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MILTON ERNEST WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards
additional information David Folwell

The memorial stands deep in the grounds of the Milton Ernest All Saints parish church, by the entrance to the church itself. It takes the form of a small Celtic cross set on a lantern, shaft, plinth and base. The inscription and names are engraved on the sides of the plinth. There is also a Roll of Honour, of all men who served, within the church. There are 10 names listed for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

IN MEMORY
OF
MEN FROM THIS
VILLAGE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918.

FARRAR John Harold
[Listed as Joseph on the memorial] Captain, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action at Aubers Ridge 9th April 1915. Aged 27. Son of Capt. J.P. Farrar, D.S.O. and Mrs. A. Mary Farrar, of 110, Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea, London and Milton Ernest House, Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire. Gazetted, June, 1906. He was the last of the original officers that was still with the battalion, from the 27 that had sailed to France in August 1914. He has been mentioned twice in despatches. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30. See also Camborne School of Mines
TAYLOR Harry
[Corporal on memorial] Private 51049, 1st/8th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 20th November 1917. Aged 28. Born Cotton End, Bedford, enlisted and resident Bedford. Husband of L. Gammons (formerly Taylor), of Milton Ernest, Bedford. Formerly 23006, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

TAYLOR, H., Private, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regt. and King's (Liverpool Regiment).

After volunteering in November 1915 he was retained on important duties in England until August 1917, when he proceeded to the Western Front, and there took part in many engagements. He was reported missing, and later killed in action, on November 20th 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice."

Mount Pleasant, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1646/A.

BONHAM Alfred George
Rifleman, 392471, 9th Battalion, London Regt (Queen Victoria's Rifles) who was killed in action on Saturday, 14th April 1917. Aged 19. Son of Alfred Bonham, of Milton Ernest. Enlisted London, resident Brixton. Buried in Cuckoo Passage Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave A. 6.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BONHAM, A. G., Rifleman, 9th London Regiment (Queen victoria's Rifles).

He joined in April 1916, and, on completing his training in the following December, was drafted to France, where he saw much heavy fighting in various sectors. He was unfortunately killed in action whilst on patrol near Arras on April 14th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"The path of duty was the way to glory."

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1345.

HERITAGE Edmund

Private. Either E HERITAGE, Private, 43841, 7th/8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who died on Saturday, 23rd November 1918. Buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland. Grave III. A. 2.

or E A HERITAGE, Private 16912, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards who died on Wednesday, 2nd December 1914. Buried in "Y" Farm Military Cemetery, Bois Grenier, Nord, France. Grave A.1.

HORNE Thomas

Private, 10557, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 22nd August 1918. Aged 25. Born and resident Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. M. Horne, of Milton Ernest, Beds. Buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave VIII. H. 5.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HORNE, T., Pte, 6th and 4th Bedfordshire Regt.

Volunteering in August 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in July of the following year, and, after much severe fighting, was wounded in action in the Somme in July 1916. Invalided home, he returned to France, however, in the following January, and was again wounded at Arras in April 1917, and sent to England. He again rejoined his unit in may 1918, and was unhappily reported missing and later killed in action oin August 22nd of that year. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherised with pride."

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2940/B.

JACQUEST William Hilson

Private, 271118, 4th/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died at home Saturday, 28th July 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Milton Ernest, enlisted Westminster, Middlesex. Son of George and Elizabeth Jacquest, of Milton Ernest. Formerly 4374, London Regiment. Buried in the south-west part of All Saints Churchyard, Milton Ernest.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, W.H., Private, Hertfordshire Regt.

Volunteering in May 1915, he was sent to France ten months later, but, after being in action at Albert and on the Somme, was invalided home in November 1916. He unfortunately died from pneumonia and pleurisy on July 28th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherised with pride."

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/A-Z3082/A.

PURSER John
Private, 31868, 6th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 18th June 1917. Aged 38. Husband of Maud Ruth Purser, of Milton Ernest, Bedford. Born Islip, Northants, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 25576, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. J. 3.
SOLESBURY Cyril Ernest
[List as Private on memorial.] Lance Corporal PLY/2223(S), 1st R.M. Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on Sunday 26th May 1918. Aged 30. Son of Agnes Solesbury, of The Green, Milton Ernest, Bedford; husband of Florence Annie Solesbury, of Hawley, Blackwater, Hants. Buried in BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany. Grave IV. C. 2.
SOLESBURY Frank
Private 25171, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 12th April 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Milton Ernest. Nineth son of Robert Solesbury, of Milton Ernest, Bedford. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. C. 17.
BAILEY James Private. No further information currently.
Not on Memorial but on Roll of Honour
SOLEBURY Edward
Not listed on either the SDGW CD or CWGC site. Not in the National Roll of the Great War Bedford & Northampton.
1939-1945
BRYAN, DFC & Bar John Michael
Wing Commander, 102570, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action Saturday, 10th June 1944. Aged 22. Son of the Revd. John Ingram Bryan, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., and Lucy Silver Bryan, of All Saints Vicarage, Forest Gate, Essex. Buried in Bretteville -Sur-Laize Canadian Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave VII. G. 5.
HAYCOCK [Christopher] Jack
Sergeant, 1874077, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday, 6th October 1943. Buried in north-west corner of All Saints Churchyard, Milton Ernest.
HUNT John William
Sapper, 1921012, 121 Road Constr. Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Tuesday, 6th February 1940. Aged 24. Son of Cuthbert and Florence Ada Hunt; husband of Florence Lilian Hunt, of Chawston. Buried N.W. of Church, near Lych gate, St Mary Magdelene Churchyard, Roxton.
    Not on Memorial but in churchyard
PRIDDON Arthur Sapper, 2006172, 602 Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Died Tuesday, 14th July 1942. Buried in S.W. Corner of All Saints Churchyard, Milton Ernest.

MILTON ERNEST
ROLL OF HONOUR IN THE CHURCH

Rt Hon. Lord Ampthill

Albert HORNE

Leonard SOLESBURY

Matthew ANDREW (w)

Walter JACQUEST (w)

Cyril SOLESBURY +

Robert ANDREW Sydney JACQUEST

Herbert SOLESBURY

A.J. BILLINGHAM

William JACQUEST (+)

Herbert STANTON

Alfred BONHAM +

Ernest JACQUEST

Harry TAYLOR +

William BRATCHER

Robert KINCH

Walter TAYLOR

George BULL (w)

Berton KINCH

Arthur TAYLOR

Percy CHILDS

George KNIGHT

Arthur WOODHAMS

Harry CHILDS

William LINGER

Fred WOODHAMS

Percy CLARKE (w)

Charles LOWINGS (w)

Fred WOODS

Thomas COTTON

William MARSH

William WOODS

William COTTON

Herbert MARSH

Charles WOODS

Gordon COTTON A. MATTHEWS

G. DENTON

William CURTIS George MITCHELL

J.S. PERKINS

James CURTIS Alfred PARROTT (w)

J. PERKINS

Joseph FARRER + Albert PAYNE (w)

Charles PERKINS

Percy GAMBRELL John PURSER + O.H. RODDIS
Charles GARDENER Henry ROBINSON  
Charles GRAHAM Sydney ROWLATT  
Jesse GRAHAM Hon. John RUSSELL (RN)  
Christopher HAYCOCK Hon. Guy RUSSELL (RN)  
Christopher HOLMES (RN) Thomas SMART  
Edmund HERITAGE Harold SMITH  
Daniel HORNE Edgar SMITH  
Thomas HORNE + Cecil Edgar SMITH  
Ernest HORNE Edward SOLEBURY +  
William HORNE Frank SOLESBURY +  
George HORNE Ralph SOLESBURY  
     

+ Killed in action

   
w Wounded    


Inscription

Your prayers are asked for those who have gone to service our
King and Country by land and sea and air.

Details for some of those who served

AMPTHILL Lord

Lieutenant-Colonel, Bedfordshire Regiment. Matriculated 1888, New College, Oxford University.

Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill served on the Western Front with two units during the First World War. One these was 13th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, a labour battalion which later became part of the Labour Corps. He also served for a short time, as a lieutenant-colonel, with the 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. He transferred to the battalion on 3rd April, 1917, taking over command from Colonel Lord Henry Scott the following day. A battalion was part of a regiment (seven battalions of the Bedfordshire Regiment served overseas between 1914 and 1918). It numbered around a thousand men at full strength but was often much less than this due to sickness, injuries and deaths in the front line. In the First World War four (later three) battalions comprised a brigade and three brigades a division.

8th Battalion was part of 16th Brigade of 6th Division. Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service has the war diaries of the battalion throughout its time in France [X550/9/1]. On the day he took over command the battalion was in front line trenches near Loos-en-Gohelle, scene of a major offensive in September 1915. On his first day in command an officer was wounded, one other rank was killed and three more wounded from “daily wastage” of shellfire and sniping.

The first real test of his command came quickly. On 15th April, with the battalion in trenches as brigade reserve between Vermelles and Grenay orders were issued for an attack in conjunction with the 1st Battalion, the Buffs. They moved up to a position south of Loos under a heavy German barrage and finally occupied the position. Twenty eight other ranks were wounded. The next day two companies bombed their way to their first objective. However, the battalion on their left failed to reach this and retired to its former position. This exposed the flanks of both companies to German counterattack, but despite these attacks they maintained all the ground they had gained, losing two men killed and seventeen wounded.

The next day, the 17th, the battalion continued to move forward in attack towards Hill 70. Any slight elevation in this almost entirely flat landscape was a considerable prize. One company was held up by a strong point in front of the brigade on its right, but the other, again took all its objectives, capturing twenty seven prisoners and a machine gun. For the remainder of the day the enemy bombarded the newly won ground but despite casualties the ground was held. The battalion was congratulated for their good work by its Brigadier and by the General Officer Commanding 6th Division. Three other ranks were killed and seventeen wounded on this day.

The next day a company from the battalion made an attack from three points on the strong point which had threatened the right flank since the day before. This attack failed through the devastating fire poured on it from concrete emplacements by hostile machine guns. Seven other ranks were killed and thirty three wounded. The next day, the 19th, all the ground previously gained was held despite many German attacks and a very heavy hostile barrage. At night the battalion was relieved. Total casualties in this four day action were two officers and seventeen other ranks killed, four officers and ninety one others ranks wounded. It was a fairly typical Great War action, partly successful, partly a failure.

The battalion moved back, rested, and then went forward to the front line again, at Cité-Saint-Elie on 21st. the war diary notes that on 25th: “At 11.0pm a hostile patrol slipped through a large gap on our front immediately after the place had been patrolled. They bombed one of our posts causing several casualties and took away one man as a prisoner”. One soldier was killed and six wounded in addition to the man captured. Patrols were constantly sent out at night by each side to seize prisoners to extract information, as well as to kill the enemy, seize or damage equipment and to lower his morale. No doubt this last happened with the 8th Bedfords following this embarrassing incident.

The battalion remained near Loos throughout May, alternating spells in the front line with periods in reserve and resting. Lord Ampthill left the battalion on 19th May for: “employment under the Director of Labour”, perhaps in connection with the 13th Leicesters.

[Source: Bedfordshire Archives]

BULL George

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BULL, G., Private, 7th Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

He joined in June 1918, and after a period of training, was four months later sent to the Western Front. After only three weeks' active service he was wounded whilst taking part in Severe fighting at Cambrai. He was sent to hospital in England, and was demobilised in February 1919, holding the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1506.

CHILDS Harry

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

CHILDS, H.C., Driver, R.A.S.C.

He joined in February 1916, and was quickly sent to France, where he was engaged on important transport duties in the forward areas during the Battles of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Ypres and the Marne (II). He was also engaged as a motor-ambulance driver, and was gassed at Vimy Ridge. After rendering valuable services he was demobilised in October 1919, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Mount Pleasant, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1646/B.

COTTON Gordon

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

COTTON, G.T., Sergeant, R.A.V.C.

Volunteering in September 1914, he proceeded to Egypt in February of the following year, and was shortly afterwards trasnferred to Gallipoli. He returned to Egypt, however, on the Evacuation of the Peninsula, and, procedding thence into Palestine, was present at the Battles of Gaza and the entry into Jerusalem. He was for a time in hospital in Alexandria, before returning home for demobilisation in August 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Riverside, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1815/D-Z1816/D.

COTTON Thomas

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

CHILDS, H.C., Driver, R.A.S.C.

He volunteered in March 1915, and, after undergoing a period of training, was retained at various stations, where he was engaged on duties of great importance. Unable to obtain his transfer to a theatre of war on account of his age, he nevertheless, rendered valuable services until his demobilisation in July 1919.

Riverside, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1815/C-Z1816/C.

COTTON William

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

COTTON, W.E., Tpr., 1st Bedfordshire Lancers.

Mobilised in August 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in October of that year, and there saw severe fighting in various sectors. He took part in the Battles of Ypresd, Neuve Chapelle, Loos and Passchendaele and other important engagements, was wounded in action at Arras in 1917, and on the Somme in the following year, and gassed. He was discharged in March 1919, and holds the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Riverside, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z1815/B-Z1816/B.
GRAHAM Charles

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GRAHAM, C., Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.

He joined in August 1916, and was retained for some time at various home stations before being drafted to Mesopotamia. Whilst in this theatre of war he took part in many engagements, including that of Kut and the capture of Baghdad. He returned home and was demobilised in September 1919, holding the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z2656/B.

GRAHAM Jesse

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GRAHAM, J.W., Private, Middlesex Regiment.

He joined in March 1918, and after training at Bedford and Purfleet, rendered valuable services for about two months. He was found to be medically unfit for further service, and was discharged in May 1918.

High Street, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2657/B.
HAYCOCK Christopher

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HAYCOCK, C.R., Cpl., 5th Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Volunteering in August 1914, he completed his training in the following year and proceeded to Salonika, where he took part in many important engagements, including the recapture of Monastir, and was wounded. In 1917 he was transferred to Egypt, and did excellent work as a physical training Instructor until the close of hostilities. He was mentioned in Despatches for devotion of duty in the Field, and in March 1919 was demobilised, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2800.
HORNE Albert

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HORNE, A., Stoker, Royal Navy.

He joined in September 1916, and was posted to H.M.S. "Neptune", on board which vessel he served until 1918, and during this period was present at the sinking of H.M.S."Vanguard." He was later transferred to H.M.S. "Sandhurst," attached to the Grand fleet in the North Sea, and in 1920 was still serving. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2940/C.
HORNE Ernest

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HORNE, E., Driver, Royal Field Artillery.

He volunteered in June 1915, and in the following year was drafted to the Western Front. Whilst in this theatre of war he saw severe fighting in various sectors, and took part in the Battles of Arras, Vimy Ridge, the Somme and the Marne, and other important engagements until the cessation of hostilities. He then served with the Army of Occupation in Germany, finally returning home for demobilisation in April 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2940/E.
HORNE George

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HORNE, G., Air Mechanic, R.A.F. (Late R.N.A.S.).

He joined in September 1916, and, after undergoing a period of training, served at various stations, where he was engaged on duties of a highly important nature. He was unable to obtain his transfer overseas before the cessation of hostilities, but later was sent with the Army of Occupation to Germany. Returning home in 1919, he was still with his Squadron in the following year.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2940/A.
HORNE William

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HORNE, W., Private, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regt.

A Reservist, he was called to the Colours in August 1914, and in April of the following year was drafted to Gallipoli, where he saw much severe fighting and was wounded in action. On the Evacuation of the Peninsula, however, he was transferred to Egypt, and thence proceeded into Palestine, where he was again in action at the Battles of Gaza and the capture of Jerusalem. He was discharged on hios return home in July 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z2940/D.
JACQUEST

B.M. (Miss)

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, B.M. (Miss), Member, W.R.A.F.

This lady first offered her services to Messrs. Allens, of Bedford, and was engaged on important duties in the aero viewing-room, from 1917 to 1918. She then joined the Women's Royal Air Force, and did excellent work as a lqady clerk until her demobilisation in 1918.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/F-Z3082/F.
JACQUEST

Ernest

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, E., Private, R.M.L.I.

He joined in August 1918 on attaining military age, and, after a period of training, rendered valuable services at Portsmouth. In 1920 he was still serving with the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/D-Z3082/D.
JACQUEST

G.F.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, G.F. Private, British Red Cross Society.

Being medically unfit for service in a fighting unit, he joined the No. 3 Detachment of the British Red Cross Society in May 1916, and did excellent work as a night orderly at Bedford Military Hospital until July 1918.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/B-Z3082/B.
JACQUEST Sydney

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, S.C., Sergeant, R.A.V.C.

He volunteered in October 1914, and proceeding to Egypt in the following year, did excellent work in connection with the treatment of sick and wounded horses. Later he was sent to Palestine, and served at Gaza, Jaffa and Jerusalem. He was demobilised in April 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service Medals.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/C-Z3082/C.
JACQUEST

Walter

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACQUEST, W., L/Cpl, 9th Leicestershire Regt.

He volunteered in in September 1914, and was drafted to France on completion of his training. After taking part in the Battles of Festubert and Loos he was badly wpunded in action during the Somme Offiensive in 1916, and was invalided home. In May 1917 he was discharged as medically unfit for further service, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service Medals.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3081/E-Z3082/CE
KINCH

A (Miss)

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

KINCH, A. (Miss), Worker, Q.M.A.A.C.

She joined the Q.M.A.A.C. in April 1917, and throughout the period of her service was stationed at the Repatriation Camp, Woking. There she performed excellent work in the officers' mess as a waitress and carried out her arduous duties in a highly capable manner. She was demobilised in December 1919. The Kennels, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3212.

KINCH

E.J.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

KINCH, E.J., Sergeant, Yorkshire Dragoons (Queen's Own).

He volunteered in September 1914, and in July of the following year was drafted to France, where he played a prominent part in the Battles of the Somme, Ypres and Cambrai, and in other important engagments. In 1917 he returned to England, and rendered valuable services as a bombing Instructor. After the Armistice he proceeded to germany with the Army of Occupation, and served at Colgne until demobilised in June 1919. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service Medals.

Fish Farm, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - TZ3210.
KINCH

K (Miss)

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

KINCH, K. (Miss), Worker, Q.M.A.A.C.

She joined in April 1917, and was stationed at the Repatriation Camp, Woking. At that depot she was employed as a waitress in the officers' mess and performed very excellent work. After nearly two years' valuable service she was demobilised in December 1918.

The Kennels, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3211.

KNIGHT

George

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

KNIGHT, G.A., Private, R.A.V.C.

Volunteering in August 1914, he completed his training in the following year and was sent to Egypt, where he did excellent work attending to sick and wounded horses. He served during the Advance into Palestine and in the Battales of gaza and Jaffa. After the cessation of hostilities he returned home and was demobilised in March 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3267.
MITCHELL George

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

MITCHELL, G.H., Private, R.A.V.C.

Volunteering in November 1914, he was drafted to Egypt, after two months' training, and was then engaged in tending the sick and wounded horses at various stations. Later he proceeded to Palestine, where he was present at the Battles of Gaza and the entry into Jaffa, and other engagements. He was invalided home in march 1918, and was finally demobilised in February 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z3576.
PARROTT Alfred

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

PARROTT, A., Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.

He volunteered in August 1914, and in June of the following year was drafted to France. He played a prominent part with his Battery in many important engagements, including the Battles of Loos, Ypres, the Somme, Albert and Cambrai, and was wounded in August 1918 during the Advance. invalided home, he was sent to hospital in Stafford, where he remained until demobilised in February 1919. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3763.
PERKINS Charles

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

PERKINS, C.H., Pte, 2/6th Royal Sussex Regt.

He volunteered in October 1914, and was shortly afterwards drafted to India, where he was engaged on the North-West Frontier on important guard duties. He did continuously good work, but owing to a weak heart was invalided home and discharged in June 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Rose Cottage, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3823/A.
PERKINS

J.G.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

PERKINS, J.G., Private, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).

He joined in 1916, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front. There he took part in much fighting on the Somme and at Arras, Ypres and Cambrai, but unfortunately met with an accident to his knee and was later transferred to the Labour Corps. He did good work connected with the transport of supplies and ammunition, and was demobilised in October 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Rose Cottage, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3823/B.
PERKINS

J.J.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

PERKINS, J.J., Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He volunteered in May 1915, and later in the same year was drafted to France. Whilst in this theatre of war he took part in many engagements, including the Battles of Loos, the Somme, Arras, Ypres, Messines, Albert and Cambrai, where he was wounded in 1917. After hostilities ceased he proceeded to germany with the Army of Occupation and served at Cologne until his demobilisation in August 1919. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Rose Cottage, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z3823/C.
RODDIS O.H.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

RODDIS, O.H., Sergeant, R.A.S.C. (M.T.)

Volunteering in 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in January of the following year, and there served as an ambulance driver in Various sectors. He was present at the Battles of Ypres, Festubert, Loos, the Somme and Arras, took part also in the Retreat and Advance of 1918, and was gassed in 1917. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Field and, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals, was demobilised in August 1919.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z4020.
STANTON

Herbert

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

STANTON, H.J., Sergeant, R.A.V.C.

Volunteering in October 1915, he was on completion of his training drafted overseas in the following year. Whilst serving on the Western Front he experienced fierce fighting in the Battales of Somme, Lens and Cambrai, and was engaged on important veterinary duties behind the lines. He was demobilised on his return to England in May 1919, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Milton Ernest, Bedford. - Z4285.

WOODS

Charles

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

WOODS, C.T., Private, R.A.V.C.

He volunteered in August 1914, and after a course of training was drafted to the East, where he served in Egypt and Palestine. He did consistently good work in connection with the care of sick and wounded horses at Jerusalem, Gaza and Jaffa, and returning to England in 1919, was demobilised in June of that year. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z2465/A.
WOODS

William

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

WOODS, W., Shoeing-Smith, R.A.V.C.

Volunteering in August 1914, he was drafted to Egypt in the following year, Later he did consistently good work in Palestine, where he was engaged on the important duties of attending sick and wounded horses. He rendered valuable services at Gaza, Jaffa and Jerusalem, and returning to England was demobilised in June 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

High Street, Milton Ernest, near Bedford. - Z2465/B.

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