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KEMPSTON CEMETERY - War Graves

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


The block in front is mainly second world war, in the distance,
behind this group, are a group of graves covering the first world war.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002

Entrance to the cemetery.

There are many graves in Kempston Cemetery, this page contains those found within the cemetery.

  World War 1
BARTLETT Harold Lyle
Sapper 20470, 5th Division, Signal Company, Australian Engineers. Died of pneumonia Thursday 4th April 1918. Aged 19 years 6 months. Enlisted Glenelg, South Australia. Engineer before being called up. Attended Mallala School. Son of Herbert Edgar, and Emily Annie Bartlett, of 2, Partridge Street, Glenelg, South Australia. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 70. Reference to be found in the Australian War Memorials AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
BECKETT Francis Xavier
Pioneer 442857, Bedford "A" Signal Depot, Royal Engineers. Died at Bedford Thursday 7th November 1918. Age 21. Born Dublin, enlisted Manchester. Son of Charles and Mary Beckett, of 15, Buxton St., West Gorton, Manchester. Formerly 300176, Manchester Regiment. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 95.
BICHENER Herbert
Sapper 21539, "G" Depot 103rd Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Wednesday 14th April 1915 at home. Born Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 93.
BIRD Arthur Sidney
Gunner 99493 "H" Bty., Royal Horse Artillery who died on Saturday, 14th October 1916. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Agnes Bird, of 274, Bedford Rd., Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 172.
BOON John
Acting Lance Sergeant 200401, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 3rd December 1917 in Palestine. Age 27. Enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Son of Samuel and Emma Boon, of 17, Church Walk, Kempston, Beds. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave C. 25. Commemorated in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
BROOKS Samuel
Private 47248, 4th Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment (Territorial Force). Died at home Wednesday 5th December 1917. Age 43. Born Nottingham, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Husband of A. J. Brooks, of 37, Woburn Rd., Kempston. Formerly 5377, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 340.
BRYAN Martin
Private 23562, Bedford Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Tuesday 15th May 1917. Enlisted Bedford, resident Hemel Hempstead. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 30.
BUTLER Thomas John
Private 22223, 5th Battalion, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Died of wounds Friday 16th August 1916 at home. Age 20. Born Bethnal Green, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Son of Mrs. Mary Pateman, of 19, Woburn Rd. Kempston; husband of Laura Clara Butler, of 2A, Britannia Place, Britannia Rd., Bedford. Formerly 7353, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
CHERRY Herbert Henry
Private 181158, Infantry Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Died at home Wednesday 30th October 1918. Age 27. Born Willsden, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Son of Thomas William and Elizabeth Jane Cherry, of Kempston; husband of Dorothy Cherry, of 52, Thornton St., Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave O. 26.
COAKER Alfred Frank
Sapper 326067, Bedford "A" Signal Depot, Royal Engineers. Died at home Monday 4th November 1918. Age 19. Son of Edwin and Alice Coaker, of Avonwick, South Brent, Devon. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 78.
COWLEY Samuel Jesse
Private 30231 Bedfordshire Yeomanry who died on Friday, 19th September 1919. Age 29. Son of Joseph James and Eliza Cowley. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 295.
CRAWFORD Martin
Private 36605, 64th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps. Died at Bedford Friday 12th April 1918. Enlisted and resident Battersea. Formerly 20872, 20th Battalion, London Regiment. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 69.
CUNNINGTON Cyril Harry
Sapper 22422, Royal Engineers. Died at home 7th September 1919. Age 31. Son of John William and Caroline Cunnington, of 2, St. John's Walk, Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 119.
DARNELL [J] Ernest
Private 3/7509, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 2nd July 1915 at home. Age 39. Born and resident Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Mary Jane Darnell, of 1, Duncombe St., Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 113.
EVANS Griffith
Gunner 318 [CWGC] or 310555 [SDGW], Welsh [Carnarvonshire Battery] RGA [Territorial], Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 26th May 1915. Aged 19. Born Llanleshid, Bethesda, Carnarvon. Son of John Evans, of 5, Bryniau Terrace, Douglas Hill, Bethesda, Carnarvonshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave B. 250.
GILLETT Frederick W
Guardsman 15918, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds Friday 20th May 1915 at home. Age 21. Born Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Emily Gillett, of 2, Church Walk, Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Grave A. 100.
JENKINS Thomas
Driver 182786, Signal Depot Haynes Park, Royal Engineers. Died at Bedford Monday 25th December 1916. Born Treherbert, Galmorganshire, enlisted Pentre, Glamorganshire, resident Blaenrhondda, Glamorganshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Grave M. 20.
KIMBER Arthur
Pioneer 377023, Bedford "A" Signal Depot, Royal Engineers. Died at Bedford Thursday 31st October 1918. Age 38. Born and enlisted Southampton. Son of Harry and Sarah Kimber, of Southampton; husband of Louise Alice Marie Kimber, of "Rosslyn," Warren Crescent, Shirley, Southampton. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Grave M. 76.
LAMBERT William James
Private 3776, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Sunday 19th November 1916. Enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Grave M. 18.
LAST E
Private 4825, 2nd/1st Battalion, Pembrokeshire Yeomanry. Died 15th November 1918. Age 29. Son of Robert and Ellen Last. Born at Woolwich. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Grave M. 86.
McCARTIE Francis Joseph
Lance Serjeant 7845, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards who died on 8th November 1918. Age 31. Husband of Jessie Sarah McCartie of 2 King Street, Kempston. Buried in Kempston Cemetery, Kempston. Grave A. 456.
McCLEOD W
Private SS/1328, 69th Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at Bedford 3rd June 1917. Age 56. Next of kin Isaac and Mary McLeod, of Holywood, Co. Down. Buried in Kempston Cemetery, Kempston. Grave M. 32.
PENWRIGHT L G
Lance Corporal WR/21405 307th Railway Construction Comapny, Royal Engineers who died on Tuesday, 18th March 1919. Age 42. Son of Charles Penwright; husband of Minnie Penwright, of 53, Woburn Rd., Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 580.
PRENTICE D Frank
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Wireman 2nd Class, M/19118, H.M.S. "Royal Sovereign.", Royal Navy. Died on Thursday 17 October 1918. Age 27. Son of John and Lena Prentice; husband of Nellie Prentice, of 3, Woburn Rd., Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave A. 512.
SHARP J William
Private 18087, Bedford Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at Bedford Sunday 17th December 1916. Born Hatfield, Hertfordshire, enlisted Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, resident Barnet, Hertfordshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 19.
SLATER Frederick Charles
Corporal 12799 6th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Sunday, 9th March 1919. Age 27. Son of George and Sarah Slater, of Box End, Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave C. 66.
TAYLOR G
Private 28758, West Yorkshire Regiment Transferred to 184767, Labour Corps. Died Sunday 3rd November 1918. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 77.
WHITE Frederick John
Sapper 182014, Signal S.T.C. Royal Engineers (Bedford). Died at Bedford Saturday 2nd November 1918. Age 51. Born Battersea, Surrey, enlisted Romford, Essex, resident Cambridge. Son of Frederick and Florence White, of 22, Park Rd., Wandsworth, London. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave M. 75.
  World War 2

For further details of the air crews listed here see Colin Mackenzies AIRCREW CASUALTY INFORMATION which details the events concerning the death of these aircrew.

BELOE Charles E
Flying Officer 33533, Pilot, Royal Air Force. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 21. Son of Gerald Harry and Margaret Elizabeth Colston Beloe, of Clifton, Bristol. Block J. Joint grave 52.
BIHET Bernard Joseph
Private 14914991, 7th Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died Monday 21st May 1945. Son of Ernest Peter Bihet and of Katharine Matilda Bihet (nee Harvey), of St. Martins, Jersey, Channel Islands. Block J. Grave 18.
BROWN Thomas Lloyd
Sergeant R.70880, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Wednesday 6th May 1942. Age 24. Son of John S. Brown and Eliza J. Brown, of Wolseley, Saskatchewan, Canada. Block J. Grave 77.
CASEY Leonard James
Sergeant 414957, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Saturday 28th November 1942. Age 21. Son of Joseph Michael Casey and Frances Delia Casey (nee Kavanagh), of Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Block J. Grave 114.
CAMBERS Bernard Thomas Charles
Sapper 2077830, 560 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died Thursday 17th October 1940. Age 19. Son of Thomas and Emily Cambers, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block K. Grave 12.
CLARKE Frank
Driver 210410, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died Wednesday 27th March 1946. Age 36. Married. Son of Frank and Amelia Clarke; husband of Mary Clarke, of Hamble, Hampshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 91.
CLIFT James Joseph
Private 13003141, 30th Battalion, The Welch Regiment. Died Friday 4th September 1942. Block J. Grave 53.
COUNSELL Peter Gordon
Guardsman 2617294, King's Company, Grenadier Guards. Died Saturday 10th May 1941. Age 21. Son of Cecil Frobisher Counsell, and of Elizabeth Eleanor Counsell, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block F. Grave 253.
CUKE Mark Radford
Sergeant 1383422, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 17th November 1941. Age 23. Of Barbados. Son of the Hon. H. Archibald Cuke, M.L.C., and Isabella M. Cuke, of St. Michael, Barbados. Diploma, Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture. Block T. Grave 40.
FAIRLIE John Cavanagh
Leading Aircraftman 990379, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 21st June 1945. Age 24. Son of John and Teresa Fairlie; husband of Doreen Deborah Fairlie, of Hornsey, Middlesex. Block J. Grave 103.
GATES Thomas Russell
Aircraftman 1st Class 633735, Royal Air Force. Died 9th May 1941. Age 19. Son of Thomas Russell Gates and Sarah Gates, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 113.
GILBERT Cyril William
Gunner 14288211, formerly Royal Artillery, listed as civilian. Died Friday 12th May 1944. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 54.
GILMOUR Ross Mackenzie
Flight Sergeant, R.79369, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Wednesday 19th August 1942. Age 21. Son of William and Maggie Gilmour; husband of Robina McNeill Gilmour, of Verdun, Province of Quebec, Canada. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 65.
GREEN Alfred Charles Michael
Leading Aircraftman 1385664, Drogue Operator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 3rd March 1944. Age 21. Son of Bertie Frederic and Anorah Mary Green; husband of Esther Atkinson Green, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 66.
GUNTON Benjamin Herbert
Lance Corporal 5769439, Pioneer Corps. Died Sunday 2nd August 1942. Age 32. Son of James Robert and Harriet Gunton; husband of Phyllis Maud Gunton, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 17.
HALLIDAY Walter Frederick George
Private 6024329, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Thursday 14th November 1940. Age 25. Son of Walter and Lucy Haliday; husband of Elsie Haliday, of Barnes, Surrey. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 16.
HANCOCK John Patrick
Flight Sergeant R.76975, Observer, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Wednesday 6th May 1942. Age 20. Son of Charles F. Hancock and Esther A. Hancock, of Strome, Alberta, Canada. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 101.
HINTON Allan Thompson
Pilot Officer J/23231, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died 4th June 1943. Age 21. Son of Allan Thompson Hinton, and of Martena Hinton, of East Orange, New Jersey, USA. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 78.
JOHNSTON Arthur Gerald
Sergeant 591395, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 20. Son of William and Anne Johnston, of St. John'S, Woking, Surrey. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 64.
LOADER Herbert Samuel
Sergeant 1377212, Observer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 20. Son of George Herbert and Hannah Rebecca Loader, of Plaistow, Essex. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 52.
MARCUS Derek Julius
Sergeant 1360363, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve . Died 5th December 1941. Age 25. Son of Rudolph Benjamin Marcus and of Lottie May Marcus (nee Miller); husband of Regina Amelia Marcus (nee Fooks), of Maida Vale, London. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 76.

MANNING

Albert John

Flying Officer (Bomb Aimer) 126960, 427 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action over the Rhur 23rd June 1943. Age 27. Son of John Francis and Edith Ellen Manning; husband of Joan Manning, of Kempston, Bedfordshire. Commemorated on family grave but buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Plot 30. Row F. Grave 1.

MATTINGLY James Henry
Sergeant 1057674, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 21. Son of John Henry and Kathleen Mattingly, of Hackney, London. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 76A.
MAXWELL Arnold Grant
Flight Sergeant R/95390, Pilot, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Wednesday 6th May 1942. Age 20. Son of Thomas Edward and Mary Irene Maxwell, of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 100.
MILLER Gordon Christopher Noesgarrd
Sergeant 416521, Pilot, Royal New Zealand Air Force. Died Thursday 6th May 1943. Age 22. Son of Leonard Henry Miller, and of Thora Miller, of Auckland City, New Zealand. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 90.
NESBITT Thomas Alexander
Sergeant 1074968, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 30. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 76.
O'BRIEN Donald Kempton
Flight Sergeant R.76409, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died Wednesday 6th May 1942. Age 32. Son of Edward Kempton O'Brien and Elizabeth Marie O'Brien, of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 89.
OWEN Wilfred Adris
Sub-Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Macaw., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died on Sunday, 27th May 1945. Age 19. Son of Idris and Mary Louisa Owen, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block T. Grave 6.
PARROTT Sydney George
Sergeant 976645, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 21. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 64.
PAYNE Leonard Victor
Sapper 2076383 248 Field Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Saturday, 6th July 1940. Age 20. Son of Henry and Emma Elizabeth Payne, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Block J. Grave 4.
PEARSON Randal George
Sergeant 1339699, Radio Operator/Observer, Royal Air Force. Died Wednesday 23rd December 1942. Age 20. Son of Randal and Florence Pearson, of Fulwood, Sheffield. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 102.
PHITIDIS George Platon
Sergeant 1317492, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 12th October 1941. Son of Constantine Haralambou Phitidis and Alexandra Gabriel Phitidis, of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 28.
SCHOFIELD Henry James
Sergeant 1871678, 14 Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. Died Sunday 14th May 1944. Age 31. Son of George and Elizabeth Schofield; husband of Minnie Frances Schofield, of Coulsden, Surrey. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 42.
SMITH Peter Francis
Flying Officer, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 25th October 1942. Son of Frederick and Ida Kathleen Smith, of Northwood, Middlesex. His brother, Derek Christopher Horace, also died on service. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 41.
TOMPKINS Douglas George

Sub Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Daedalus, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Wednesday 14th January 1942. Age 23. Son of Arthur James Tompkins and Hilda Elizabeth Tompkins; husband of Margaret Joyce Tompkins. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 124. See also Bedford Modern School.

For details relating to Douglas George TOMPKINS see - Aircraft & Aircrew Casualty Information Archive Bedfordshire & NE Scotland.

TORY Freda
Aircraftwoman 2nd Class 450985, Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Died Friday 13th February 1942. Age 21. Daughter of B. R. Tory and of Ethel Tory, of St. Mary Cray, Kent. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Grave 5.
WHITBREAD Dennis Lawson
Sergeant 1624919 Flt. Engr. 433 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 5th August 1944. Age 22. Son of Arthur Charles and Daisy Beatrice Whitbread; husband of Lilian May Whitbread, of Kempston. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY. Block J. Grave 30. See also Skipton-on-Swale RCAF Memorial
WRIGHT Harry
Sergeant 1380378, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 5th December 1941. Age 30. Son of John Charles Wilson Wright and Evelyn Wright; nephew of Esther A. Wright, of Brighton, Sussex. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Block J. Joint grave 76A.
    Other
CLARKE W A H (M.M.)
Regimental Sergeant Major, 43rd/52nd Oxfordjsire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Born Wantage, Oxfordhsire, 31st October 1892, died 25th May 1964. Awarded Military Medal. Husband of Pauline Marie Therese Clarke (nee Blandruel) who was buried January 1949 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
COLLINSON R G
Sergeant 5616849, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 17th September 1951. Age 38. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
CONSTABLE A E
Sergeant 5947086, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 12th February 1954. Age 53. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
MARSHALL F
Bombardier 14450898, Royal Artillery. Died 30th April 1951. Age 26. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.
NIEPOKOLCZYCKI W
Pchor, DTWO. SAP. 3 D.S.K., Polish Forces. Died 30th August 1946. Age 20. Buried in KEMPSTON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire.

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