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

The Memorial stands on the junction of Oakley Road and Church Lane, Pavenham. It takes the form of a stone cross mounted on a stone plinth which, in turn, stands on two concrete plinths. Mounted on the face of the memorial cross is a Sword of Sacrifice. There are eleven names for World War 1 and sevena for World War 2. The names for World War 2 are on an additional plaque, the names for World War 1 are insribed into the memorial's stone plinth. The memorial was unveiled by Dr John Linnell and dedicated by the Reverend K A Keable on 14th November 1920. The memorial was built by Messrs S W Jarvis & Son and the architect was mr George P Allen. The site of the memorial was donated by George Lawson-Johnston. An article relating to the memorial appeared in the Bedfordshire Times & Independent on Friday 19 November 1920.

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BILLING Frederick
Private 13516, 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 9th August 1915 in Gallipoli. Age 33. Born Pavenham, enlisted Manchester, resident Longridge, Lancashire. Son of the late James and Hannah Billing; husband of Isabella Billing, of 7, Fell Brow, Longridge, Preston, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 113 to 117
Private 30316 1st Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.) killed in action on Tuesday, 4th December 1917. Age 25. Born Wellingborough, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Son of Mrs. E. Church, of Pavenham; husband of Harriett Church, of Mill End, Pavenham. Formerly 6414, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in WINDMILL BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 9.
CHURCH William
Private 5187 7th Battalion, Leinster Regiment killed in action on Wednesday, 4th April 1917. Born Pavenham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. J. Church, of 40, Mill Lane, Pavenham. Formerly 17662, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in LA LAITERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row A. Grave 2.
Private 17734 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday, 7th August 1916. Born Long Clawson, Leicestershire, enlisted Bedford, resident Pavenham. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

HUCKLE William T
Private 40469 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 26th March 1917. Born Bedford, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 20265 Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in Pavenham (St. Peter) Churchyard but also commemorated in Bedford Cemetery - Special Memorial Grave 385.
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, Died of wounds 22 February 1917. Aged 32. Son of John and Elizabeth Elliot Lawson Johnston, of 26, Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London. B.A. Trinity (Cambridge). Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). In the 1911 census he was aged 25, a Barrister, son of Elizabeth Lawson-Johnston (a widow), born London, S.W., resident Addington Manor, Winslow, Buckinghamshire. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 6.
LINNELL Robert McCheyne
Captain Royal Army Medical Corps who died on Wednesday, 17th March 1915. Buried in Pavenham (St. Peter) Churchyard but also commemorated in Bedford Cemetery - Special Memorial Grave 385.
PURSER Harold Julian
Lance Corporal 47693 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment killed in action on Thursday, 25th April 1918. Age 19. Born Islip, Northants, enlisted Bedford, resident Pavenham. Son of George and Amy Purser, of Pavenham. Formerly 2544, Royal Engineers. Buried in CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section S. Grave 20A.
RISELEY Frederick G
Stoker 2nd Class K/50518 H.M.S. "Vivid.", Royal Navy who died on Wednesday, 24th April 1918. Age 18. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Riseley, of 4, Railway Cottages, Oakley. Born at Pavenham. Buried in Pavenham (St. Peter) West of Church, Churchyard.
ROBINSON James Allan
Private 66413 - subsequently renumbered 104708 - 1st/6th Battalion, Northumerland Fusiliers. Died on Tuseday 11th April 1918, probably at Estaires. He took a colleague to a dressing station, walked out and was never seen again. Born 3rd May 1899 at Carshalton, Surrey 7th child of John William Bird Robinson and Annie Sewell Joyce. (5 siblings born at West End Farm, Kempston.) Enlisted Harrow, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.
Serjeant 1645 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own) killed in action on Tuesday, 17th November 1914. Age 32. Born St Mary's, Rushden, enlsited Rushden, resident Pavenham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Spencer, of The Cock Inn, Pavenham. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 3

BRIDGE James Frederick
Flying Officer 77783 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Monday, 7th October 1940. Age 26. Son of Walter and Mary Bridge; husband of Masie Edwina Bridge, of Bedford. Buried in Bedford Cemetery. Section E. Grave 850.
CRAIG Henry Maurice Teesdale
Lieutenant 184800 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps who died on Monday, 10th May 1943. Age 22. Son of Lt.-Col. Herbert Teesdale Craig and Kathleen Mary Craig, of Pavenham. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 8.
Private probably William John Church, Private 14205693 2nd Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool) who died on Wednesday, 8th November 1944. Age 22. Buried in MELDOLA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row E. Grave 4.
MANTON, M.C. Peter John
Lieutenant 293715 2nd, Northamptonshire Yeomanry, R.A.C. who died on Friday, 4th August 1944. Age 20. Military Cross. Son of John McLellan Manton and Jessie Manton, of Pavenham. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XXV. Row F. Grave 21. See also Bedford Modern School
OWEN Leonard
Serjeant 5947386 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who died on Thursday, 17th June 1943. Age 32. Son of William and Elizabeth Owen; husband of Dorothy Owen, of Stevington. Prisoner of war. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row L. Grave 7.

Corporal. No further information currently avalable.
TANDY John Henry
Trooper 7941194 3rd Carabiniers (POW Dragoon Guards), R.A.C. who died on Friday, 2nd March 1945. Age 24. Son of Arthur James Tandy and Beatrice Annie Tandy, of Pavenham. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot 19. Row F. Grave 9.

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