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KEYSOE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Brenda Asplin
with additional information by Lynda Smith

The memorial can be found at the junction of Church Road and Mill Hill, Church road and Mill Hill junction, Keysoe.It takes the form of a Celtic stone cross mounted on a square plinth with one stone step.; the whole surrounded by eight stones connected by pointed metal chain. The builder was Mr. Wade. The original unveiling (Mr J Arnold Whitchurch) and dedication (Rev. J H Banham) was on 4th December 1921 and the subsequent rededication (Rev. Samuel G Bush Western and Rev. Dowler Baptist) and unveiling (Captain Starkey) 11th September 1949. There are twelve names for World War 1 and one name for World War 2.


Keysoe War Memorial



Keysoe Inscription Close-up


Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2001

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF

BROWN
Elijah
Pte 28738. 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13 November 1916. Born Keysoe. Lived St. Neots. Enlisted Ampthill. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 2C.
BULL
Frank
Pte. 44/251. 14th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Died Friday 6 October 1916. Age 26. Son of James & Sarah Ann Bull of Keysoe Row, St. Neots. Commemorated: Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. Div.3.K.3.
CASTLEMAN
Frederick
Possibly Frederick George Castleman. Leading Stoker K/3303. HMS “Jason”, Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 3 April 1917. Age 29. Son of the late Deborah Briars (formerly Castleman) of Baldock, Herts. Commemorated: Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Ref. 23.
FILSELL
Albert
Pte. G/25931. 10th (Royal East Kent & West Kent Yeomanry) Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Monday 23 September 1918. Served in Palestine and France. Born Northampton. Lived St. Neots. Enlisted Bedford although St Neots also stated. Father Samuel Filsell. Commemorated: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot 5 Row D Grave 6. Also commemorated at Parish Curch of All Saints, Maidstone, Kent.
FREEMAN
Elijah
Pte. 472841. 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt.). Died Saturday 24 March 1917. Age 25. son of George & Catherine Freeman of Fern Cottage, Keysoe. Commemorated: Keysoe (Brook End) Baptist Chapelyard, Bolnhurst & Keysoe, Beds. In S.E. part.
GREEN
Dudley John
Pte. 3831. 50th Battalion Australian Infantry A.I.F. Born 16th July 1891, parents Louisa Fensom, father Thomas Green, farmer of Bolnhurst, Bedford. Enlisted at Renmark with the 50th Battalion.A I.F. Australian Army, 23rd September 1915 as a Private. Disembarked at Marseilles, killed in action on Monday 4th September 1916. Monday 4 September 1916. Buried at Moquet Farm. Commemorated: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 150. 26
HALL
David Charles
Pte. 200920. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 8 June 1917. Age 19. Lived Keysoe. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Sarah Jane Barnett (formerly Hall) of Brookend, Keysoe, St. Neots. Commemorated: Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II.E.10.

Note: Although he died serving with the 2nd Beds his number, and the Imperial Service Badge he is wearingn, show he served in the 5th Battalion prior to this.

Photograph kindly supplied by John Wainwright.

KING
Oliver Charles
Lance Corporal 15035, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 25 September 1915, in Pas de Calais, France. Born 27 January 1882, and baptised 14 March 1882, in Thurleigh, enlisted Northampton. Educated Bedford Modern School (1898-99). In the 1891 census he was aged 9, a scholar, resident with his parents, Charles and Ann King, at Park Farm, Brook End, Keysoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, born Thurleigh, a Bank Clerk, resident with his parents, Charles and Ann King, at Park Farm, Keysoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93. See also Bedford Modern School
SEARS
Arthur
probably Arthur Joseph Sears, Private 22976, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Wellingborough, enlisted Ampthill, resident Irthlingborough, Northants. Buried in Serre Road No.1 Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IX. B. 4.
STAPLETON
David
Pte. 204571. 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 4 November 1918. Born & lived Keysoe. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: Ghissignies British Cemetery, Nord, France. Ref. A.6.
WHEELER
Henry [Harry] Thomas
Pte. 2129145. 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died Tuesday 1 October 1918. Age 24. Foster son of Mrs. E.R. Freeman of Keysoe Row, St. Neots. Commemorated: Canada Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Cambrai, Nord, France. Ref. I.C.3.
WRIGHT
Laurence
possibly Lawrence Albert Wright, Private, 4518, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars who died of wounds on Monday, 26th October 1914. Born Bedford, enlisted Rushden, resident Chesterfield.
MEN OF THIS VILLAGE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE WAR 1914 – 1918
AND GAVE THEIR LIVES IN HER DEFENCE.
THESE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

ALSO 1939 – 1945
BROWN
Eric
Corporal 2067340, 579th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed during the evacuation at Dunkirk 17th June 1940. Aged 20. Born bedford, resident Bedfordshire. Son of George and Elizabeth Jane Brown, of Bedford. Information at Keysoe Chapel on Eric Brown indicates his mother was Elizabeth Jane Brown who died 30th March 1938, aged 42 years, probaly from burns received when a lamp fell over. His father was George Brown who died 16th June 1969, aged 76 years, who was born in Keysoe circa 1893. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 22.

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