CRAWLEY - Roll of Honour
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith
Copyright © Lynda Smith 2001
memorial is situated on the wall of St. James Church, Husborne Crawley.
Crawley Village website for furtehr details.
GOD, KING AND COUNTRY
G/14534. 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed
in action Thursday 17 October 1918. Born Husborne Crawley. Enlisted
Bedford. Commemorated on Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord,
France. Ref. III.B.20.
Roll of the Great War - Bedford
joined in November 1914 and after the completion of his training
served on important duties with his unit until 1916, when he was
drafted to the Western Front. He took part in many severe engagements,
including those at Loos and Le Cateau, where he was killed in action
while serving with a machine-gun unit in October 1918. He was entitled
to the General Service and Victory Medals"
Bedfordshire Times - 25th October 1918
has reached Mrs fossey on Tuesday that Horace, her only son, had
been killed in France. Writing on the 18th inst. his Officer stated
that while working a machine gun the previous day, he had been shot
by a German sniper. He expressed the sincere regret of officers
and men, who held the gallant young fellow in high esteem. He was
being buried that day.
Fossey was a bright, intelligent fellow, and before enlistment he
worked for Mr C. P. Hall at the Park Farm. He volunteered in November
1914, joining the Bedfordshire. Regiment and has spent two years in France.
He had taken part in numerous engagements, and had once been gassed.
He was expecting to leave France for his leave this next week or
mother is a widow and much sympathy is felt for her and the family.
He was 22 years of age.
27951. “A” Company, 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City
of London Regiment). Killed in action Friday 2 February 1917.
Born and lived Husborne Crawley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Frederick
& Elizabeth Peppitt of Husborne Crawley, Beds; husband of Mary
Peppitt of Station Road, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire. Commemorated on Philosophe
British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. I.L.44.
Times - 23rd February 1917
further letter has been received by Mrs Peppitt from a Red Cross
section stating that her husband's remains had been decently interred.
On Sunday the Vicar made sympathetic reference to the event and
the church bells rang half muffled at the services. The Deceased,
who was trained with the Bedfordshire. Regiment, was attached to the engineers
on arrival in France. He was killed by a shell while laying wire
on the 3rd inst"
Officer Stoker 293134 (RFR/CH/B/8046). R.N. HMS Cressy Royal Navy.
Died Tuesday 22 September 1914. Age 34. Son of George and Sarah
Rowberry; husband of Ada Rowberry of 29, Millbrook, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
Served in the South African War. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Cemetery,
Kent. Ref. 4.
Note: HMS Cressy. In the early hours of 22 September 1914 HMS
Cressy along with HMS
Aboukir & HMS Hogue, three aged destroyers, were sunk in
the North Sea by a torpedo from U9 under the command of Otto Weddigen.
60 officers and 1300 men were lost from the three ships.
Times - 25th September 1914
connection with the Naval disaster we learn that Mr Rowberry, the
attendant at the Swimming Baths, was a Naval reservist called out
at the commencement of the war and was on H.M.S. "Cressy".
coincidence is that Stanley Stapleton, is on the "Lowestoft",
the ship that played such an important part in the rescue work"
Times - 9th October 1914
list of missing from H.M.S. "Cressy" included the name
of A.L. Rowberry. Mr Rowberry, who left the village the first week
of the war, was previously in charge of the water works and baths.
He was a fine manly fellow, and highly respected in the neighbourhood.
He left a wife and one child."
26098. 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Killed in action Sunday 3 September 1916. Age 26. Born Husborne
Crawley. Lived Woburn. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Elizabeth and
Edward Smith 65 Crow Lane, Husborne Crawley. Formerly 25986 Bedfordshire
Regiment. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and
National Roll of the Great War - Bedford
joined in 1916 and in the same year was drafted overseas. Serving
with his unit on the Western Front he fought in several important
engagements, and was killed in action on the Somme on 3rd September
1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory medals.
Crow Lane, Husborne Crawely
Times - 22nd September 1916
"A muffled peal was rung on the Chruch bells on Sunday in honour
of Archie Smith, who was the first villager to sacrifice his life
in the war. A corporal of the Company, writing to Mrs. Smith, states
that the gallant solider was one of the first to mount the parapet,
and he was immediately killed."
330925. 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died
at home, 61 Crow Lane, Husborne Crawley, Sunday 27 October
1918. Age 33. Born Husborne Crawley. Enlisted Luton.
Son of William and Mary Sibley of 16 San Remo Road, Aspley
Guise. Formerly 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
Buried in Husborne Crawley Churchyard.
AND CAMBRIGESHIRE REGIMENT,
27TH OCTOBER 1918. AGE 33
Roll of the Great War - Bedford
in January 1917, he embarked for the Western Front six months
later and saw much fighting in the Battles of Ypres, Passchendaele,
Cambrai and Albert, and was wounded on May 13th 1918, during
the German offensive. He died whilst on leave on October 29th,
1918 from sickness contracted on service and was entitled
to the General Service and Victory Medals.
Times 1st November 1918
Sunday the Church bells were partially muffled in honour of
the village lads who have recently died in their country's
Walter Sibley, Suffolks, died on Sunday while home on leave.
The deceased, who was 33 years of age, was the youngest son
of Mr William Sibley, who has had five sons serving. He joined
up about two years ago. In the spring of this year he was
wounded in the arm in France, and was in hospital at Woodbridge,
Suffolk. He came home on a month's leave, and was to have
been married next week, but contracted pheumonia. Much sympathy
is felt in the village for the bereaved ones, especially the
aged father, who is nearly 80, and Miss Dimmock, his fiancee.
internment took place with military honours on Wednesday,
at the Parish Church.
2nd Battalion, Bedforshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 3rd May
1918. Age 33. Husband of Lilly Cook. Born Husborne Crawley. Buried
in Nine Elms British Cemetry, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Grave XI. B. 10
17427, 7th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 25th
April 1918. Age 27. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Peacock of Husborne
Crawley. Enlisted in October 1914 at Woburn, from His Grace the
Duke of Bedford's Estate. Buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme,
Somme, France. Grave I.A.12.
Bedfordshire Times 17th May 1918
Church bells were muffled on Sunday in honour of the memory of George
Peacock, an old ringer. News of the death of this young villager,
killed in France, came to his parents on Thursday. He was one of
four brothers serving, and joined up in the autumn of 1914 in the
Beds Regiment. He had been through numerous engagements during his
3 years active service"
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE EUROPEAN WAR
BY THE PARISHIONERS OF HUSBORNE CRAWLEY
5952269. 2nd Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment.
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 2 February
1942. Age 23. Son of Arthur & Florence Robinson of Husborne
Crawley. Buried in Husborne Crawley Churchyard.
5950311. 2nd/6th Battalion The Loyal Regiment
(North Lancashire Regiment), Reconnaissance Corps., R.A.C. Died
Sunday 28 May 1944. Age 21. Son of Frederick & Gertrude Peacock
of Husborne Crawley. Commemorated on Kohima War Cemetery, India.