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MEPPERSHALL - War Memorial

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Compiled and copyright © 2000 Lynda Smith


Pho tograph Copyright © Lynda Smith 2001

Meppershall war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF MEPPERSHALL
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

    1914-1918
ANSELL

Harry

Pte 20937. 1st Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in the Foret de Nieppe Saturday 27 April 1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Meppershall. Son of Arthur & Mary A. (nee Rainbow) Ansell of Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Ref. I.F.54

BLAND

Bertrand William

Pte 4626. 58th Coy., Machine Gun Corps. (Formerly 22297 Bedfordshire Regiment). Died of wounds Sunday 21 October 1917. Aged 26. Enlisted Shefford. Son of Annie Bland of Meppershall Road, Shefford, Beds and the late Mr. Bland. Native of Shefford. Commemorated: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XXX.F.6

BLAND

Francis John

Pte. 16169. 8th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 14 July, 1916. Aged 23. Born Meppershall. Enlisted Coalville, Leics. Resided Moira, Leics. Son of Annie Bland of Meppershall Road, Shefford, Beds and the late Harry Bland. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2C & 3A.

BRICE

Harry

Poss. Cpl 32951. 1st Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23 August 1918. Enlisted Bedford. Resided Shefford, Beds. Commemorated Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Hebuterne, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV.G.3

CHESHIRE

William

Poss. Gunner 131349. "C" Bty. 70th Bde. Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Friday 28 April 1917. Enlisted and resided Luton. Commemorated: Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. III.F.7

CAKEBREAD

William Charles

Pte. 26761. 4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Age 22. Born London. Enlisted Ampthill, Beds. Son of William and Harriett Cakebread of "Woodview", Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XVII.D.12

CLAYTON

John

Driver 16079. 1st Field Sqdn. Australian engineers. Died Wednesday 23 October 1918. Age 32. Son of Henry & Jane Clayton of Meppershall, Shefford, England. Commemorated: Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. W.5

KING

Harry

Pte 5064. 5th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16 August 1915. Age 19. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. Mrs. Samuel King of Standon Lane, Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 54 & 218.

LAWRENCE

Samuel Edward

Pte. 68741 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Formerly 2876 21st T.R. Battalion. Killed in action 14 September 1918. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of James & Martha Lawrence of Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Panel 3

LINCOLN

Edward

Poss Pte. 15759. 7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 19 October, 1917. Born Highgate, Middx. Enlisted Bedford. Resided Shefford. Commemorated Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XII.I.15

LOCKEY

Percy

Poss Pte. 22660. 8th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 14 October 1916. Born, enlisted and resided Shefford, Beds. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2C.

PARSONS

Frederick

Pte. G/61739. 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) .Formerly G/32509 Middlesex Regiment. Died Saturday 17 February 1917. Enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Arthur & Lydia parsons of Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme. Ref. I.D.21

POULTER

Percy

Cpl. 5917. 12th Royal Lancers. Died of wounds Friday 25 May 1917. Age 33. Born Shefford. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. Mrs. T. Poulter, of Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Ref. X.B.19

RAINBOW

George

Pte 18203. 10th Bn. (6th on Soldiers Died) Bedfordshire Regiment. Died. Thursday 31 December 1914. Age 20. Enlisted Bedford. Son Isaac & Arabella Rainbow of Meppershall. Commemorated: Meppershall (St Mary) Churchyard, Beds. In south east part.

Grave reads: 18203 Pte G. Rainbow Bedfordshire Regiment 31st Dec. 1914 age 20 Not gone from memory Not gone from love But gone to his Father's Home above. (unable to photograph because it is facing, and very close to, a large bush)

ROBERTS

Ernest

No further information currently.

ROBERTS

John

No further information currently.

ROBERTS

Auberon C

No further information currently.

WARNE

Archibald Clarence

Pte S/11108. "B" Coy. 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action Thursday 22 February 1917. Age 22. Born Glasgow, Lanark. Enlisted Edmonton, Middlesex. Son of Charles & Lousia Warne of The Laurels, Meppershall, Shefford, Beds. Commemorated: Basra Memorial. Panel 37 & 64

WAGSTAFFE

George

possibly [Spelt WAGSTAFFE on SDGW] Rifleman 340, "A" Company, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles). Died on Wednesday 13th December 1916. Age 28. Son of Sam Wagstaff of Canal View, Biggleswade; husband of Mabel Hoad (formerly Wagstaff, of 31, East Park, Crawley, Sussex. Buried in CAMPTON AND SHEFFORD CEMETERY, SHEFFORD. Grave E. 71. See also Shefford and Biggleswade.

THANKS BE TO GOD WHICH
GIVETH US THE VICTORY.

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