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HEATH & REACH - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2002 Martin Edwards
additional RFC/RNAS/RAF information David Manning

This memorial stands in the grounds of St Leonard's Church on Leighton Road. Its takes the form of an granite obelisk standing on a concrete plinth with one step. There are 39 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated 14th August 1920. Monies were raised by public subscrition, the site was free, the memorial itself cost £155. See also Heath and Reach War Memorial



Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
THIS PARISH, WHO FOUGHT AND GAVE
THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

"BY THE SOUL ONLY, THE NATIONS
SHALL BE GREAT AND FREE." WORDSWORTH

1914-1919

ALLDER

Charles Richard

Shoeing Smith 54648, 3rd (Lahore) Division, Ammunition Column, Royal field Artillery. Died of wounds Monday 4th November 1918 in Palestine. Born Stewkley, enlisted Bedford. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave EE. 5.

BAINES

Sidney

Private 83889, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died 19th October 1918 in Egypt. Born Heath, enlisted Luton. Formerly 8785, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. No CWGC details.

BAKER, M.M.

James

Private 80513, 7th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at home Tuesday 10th July 1917. Age 23. Born Linslade, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Hannah Sarah Baker of Sandy Lane, Heath Rd., Leighton Buzzard.Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in HEATH AND REACH CEMETERY, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire.

BANWELL

William

Sergeant 17156, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 3rd May (SDGW says August) 1917 in France & Falnders. Born Tilsworth, enlisted Leighton Buzzard, resident Heath & Reach. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

BATES

George

Lance Corporal [Private on SDGW] 30447, 1st/1st, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds Tuesday 18th [SDGW states 16th] June 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Heath, enlisted Bedford, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of George and Mary Ruth Bates, of Grange Mill, Heath and Reach. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave IV. B. 16.

BATES

Thomas J

Private 268731, 12th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died Monday 17th December 1917 [SDGW states 21st January 1918] in France & Flanders. Born Heath, resident and enlisted Leighton Buzzard. Formerly 30448, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave V. C. 2.

BIGGS

Joseph Wright

Private G/82005, "C" Company, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died on Wednesday 23rd October 1918. Age 19. Son of Joseph and Kate Biggs, of Thomas St., Heath and Reach. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave VI. D. 11.

BLEWITT

Arthur

probably Arthur BLEWITT, Lieutenant-Colonel (Temporary), King's Royal Rifle Corps, attached 5th Labour Corps. Died of wounds 4th September 1917. Age 56. Son of William and Jane Blewitt, of Pinner, Middlesex. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. D. 66.

BOTTERILL

[Richard] Edward

Private 78826, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 6th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Formerly 37026, 4th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in FRANVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Grave II. B. 10.

BRANTOM

Arthur

[Listed as BRANTON on CWGC] Private 42791, 7th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 29th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Leighton Buzzard, enlisted Luton. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave I. K. 26.

CHEVEMS

John

[Listed as CHEVERS on CWGC and CHEVENS on SDGW] Lance Corporal 13648, 10th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 2nd July 1916. Age 27. Born Bamford, Derbyshire, enlisted Shefield, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of Ben Chevens; husband of Nora B. Chevens, of Bird's Hill, Heath and Reach. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. GRave I. B. 18.

CROCKFORD

Frederick

No further information currently.

DANCER, M.C.

Alfred Christopher

Acting Captain, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 4th October 1917. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 92.

FREEMAN

John

Private L/7552, 16th (The Queen's) Lancers. Died on Saturday 27th March 1915. Age 30. Son of William and Frances Elizabeth Freeman, of Checkley Wood Farm, Hockliffe, Beds. Buried in CURRAGH MILITARY CEMETERY, County Kildare, Ireland, Republic of Ireland. Grave 1210. The farm at Hockliffe is almost equidistant from both the Heath & Reach and Battlesden memorials. See also Battlesden.

FREEMAN

William

Lance Corporal 19196, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 11th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Heath & Reach, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Edward W. Freeman, of I, Thomas St., Leighton Buzzard. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

HAGGERWOOD

Henry

Private 14315, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 21st April 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born Sandon, Herts, enlisted Heath & Reach, resident Sandon. Son of Joseph Haggerwood, of Mill End, Sandon, Royston, Herts. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

HANKIN

Frederick Bernard

Private 4131, 25th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action Saturday 5th August 1916. Age 25. Son of Charles F. and Mary Ann Frances Hankin, of Thomas St., Heath and Reach. Brother of Robert, below. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Grave XXIX. B. 5.

The article is taken from the Edmonton Bulletin published on 1st March 1930 and reads: "Missing Soldier's Body Identified After Many Years.

After a silence of nearly 11 years Mr and Mrs Charles Hankin, of Heath, Bedfordshire, have been informed of the finding and identification of their elder son, Frederick, who was reported missing on August 5, 1918 (sic), while serving with the Australian contingent in France.

Articles in his possession which led to his identification were a gold ring on his finger, bearing his name, and the photograph of a girlliving at Brisbane. These and several letters have been sent to his mother.

Mr. and Mrs Hankins were formerly in business in High Street, Islington. Their only other son, Robert, who joined the Bedfordshire Regt., was reported missing during the great offensive of March 1918."

HANKIN

Robert Hayes

Private 203211, 2nd/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 21st March 1918. Age 20. Born Islington, Middlesex, enlisted Bedford, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of Charles F. and Mary Ann Frances Hankin, of Thomas St., Heath & Reach, brother of Frederick above. Formerly 30391, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

HOLMES

George Walter

Private 13577, 10th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Friday 20th November 1914. Born, resident and enlisted Heath & Reach. Buried in DOVERCOURT (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Essex. Grave III. E. 10.

HORLEY

Albert

Private 18132, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 22nd October 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Heath & Reach, enlisted Bedford. Buried in POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Grave I. D. 12.

MONEY

Harry

Private 112095, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment). Died on Monday 5 June 1916. Age 22. Son of Amos and Emma Money, of Heath Reach. National Archives of Canada Reference: RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 6291 - 13. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. D. 21A.

NEALE

Ralph

Private 33066, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23rd August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Enlisted Leighton Buzzard, resident Heath & Reach. Son of George and Emily Neale, of Reach Green, Heath and Reach. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Grave X. G. 17.

PARAGREEN

Frederick Arthur

Gunner RMA/10860 (RMR/IC/41), R.M.A. H.M.S. "Good Hope", Royal Navy. Died on Sunday 1st November 1914. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 5.

PEARSON, MC

Arthur John

2nd Lieutenant, Pilot, 29 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, ex-Northamptonshire Regtiemnt & Machine Gun Corps. Born July 1887. Son of Charles W. & Esther Pearson, of Shenley House, Heath, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Educated at Royal Latin School, Buckingham, & City & Guilds Institute, London. Employed by Western Electric Co., Woolwich; worked on installation of telephone exchanges in China (incl. Imperial Court at Peking), S. Africa, Australia & Belgium. Enlisted as Private in Royal Fusiliers September 1914. Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 8th (Reserve) Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 27th March 1915. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps 1916. Awarded the Military Cross (MC) (gazetted 19th August 1916) in Battle of the Somme: "For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When held up by the enemy's fire after an advance through heavy fire,he established himself in a shell hole and held on for five hours. He then withdrew, bringing back his gun and a wounded man." Then transferred to Royal Flying Corps and trained as a pilot at Central Flying School, Upavon. Joined 29 Squadron (France) December 1916. On 4th March 1917, shared in bringing down an Albatros D.II, flown by Ltn. Max Bohme of Jasta 5 (POW), in British lines. Shot down in flames and killed, 9th March 1917, flying DH.2 A2571, by Ltn. Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 11 (his 25th victory), between Roclincourt & Bailleul-sir-Berthoult, North East of Arras. No known grave; commemorated on Flying Services Memorial, Arras. (See 'Under the Guns of the Red Baron' - Franks, Giblin & McCrery - Grub Street, London, 1995 - for further details & photo of Pearson.).

PRATT

Horace

No further information currently.

ROLLS

Frederick [Joseph]

Acting Lance Corporal 22937, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 8th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born Bedford, enlisted Ampthill, resident Woburn. Son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Rolls, of Sandhouse, Woburn. Buried in NAVES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Grave III. C. 6.

ROSE

Percival [Percy]

Private 406381, 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). Died on Sunday 23 January 1916. Age 24. Son of John and Louisa Rose, of Heath Green, Heath and Reach. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 8460 - 50. Buried in RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. M. 3.

SPROAT

Robert

Corporal 15719, 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 17th November 1918. Buried in HEATH AND REACH CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave B. 142.

STONE

Alfred

Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died on Friday 17th October 1919. Age 25. Son of George and Sarah Ann Stone, of I, Woburn Rd., Heath and Reach. Buried inETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XLV. D. 1.

STONE

Edward

Private 241391, 425th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died on Wednesday 13th November 1918. Age 24. Son of Mr. and Mrs Stone, of Heath and Reach; husband of L. Smith (formerly Stone), of 5, Cowley Cottages, Cowley. Buried in COWLEY (ST. LAURENCE) CHURCHYARD, Middlesex.

STONE

Joseph

Rifleman A/205169, 16th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action Wednesday 17th July 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Heath & Reach, enlisted Luton, resident Leighton Buzzard. Formerly TR/13/53479, 17th Training Reserve Battalion. Buried in AVESNES-SUR-HELPE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave B. 9.

STRONG

Benjamin Clarence

Private 10486, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died Friday 17th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born Seaford, Sussex, enlisted Kingston, Surrey. Son of Mrs. E. Turner (formerly Strong), of Gig Lane, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, and the late Robert Bennett Strong. Born at Hampstead, London according to CWGC. Buried in ANNOIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave II. A. 3.

STRONG

Francis William Cooper

Private 9597, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action on Sunday 29th July 1917. Age 29. Served as John STEWART, born Thornton Heath, Surrey, enlisted Hounslow. Middlesex, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of Elizabeth Turner (formerly Strong), of Gig Lane, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, and the late Robert Bennett Strong. Native of Hampstead, London. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

STRONG

Robert Harold

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 12th March 1915. Aged 29. Son of Mrs. L. E. Turner, (formerly Strong), of Woodbine Cottage, Gig Lane, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, and the late Robert Bennett Strong. Acting bandmaster in India previous to war. Scholar of R.M.S.M., Twickenham. Buriedm in LOKER CHURCHYARD, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. C. 20.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice - Part 2 January to June 1915:

2nd LIEUTENANT ROBERT HAROLD STRONG, 2nd BATTN. THE EAST SURREY REGIMENT, the eldest son of the late R. B. Strong, Esq., and Mrs. Turner, of 31, Pond Street, Hampstead, N.W., and the grandson of Mr. T. Cooper, of Heath, Bedfordshire, was born at Merton, Surrey, on the 15th August, 1886. At the age of fifteen he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, and gained the Army 1st Class Certificate of Education. He passed through the various non-commissioned ranks to Drum-Major. In November, 1914, he received his commission in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted to his old Battalion. He went with it to France and was killed in action near Ypres on the 13th March, 1915.

Four of his brothers are also in the service, and two have been wounded.

2nd Lieutenant Strong was an all-round sportsman, being chiefly known for his prowess as a runner and a football player. He was the winner of a shield, a silver cup and sixteen medals, and was Battalion Champion of the Athletic Sports held in Burma in 1911, 1912 and 1914.

He was also well known to his Battalion for his musical talents; and while stationed at Shurbo, Burma, he managed the musical part of the services in the Garrison Church.

Writing of his death his Captain said: “With regard to the death of your son, 2nd Lieutenant Strong, of the Battalion under my command, I have to inform you that he was doing duty with the 3rd Middlesex Regt. at the time he was killed. I understand that he was walking round the billets when the enemy started shelling. He was observing the results of the bursting shells when one pitched close to him and mortally wounded him. I do not think that he suffered much before he died. He is a great loss to the Battalion, and his death is mourned by many who have known him as a good sportsman and a fearless soldier. He died for his country; more than that a man cannot do. He was buried in Locre churchyard in Belgium, and a cross marks his grave.”

TEW

William Henry

Private G/29676, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 21st September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Heath & Reach, enlisted West London, resident North Kensington, Middlesex. Buried in VILLERS HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-GUISLAIN, Nord, France. Grave VI. D. 18.

TOMPKINS

Nora

No further information currently.

T[H]OMPSON

Amos

Sapper 158742, 4th Provisional Company, Royal Engineers. Died at home Wednesday 10th May 1916. Age 27. Born and resident Heath & Reach, enlisted Luton. Husband of Mabel Florance Thompson, of Lanes End, Heath. Buried in HEATH AND REACH CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave B. 47.

WEBB

[Frederick] George

Private 15580, "D" Company, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born and resident Rushmere, Beds, enlisted Leighton Buzzard. Son of John Holmes Webb and Elizabeth Webb, of Thomas St., Heath and Reach, formerly of Picket Lodge, Rushmere, Heath and Reach. Enlisted Sept. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

WOOLHEAD

Thomas

Private 27085, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 16th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 35. Born Heath & reach, enlisted Luton. Son of William and Sarah Ann Woolhead, of 8, Bryant's Row, Heath and Reach. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. F. 14.

1939-1945

BOND

John

Private 5952560, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died on Tuesday 12th January 1943. Age 23. Prisoner of war. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 4. F. 10.

PUDDEPHATT

Frank David

Trooper 14205641, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on Tuesday 27th June 1944. Age 21. Commemorated on BAYEUX MEMORIAL, Calvados, France. Panel 10, Column 2.

STONE

Frederick John

Trooper 5834205, 142nd (7th Battalion. The Suffolk Regiment) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on Saturday 23rd September 1944. Age 31. Son of Joseph and Annie Stone, of Heath and Reach. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave XIX, C, 6.

HACK

William James

Sergeant 6094808, 56th Regt., Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on Saturday 14th April 1945. Age 26. Son of Joseph and Edith Hack; husband of Hilda Mary Hack, of Linslade, Buckinghamshire. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave II. C. 19.

WHITING

John William

Private 5831314, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died on Tuesday 16th February 1943. Age 27. Son of Frederick Thomas Whiting and Rosa Whiting, of Leighton Buzzard. Prisoner of war. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 12. F. 12.

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