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ROXTON CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2005 David Bushby

This building is one of only two thatched chapels in Bedfordshire. There are two war memorials. The first is a framed Roll of Honour to the seven men of the congregation who died in the Great War and the second id a stained glass window in memory of Lieutenant David Austin PROTHERO, Surgeon, RN of HMS Furious. Born 21st September, 1911, died 1st July, 1944. Interred at Gibraltar. The St Neots Advertiser, 27th September, 1946 reports that it was unveiled at a memorial service by Mrs F Bath. Rev David Prothero, M.A. of Bedford was, at that time, minister of the church. The window depicts the Good Samaritan helping the needy traveller, and incorporates various naval insignia.

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1914-1918
COVINGTON Alfred John
Private 17831, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born and resident Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Rosina Covington, of 2, Council Cottages, Roxton, and the late Caleb Covington. Brother of the below. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
COVINGTON Wilfred
Private 27546, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th October 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born and resident Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Rosina Covington, of 2, Council Cottages, Roxton, and the late Caleb Covington. Brother of the above. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
DARRINGTON Alfred

Private 242109, 2nd/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, formerly 4113, 5th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd November 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. H. E. Ekins of the Post Office, Roxton. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas De Calais, France. Bay 6.

Extract from the National Roll of Honour:

DARRINGTON, A., L/Cpl., 5th Bedfordshire Regt.
Volunteering in September 1914, he was sent to France in 1915. Whilst overseas he was transferred to the 5th Gloucestershire Regiment, and took part in the Battles of Loos, the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, prior to being killed in action in November 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
“Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams, splendidly given.”
Roxton, Beds.

DARRINGTON Peter

Private 20317, "D" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Hannah Elizabeth Ekins (formerly Darrington), of Roxton, and the late George Darrington. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. Mentioned in the National Roll of the Great War, Bedford/Northampton, page 66.

From "Hunts & Beds News 14th July 1916".

Another Roxton Soldier Killed

Roxton was deeply distressed on Sunday by an unhappy coincidence - the very day that had been chosen for the special services to be held in the PArish Church in memory of Lance-Cpl. B. Rutland, of this village, whose death was recently reported, was the day that Mrs. C. Ekins received the sad tidings that her eldest son, Private Peter Darrington, had met his death while charging the German trenches during the big push made on the Western Front on July 1st. Pte. Darrington, of the Beds, was trained at the Duke of Bedford's camp at Ampthill, and had been on active service for about six months. The village unites in offering heartfelt sympathies to his mother, brothers and sisters in their sad loss.

From "Beds Times 21st July 1916"

The Late Pte. P. Darrington, of Roxton.

Mr. C. E. Ekins, of Roxton, step-father of the late Pte. Peter Darrington, has received the following letter:-

Bedfords, B.E.F., 19/7/16

Dear Sir, - I am in receipt of your post-card of the 15th inst.

It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that Pte. Darrington, 20317, of this Company, met his death in action on July 1st. The part which the Bedfords, and D Company in particular, played in the Battle of the Somme was a crowning success, and in that success Pte. Darrington gave of his best and met his death like a true Englishman. He was buried by the Padre where he fell and his grave has been marked by a wooden cross. At that date I was an A Company officer, and so I have no personal knowledge of Darrington, but I hear though he had only recently joined us, he had won favour with all, and made himself popular.

Will you convey to his mother, not only the deepest sympathy of myself, but of his platoon and his company. I feel very deeply for her in her great trouble. Will you break the news to her, if she has not already heard from the W.O., and show her this letter.

May it be of comfort to her to know he died, as she would have wished, doing his duty, and in the height of a glorius success for the new armies.

Yours very sincerely,

H.J.CARTWRIGHT

EKINS Albert Walter
Airman 2nd Class, 46133, 100th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action Sunday, 6th May 1917, aged 19, while serving as observer with 100 Squadron, Izel-le-Hameau; flying an FE.2b. with pilot 2nd Lt. Thomas George Holmes, from Redhill, Surrey (also killed, buried in the plot next to Albert in Douai Cemetery), failed to return from night-bombing sortie against Dorignies Aerodrome. Eleven 100 Squadron aircraft took part in the aerodrome that night, becoming airborne from their airfield at 21.50 hours. Native of St. Neots. Only son of Albert Alexander and Ada Ekins, of Roxton. Buried in DOUAI BRITISH CEMETERY, CUINCY, Nord, France. Grave F. 7.
GILBERT John William
Private 3/10746, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Age 22. Died of wounds 9th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Alice and the late George Gilbert, of Roxton. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. B. 3.
SIMCOE Joseph Lance Corporal 33511, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born and resident Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Son of George William Simcoe, of Roxton, and the late Susan Simcoe; husband of Edith Rosina Bruce (formerly Simcoe), of Meagre Cottage, Hail Weston, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemorated on the LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.
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1939-1945
PROTHERO David Austin
Surgeon Lieutenant, H.M.S. Furious, Royal Navy. Died 1st July 1944. Aged 29. Born 21st September 1911. Son of the Rev. David Prothero and Sarah Prothero, of Bedford. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.A. Buried in GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY, Gibraltar. Plot 2. Row H. Grave 8.

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