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OLD WARDEN - St Leonard's Church - WW1 Memorial

World War 1- Detailed List of Men
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith


Photograph Copyright © Lynda Smith 2001

WORLD WAR 1 BRASS PLAQUE IN CHURCH

(This gives the names of the men, their Regiment, date and place of death.
Some of the details do not completely correspond with the CWGC record.)

THESE MEN GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
THEREFORE LET US NOT FORGET THEM.  FOR GOD AND RIGHT THEY FOUGHT AND DIED
MAY WE DO LIKEWISE.

BRYANT

Alfred

1st H.L.I.    Killed 19, Dec.1914.  At La Bassee, France.  Born Biggleswade.  Enlisted London.  Following is the entry from De Ruvigny’s Vol. II.  “ Private No. 11253.  1st Battn. (71st Foot) The Highland Light Infantry.  S. of William Bryant, of Warren Lodge, Old Warden, Biggleswade;  b. Biggleswade, co. Bedford. 30 Dec. 1887; educ. There; enlisted 19 April, 1907; went to India with his battalion the following Sept., and from there joined the Expeditionary Force in France in Nov, 1914, the battalion being a unit of the Sirhind Brigade of the Indian E.F.;  killed in action at La Bassee 20 Dec. 1914.  Buried at Festubert.  The Highland Light Infantry Chronicle, referring to the action in which he fell, said:  “We are indeed proud of the name the good old Highland Light Infantry have gained, and proud of the lads who have fought so well and taken our places so nobly.  They have many, many times wiped out the memory of the disaster that overtook us and those of our gallant comrades who fell on the 19th and 20th of December”.  Unm.”  Commemorated:  Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. VII.F.13.

BRYANT

Herbert Henry

Pte. 31993. 35th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Inf.). (Formerly 23194 Bedfordshire Regiment). Killed in action Friday 22 June 1917 as Arras. Age 22. Born Bedford. Lived Biggleswade. Enlisted Bedford. Son of George & Martha Bryant of 47 Old Warden, Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: Happy Valley British Cemetery, Fampoux, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. A.17.

ELLIOT

Bertram John

Pte. 64683. 1st/5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. (Formerly 30573 Bedfordshire Regiment). Died 12 July 1919 at 27th General Hospital, Egypt. Born Meppershall. Enlisted Biggleswade. Commemorated: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Ref. P.42.

HARE

Herbert

Pte 20483. 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Missing Friday 15 September 1916 in France. Born and lived Old Warden. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 2C.

HAYWARD

Victor Albert

(Recorded on CWGC as initials B.A.). Pte 10802. 5th Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds Wednesday 27 October 1915 at Lillers. Born Ipswich. Lived Biggleswade. Enlisted London. Commemorated: Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. IV.D.23

HAYWARD

William Arthur

(Recorded on CWGC as initials A.W.) Pte. 13434. 10th Battalion Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 20 May 1917 at 55th Field Ambulance, France. Born Ipswich. Lived Biggleswade. Enlisted Chelmsford. Commemorated: Rookery British Cemetery, Heninel, Pas-de-Calais, France ref. C.20.

MARSTON

Henry William

(recorded as William on CWGC) L/Cpl. 23111. 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13 November 1916 at Beaumont Hamel, France. Born and lived Old Warden. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 2C.

RADFORD

George Charles

L/Cpl. 17472. 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Missing 12 September 1916 in France. Age 22. (Died Sunday 10 September 1916 on CWGC) Born Biggleswade. Enlisted Derby. Son of Charles & Ann Radford of 19 Old Warden, Biggleswade, Beds. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 8D.

THOMASON

George

Pte. 9252.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action 5 November 1914 at Ypres, France (sic) (Died Saturday 31 October 1914 on CWGC).  Born and lived Biggleswade.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 31 & 33.

VINTNER

Charles

Guardsman Pte. 8064.  2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards (1st Bn. on CWGC).  Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, France.  12 March 1915.  (Wednesday 10 March on CWGC; 10 – 13 March on CD).  Born Old Warden.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.  Ref. Panel 2.

WEBB

Francis William

L/Cpl. 48578.  1st/8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own).  Missing Tuesday 9 October 1917 at Passchendaele,  France (sic). Age 29.  Born Old Warden.  Lived Leeds.  Enlisted Bradford.  Husband of Nellie Webb of 45 Estcourt Avenue, Headingley, Leeds.  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. Panel 42 – 47 & 162.

WHEATLEY

James

Pte. 33093.  9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (Formerly 6475 Bedfordshire Regiment).  Killed in action Friday 15 June 1917 at Croisilles, France.  Born Sandy.  Lived Old Warden.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. I.E.II.

YORK

Frank William

L/Cpl. 1325.  17th Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade, A.I.F.  Died of wounds 23 November 1916 at 38th Casualty Clearing Station, France.  Mentioned on Australian Nom. Roll as enlisted 19 February 1915.  Son of George & Jane York of Old Warden, Beds.  Commemorated:  Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France.  Ref. VI.C.7.

“YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.” 
ST. LUKE x.20

24 July 2001

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