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ICKWELL GREEN (NORTHILL PARISH) MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2002 Lynda Smith
additional information David Manning

The memorial can be found on the green as you leave Northill and enter Ickwell on the right. The memorial covers the whole of the parish of Northill including the villages of Northill, Upper Caldecote, Lower Caldecote, Ickwell, Thorncote, Hatch, Brook End, Cowpastures, Vinegar Hill and Budna. The memorial is in the form of a stone cross made of portland stone with a bronze sword of sacrifice mounted on the face the whole monument standing on an octagonal plnth surrounded by 8 posts which a hold a spiked chain link fence. There are 37 names for World War 1 and 7 for World War 2. The memorial waas first unveiled on 18th April 1920 by Colonel J Harvey. The builder was Messrs. G Maile and Sons Ltd and the architect was Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED
BY THE INHABITANTS
OF THE PARISH OF
NORTHILL
TO THE EVERLASTING
MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WARS
1914-1918
&
1939-1945
"THEIR BODIES ARE BURIED IN PEACE
BUT THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE".

THE INHABITANTS OF THE
FOLLOWING VILLAGES
ERECTED THIS CROSS
AS A TOKEN OF LOVE
AND GRATITUDE TO
THEIR KINSMEN WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
NORTHILL
UPPER CALDECOTE
LOWER CALDECOTE
ICKWELL
THORNCOTE
HATCH
BROOK END
COW PASTURES
VINEGAR HILL
BUDNA
GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR
HIS FRIENDS

1914-1918

BROWN

James [William]

Private 23712, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13 November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford, resident Northill. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIALSomme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. See also Sandy War Memorial.

BRUNT 

Frederick William

Private G/25413. 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 14 June 1917. Age 41. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Biggleswade. Son of Joseph and Ellen Brunt, of Ickwell Green, Biggleswade, Beds. Formerly 20101, Middlesesx Regiment. Buried: VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Ref. XVI. F. 18.

BRUNT, MM

Harold James

Private 43275 "B" Company 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 4 April 1918. Age 24. Born and resident Thorncote Green, enlisted Bedford. Son of Joseph and Susan Brunt, of Northill Rd., Ickwell, Biggleswade, Beds. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Formerly 21329, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried: NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. I. G. 10.

BRUNT

Herbert

Private 23533. 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 27 September 1918. Age 21. Born and resident Northill, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Arthur and Alice M. Brunt, of Northill, Biggleswade, Beds. Buried: QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VII. F. 17.

BRUNT

William

Private 20983. 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 19 April 1916. Age 24. Born and resident Upper Caldecote, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Arthur, and Ellen Brunt, of Upper Caldecote, Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

BUCK

Harry Francis

Bombardier 65635. 25th Bde., Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Sunday 20 September 1914. Age 20. Born Biggleswade, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late William Buck and of Emily Buck (stepmother), of Northill, Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

BUCK

Sidney

Private 23498, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 23 October 1918. Born Northill, enlisted Ampthill, resident Biggleswade. Buried: HIGHLAND CEMETERY, LE CATEAU, Nord, France II. B. 14.

CLARK

William

Died 1917. No further information available at present.

COLE

Frederick

Private 51628, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 7 November 1918. Born and resident Upper Caldecote, enlisted Ampthill. Buried: COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln(Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot XIII. Row G. Grave 32.

COOPER

Charles William

Private 95105. Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 8 August 1918. Age 26. Born and resident Northill, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Sarah Elizabeth Cooper, of Thorncote, Sandy, Beds. Formerly G/3068, Cavalry. Buried: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Ref. XVIII. D. 3.

DARNELL

Ernest John Henry

Private 32111, 6th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday 9 April 1917 [SDGW states 12th]. Age 19. Son of Ada Elizabeth Comyns (formerly Darnell), of Church Path, Sandy, and the late John Darnell. Native of Caldecote. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Lower Caldecote. Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERYPas de Calais, France. Grave IV. C. 11.

FLINDERS

Samuel [aka Sam]

Private 27828. 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 29 April 1917. Age 30. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Samuel Flinders, of Brookend, Sandy, Beds, and the late Clara Flinders. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5

GOSS

Bertie

Lance Corporal 25369. 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 19 November 1916. Age 21. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Lower Caldecote. Son of John and Elizabeth Goss, of Lower Caldecote, Biggleswade, Beds. Buried BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VIII. D. 210.

GRAY, MM

Hubert Ernest

Lance Corporal 18180. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 27 September 1918. Born and resident Broom, enlisted Bedford. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Formerly 350757, Essex egiment. Commemorated: VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5

HARE

Arthur Ernest

Private 31683. "X" Company 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 13 December 1917. Age 21. Born Moathill, Bedfordshire (sic - Northill), enlisted Sandy. Son of Fredrick and Sophie Hare, of 1, Haynes Cottages, Shortmead St., Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2-3

HUMPHRIES

Arthur Percy

Sergeant 9425, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1916. Born Northill, enlisted Sandy, resident Biggleswade. Buried: BULLS ROAD CEMETERY, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 14.

JEEVES

Thomas William

[Listed as William Thomas JEEVES on SDGW, CWGC and National Roll of the Great War] Private 16434, Essex Yeomanry. Died of wounds 22 June 1918. Aged 19. Born Lower Caldecote, enlisted Aldershot, resident Girtford, Sandy. Son of Frederick and Ada Jeeves, of 5, George Town, Girtford, Sandy. Buried: ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 18.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR, SECTION XII, BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON, page 127.

JEEVES, W. T., Trooper, Essex Dragoons.
He joined in May 1917, and, completing his training in the following year, was drafted to the Western Front. After a few months’ heavy fighting he made the supreme sacrifice, being killed during a night raid on June 22nd, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“He died the noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God and right and liberty.”

5, George Town, Sandy, Beds.
Z3099.

KELLER

Harry

Died 1916. probably Henry KELLER, Sapper 34932, 5th Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 5 September 1916. Born Poplar, Middlesex, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 8660, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried: PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Plot II/. Row D. Grave 32.

LITTLE 

Frederick

Lance Corporal 23515. 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Age 34.Born Ickwell, enlisted Ampthill, resident Biggleswade. Son of Charles and Sarah Little, of Warden Lane, Ickwell, Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

NORMAN

Herbert James

Private 9596. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 31 October 1914. Age 25. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford, resident Biggleswade. Son of James Norman, of Northill, Biggleswade Beds. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

NOTTINGHAM

Alfred James

Lance Corporal 233546. 2nd Battalion, London Regt (Royal Fusiliers). Died Monday 11 November 1918. Age 21. Born Caldecote, enlisted Bedford, resident Hatch. Son of Mrs. W. Nottingham, of Hatch, Sandy, Beds. Formerly 4603, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried: LIEGE (ROBERMONT) CEMETERY, Liege, Liege, Belgium. Ref. 43.

ROBINSON

Owen Thomas

Private 16610. 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 19 April 1916. Age 21. Born and resident Northill, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. G. and Mrs. Martha Robinson, of Thorncote Rd., Northill, Biggleswade, Beds. Buried: ESSEX FARM CEMETERY Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium II. Ref. Q. 21.

SHELTON

George W

Private 20532, 1st/4th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1916. Enlisted Bedford, resident Biggleswade. Buried: BERLES POSITION MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 4.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR, SECTION V, LUTON, page 317.
SHELTON, G. W., Pte., 1/4th Lincolnshire Regt.
He volunteered in 1915, and in June of the following year proceeded to the Western Front. Whilst in this theatre of war he took part in several important engagements, and was unfortunately killed in action on the Somme on September 14th, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
The Green, Ickwell, near Biggleswade.
Z4598/C.

SMITH

Sidney

Private 103483, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died as a prisoner of war 29 November 1918. Born and resident Northill, enlisted Ampthill. Formerly 23553, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany. Plot V. Row C. Grave 13.

STOKES

Herbert James

Private 35710. 56th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds Monday 13 November 1916. Age 22. Born and resident Caldecote, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of David and Jemima Stokes, of Upper Caldecote, Beds. Formerly 25560, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried: CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY Somme, France. Ref. IV. D. 17.

SUMMERFIELD

Joseph

Private 18827. "A" Company 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 19 May 1916. Age 36. Born Northill, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Ickwell Green. Son of Alfred and Sarah Summerfield, of Warden Lane, Ickwell Green, Biggleswade, Beds. Buried: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. VI. D. 43.

TAYLOR

Frederick

Private 41663, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born Ickwell, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Ickwell Green. No known grave. Commemorated: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.

TAYLOR, MM

Harold George

Serjeant 201405. 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in Palestine Sunday 3 November 1918. Age 22. Son of Mr. W. Taylor, of Ickwell Green, Biggleswade, Beds. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried: BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, Lebanese Republic. Ref. 78.

WAGSTAFF

David

Private 31280. 10th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 22 April 1917. Age 29. Born Upper Caldecote, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of William Wagstaff, of I, Camden Terrace, Upper Caldecote, Beds.; husband of May Richardson (formerly Wagstaff), of Brook End, Sandy, Beds. Formerly 25406, Northmaptonshire Regiment. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8

WAGSTAFF

Herbert

Lance Corporal 40383. 1st/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds Sunday 9 September 1917. Age 24. Born Caldecoate, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Lilla and the late Maximilian Wagstaff, of Tipper, Caldecote, nr. Biggleswade, Beds. Formerly 25558, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried: WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VI. A. 24.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR, SECTION XII, BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON, page 229.

WAGSTAFF, H., L/Cpl., 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers.
He joined in January 1916, and after completing his training was drafted to the Western Front in the following July. He took part in heavy fighting at Vimy Ridge, the Somme, Arras and Messines, but was wounded on September 9th, 1917, at the Battle of Ypres, and died in hospital the same day. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

2, Caldecote Road, Upper Caldecote, Beds.
Z2251.

WEBB

George W.

Died 1917. No further information available at present.

WEBB

Philip

Private 27953, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action on Monday, 13 November 1916. Husband of Rachel Webb, father of Elizabeth Webb, Upper Caldecote. Born newmarket, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Ref: V.C.23.

WILLSHER

Herbert

Private 20589, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 30 October 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Caldecote, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late Mrs. Lilian Stokes. No known grave. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.

WILSHER

[George] William

Private G/14879, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford. Eldest son of Jane and David Wilsher. Originally enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88.

Special Note: His two cousins narrowly escaped being killed, they were in the same bunker/trench and had only just moved to another before the bomb hit. This is was how his mother and father knew for certain that he was dead.

WOODS

Arthur William

Private 24397. 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 18 August 1916. Age 27. Born Northill, enlisted Biggleswade. Husband of Mrs. B. Woods, of High St., Langford, nr. Biggleswade, Beds. Buried: PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France ref. II. E. 50.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR, SECTION V, LUTON, page 393.
WOODS, A., Private, 1st Northamptonshire Regt.
He joined in April 1916, and was drafted to the Western Front three months later, and was in action in various parts of the line, fighting in many important engagements. He was wounded during the first British Offensive on the Somme, and subsequently died from his injuries on August 18th, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
Lower Caldecote, Biggleswade.
Z5629/C.

WOODWARD

Albert

Ordinary Seaman J/33440, H.M.S. "Vanguard.", Royal Navy. Died Monday 9 July 1917. Age 18. Son of Joseph and Emma Eliza Woodward, of The Lane, Northill, Biggleswade. Commemorated: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Panel 25.

Special Note: Just before midnight on 9th July 1917, the St. Vincent class battleship, HMS Vanguard suddenly blew up due to a magazine explosion. 800 crew were lost. No definitive reason for the explosion has ever been found.

WOODWARD

Arthur

Private 43278, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 May 1918. Born Caldecote, enlisted Biggleswade. Formerly 26788, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 10.

1939-1945

ASKHAM

Percy George

Sapper 2017778. Royal Engineers. Died Friday 2 July 1943 as a prisoner of the Japanese. Born and resident Bedfordshire. Son of Mrs. A. Askham, of Caldecote, Bedfordshire. Buried: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Coll. grave 10. A. 6-15.

DARNELL

H

probably James Herbert DARNELL, Aircraftman 1st Class 1173578, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 April 1944. Aged 24. Grandson of James Darnell, of Sandy. James Darnell, a market gardener, was working at Brook End according to Kelly's Directory Bedfordshire, 1936. Buried in AMBON WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia. Plot 12. Row D. Grave 14.

McKENZIE

R A

No further information available at present.

O'NEILL-ROE

Richard John Owen

Lieutenant (A). H.M.S. Merlin, Royal Navy. Died Friday 26 June 1942. Age 24. Son of Lt.-Col. Charles Douglas Roe, D.S.O., O.B.E., and Daisy Blanche Marion Roe; husband of Nancy Letitia Whitaker O'Neill-Roe, of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Commemorated: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Bay 3, Panel 1.

SINFIELD

Stanley George

Boatswain. Bosun S.S. Teakwood (London), Merchant Navy. Died Thursday 21 September 1939. Age 35. Son of Harry Charles and Elizabeth Ann Sinfield, of Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire; husband of Mary Sinfield. Buried: FALMOUTH CEMETERY, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Ref. Sec. G. Row D. Grave 41.

Special note: SS Teakwood was a British Tanker. She was attacked and torpedoed SW of the Scillies while travelling in Convoy OA 7.

WEBB

R C

probably Gunner 14509953, 19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 21 September 1944. Aged 19. Born and resident Bedfordshire. Buried in ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row L. Grave 12.

WOODWARD

P

possibly Percy Frederick WOODWARD, Private 5777912, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 23 March 1945. Aged 29. Born bedford, resident Bedfordshire. Son of James and Mabel Annie Woodward; husband of Carnation Woodward, of Cleadon Park, South Shields, Co. Durham. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Plot 48. Row B. Grave 1.

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