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MELCHBOURNE - Roll of Honour

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards
Word War 2 - Memorial with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Brenda Asplin



Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

The Memorial is on the wall of the porch leading into the parish church.

IN
MEMORY OF
THE
the men of this Parish
who fell in THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919

Arthur HANCOCK Lance Corporal, 20554, 8th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 25th September 1916. Age 38. Born Riseley, enlisted Bedford, resident Melchbourne. Son of Thomas and Martha Hancock, of Riseley; husband of Arm Minnie Hancock, of Melchbourne. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.
Harry John PAYNE Private, 11767, 7th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 28th July 1915. Age 23. Signaller. Born Melchbourne, enlisted Stamford, Lincolnshire, resident Stourbridge, Worcestershire. Son of William F. and Fanny Payne, of Sandwell Cottage, Ridge St., Wollaston, Stourbridge, Worcs. Native of Melchbourne. Buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. C. 29.

This tablet is erected by
the Parishioners as a token
of their appreciation.

WORLD WAR 2

There is a memorial to 2003rd Ordinance Maintenance Co. 8th Air Force Service Command on a wall at Park House, Melchbourne.


Photograph Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2001

WORLD WAR 2 MEMORIAL

In St Mary’s Church, Melchbourne. 

This is formed from part of the propeller of the aircraft in which the men died.



Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2001

IN MEMORY OF

KING

William Everby

Pilot Officer 81356.  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  Died Monday 19 August 1940.  Age 20. Son of Thomas William & Lilian Isabel King of Beaconsfield, Bucks.  Commemorated:  Cardington (St. Mary) Church Cemetery, Beds.  Ref.  Row R.  Coll. Grave 15

BRITNOR

Stanley

Sergeant 754172.  .  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  Died Monday 19 August 1940.  Age 26.  Son of Harold & Gertrude Britnor; husband of Frances Eileen Britnor of Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire. Commemorated:  Cardington (St. Mary) Church Cemetery, Beds.  Ref.  Row R.  Coll. Grave 15

BISHOP

John

Sergeant 754664.  .  Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve.  Died Monday 19 August 1940.  Age 20. Son of Revd. L. Cornewall Bishop & Daisy E.G. Bishop of South Kensington, London. Commemorated:  Cardington (St. Mary) Church Cemetery, Beds.  Ref.  Row R.  Coll. Grave 15

JACKSON

John Angus

Sergeant 651960.  W.Op/Air Gunner. Royal Air Force.  Died Monday 19 August 1940.  Age 19.  Son of Angus Drummond Jackson & Margaret Jackson of Sunderland, co. Durham.  Commemorated:  Cardington (St. Mary) Church Cemetery, Beds.  Ref.  Row R.  Coll. Grave 15

CREW OF H.P. HAMPDEN P1305
14 O.T.U. R.A.F. COTTESMORE
WHICH CRASHED 19.8.40 AT MELCHBOURNE

On Monday 19 August 1940, Pilot Officer W.E. King was carrying out a training flight practising the use of oxygen and seat change.  The aircraft lost control and exploded in a filed beside an oak tree at Dower House, Melchbourne, Bedfordshire.  Wreckage was thrown over a wide area. 

On Monday 26 August 1949, the remains of the four men were buried in the churchyard at Cardington, near Bedford.



Photograph Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2001

 

There was a service in the parish church with full military honours.

Further information will be placed in the Bedfordshire Family History Society Library.


30 August 2001

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