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OAKLEY - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards



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The Memorial stands on the crossroads of the Pavenham Road.
The names are in two columns but these do not distinguish the war that each man died in.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING AND GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF OAKLEY
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR

1914-1919 1939-1945

PROTHERO Rowland John
Lieutenant, 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars. Died of wounds 8th November 1918. Aged 24. Son of the Rt. Hon. Rowland Edmund Prothero, 1st Baron Ernle, of 3, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London and Oakley House, Oakley, Beds. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 6. Also commemorated on Lords Members World War 1 Memorial
BOWYER Stanley John

Private 41882, "A" Company, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 8th August 1918. Age 28. Born Oakley, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Emily Bowyer, of 75, Chip Hill, Oakley. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

BOWYER, S. J., Private, 7th Norfolk Regiment.

Three months after volunteering in November 1915 he was drafted to France. where he saw much severe fighting and took part in the Battles of the Somnie, Arias, Messines, Ypres and Cambrai and other engagements in various sectors of the front. He fell in action near Ribecourt on August 8th, 1918. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last hill.”

75, Oakley, near Bedford.
 
Z1374/B.
EATON Reginald Charles
Private 22216, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Wednesday, 19th April 1916. Age 19. Born and resident Oakley, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Joseph Charles and Miriam Louisa Eaton, of 57, Brown's Wood Cottage, Oakley. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33
HART Harry James Watson
Lance Corporal 40201m 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on Thursday, 21st March 1918. Age 28. Son of Joseph and Emily Hart, of 37, Gardeners Cottage, Oakley. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 23 and 24. In Oakley cemetery there is a grave that states that he was in the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment and his parents were Parents Joseph and Susannah.
HULATT T E
No further information currently possibly Percival Charles Eaton Hulatt, Lance Corporal 34032, 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 15th June 1918. Aged 36. Son of Frederick William and Anne Hulatt, of Oakey, Beds.; husband of Harriet Hulatt, 28, Dacre Road, Hitchin, Herts. Buried in MAGNABOSCHI BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 1. Row C. Grave 1.
HURST Charles William

Private G/19517 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) killed in action on Friday, 12th October 1917. Born Oakley, resident and enlisted Chesterfield, Derbys. Son of Arthur and Annie Hurst. Formerly 83236, Sherwood Foresters. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 106 to 108. Also commemorated on his parents grave in Oakley Cemetery.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

HURST, C. W., Private, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

He joined in April 1917, and was quickly drafted to France. During his short period of service on the Western Front, he was in action at the Battles of Messines and Lens, but shortly afterwards was reported missing, and is now presumed to have been killed in action on October 12th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, may reach
him where he sleeps.”

4, Station Road, Oakley, Bedford.
 
Z3010.
KNIGHT William John

Private 050112, No. 9 Sect. (York), Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 31st October 1920. Aged 20. Son of John and Catherine Knight, of 61, Station Rd., Oakley. Buried in St Mary's churchyard, Oakley.

050112 PRIVATE
W J KNIGHT
ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS
31st OCTOBER 1920
AGE 20

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

KNIGHT, W J., Private, R.A.O.C.

He joined in June 1918, and, after completing a period of training, was retained on important duties with his unit at various stations. Owing to the early cessation of hostilities he was not successful in obtaining his transfer to a theatre of war, but, nevertheless, rendered valuable services until demobiised in October 1919.

61, Station Road. Oakley. near Bedford.
 
Z3268.
LINE Frank Goodman

Serjeant 9587 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment who died of wounds on Tuesday, 27th October 1914. Age 25. Born and resident Oakley, enlisted Northchurch, Herts. Son of the late John Goodman Line and Charlotte Sarah Line, of 54, Oakley. Commemorated YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35. Brother below.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

LINE, F. G., Sergeant, 2nd Border Regiment.

A Regular soldier, who was serving at the outbreak of war, he was sent to France in October 1914, but after fighting at La Bassée was severely wounded ou Octobr 26th, during the first Battle of Ypres. He unhappily succumbed to his injuries the following day. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Nobly striving: He nobly fell that we might live.”

54, Oakley, near Bedford.
 
Z3350/A.
LINE Thomas Charles

Private 13351 "A" Coy. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 6th May 1915. Age 23. Son of the late John Goodman Line and Charlotte Sarah Line, of 54, Oakley, Bedford; husband of Olivia Lilian Line, of 47, Ashburnham Rd., Bedford. Born Oakley, resident and enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33. Brother above.

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

LINE, T. C., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

Eight mouths after volunteering he was sent to France in April 1915, and served on the Arras front. Transferred soon afterwards to the Ypres salient, he was unhappily killed in action during a gas-attack on May 6th, only a few weeks after his arrival tn France. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Great deeds cannot die: They with the sun and moon renew their light for ever.”

54, Oakley, near Bedford.
 
Z3350/B.
PANTER Frederick

Private 10318 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment killed in action on Sunday, 14th March 1915. Born Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 18

Extract from NATIONAL ROLL OF THE GREAT WAR - SECTION XII - BEDFORD & NORTHAMPTON

PANTER, F., Private, 2nd East Lancashire Regt.

When war broke out he was serving in Africa, but was immediately recalled and embarked for France in September 1914. He took a prominent part in the Battles of Ypres and Neuve Chapelle, but was unhappily killed in action at St. Eloi on March 14th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

1, Station Road, Oakley, Bedford.
 
Z3749.
PARKER A W
possibly: Arthur William Parker, Pte 235244 of 1/5th Royal Warkwickshire Regiment who was killed in action on 15th June 1918 and is buried in Magnaboschi British Cemetery, Italy, II:C:10. He had formerly served as 660 Huntingdon Cyclists Battalion, 43028 Bedfordshire Regiment and 268173 Hertfordshire Regiment. He was born in Godmanchester the son of Harry and Rose Parker.
PEPPER Arthur C
Serjeant 14308 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday, 30th October 1917. Age 26. Born Ridgmont, enlisted Bedford, resident Oakley. Son of Phoebe Pepper, of 76, High St, Ridgmont, Beds, and the late John Pepper. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
   
1939-1945
BOWDEN, MM Norman William
Serjeant 1087954 62 Anti-Tank Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Saturday, 28th October 1944. Age 35. Husband of Verdie Mary Bowden, of Oakley. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in GEEL WAR CEMETERY, Geel, Antwerpen, Belgium. Grave I.D.20.
BURGESS H
No further information currently
CLEWER Roland
Sergeant 1319660 612 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 18th March 1944. Age 22. Son of Harry and Louisa Mary Clewer, of Oakley. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 227.
DIXEY H
No further information currently
GOLDSMITH Wilfred Charles
Private 6025292 4th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment who died on Friday, 4th September 1942. Age 28. Son of Charles and Caroline E. Goldsmith; husband of Faith M. K. Goldsmith, of Oakley. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave XXI. C. 11.
KEECH Edgar William Thomas
Able Seaman S.S. Somme (London), Merchant Navy who died on Wednesday, 18th February 1942. Age 49. Son of Joseph and Maria Keech; husband of Lilian Rose Keech, of Oakley. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 99.
LABRUM Richard George
Sapper 2070933 248 Field Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Tuesday, 21st May 1940. Age 20. Son of Percy George and Elsie Mary Labrum, of Oakley. Buried in TEMPLEUVE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium. Row B. Grave 5.
LESLIE R E
Signalman 2589672 Singapore Fortress Sigs., Royal Corps of Signals who died on Monday, 31st May 1943. Age 31. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Leslie; husband of Kathleen Gertrude Leslie, of Oakley. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Buried B4. N. 12.
TIMMINS Frederick Charles William
Major 73028 55 (The West Somerset Yeomanry) Field Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Sunday, 1st October 1944. Age 27. Son of Frederick Oliver Timmins and Gertrude Isabel Timmins; husband of Helen Mary Olive Timmins, of Whitley, Warwickshire. Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave 23. C. 10.
TRIGWELL Stanley W
Sapper 2017626 570 Corps Field Park Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Friday, 29th May 1942. Age 27. Son of Samuel Edward and Ivy Idina Trigwell; husband of Muriel Rose Trigwell, of Ottery St. Mary, Devon. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA, Libya. Grave 4. E. 15.
WILSON F A
probably Frederick Arthur WILSON, Warrant Officer 5947516 2nd Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 28th May 1940. Age 30. Son of John Herbert and Nell Wilson; husband of Margaret Rose Wilson, of Bedford. Buried in OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. CC. 3.
WRIGHT R B
No further information currently
Not on memorial - in church graveyard
PLATER Leopold Hector

Craftsman 14060519, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died Tuesday, 6th November 1945. Aged 19. Son of Leopold Hector and Winifred May Plater, of Souldrop. East part of Churchyard. Buried in St Mary's churchyard, Oakley.

16060519, CRAFTSMAN
L H PLATER
R.E.M.E.
6th NOVEMBER 1945
AGE 19

 

THEY LIE DEAD IN OTHER LANDS
THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN PEACE

30 December 2005

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