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SANDY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2002 Martin Edwards

The memorial stands on the side of the road leading from the A1 into Sandy next to the recreation ground, Bedford Road, Sandy. It takes the form of a Cross of Sacrifice on an octagonal, three-stepped base with a bronze sword on the front face. There are 109 names for World War 1 and 20 for World War 2. £560 was raised by public subscription to erect the memorial, the masons were Messrs A Hunt & sons, the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield. The memorial was unveiled 4th August 1921 by Colonel M Bowers. There are also several burials in the cemetery that are not on the memorial.

Photographs © Copyright Martin Edwards 2002/2013

IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY
OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT
WARS 1914-1918
AND
1939-1945

ADDISON
Albert Edward
Private 39272, 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died on Monday 9th October 1916 [SDGW says 1915 CWGC 1916]. Age 18. Born Tempsford, enlisted Huntingdon, resident St Neots. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Addison, of Sandy. Buried in FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 7.
ADDISON
Herbert G
Private 14893, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday 26th April 1917. Age 25. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Addison, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

ANDREWS
Cyril Wilfred
Private, 33583, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Wednesday 18th September 1918. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of Alice M. Andrews, of Pym's Cottages, Bedford Rd., Sandy. Formerly 2017, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried DOINGT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 5.
ASPLIN
Frank A V
Lance Serjeant 10507, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action on Wednesday 5th September 1917. Born Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Buried in CANADA FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 3.
BALDREY
[W] Frank
Private 16597, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1st June 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 24. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of William and Elizabeth Baldrey, of High St. Sandy. Buried in MESNIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8.
BALDWIN
William James
Private 201382, 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 27th March 1917. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Formerly 5518, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 33 to 39.
BANES
Frederick John
Lance Corporal, 14836, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Friday 26th October 1917. Age 23. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Mrs. F. A. Banes, of Ivel Rd., Sandy. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 5.
BLAIN
Albert John
Private, G/15872, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action on Saturday 7th October 1916. Age 34. Born and enlisted Sandy. Husband of Ada Blain, of 11, Council Cottages, Gamlingay, Sandy, Beds. Commeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.

BONESS
Percy John
Private, 9650, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Friday 12th March 1915. Age 21. Born Girford, Beds, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Charles and Ellen Boness, of 21, Raphael Avenue, Tilbury, Essex. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11
BOWERS
Arthur Hugh Mansell
Captain, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action on Monday 9th August 1915. Son of Lieut.-Col. Maunsell Bowers, of Beeston Grange, Sandy. In the 1911 census he was a son, aged 10, born Aldershot, Hampshire, resident 5th Dragoon Guards, Aldershot Calvary Barracks, Aldershot. Surrey. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Addenda Panel 57.

Extract from Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Part 2, Page 35:

BOWERS, ARTHUR HUGH MAUNSELL, Capt., 2nd Battn. (106th Foot) The Durham Light Infantry, eldest s. of Lieut.-Col. Maunsell Bowers, of Beeston Grange, Sandy, Beds, late 5th Dragoon Guards, by his wife, Catherine Georgina, yr. dau. of George Thornhill, of Diddington, co. Hunts, J.P., D.L.; b Aldershot, 15 July, 1880 educ. Harrow, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1st (68th Foot) Durham L.I., 21 Feb. 1900, and promoted Lieut. 3 July, 1901, and Capt. 29 Jan. 1909; was Adjutant, 8th (Territorial) Battn. of his regiment, 26 April, 1909, to 25 April, 1912; served (1) in South Africa 1900-2; took part in operations in Natal, March to June, 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6-9 June); operations in the Transvaal, 30 Nov. 1900, to 31 May, 1902 (Queen's Medal with two clasps, King's Medal with two clasps); (2) in India, 1902-8; and (3) with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Sept. 1914, and was killed in action at Hooge, 9 Aug. 1915. He m. in London, Mary Jessie, dau. of the late Lieut.-Col. Charles Case, B.S.C., and had two daus.: Esmee Mary, b. 20 June, 1911, and Irene Anette, b. 27 Aug. 1913.

BRASHIER
Jubilee John
Leading Stoker K/6635, H.M. Submarine E49, Royal Navy who was killed when his submarine was Mined off the Shetland Islands on Monday 12th March 1917. Aged 30. Born 31 March 1887 in Tetworth, Herts. Son of Sarah Brashier, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 23.

BRASHIER
Sidney
Private G/50570, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Everton, Beds, enlisted Kensington, resident Bedford. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

BRAYBROOKS
Bert
Company Sergeant Major 10599, 12th (Service) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Died of wounds Tuesday 15th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted London, resident Sandy. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 8.
BRAYBROOKS
Charles William
Private 8764, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 7th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Mary Braybrooks, of Longfield Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11
BRAYBROOKS
Frederick James
Private 15002, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 8th December 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERYLangemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 10
BRAYBROOKS
George Arthur
Private 35620, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 11th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Northill, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Sandy. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 9.
BRAYBROOKS
Harold [Frank]
Private L/9915, 2nd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 24th October 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Son of Frank and Amelia Braybrooks, of Farm Cottage, Carter St., Sandy. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 11 - 13 and 14

Extract from 'The Sandy Household Magazine' no 217 dated November 1914:

"....Mr F BRAYBROOKS of Carter Street, has been informed that his son Harold Frank has been killed in action. The deceased was a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment and from a letter received from a comrade who assisted to bury him, it appears that he was on observation duty in the trenches......"

BRAYBROOKS
Sidney
Second Lieutenant, Labour Corps attached 17th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. Died Monday 3rd February 1919. Aged 22. Son of William and Rosetta Braybrooks, of Stone Row, High St., Sandy. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 9.
BROWN
Albert
Private 32208, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 24th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Buried in MAZINGARBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
BROWN
James [William]
Private 23712, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13th November 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford, resident Northill. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. See also Northill Parish.

BROWN
P
possibly Percy BROWN, Private 43030, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Biggleswade, enlisted St Ives, Hunts. Formerly 26095, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BROWN
Walter Charles
Private 8027, "A" Company, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 17th December 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Formerly 3367, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Lavinia Brown, of 9, Longfield Rd., Sandy. Buried in RUE-DU-BACQUEROT No.1 MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 14.
CHESHER
Frederick
Private 17729, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 2nd October 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born Chelsea, Middlesex, enlisted Bedford, resident Blunham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Chesher; husband of Clara Jane Chesher, of "The Jetty, " London Rd., Sandy. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 5A.
CHILLERY
Charles William
Lance Corporal 33835, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 12th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Buried in ST. PATRICK'S CEMETERY, LOOS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 13.
CLOW
Frank J
Private 32523, 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 26th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born and enlisted Sandy. Son of John Clow, of Beeston, Sandy; husband of Ethel M. Dean (formerly Clow), of 4, Norfolk Cottages, Carter St., Sandy. Formerly 2488, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IXA. Row G. Grave 13.
COOPER
F C
No further information currently - A Frederick Charles Cooper was born in the March quarter of 1887 (Biggleswade 3b 340), on the 1891 census he was 4 and living in Sandy and on the 1901 census he was 14 and living with his parents William and Charlotte and his brother Frank (16) in Cambridge Road, Sandy. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, a Wine Merchant's Assisrant, born Sandy, living Northcroft, Sandy. This is probably this man but a suitable entry for him cannot be found.

Thanks to Iain Martin for this information

COOPER
W H
possibly William Harris COOPER, Lance Corporal 2078, 7th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died of wounds Thursday 2nd September 1915 in Gallipoli. Born Moggerhanger, enlisted Bedford, resident Eaton Socon. Formerly 5890, Lancers of the Line. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 185 to 190.
COPE
Joseph
Private 34927, 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action Monday 22nd October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Sandy, enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.
COPE
Samuel
Private G/14519, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 28th September 1916 with British Expeditionary Force. Born and enlisted Sandy. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 C.

COSWAY
Mark Henry
Able Seaman 221374, H.M.S. "Victory.", Royal Navy who died on Friday 5th April 1918. Age 31. Son of John Cosway, of Tiverton, Devon. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section C. Grave 65.
CRAWLEY
Frank
Private 35622, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Monday 8th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born London, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Sandy. Son of Frank and Annie Crawley, of London Rd., Sandy. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row N. Grave 20.
CRAWLEY
Frederick J
Lance Corporal 16945, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crawley, of London Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

CRAWLEY
Sidney George
Private 33617, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2580, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Crawley, of Market Place, Sandy. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

DANIELS
Alfred W
Private CH/22337, Royal Marine Light Infantry who died on Friday 25th October 1918. Age 17. Son of William and Rosalie Daniels, of Stratford, Sandy. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section C. Grave 243.
DARNELL
Ernest John Henry

Private 32111, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday 9th April 1917 [SDGW states 12th]. Age 19. Son of Ada Elizabeth Comyns (formerly Darnell), of Church Path, Sandy, and the late John Darnell. Native of Caldecote. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Lower Caldecote. Buried in WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERYPas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 11.

There is a discrepancy with his age, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his age as 19, an age submitted by his next of kin but his birth was registered in Biggleswade Apr-Jun 1891. In the 1891 census he has no name and is listed as Infant Darnell aged 1 month, son of John and Ada Darnell from Lower Caldecote, in the parish of Northill, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he is aged 10. In the 1911 census he is aged 20. This would make his age at death as 26.

DARNELL
George
Private 27837, "B" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 27th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 34. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Darnell, of Seddington, Sandy. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

DEAN
Herbert John
Private 32116, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 23rd October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Mrs. Rose E. Franklin, of 7, George Town, Sandy. Buried in AWOINGT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 27.
DEAN
Victor F
Private G/21358, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action Monday 25th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Formerly 21307, East Surrey Regiment. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 14 and 15.
DENNIS
John
Serjeant 33557, 14th Army Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on Wednesday 15th August 1917. Age 29. Born Hertford, enlisted Potton. Son of Samuel and Fanny Dennis, of Potton, Sandy; husband of Florence Annie Dennis, of Cherry Croft, High St., Sandy, Beds. Enlisted August, 1914. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row U. Grave 29.
DICKENS
C
No further information currently available
EATON
Charles
Private 33625, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 2nd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles and Rose Emma Eaton, of Sandy; husband of Sarah Jane Eaton, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Formerly 2490, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in BRUAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section G. Grave 1.
EATON
Herbert John
Private CH21882, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died after discharge (invalided) 15 June 1919. Born 12 December 1900, enlisted 14 March 1918, discharged invalided 13 February 1919. He served in Royal Navy enlisting in 1918. Son of Mr John and Mrs Florence Eaton who, at the time of his death, lived in St Neots Road, Sandy. There is a brief obituary in Biggleswade Chronicle of Friday 20th June 1919. His death is registered at Biggleswade Registration District April-June Quarter 1919, aged 18. His name appeared on the roll of honour board at Laburnham Road School. In the 1911 census he is listed as the son of John & Florence Eaton (his father was a chimney sweep), aged 10, born Sandy and living in St Neots Road, Sandy. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY.
EATON
William John
Private 33624, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 4th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2487, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row G. Grave 54.
EMERY
Walter
Private 8766, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 7th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.
ENDERSBY
Ernest John
Private 20228, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 31st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 36. Born Girtford, Beds, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Husband of Elizabeth Endersby, of Pym's Cottages, Bedford Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. Also commemorated on his wife's grave in Sandy Cemetery.


Photograph (above) Copyright © Geoffrey Gillon 2014

FRANKLIN
Charles William
Private, 7777, 3rd (King's Own) Hussars. Killed in action on Monday 19th October 1914. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. A. Franklin, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5

FRANKLIN
George William
Acting Corporal 8328, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 5th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Aged 28. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Order of St. George 4th Class (Russia). Son of William and Lucy Franklin, of 7, George Town, Sandy. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

FREEMAN
William
Corporal 10496, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd July 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 25. Born Beeston, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Edward and Ann Maria Freeman, of Council Houses, The Baulk, Beeston, Sandy. Buried in POND FARM CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section P. Grave 2.
GAMMON, M.M.
Herbert John
[GAMMONS on SDGW & CWGC] Private 14805, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 10th August 1917 in France & Flanders Awarded Military Medal. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERYIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 17.
GAMMON
Seth
[GAMMONS on SDGW & CWGC] Private 233511, 2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Killed in action on Friday 26th October 1917. Born and resident Beeston, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 4609, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 7.
GARNER
Stephen
Private 26762, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on Thursday 29th August 1918. Born Ravensden, enlisted Ampthill, resident Beeston Green. Buried in RETHEL FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Ardennes, France. Grave 1844.
GAYLOR
Harry (aka Albert)
Harry GAYLOR originally enlisted 27th April 1914 aged 17 years and 7 months. He was discharged on 25th Decmebr 1914 as being medically unfit; his next of kin was named as Walter William Gaylor. He had several brothers one of which was Albert (who survived the war). As he had been discharged he then enlisted on 18th April 1915 under the name of Albert GAYLOR, Private 200896, 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's). Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

From various cuttings:

Cutting 1

KILLED IN ACTION

We regret to record that Pte. Harry Gaylor, Northcroft Sandy of the Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action on March 22nd which has been confirmed by an official communication from the record office Perth. He joined the army in January 1915 and had been in France about 3 years. He had been in many engagements at Loos, Ypres, Cambrai and at Albert. He was buried and had to be dug out and was accidentally injured in the back by a pick when being released. He was wounded 3 times. The relatives have received the sympathy of the King and Queen. He was the fourth son of Mr Walter Gaylor, of Northcroft, who had six sons five of whom are serving in the army, viz: trooper Herbert Gaylor who is in Salonica, Bandmaster Albert Gaylor who is with the Canadians at Folkstone and Driver Walter Gaylor and Pte. Frank Gaylor who are serving in France. The deceased Pte. Harry Gaylor, was an enthusiastic footballer before joining the Army and when home on leave some time ago was as keen as ever on the game. The many letters of sympathy received by his father and sister, for which they are very grateful, plainly show how much he was respected. The following is a copy of a letter received on April 16th:

Surgical House, Baschurch Shrewsbury – Dear Miss Gaylor, in reply to your letter of 13th inst. I would have written to you before with regard to your brother had I known your address. I am sorry to tell you there are no hopes of your brother Harry being only wounded. I wish there were as I have lost my best pal. From information I received from a chap in his section he was struck with shrapnel and died instantly without pain. It grieves me very much to tell you this as Harry and I, when we were together, were like brothers. I only wish he had been as lucky as me. My wound is getting on fine although …………………….

Cutting 2

...from Sandy, age 21 years no 200896 of the 31st Division Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action on March 22nd. He joined the army in January 1915 and had been in France about 3 years. He had been in many engagements at Loos, Ypres and Cambrai. At Albert he was buried and had to be dug out, and was accidentally injured in the back by a pick when being released. He was wounded three times. The relatives have received letters expressing the sympathy of the King and Queen. Mr Gaylor has six sons, five of whom are serving in the Army viz: trooper Herbert Gaylor (who is in Salonica), Bandmaster Albert Gaylor (who is with the Canadians), and Driver Walter Gaylor and Pte. Frank Gaylor (serving in France). The deceased, Pte. Harry Gaylor, was an enthusiastic footballer before joining the Army, and when home on leave some time ago was as keen as ever on the game. The many letters of sympathy received by his father and sister (for which they are very grateful) show how much he was respected. The following is a copy of a letter received on April 16th:-

Surgical House,
Baschurch
Shrewsbury.

Dear Miss Gaylor, in reply to your letter of 13th inst. I would have written to you before with regard to your brother had I known your address. I am sorry to tell you there are no hopes of your brother Harry being only wounded. I wish there were as I have lost my best pal. From information I received from a chap in his section he was struck with shrapnel and died instantly without pain. It grieves me very much to tell you this as Harry and I, when we were together, were like brothers. I only wish he had been as lucky as me. My wound is getting on fine although I have lost the use of my left hand, and I am afraid they will not be able to restore it again. Please accept my deepest sympathy in losing such a good son and brother.

Yours very sincerely
JACK KNAPE (200663)

(With thanks to Geoff Gaylor for this information)

GENTLE
Arthur
Lance Sergeant 3/7514, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds at home Sunday 18th October 1918. Born Beeston, enlisted and resident Bedford. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section C. Grave 242.

From the local North Bedfordshire Courier newspaper 1st November 1918:

THE LATE SERGEANT A. GENTLE.—As briefly announced in last week's Courier, the funeral (with full military honours) of the late Sergt. A. Gentle, took place at Sandy on Wednesday afternoon in last week. The body, enclosed in a polished elm coffin, was conveyed from the Hospital at Chelsea, and arrived at his home on Beeston Green on Tuesday. The funeral took place, as stated above, on Wednesday afternoon, when detachments from his old Regiment, the 2nd Beds., and the R.E. (Signal Depot), stationed at Sandy and Biggleswade with a gun carriage drawn by six fine black chargers, arrived at the home of the deceased...

GILL
George William
Private 42368, 2/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 22nd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Formerly 32374, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in ROYE NEW BRITISH CEMETERYSomme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 15.
GOSS
Sydney F
Private 42909, 2/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action Monday 8th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Caldecote, enlisted Biggleswade, resident Beeston, Sandy, beds. Formerly 37210, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.
GRAVES
Walter Francis
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9th November 1914. Son of Mrs. Fanny Graves. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No.4 Plot XI. Row AAA. Grave 19.

From the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Volume 1, Part 2 , Page 144, the following:

GRAVES, Walter Francis, Lieutenant, 3rd (Reserve) attached 1st Bedfordshire Regiment. Eldest son of W.Graves. Gazetted Lieutenant 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment in 9-14 having previously been a 2nd Lieutenant in the same Regiment. Served in the Expeditionary force in France and Flanders, killed in action 9-11-14.

Extract from 'The Sandy Household Magazine' no 217 dated November 1914:

"..On November 16th, a message was received at Sandye Place, stating that Lieutenant Francis GRAVES, 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment and since attached to the Ist Batt. Bedfordshire Regiment Expeditionary Force, had been added to the Roll of Honour. He was the eldest son of the late Mr.Walter Graves, of Sandye Place. He was educated at Harleybury College and was some years an officer in the Bedfordshire Militia. For some considerable time he resided at Cardiff where he was a member of the Coal Exchange. On the outbreak of the war, he offered his services which were accepted and he volunteered for the front. His age was 30 years. He was well known in Sandy and much respected by all who knew him and much sympathy is expressed for Mrs Graves (his mother) and his brother and sister in their sad bereavement..."

Extract from THE BOND OF SACRIFICE VOLUME 1 August to December 1914:

LIEUTENANT WALTER FRANCIS GRAVES, 3rd (attd. 1st) BATTN. BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT, who was killed in action on the 9th November, 1914, at the age of twenty-nine, was the eldest son of Mrs. W. Graves, Sandye Place, Sandy, Bedfordshire.

He was appointed Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion of his Regiment in September, 1919, having previously been a 2nd Lieutenant in the same battalion.

Lieutenant Graves was a member of the Cardiff City Council and of the Coal Exchange, and was interested in educational work.

HOLDEN
F

No further information currently

HUCKLE
Edwin Frederick
Private 14804, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Mrs. Fanny Graves. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 4 Graves. Plot XI. Row AAA. Grave 19.
HUCKLE
Frederick Arthur

[Arthur Frederick on SDGW & CWGC] Lance Corporal [Private SDGW] 30546, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Killed in action Tuesday 5th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Thomas and Millicent Huckle, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Buried in LANDRECIES BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Section A. Grave 25.

HUCKLE
Lawrence William

Private 19073, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 30th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in QUARRY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 6.

HUCKLE
Sidney Charles
Private 8068, 1st/2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers, London Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9th October 1916 in France & Flanders. Aged 20. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Thomas and Millicent Huckle, of St. Neots Rd., Sandy. Formerly 3361, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B.

HULL
Frederick William
Private 35625, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 12th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Jerome and Charlotte Hull, of Sandy. Buried in DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No.2, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 20.
HUNT
Frank William
Lance Serjeant 21164, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment) who died on Saturday 10th November 1917. Age 28. Born 2 September 1889. Son of Walter and Annie Hunt, of 15, Grey Friars Walk, Bedford. Born at Sandy. Next of kin listed as A Hunt (Uncle), Market Place, Sandy. Labourer when he signed up. Previously in the Royal Marines. Signed up 24th September 1914 at Vancouver Camp. Height 5' 6½", dark complexion, eyes brown, hair dark brown, C of E, tattos on both arms, age 25 at sign up. Buried in PASSCHENDAELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row D. Grave 26. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4619 - 49 9
JEEVES
William Thomas
Private 16434, Essex Yeomanry. Died of wounds Saturday 22nd June 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Lower Caldecote, enlisted Aldershot, resident Girtford. Son of Frederick and Ada Jeeves, of 5, George Town, Gutford, Sandy, Beds. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 18.
JEFFERIES
Albert
Private 15064, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 26th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

JEFFERIES, D.C.M
Reuben
[Spelt JEFFRIES on SDGW & CWGC] Sergeant 8338, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 23rd October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Everton, Beds, enlisted Sutton Park, Bedford, resident Sandy. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation:

8338 Sjt. R. JEFFERIES
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. An attack being held up by a machine gun, he crawled across the open under fire and rushed the gun, single-handed shooting one and bayonetting two of the gunners, thus enabling our advance to continue. (18.7.17)

KING, D.C.M
Edward James
Regimental Sergeant Major 3351, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars. Killed in action on Thursday 12th November 1914. Age 41. Born Halifax, Nova Scotia, enlisted Ballincolling, resident Rawalpindi, India. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal plus the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Son of Edward King, of Greyhound Hotel, Sandy, Beds. Served in the South African War. Buried in YPRES TOWN CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section E1. Grave 16
LACEY
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LAWSON
Edward
Private 271125, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Friday 8th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in CAUDRY BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 41.
LAWSON
Sidney William
Private 202993, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 10th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Lawson, of Brickhill Rd., Sandy; husband of the late Dorothy Ellen Lawson. Formerly 271617, Hertfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 98 to 99.
LEE
James William
Private G/313, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Monday 14th February 1916 with British Expeditionary Force. Age 26. Born Northill, enlisted Arundel. Son of James and Eden Lee, of "The Slade, " Clophill, Ampthill, Beds. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 5.
MARKHAM
Reginald H
Drummer 201042, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 3rd November 1917 in Palestine. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXX. Row B. Grave 15.
MARTIN
Charles James
Private 235220, 8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died of wounds Tuesday 25th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of James and Sarah Ann Martin, of 7, Council Cottages, St. Neots Road, Sandy. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave I.
MARTIN
Ernest
Private 27547, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 4th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Girtford, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 1.
MATTHEWS
Cyril James
Private 66629, 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment [Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment]. Died at home Tuesday 5th November 1918. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section C. Grave 159.
MERRYWEATHER
Ellis F
Lance Serjeant 13229, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action on Sunday 13th October 1918. Born Bedford, enlisted Liverpool, resident King's Cross, Middlesex. Husband of Nellie Maud Merryweather, of High St., Sandy. Buried in ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 17.

From the local North Bedfordshire Courier newspaper 1st November 1918:

KILLED IN ACTION. — Mrs. Ellis F. Merryweather, the only surviving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bead, the Brewey House, Sandy, has received the following letters :-18th October, 1918, 1644, L.-Sergt. H. B. Wood, 13, Platoon L.F. Co.—Dear Madam, "I thought you would like to hear from someone who was standing by your husband when he met his death. But, firstly, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy along with the remainder of the boys of the 13th Platoon which Sergt. Merryweather was in command of. We are all so grieved at the loss of him. He was well liked by his Platoon, and was a good, brave soldier, and throughout the day he had led his Platoon most gallantly and did splendid work. The sad incident happened in some street fighting. He and myself were caught in some German machine-gun fire. You will be pleased to know that your husband suffered no pain as he was killed instantly. I escaped with a few holes in my clothing and equipments. We can only extend to you our deepest sympathy in your great sorrow and loss. Trusting God will give you strength and courage to bear this, I remain, yours sincerely, H. B. WOOD, Scots Guards, B.E.F., France.-15/10/18. To Mrs. Merryweather, the Brewery, Sandy. Bedfordshire.—Dear Madam, —It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the death in action of your husband, L.-Sergt. E. F. Merryweather, No. 13228, Left Flank Company. On Sunday morning, 13th inst., he was struck by a burst of machine-gun fire and killed immediately. This morning I saw L.-Sergt. Wood and Pte. Bowler who were close to him when he fell, and they assure me that he can have suffered no pain at all. His comrades spoke very highly of him. He had won the esteem of his officers and the goodwill of all his comrades, and now he has fallen on the Field of Honour, and leaves with us all the memory of a gallant soldier in our great cause. Please accept my sincere sympathy with you in your deep sorrow. The Commanding Officer, Lieut.-Col. J. Stirling, D.S.O., M.C., wishes me to oonvey to you his sincere sympathy. I have given your address to L.-Sergt. Wood, and you will probably hear from him also. I trust you will be enabled to support this heavy trial.—Yours sincerely, GEORGE D. LOW, Chaplain —Scots Guards.—Prior to the war, Sergt. Merryweather was in business first at Sandy and then at Ampthill as a hairdresser. Almost immediately on the outbreak of the war he decided to do his bit, and joined the Scots Guards. He has been engaged in a great deal of the fighting. He has been in France nearly the whole time, excepting when invalided home suffering from a bad attack of trench feet and when wounded in the neck and leg. He leaves a widow and one daughter.

MERRYWEATHER
John Alfred
Private 32019, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 7th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 41. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Ann Merryweather, of London Rd., Sandy. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 20.
MERRYWEATHER
William
Private 19823, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 2nd [SDGW states 22nd] January 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 39. Enlisted Haslemere, Surrey, resident Sandy. Son of John and Ann Merryweather, of London Rd., Sandy. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row G. Grave 9.
NORMAN
James
Lance Corporal 23134, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 5th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born and resident Beeston Green, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Jesse and Jane Norman, of Beeston Green, Sandy. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 10.
PALMER, M.M.
Arthur James
Private 14878, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Thursday 6th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of the late William and Elizabeth Palmer, of Sandy. Awarded Military Medal. Buried in ARNEKE CHURCHYARD, Nord, France. Grave 2.
PAYNE
Thomas J
Private 27836, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 28th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Sarah Payne; husband of Dorothy Payne, of London Rd., Sandy. Awarded the MIlitary Medal (M.M.). Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

PEEL (M.C. & Bar) (The Honourable)
Maurice Berkeley
Reverend, Chaplain 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplains' Department. Killed in action Monday 14th May 1917. Age 44. Awarded the Military Cross and bar. Son of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Viscount Peel. Vicar of Tamworth since 1915. Buried in QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row A. Grave 31.

Extract from Supplement to the London Gazette 17 April 1917

Rev. the Hon. Maurice Berkley Peel, M.C., Army Chap. Dept. attd. R. Welsh Fus.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went out to the advanced patrols with two stretcher bearers and succeeded in bringing in several wounded men. Later, he worked for thirty-six hours in front of the captured position and rescued many wounded under very heavy fire.

(M.C. gazetted 18th Feb, 1915)

PEER
Ernest William
Lance Corporal, 8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles, London Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 15th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Born Sandy, resident and enlisted Leicester. Son of Joe and Emma Peer, of Sandy; husband of Lydia Peer, of 57, Beaconsfield Rd, Leicester. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row F. Grave 9A.
PHILLIPS
Albert Edward
[Acting] Corporal 26126, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd April 1917 in France and Flanders. Age 26. Born Sandy, resident and enlisted Hertford. Son of Enoch and Annie Phillips, of 2, Langer Terrace, Langer Rd., Felixstowe. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

PIGGOTT
Jessie
Private 60386, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 23rd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Resident and enlisted Sandy. Brother of John Piggott, of London Rd., Sandy. Formerly 4056, 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

PYANT
Ernest John
[Spelt PIANT on SDGW & CWGC] Rifleman 372845, 2nd/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment. Age 31. Killed in action Sunday 27th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Mr. William Piant; husband of Lilla Dorothy Piant, of The Cross Roads, Wrestlingworth, Sandy. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.

QUINCE M.M.
Edward
Sergeant 8765, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 27th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Bedford. Awarded Military Medal. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

RANDLE
Percy Glenmore
Private 27082, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Friday 18th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 31. Born cardiff, Glamorganshire, enlisted Peterborough. Son of William Henry Randle, of 2, Betah Cottages, Church Rd., Sandy. Commeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

ROYCE
S
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SEARLE
Albert
Private 18273, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 27th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born Eversden, Cambs, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Stephen and Matilda Searle, of Little Eversden, Cambs; husband of Kate Elizabeth Searle, of Cambridge Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.
SINGLE
Archibald Henry K
Private 41789, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 26th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Sandy, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Buckden. Son of Charles and Esther Single, of The Baulk, Beeston, Sandy. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A.
SKINNER
Walter
Private 20956, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 16th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born Sandy, enlisted Bedford, resident Beeston Green. Son of Walter and Naomi Skinner, of Beeston Green, Sandy. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row T. Grave 10.
TAYLOR
William Thomas
Private 30321, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 20th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 40. Born Dunsdale, Yorkshire, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of William Taylor; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Taylor, of 37, Odell, Bedford. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 26.
TRUIN
Walter George
Private 28683, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) who died on Friday 8 September 1916. Age 26. Born 28 December 1890 in Sandy. Son of Thomas and Sarah Truin, of Tempsford Road, Sandy. Butcher by trade. Unmarried, Enlisted and passed fit 23 September 1914 at Valcartier, Canada, aged 23 years 9 months, height 5 feet 8 inches, girth 37 inches, medium complexion, gray blue eyes, dark brown hair; religion Church of England. . Buried in WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 6. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9801 - 48
TWELVETREES
Edward Dudley
Lieutenant, "A" Company, 1st/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 8th August 1918. Son of the late Edward Twelvetrees & Mrs Twelvetrees, Beclare, Sandy; husband of Mrs Twelvetrees, 63 Eltisley Ave, Newnham, Cambridge. Enlisted Royal Army Medical Corps 1915, commissioned 1917. Buried in RIBEMONT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 7.
VIRGIN
George William
Private 26392, 2nd/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action Sunday 25th August 1918 in France & Falnders. Born and enlisted Biggleswade, resident Sandy. Formerly 27920, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in VAULX HILL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row J. Grave 4.
WAGSTAFF
Ernest
Lance Corporal 41312, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 7th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born, resident and enlisted Sandy. Formerly 2334, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in MESNIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 14.
WAGSTAFF
Richard Bertram
Private 20407, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 6th December 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted Holbeach, Lincolnshire, resident Sandy. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 9.
WAGSTAFF
Thomas
Private 10215, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 17th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Girtford, enlisted bedford, resident Sandy. Buried in PHALEMPIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave A. 5.
WALE
Leonard Cecil
Private 200617, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home on Saturday 22 November 1919. Age 22. Son of Alma and Eliza Wale, of The Avenue, Sandy. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section C. Grave 294.
WALE
Oscar George
Corporal 33842, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 23rd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Alma and Eliza Wale, of The Avenue, Sandy. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.
WALE
William John
Lance Corporal 9607, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 15th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born Everton, Beds, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of Alma and Eliza Wale, of The Avenue, Sandy; husband of Ethel Wale, of Rolfe Bungalow, New Romney, Kent. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.
WEBB
George
Private 20045, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 4th January 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Gamlingay, Cambs, enlisted Sandy, resident Everton, Beds. Buried in LA BRIQUE MILITARY CEMETERY No.1, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 14.
WHEATLEY
Alfred
Corporal 8198, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 31st March 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Beeston, enlisted Bedford, resident Langford, Beds. Buried in FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 10.

WHEATLEY
David
Private 8572, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Beeston, resident and enlisted Sandy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Wheatley, of Beeston Green, Sandy; husband of H. Wheatley, of Park Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.
WHITBY
Arthur James
Private 41846, 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 18th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Charles Albert and Sarah Ann Whitby, of Sandy. Buried in LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 15.
WILES
Albert
Private 34506, 1st/5th Battalion-Territorial, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 15th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Everton, Beds, enlisted Sandy. Formerly 9272, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in MONTECCHIO PRECALCINO COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Italy. Plot 7. Row A. Grave 5.
WRIGHT
Percy Harry
Private 27830, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 27th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Arthur and Jane Wright, of London Rd., Sandy; husband of Helen Mary Wright, of 2, Pyms Cottages, Bedford Rd., Sandy. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

YOUNG
James Harry
Private 35616, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 28th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Sandy, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of Mrs. G. Jones, of Blunham Terrace, London Rd., Gortford, Sandy. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 30.
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BARKER
F H
probably Frederick Horace BARKER, Private 5950218, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 23 July 1942. Aged 21. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 9. Row E. Grave 11.
BISHOP
Henry George

First Radio Officer, M.V. Seaforth (Liverpool), Merchant Navy. Died on Tuesday 18th February 1941. Age 44. Son of John and Emma Bishop; husband of Mabel Isobel Bishop, of Sandy. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 94.

BUCK
Cyril
Sapper 5957285, 6 Mechanical Equipment Section, Royal Engineers. Died on Wednesday 15th March 1944. Age 24. Son of Mr and Mrs G J Buck, of Sandy. Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italy. Plot VII. Row E. Grave 11
CLARKE
John Thomas
Second Lieutenant 337739, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on Friday 30th March 1945. Age 26. Son of William and Maud Clarke, of Sandy. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row B. Grave 12.
COPE
Ernest Frank
Private 5955484, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died on Saturday 15th May 1943. Age 22. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Cope, of Beeston. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 477.
DARNELL
Herbert James
[Listed as J H on CWGC] Aircraftman 1st Class, 1173578, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Monday 17th April 1944. Age 24. Grandson of James Darnell, of Sandy. Buried in AMBON WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia. Plot 12. Row D. Grave14.
ELLERBECK
Douglas Charles
Leading Aircraftman, 928881, Pilot U/T, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Thursday 27th February 1941. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section F. Grave 14. See also Bedford Modern School
EMERY
Edward [Charles Steven]
Trooper, 14509883, 15th (Scottish) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. Died on Thursday 3rd February 1944 . Age 20. Son of Edward George and Mabel Emery, of Sandy. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 109.
ENERSBY
[Ernest] John
Serjeant, 5954543, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) Died on Saturday 13 November 1943. Age 26. Son of George Edward and Ruth Endersby, of Sandy. Buried in LEROS WAR CEMETERY, Leros, Greece. Plot 1. Row D. Grave 2.
GURNEY
Kenneth Arthur
Marine, PO/X 4590, H.M.S. Barham., Royal Marines. Died on Tuesday 25th November 1941. Age 20. Son of Arthur Edward and Minnie Elizabeth Gurney, of Sandy. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 59, Column 1.
HANCOCK
William Samuel
Guardsman, 2612299, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died on Friday 3rd November 1944. Age 33. Son of Arthur and Ann Minnie Hancock; husband of Phyllis Catherine Hancock, of Sandy. Buried in CASTIGLIONE SOUTH AFRICAN CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row A. Grave 13.
HILLARD
Arthur James
Trooper, 14249806, 149th (7th Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died on Friday 28th April 1944. Age 20. Son of Herbert and Ethel Mary Hillard, of Sandy. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 8. Row H. Grave 14.
JARVIS
George William

Fusilier, 14689811, 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died on Thursday 21st September 1944. Son of Joseph Baden Jarvis and Eliza Jarvis, of Sandy. Buried in SANDY CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Section D. Grave 234.

JEEVES
Albert Charles

Private, 14271683, 257 Company, Pioneer Corps. Died on Sunday 25th March 1945. Age 32. Son of Frank and Ellen Jeeves, of Sandy; husband of Hilda Irene Jeeves, of Sandy. Buried in GOIRLE ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Row 3. Grave 8.

OSBORNE
E I D
possibly Eric Ivan Dennis OSBORNE, Trooper, 14301163, 144th Regiment (8th E. Lancs.), R.A.C. died on Saturday 12th August 1944. Age 21. Son of Arthur and Adelaide Maude Osborne, of Cricklewood, Middlesex. Commeorated on BAYEUX MEMORIAL, Calvados, France. Panel 11, Column 1.
SAUNDERS
Bernard Victor
[Also listed as SAUNERS] Gunner, 1157181, 178 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died on Friday 24th March 1944. Age 20. Commemorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 3. See also Bedford Modern School
SMITH
Matthew D
Gunner H/59763, 2 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery. Died 25 July 1944. Aged 27. Son of Sidney William and Florence Winfield Smith; husband of Winifred May Smith, of Sandy. Buried in BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 4.
SPRING
Kenneth William
Private, 14547041, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died on Saturday 10th March 1945. Age 22. Son of William John and Beatrice Myrtle Spring, of Sandy. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot 17. Row E. Grave 5.
STRONG
Michael Stuart
Trooper 7942548, "A" Squadron, North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action at Monte Casino 23rd May 1944. Aged 20. Born 30 July 1923. Son of the Revd. Thomas Hammond Strong and Florence Frances Strong, of The Rectory, Sandy. Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row G. Grave 9.

This research kindly supplied by Barry Groom:

Michael Stuart Strong was born at Bedford on the 30th of July 1923 the third and youngest son of the Reverend Thomas Hammond Strong, Rector of Sandy, and Florence Frances (nee Chapman) Strong, of The Rectory, Sandy in Bedfordshire.

He was educated at Lancing College where he was in Sandersons House from September 1937 to 1939.

On the morning of the 22nd of May 1944 the officers and senior NCOs of the North Irish Horse were briefed by Major GP Russell for an attack the following morning, in concert with Canadian Brigades, on the German positions known as the "Hitler Line”.

The North Irish Horse was to be in support of the Canadian 2nd Brigade on the right of the attack. The attack was to be part of a wider attempt by the Allies to break out of the Anzio beachhead and trap the bulk of the German 10th Army under General von Vietinghoff.

At 5.45 am on the morning of the 23rd of May 1944 the Canadian artillery commenced firing a barrage on the German positions opposite, with the order for the infantry and tanks to advance coming at 6 am.

The distance to the objective was just short of one thousand yards, the first part of which was through a forest of small but densely packed trees. This led to the commanders of the tanks having to drive with their heads exposed from their turrets, leaving them vulnerable to snipers who had strapped themselves to the trees. Despite German artillery and mortars firing a continuous barrage most of the tanks reached the northern edge of the wood without damage. The Canadian infantry which were following the tanks was not so lucky and casualties among their ranks were heavy.

At 7.30 am, with enemy fire slackening, the North Irish Horse re-grouped and at 8am, under cover from the smoke and dust thrown up by German shells, the order to continue the advance was received. Although the remaining distance to the objective was now 400 yards, it was all across open ground and communication between the tanks and the infantry was severely hampered by the high casualties among the Canadian signallers.

On emerging from the tree line A Squadron were held up by a mine field and were also engaged by a number of anti tank guns losing two of their tanks on the mines and four to anti tank fire.

They in turn managed to destroy a Panther Mark V; two Panther Mark IVs and two 75mm anti tank guns. Lieutenant DF Hunt was charged with finding a way around the mine field but his Churchill tank fell into a wadi.

Meanwhile B and C Squadrons had advanced to the Pontecorvo-Acquino Road but were met with intense fire from enemy tanks and self propelled guns, losing 11 tanks in the process.

At around 10.45 am A Squadron began to organise a defensive position and a composite force of tanks took the second objective at midday but were forced to withdraw at 12.45 pm, due to heavy artillery and mortar fire, losing a further 7 tanks in a tank trap, which left only four tanks remaining to fall back and join A Squadron.

An anticipated German counter attack never materialised and at 4.50pm the Germans were seen evacuating their positions

The North Irish Horse lost twenty five tanks in the engagement taking casualties of 4 officers killed with 9 wounded and 29 other ranks killed with 33 wounded.

WARD
Hugh William
Captain, 204182, 53 (The Worcestershire Yeomanry) Airlanding Lt. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died on Monday 12th June 1944. Age 34. Son of Alfred and Annie E. Ward, of Sandy; husband of Joan Elizabeth Franks Ward, of Bedford. Buried in BREVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Calvados, France. (No grave reference)

BURIED IN THE CEMETERY BUT NOT ON THE MEMORIAL

HANCOCK Arthur William
Craftsman 2202084, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 24 June 1944. Aged 40. Son of Francis and Edith Hancock, of Bedford; husband of Beatrice Lilian May Hancock, of Bedford. Buried in Sandy Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 478
LAWTON Albert Edward

Private 5948584, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 4 September 1939. Buried in Sandy Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 47.

OSBORNE Charles Alfred
Guardsman 619, Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Died 18 December 1919. Aged 31. Husband of Beatrice Osborne, of Station Rd., Sandy. Buried in Sandy Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Grave 104.
REYNOLDS William
Driver T/289779, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 19 December 1941. Aged 40. Son of William and Alice Reynolds; husband of Emily Ellen Reynolds, of Sandy. Buried in Sandy Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 476.
ROBERTS John Samuel Foster
Stoker 1st Class P/KX 96906, H.M.S. Argus, Royal Navy. Died 16 August 1940. Aged 22. Son of John and Kathleen M. Roberts, of Warsop, Nottinghamshire. Buried in Sandy Cemetery, Bedfordshire. Section G. Grave 35.

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