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BEDFORDSHIRE & HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENTAL MEMORIAL

Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The Memorial stands opposite The Keep, originally the Kempston Barracks, on the Bedford Road, Kempston.

Kempston Barracks

The Victorian barracks at Kempston, the Regimental Depot of the 16th Foot or Bedfordshire Regiment, were built in 1875-6 at the cost of about 50,000. The first troops arrived on 29th May 1877 and over the next sixty years thousands of men were trained here. In 1881 they became the Depot of the Bedfordshire Regiment and in 1918 the depot for the Beds & Herts. Between 1886 and 1900 the southern frontage of the Bedford Road was developed from New Town as far as the parish boundary, linking Kempston to Bedford. During the Second World War the barracks were used mainly as a convalescent centre, other functions having been transferred to Bury St. Edmunds. In 1958 the barracks closed and after nearly 80 years of decision making, a use as a Masonic Lodge has been found for the building. At least part of the Barracks, including the Keep is to remain as is the Regimental War Memorial opposite.

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Kempston Barracks
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The Memorial

The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial consists of a small remembrance building with iron doors fronted by two inscribed monuments and encompassed by a semicircular wall with inbuilt seats. The small building originally held the book of remembrance list over 1,000 men of the Regiment killed during the Second World War. The Second World War memorial was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth on 11th November 1950.

Behind the the monument is a garden of remembrance containing the ashes of those from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment 1945-1958. These are remembered on a plaque in the garden itself.

The two pillar monuments document details of the Regiment, the left detailing World War 1 and the right World War 2. Click on the left or right pillar or the building to see more details of that section.

Each year the Remembrance Parade is held one week later than the other services. This enables the individuals to take part in their own memorial services and then to combine for the Regimental Service. In 2007 photographs were taken of the memorial service and can be found on a separate page.

Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001
 

The Memorial in the Remembrance Garden

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

IN MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF THE
BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY
1945 - 1958

THIS WALL WAS ERECTED IN 1958
THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE LATE
BRIGADIER J. S. DAVENPORT. C.B.E., M.C.

AND SURROUNDS THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
IN WHICH ARE SCATTERED THE ASHES OF THE
FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENT

Note that the memorial originally had one single column as its centre piece and this was supplemented at a later date with a second column for World War 2, the original being moved to the left side (as you look at the memorial) to counterbalance the new column.
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  William BERRIDGE
Major, RPC. Joined 2nd Bn Beds & Herts – 1919 aged 18 years. Served in India, Iraq, Ireland, UK and Palestine. Appointed RSM and later obtained a commission. At some point transferred to 1st Bn Beds & Herts. Post war transferred to RPC - promoted to Captain. Served in Egypt and at RPC Depot, North Wales as QM. Retired 1955 with the rank of Major. Born 1901, Died 1977.

Medals:
Palestine Medal
The Defence Medal
George VI 1939-1945 Medal
George VI Coronation Medal
Elizabeth II Coronation medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Husband of Mrs M A Berridge (below).

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COMPANY SGT MAJOR W H DIEMER - Service No 32983 Private DIEMER Territorial War Medal For Voluntary Service Overseas 1914-1918. Service no 23983 Corporal DIEMER Bedford Regiment Great War For Civilisation 1914-1919. He is featured in the book "The History Of The 5th Battalion Beds And Herts Regiment TA"

Medals received
George the Fifth Medal 1914-1918
Service No 5945477 George the Fifth Efficient Service Medal And Bar
George the 6th Defence Medal 1939-1945
George 6th Medal 1939-1945

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MRS Mary Ann BERRIDGE
Married to Major William Berridge (see above). Mother to Joan, Pamela and John. Born 1908, Died 1999.
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Korean War

Three servicemen from the Beds & Herts were among the Korean War Casualties 1950-53.

RankNameServing with

Details

L/CplJACKSON H.W. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment attached King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Details The Times 8th December 1951.

Wounded December 1951

Lt.SIMCOX Douglas Arthur
Lieutenant P/397307, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment attached to The Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16th February 1951, listed in the London Gazette 3rd March 1951. Details The Times 3rd March 1951. Buried at UN Memorial Cemetery. Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 126. Constable in the Bedfordshire Constabulary - see also Beds Police Memorial and Bedford Modern School.

Killed in action 3rd March 1951

PteWELLS T.W. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment attached King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Details The Times 17th November 1951.

Wounded November 1951

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