordshire. Commemorated Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Ref. VA.N.4

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