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RIDGMONT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith



Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2001


The Memorial Stands by the side of the main road, near the Parish church and the school.

TO THE MEMORY OF
THE MEN FROM RIDGMONT PARISH
WHO STOOD FOR FREEDOM AND DIED FOR ENGLAND
1914 – 1919

ASKEW
George
Probably. Lance Corporal 12395. 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds Monday 15 March 1915. Born Steppingley, Beds. Enlisted Ampthill. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Red. IV.A.68.
BOLTON
Christopher
Lance Corporal 512922. 14th Battalion London Regiment (London Scottish). Killed in action Wednesday 21 August 1918. Age 21. Lived Aspley Guise. Enlisted London. Son of John & Elizabeth Bolton of 87 High Street, Ridgmont. Buried in Locre No. 1 Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. B.9.
CARTWRIGHT
Tom
No further information available at present.
COOK
Oliver
Private 18076. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 3 May 1918. Age 33. Born Husborne Crawley. Lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Bedford. Husband of Lilly Cook of 29 Church Street, Ridgmont, Aspley Guise, Beds. Buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XI.B.10.
COOPER
Charles
Private 9820. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 28 November 1914. Age 22. Born & lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Ampthill. Son of Mrs. Ann Cooper of Ridgmont, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Ref. Panel 4.
COTCHIN
Joseph
2nd Lieutenant. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 9 October 1917. Age 31. Son of Joseph and Emma Cotchin of 79 Station Road, Ridgmont. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Panel 48 – 50 & 162A.
GARNER
Arthur William
Private 7923. 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Sunday 16 May 1915. Born & lived Ridgmount (sic), Beds. Enlisted Woolwich, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. Panel 26.
LAWRENCE
Edward "Teddy" George
Private 23603. 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds in a French hospital Monday 25 March 1918. Age 20. Born & lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Ampthill. Son of Harry & Eliza Lawrence of 63 Evershott (probably Eversholt) Road, Ridgmont, Aspley Guise, Beds. Buried in St. Hilaire Cemetery, Frevent, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. V.F.3.
LAWSON
Arthur
Either: Arthur W. Private 5089. 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 5 September 1915. Lived Eversholt. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey. Ref. Sp. Mem. C.45. See also Eversholt Memorial.

Or: Arthur Charles Lance Corporal 20686. 1st Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 29 September 1918. Born Eversholt. Lived Harlesdon, Middx. Enlisted Mill Hill. Buried in Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, Nord, France. Ref. I.A.15.

NICHOLLS
Arthur
Probably: Arthur Benjamin Private 26683. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 30 July 1916. Age 20. Born Simpson, Bucks. Lived & enlisted Ampthill. Son of Harry Samuel & Anne Nicholls of Bury Ware, Lidlington, Ampthill, Beds. Buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Somme, France. Ref. XXXI.F.2.
NICHOLLS
Harry
Probably: Private 23248. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 28 June 1917. Age 19. Born Simpson, Bucks. Lived & enlisted Ampthill. Son of Harry Samuel & Anne Nicholls of Bury Ware, Lidlington, Ampthill, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. Bay 5.
PEPPER
Arthur Charles
Sgt. 14308. 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917. Age 26. Born Ridgmont. Lived Oakley, Beds. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Phoebe Pepper of 79 High Street, Ridgmont, and the late John Pepper. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Panel 48 – 50 & 162A. See also Oakley Memorial.
ROGERS
Morris (William)
Private M/301176. 52nd M.T. Company Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home Thursday 10 May 1917. Born Kentish Town. Lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Acton. Buried in Ridgmont (All Saints) Old Churchyard, Beds. West of Church.
SMITH
Christopher Francis
Private 29452. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 25 September 1916. Born Aspley Guise. Lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Ampthill. Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 2C.
WILLIAMSON
John
[Wilkinson on SDGW CD]. Private 8137. 1st/2nd City of London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers. (Formerly 4863 5th Bedfordshire Regiment). Killed in action Monday 2 October 1916. Lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 9D & 16B.
WOODS
Sidney
Private 19523. 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 3 November 1916. Born Ridgmont. Lived Bulbourne, Herts. Enlisted Watford, Herts. Buried in St. Severs Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. O.I.B.5.
WOODING
Arthur George
Private 23357. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Born and lived Ridgmont. Enlisted Ampthill. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. Bay 5.
MEN
1939 – 1945
BUNKER
(Arthur) Thomas
Private 5951430. 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died Sunday 30 January 1944. Age 27. Son of Arthur & Ethel Bunker of Ridgmont, Beds. Buried in Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Ref. V.C.1.
COOK
Arthur
No further information available at present.
LARGE
George Edward
Private 5950136. 5th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 9 August 1943. Age 23. Son of Ada Large of Ridgmont, Beds. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Ref. 2.Q.32.
PLEDGER
Stephen
Probably: Private 5954359. 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. Died Monday 20 November 1944. Age 28. Son of Sidney & Eva Pledger; husband of Edith Kathleen Pledger of Gt. Gransden, Beds. Buried in Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Ref. VIII.B.5.
ROSE
Bernard
Acting Corporal 5832782, B Company, 11 Platoon, 1st Suffolk Regiment. Killed while fighting to take the Chateau De La Londe in Normandy on Wednesday 28 June 1944. Age 31. Husband of Florence Elizabeth Rose of Bletchley, Bucks. Buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Ref. 5.A.2.
SPENDILOW
William
Probably: William Spendelow Private 5833363. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 25 October 1944. Age 31. Son of Amos & Emily Spendelow; husband of Alice Spendelow of Cambridge. Buried in Forli War Cemetery, Italy. Ref. I.A.5.
WELLS
Robert George
Gunner 1715457. 209 Bty. 70 Lt. A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died Monday 12 June 1944. Age 34. Son f Richard & Ada Wells; husband of Mabel Olive Wells of Ridgmont. Buried in Ridgmont (All Saints) Old Churchyard, Beds. Row 12. Grave 22.

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