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LEAGRAVE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith

There are two memorials as described below. The men are the same on both memorials.
The memorials cover Limbury, Leagrave and Biscot.

LEAGRAVE WAR MEMORIAL

 
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Lynda Smith 2002

The memorial stands in a memorial garden on the corner of Marsh Road and Memorial Road. 
(Note: Linbury as below was the original spelling og the name which has now be altered to Limbury).

IN HONOUR
OF THE MEN WHO WENT FORTH FROM
LEAGRAVE, LINBURY AND BISCOT
TO THE
GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919
AND IN EVER GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE 55 MEN
OF THESE PARISHES WHO CAME NOT BACK
AND WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE INSCRIBED.

YE WHO LIVE HERE, BY MEAD AND WINDING LEA
REMEMBER THOSE, WHO KEPT YOUR COUNTRY FREE
THEY DIED FOR RIGHT LET US WHO HERE REMAIN
SO LIVE THAT THEY SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN.

Memorial records full names, from the First World War only.
Names are identical to those in The Leagrave Royal British Legion Club.

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CLUB, LEAGRAVE, LUTON

 
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Lynda Smith 2002

There are two memorials in the British Legion in Leagrave. One, the large wooden one with three parts and the wreaths underneath is the Legion's own. The wooden board, first name on it H Bates is the Luton Co-Op Memorial, the Luton co-op replaced by the new bowls club, and is now in the bar of the Legion. There is additionally the Leagrave and Limbury memorial on the opposite side of Marsh Road to the Legion.

1914 – 1918
LEST WE FORGET
IN PROUD AND EVER
GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF
LEAGRAVE AND LIMBURY
WHO SO NOBLY LAID
DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR.

“THEIR BODIES ARE BURIED IN PEACE; BUT THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.”

ANSELL

Charles Hart

Armourer’s Mate M/2728.  HMS “Aboukir” R.N.  Died 22 September 1914.  Age 21.  Son of  Fredrick and Adah Ansell of “Ercildoune”, Beechwood Road, Leagrave, Luton.  Commemorated:  Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Ref. 6 (Special note:  In the early hours of the morning of 22 September 1914, HMS Aboukir, along with HMS Cressy & HMS Hogue was sunk by torpedoes from a U-Boat under the command of Otto Weddigan, in the North Sea).

BAKER

Joseph

No further information available at present.

BASS

William James

Pte. 29668.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 24 March 1918.  Born Biscot.  Lived Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Poziers memorial, Somme, France.  Panel 28 & 29.

BLAYDON

Cecil H.

Pte. 200712.  1st / 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 20 July 1917.  Lived Luton.  Enlisted Luton.  Buried:  Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.  Ref. XXX.B.3.

BLAYDON

Albert Edward

Pte 5073.  1st / 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 15 August 1915.  Age 18.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Bedford.   Son of Sidney & Lily Blaydon of  “The Knapps” Toddington Road, Leagrave, Luton.  Commemorated:  Azmak Cemetery, Sulva, Turkey.  Sp. Mem. 3. See also Gallipolli details.

BUCKINGHAM

Reginald Sydney

Cpl. 17597.  1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.  Killed in action 6 April 1916.  Age 22.  Born Luton.  Lived Sherington, Bucks.  Enlisted Oxford.  Son of Mr. & Mrs. L. Buckingham of Dorset Villa, Marsh Road, Leagrave, Luton;  husband of Mrs. P.A. Smith (formerly Buckingham) of 56 Priory Street, Newport Pagnell, Bucks.  Commemorated:  Basra Memorial, Iraq.  Panel 26 & 63.

CLARKE

Percy George

Probably Pte.G/53194.  20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).  Formerly 5748 14th R. Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16 April 1917.  Born Hexton, Herts.  Lived and enlisted Luton. Buried:  Heninel-Croisilles Road Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais France.  Ref. II.C.17.

CLARK

Sidney Wilfred

Air Mechanic 3rd Class 161824.  Royal Air Force.  Died 15 July 1918.  Age 20.  Son of Robert Henry and Florence Mary Clark of Carlton House, Marsh Road,  Leagrave, Luton.  Born at Newark, Notts.  Buried:  Biscot (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Beds.  Ref. 73.

COLLETT

William

Pte. 65691.  61st Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Inf.).  Formerly 6972 London Regiment.  Killed in action 15 April 1918.  Born Fulham, Middx.  Lived Leagrave, Luton.  Enlisted Luton.  Commemorated:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.  Panel  11.

COOTE

George

Sapper 1510.  Corps of Royal Engineers (1/2nd North Midland Field Coy. R.E.).  Killed in action 13 October 1915. Age 30.  Enlisted  Limbury, Luton.  Husband of Amy Coote of 104 Provost Street, Nile Street, Hoxton, London.  Commemorated:  Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Panel 4 & 5.

CUMBERLAND

Hugh

Pte. 51175.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 5 September 1918.  Age 19.  Born and lived Leagrave, Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of John & Eleanor Jane Cumberland of Marsh Road, Leagrave, Luton.  Commemorated:  Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Panel 4 & 5.

DENNIS

Harry L.    

No further information available at present.

DIMMOCK

Sidney George

Pte. 42561.  8th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).   Killed in action 20 October 1917.  Age 28.  Born and enlisted Luton.  Lived Leagrave.  Son of William and Mary Ann Dimmock of Luton;  husband of F.M. Dimmock of 22 Old Bedford Road, Luton.  Buried:  Monchy  British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. I.O.14.

DONNE

Leonard Roland

Rifleman R/37031.  16th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps.  Formerly TR/13/26840, 109th T.R. Battalion.  Died 23 June 1917.  Age 25.  Born Luton.  Lived Tingrith, Beds.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of William and Clara J. Donne of “Rosedene”, Limbury Road, Luton.  Buried:  Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.  Ref. I.G.2.

DRAPER

George William

Pte. 82855.  3rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Inf).  Formerly 8373 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 28 March 1918.  age 36.  Born and enlisted Luton.  Son of Charles Draper of The Dye Works, Dunstable Road, Luton;  husband of Ada Draper of “Le Nid”, Limbury Road, Luton.  Commemorated:  Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Bay 10.

DUMPLETON

Arthur

Pte. 27845.  1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 25 September 1916.  Born Stopsley.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Bedford.  Buried:  Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France.  Ref. XII.T.3.

DYER

Alfred Ernest

Pte. 10729.  6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 26 February 1917.  age 21.  Born Harpenden.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted  Luton.  Son of J.W. and Mary Dyer of Marsh Road, Leagrave, Luton.  Buried:  Maroc British Cemetery, Nord, France.  Ref. I.M.30.

ELSDON

H. Ernest

Probably:  Ernest Elsdon.  Pte. 18971.  8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 12 July 1917.  age 20.  Born and lived Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Brother of Miss L. Elsdon of 40 Collingdon Street, Luton.  Commemorated:  Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Panel 41.

FANE

Frank

Pte. 202749.  1/4th Dorsetshire Regiment.  Formerly 3444 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds 13 October 1917.  Age 33.  Born Toddington.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Son of Mrs. Emily Fane of The Limes, Gardenia Avenue, Leagrave, Luton.  Born at Toddington.  Buried:  Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.  Ref. XVI.E.13.

FLITTON

William

Pte. 200760.  1st/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds 21 July 1917.  Lived Limbury, Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Buried:  Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.  Ref. XII.D.7.

FOWLER

Nathaniel John

Sapper 1511.  Corps of Royal Engineers (1/2nd North Midland Field Coy. R.E.)  Died of wounds 21 April 1915.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Buried@  Bailleul Communal Cemetery (Nord), Nord, France.  Ref. K.II

GROOM

Ernest William Thomas

Pte. 25686.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 11 July 1916.  Born and lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Pier and Face 2C.

HARFIELD

Hedley W.

No further information available at present.

HATHAWAY

Walter H 

[HATHERWAY ON SDGW CD] Probably Pte G/86322 Depot Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).  Formerly 90427 R.F.C.  Died at home 8 June 1918.  Born Aldermaston, Warwick.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  .Husband of Minnie Justice (Formerly Hathaway) of 2 Bailey Street, Luton.  Buried:  Hendon Cemetery, Middlesex.  Ref. D.10.24091.

HINDS

William James

Pte. 23459.  6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 3 April 1918.  age 26.  Born Charlton.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Mrs. E.S. Hinds of Rose View, Cumberland Road, Leagrave.  Buried:  Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2,  Hebuterne, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. IV.D.30.

HOPKINS

Walter C.

No further information available at present.

HORSLER

William

Pte. G/50146.  11th Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment).  Formerly G/41407 Royal Fusiliers.  Died of wounds 6 May 1917.  age 36.  Born Leagrave.  Lived Limbury.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of George & Elizabeth Horsler of Leagrave;  husband of Ellen Horsler of Warden View, Limbury, Luton.  Buried:  Duisons British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. III.K.9.

HUCKLE

Arthur

Sgt. 18233. 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 15 September 1916.  Born Clophill.  Lived Biscot.  Enlisted Bedford.  Buried:  Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, Somme, France.  Ref. IX.N.3.

JACKSON

William

Pte. T.F.238023.  12th Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment).  Formerly 202649 Essex Regiment.  Killed in action 7 August 1917.  Born Biscot.  Enlisted Luton.   Husband of Maud Wade (formerly Jackson) of 74 Frederick Street, Luton.   Commemorated:  Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. III.E.11.

JONES

Fred

No further information available at present.

JONES

Charles

No further information available at present.

LAWRENCE

Joseph

Pte. 42665.  10th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in action 22 March 1918.  Born Luton.  Lived Limbury.  Enlisted Luton.  Commemorated:  Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Bay 3 & 4.

LEANEY

Horace Karl

Pte. 30858.  Bedford Yeomanry.  Died at home 1 February 1918.  Age 30.  Born Hemel Hempstead.  Lived Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Thomas and Eliza Leaney of 4 Chapel Street, Hemel Hempstead, Herts;  husband of Mary Ann Leaney of 25 Tudor Road, Luton.  Buried:  Biscot (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Luton.  Ref. 51.

LEE

Harold Stuart

Pte. G/73494.  23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).  Killed in action 7 September 1918.  Born Leagrave.  Lived Limbury.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Panel 3.

LETTING

George William

Possibly.  Pte. 27373.  10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Formerly 34679 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.  Killed in action 18 November 1916. Born Harlington.  Lived Beeston, Notts.  Enlisted Nottingham.  Buried:  Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Somme, France.  Ref. XI.F.10.

LETTING

Thomas L.

Pte. 31944.  5th Battalion Grenadier Guards.  Died 15 February 1919.  Buried:  Biscot (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Luton.

LING

Stanley Edward

Pte. 551026.  39th Coy. Labour Corps.  Died Monday 6 January 1919.  Son of William and Charlotte Martha Ling of 9 Oak Cottages, Oak road, Leagrave, Luton.  Buried:  Auberchicourt British Cemetery, Nord, France.  Ref. I.D.9.

LITTLE

Arthur Jesse

Pte. 69011.  1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment.  Killed in action 30 August 1918.  Age 20.  Born Turnford, Herts.  Enlisted Luton.  Son of Jesse and Emily Sarah Little of Napp’s Nursery, Leagrave, Luton.  Buried:  Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. II.B.24.

LUCK

Percy

Probably:  2nd Lt. Lincolnshire Regiment.  Died Tuesday 4 November 1919.  Buried:  Luton General Cemetery.  Ref. 1099.

McPHEAT

John

Sergt. 35986.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 7 June 1917.  Age 36.  Born Perth.  Lived and enlisted Luton.  Son of the late Stewart and Margaret McPheat;  husband of Jessie M. Kirk McPheat of 33 John Street, Luton.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 31 & 33.

MUNNS

Frederick James

Sergt. 10394.  2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards.  Killed in action 6 May 1918.  Born Limbury.  Enlisted Bedford.  Husband of I.P. Munns of 91 Douglas Street, Deptford, London.  Buried:  Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. XVI.C.6.

MUNNS

Walter

Pte.276528.  6th Battalion Essex Regiment.  Formerly 6546 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 26 March 1917.  Age 29.  Born and lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Frederick and Mary Munns of Oak road, Leagrave, Luton.  Commemorated:  Jerusalem Memorial, Israel.  Panels 33 to 39.

NEWMAN

Harry

Pte. 33062.  6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.  Formerly 6389 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 2 October 1917.  Age 32.  Lived West Leagrave, Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Mrs Rose Newman, 6 Dunstable Road, West Leagrave, Luton.  Commemorated:   Tyne Cot memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 50 to 51.

PAGE

Frank (Francis) Edward

Pte. 9801.  1st battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  Died 15 January 1920.  age 28.  Enlisted Bedford 1909.  Buried:  Biscot (Holy trinity) Churchyard.  Ref. 114.

PECK

William

Pte. 31136.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds 27 July 1917.  Age 24.  Born Barton.  Lived and enlisted Luton.  Son of Mr. & Mrs. Peck of Seagrave (sic), Beds;  husband of Mrs Elizabeth Sear (formerly peck) of 28 Regent Street, Luton.  Buried:  Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. XVI.I.2.

PINNEY

Walter William.

Sapper 1462.  Corps of Royal Engineers (E.A. Div. Field Coy. R.E.).  Died at home 11 May 1915.  Age 30.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Husband of Florrie Welch (formerly Pinney) of Victoria Road, Grange Road, Leagrave, Luton.  Buried:  Luton Church Burial Ground.  Ref. Z.Z.20

POTTER

Edward T.

Probably:  Pte. 10812.  4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Formerly 25432 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 15 September 1916.  Enlisted Luton.  Buried:  Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.  Ref. I.F.54.

SCRIVENER

George

Pte. G/10241.  7th Battalion Buffs (East Kent Regiment).  Died 21 April 1917.  Born Biscot.  Lived Limbury.  Enlisted Luton.  Buried:  Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Harcourt, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. XI.E.16

STOKES

Thomas

Pte. 26107.  9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  Formerly 26057 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 29 August 1916.  Born and lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 11A.

WARREN

Alfred

L/Cpl. 8134.  2nd City of London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.  Formerly 3548 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 23 September 1916.  Born Small Heath, Warwick.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.   Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 9D and 16B.

WILKIN

Robert

Pte. G/7849.  9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.  Born Godmanchester.  Enlisted Peterborough, Hunts.  Commemorated:  Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Panel 69 to 73.

WILKIN

William

Pte. 22168.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action13 November 1916.  Born Godmanchester.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Luton.  Buried:  Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.  Ref. I.A.36.

WILKIN

George

Pte. G/38685.  1st Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).  Killed in action 27 September 1918.  Born Godmanchester.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Somme, France.  Panel 7.

WILSON

Frank

Pte. 8940.  2nd Battalion Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment). Died at home 15 September 1915.  Age 21.  Born Islington, London.  Lived Leagrave.  Enlisted Devizes,  Wiltshire. Buried.  Biscot (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Luton.  Ref. 42.

WRIGHTSON

Frederick Voller

Probably:  Pte G/72744.  1/24th London Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  Formerly 107368 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.  Killed in action 14 October 1918.  Age 19.  Born, lived and enlisted Bradford, Yorkshire.  Son of Fred and Hannah Wrightson of 1021 Leeds Road, Thornbury, Bradford.  Buried:  Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, Nord, France.  Ref. VI.F.19. [For further details see Wrightson's Family Tree]

1939 – 1945
IN MEMORY OF ALL WHO FELL
IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
FROM LEAGRAVE AND LIMBURY DISTRICT
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
OF THIS BRANCH

GUNN

Arthur Ernest

Sergeant 750081.  181 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.  Killed in action France,  25 June 1944.  Son of William and Emily Gunn of 9 Mount Pleasant Road, Luton;  husband of Kathleen I. Gunn of Lingfield, Surrey.  Buried Brouay War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Ref. IV.A.17.

DAVENPORT

Harold William

L/Cpl. 5949672.  50th Parachute Bde. Sig. Sec. Royal Corps of Signals.  Died of wounds Burma,  26 March 1944.  Age 22.  Lived 5 Roman Road, Luton.  Son of Harold and Winifred S. Davenport of  Earsham, Norfolk. Commemorated:  Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.  Face 3.

LETTING

J.

Pte.   No further information available at present.

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