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SHILLINGTON VILLAGE - War Memorial

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

The village war memorial is situated in the centre of the War Memorial Garden, High Road, Shillington. It takes the form of Celtic Cross mounted on a stepped base and plinth. The names and the inscription are recessed on the plinth with lettering in black. One additional; name ptobably not recorded here was added in 2009 on a new stone block at the fott of the front face of the cross. In all 27 names are listed for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. The memorial is the responsibility of the Shillington War Memorial Trustees. In 1985 the railing were painted, 1988 the stonewrok cleaned, 1989 the plinth was repaired and in 2009 the name of W A INGRAM, ROYAL ARTILLERY was added to the memorial. The orgiinal memorial was unveiled by Mr M G Townley 22nd August 1922. A £200 donation had been made to erect the memorial, the land was gifted to the parish council by rs hanscombe, mother of William hanscombe then 'Lord of th Manor'. In 1967 a registered charity (254355) was established to take responsibility for the war memorial. Shillington Parish Council is the sole trustee of that registered charity. The new name added to the memorial was of W. A. Ingram. He died of peritonitis in 1946 and was buried overseas.

Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2001

TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF SHILLINGTON
WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR
THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
DURING THE GREAT WARS
1914 – 1918
1939 - 1945

1914 – 1918
ALLEN
Christopher
Private G/50526, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). Killed in action Saturday 28 April 1917. Born Shillington. Enlisted Luton. In 1911 he had been married for 1 year to Lois and they had a daughter called Ivy, he was aged 26, a Farm Labourer Cowman, born Shillington, resident Crawley Green, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7

ANSELL
Alfred
Private 41523, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 26 October 1918. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Bedford. Son of David & Annie Ansell of Brookside, Shillington. IN 1911 he is listed as being the son of David & Annie Mansell, of Shillington, aged 12, at school, born Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXVII. Row L. Grave 20 (recorded on both village memorials)
ANSELL
Harry
Private 3/5968, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 November 1914. Born Finchley, enlisted Ampthill, resident Whetstone, Middlesex. In the 1911 census Harry Ansell was the nephew of Sara Waller (a widow), aged 21, a Farm Labourer, born Finchley, Middlesex, resident Shillington. Went to the front 12 September 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11. (record on both village memorials)
ASHTON
Albert B
[Cannot find a name to fit the second initial] Private G/26589, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Thursday 13 June 1918. Born & resident Shillington. Enlisted Chiswick. In 1911 he was a boarder with Lawrence Inskip, of 105 Devonshire Road, Chiswick, aged 23, a Baker's Assistant, born Shillington, Bedfordshire. Buried in Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section G. Grave 20.
BREWER
John
Private 28277, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 21 May 1917. Lived Shillington. Enlisted Ampthill. No known grave. Commemorated in London Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse, Pas de Calais, France on Neuville Vitasse Mill Cemetery Memorial. Panel 3 (recorded on both village memorials)
COLE
Frederick
London Rifle Brigade. In the 1911 census Frederick Cole was the son of David & Eliza Cole, born Shillington, aged 27, a Farm Labourer, resident Pegsdon, Shillington, Beds.

possibly Fred Cole, Rifleman 210593, 22nd (Wessex & Welsh) Battalion (Territorial), Rifle BRigade (Prince Consort's Own). Died 24 October 1918 in the Blakans. Born Standon, bedford, enlisted Woolwich, kent, resident Plaistow, Essex. Formerly 210593, 25th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Buried inStruma Military Cemetery, Greece. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 1.

Note: Pegsdon Hills are situated south and east of the hamlet of Pegsdon in the parish of Shillington, Bedfordshire. They form the north-eastern end of the Chiltern Hills. The most prominent hill is Deacon Hill.

DENTON, MM
Joseph [James]
Serjeant 1852, “D” Battery, 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Thursday 21 March 1918. Aged 37. Born Hitchin. Enlisted London. Son of James Denton of Marshall Cottages, Shillington. Husband of Sarah A. Denton of Albert Street, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia. Served in the South African Campaign. Awarded the MIlitary Medal (M.M.). In the 1891 census he is the son of James & Elizabeth Denton, of Green End, Shillington, aged 9, Scholar, born Shillington. His birth was registered in the January to March Quarter 1882 in the Ampthill Registration District. No known grave. Commemorated on Poziers Memorial, Somme. Panel 7 – 10 (recorded on both village memorials)
GRUNDON
William Sidney
Private 3/7199, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Clifton. In the 1911 census he was the son of Henry & Ann Frundon, of Aspley End, Shillington, aged 17, a Farm Labourer, born Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme France. Pier & Face 2C (recorded on both village memorials)

GUDGIN
Frank
Private T/448167, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 23 May 1920. Aged 26. Son of Charles Gudgin, husband of Florence Dorothy Gudgin of Church Street, Shillington. In the 1911 census he was the son of Sarah Gudgin (a widow), aged 17, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Shillington. Buried in the South-West (new) part of Shillington (All Saints) Churchyard. (Record on gravestone – T/448167 Private F. Gudgin. Royal Army Service Corps. 23rd May 1920. Age 26. Rest in the Lord.) See also Southill Memorial
HYDE
Bertram
Private 28124, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 24 April 1918. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Ampthill. In 1911 he was the nephew of Charles Cole, he was aged 22, a Grocer's Assistsnt, born and resident Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Plot III. Row C. Grave 4. (recorded on both village memorials)
INGRAM
Robert
Private 31949, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 8 May 1918. Aged 20. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Bedford. The son of William & Eliza Ingram, of Aspley End, Shillington. In the 1911 census he is the son of William and Eliza Ingram, aged 13, Assisting in Boot Repairing, born Shillington, resident Aspley End, Shillington. Buried in Kemmel No. 1 French Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 18. (recorded on both village memorials)
JENKINS
Lewis Bertram
Gunner 123666, “A” Battery, 76th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action Monday 4 November 1918. Aged 29. Born Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of John & Sally Jenkins of Shillington. Husband of Olive Lavinia Jenkins of 58 Park Road, Hendon, London. IN the 1911 census he is listed as the son of John & Lily Jenkins, aged 21, a Farm Labourer, born & resident Shillington. Buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 11 (recorded on both village memorials)
JEPPS
Charles
Private 23651, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 October 1916. Born & lived Hitchin, Herts. Enlisted Pewsey, Wiltshire. Formerly 21818 Somerset Light Infantry. In the 1911 census he is listed as the son of Peter Jepps (a widower), aged 19, a Horse Man on Farm, born and resident Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 11D (recorded on both village memorials)

LARMAN
Bertram Albert aka Bertie
Private 21010, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 15th July, 1917. Aged 22. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Absolam & Eliza Larman of Moat Farm Cottages, Biscot, Luton. In the 1911 census he is listed as Bert, the son of Absalom & Eliza Larman, aged 16, a Farm Labourer, born Shillington and resident Green End, Shillington. Formerly 3/7267, Bedfordshire Regiment. Went to the Front 11 November 1914. Buried in La Belle Alliance Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 10. (recorded on both village memorials)
PEARCE
Frederick Arthur
[Arthur on Chapel memorial, SDGW and CWGC] Private 10350, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9 November 1914. Aged 19. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Bedford. Son of George & Emma Pearce, of Church Street, Shillington. Listed in the 1911 census as Arthur Pearce, aged 16, son of Emma Pearce (widow), a Domestic Groom, born and resident Shillington. His birth is registered as Frederick Arthur, April-June Quarter 1895, in the Ampthill Registration District. Wnet to the front 16 August 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais. Panel 10 & 11 (recorded on both village memorials)
PESTELL
Percy John
Private 28043, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 22 May 1917. Aged 28. Born Huntingdon. Lived Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of Mrs G. Pestell, of 11 St Mary’s Terrace, Newtown, Huntingdon. Husband of Maud Pestell, of Church Street, Shillington. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Godmanchester, Butler to Riobert Lucas at the Manor House, Shillington. Buried in Tank Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 33 (recorded on both village memorials)
PRUTTON
Frank
Lance Corporal 1369, 3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry A.I.F. Killed in action Sunday 25 April 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. Aged 29. Emigrated aged 28. Enlisted 29 August 1914. Born in Shillington, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, the son of Alfred and Susan Prutton, of Church Street, Shillington. Butcher by trade. Educated at Bedfordshire Council School. Resident Portland, New South Wales. In the 1911 census he was a boarder with Harriet Dinch; aged 25, a Butcher, born Shillington, resident 16 Etna Road, Bury St Edmunds. No known grave. Commemorated on Lone Pine Cemetery, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 19 (recorded on both village memorials) Australian Roll of Honour Circular Document
TINGEY
Ernest Bert
Private 3/8706, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 8 November 1915. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. In the 1911 census he is the son of Paul & Jane Tingey, aged 21, Worker on a Farm, born & resident Shillington; on eof his siblings is William (Willie) below. Sent to the Front in France 24 September 1915. Buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No. 1, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 14 (recorded on both village memorials)
TINGEY
William
Private G/51048, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own). Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Bedford. In the 1911 census he is the son of Paul & Jane Tingey, aged 13, Worker on a Farm, born & resident Shillington; one of his siblings is Ernest above. Buried in Heniel-Croiselles Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 2. (recorded on both village memorials)
TWYDELL
Ernest
Private 25523, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 31 October 1916. Aged 22. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of John & Eliza Twydell, Bury End, Shillington. In the 1911 census he is listed as the son of Eliza & John Twydell, aged 17, Farm Labourer, born and resident Sillington. Buried in Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 28 (recorded on both village memorials)
TWYDELL
Frank Samuel
Corporal 25522, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 19 November 1916. Aged 22. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. Son George & Mary Ann Twydell of Shillington. In the 1911 census hios surname is spelt TWIDLE, he is the son of George & Nary Ann, aged 17, Teamster, born & resident Shillington. Buried in Contay British Cemetery, Somme. Plot VIII. Row F. Grave 4. (recorded on both village memorials)
WEEDEN
Horace
Private 26768, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Born & lived Shillington. Enlisted Ampthill. In the 1911 census he is listed as the son of Frank & Betsy Weeden,m aged 16, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5 (recorded on both village memorials)

WEST
William
Private 202846, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born Finsbury Park. Lived Shillington. Enlisted Hitchin. Formerly 269304, Hertfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais. Bay 7. (recorded on both village memorials)

WILLMER
Leslie
Private 40153. 1/4th East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 10 April 1918. Born Marylebone. Lived Shillington. Enlisted Marylebone. Son of Frederick Funnell Willmer & Lillie Willmer of Brighton. Formerly 42744 Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 2. (recorded on both village memorials)
WILSON
Frank Cyril
[Cyril Frank in chapel, on SDGW and CWGC] Private 56802, 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action Saturday 1 June 1918. Aged 18. Born Green End, Beds. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of Edgar & Emily Wilson, of Blacksmith Cottage, Shillington. In the 1911 census he is aged 11, son of Edgar & Emily Wilson, at school, born and resident Shillington. Buried in Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme. Plot I. Row D. Grave 41. (recorded on both village memorials)
WOMWELL
Herbert Stanley
Lance Corporal 203987, 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 8 October 1918. Aged 21. Born Ickleford, Herts. Enlisted Hitchin. Son of William & Emma J. Womwell of Shillington Mill, Gravenhurst, Beds. In 1911 he was the son of William and Emma Womwell, his father was the Miller, aged 14, at school, born Hitchin, resident Shillington Mill. Buried in Brancourt-le-Grand-Military Cemetery, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 25. (recorded on both village memorials)
1939 – 1945
DOOLEY
Vincent
Possibly Sergeant 977328, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 January 1944. Aged 32. Son of Henry & Minnie Dooley, husband of Rosemary Dooley, of Woking, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on Runneymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 228. (There is only one Vincent DOOLEY listed on the CWGC) there is also listed Clifford Vincent DOOLEY, Lance Bombardier 872637, 12 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died between 1-2 October 1942. Aged 23. Son of Mrs. H. Beeton, of Hyson Green, Nottingham, England. No known grave. Commemorated on Sai Wan Memorial. China (including Hong Kong). Column 3.
FISHER
Frederick Harold
Sergeant 3382583, 5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died Saturday 8 July 1944. Aged 35. Son of Frederick J. & Florence Fisher; husband of Evelyn Fisher of Shillington. Buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot 4. Row C. Grave 3.
HAYES
Philip Redford
Private 5956293, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 14 October 1944. Aged 31. Husband of Anne Mabel Haynes of Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji war Cemetery, Singapre. Column 63. See also Silsoe.

HAYNES
George
Private 5833288, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action at Sengarrang during the fight for Singapore 26th January 1942. Aged 28. Son of Richard & Rose Haynes, husband of Ada Kate Haynes of Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 59. See also Barton.

Extracts from local newspaper:

4th November 1943

Nearly two years have elapsed since Mrs. George Haines had any news of her husband in Malaya. The Red Cross have written a very sympathetic letter, promising news immediately it can be obtained.

26th March 1946

Barton Man’s Fate at Singapore
Mrs. Haynes of Barton, has received official notification that her husband, Private George Haynes, was killed on January 26th 1942 at Sangjerang, Malaya. He had arrived in Singapore on January 13th and was 28. Mrs. Haynes is left with a son aged five. Private Haynes was a native of Shillington.
JEPPS
Norman
Private 14707163, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died Saturday 25 November 1944. Aged 19. Son of Frank & Elsie Jepps of Shillington. Buried in Overloon War Cemetery, Netherlands. Plot III. Row C. Grave 9 .
PAYNE
Albert George Walter
Warrant Officer 1385974, 210 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 3 April 1945. Aged 24. Son of Christopher & Henrietta Payne of Shillington. No known grave. Commemorated on Runneymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 269
PAYNE
Stanley John
Private 5952345, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 26 October 1943. Aged 24. Son of Charles & Elizabeth Payne of Shillington. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Plot 4. Row C. Grave 43

World War 2 Addition (2009)
INGRAM William A
Gunner 14684635, Royal Artillery. Died of peritonitis 25 November 1946. Aged 21. Son of Frederick Thomas Ingram and Hepzibah Maud Ingram, of Shillington, Bedfordshire. Buried in Ranchi War Cemetery, India. Plot 8 Row J. Grave 9.

Last updated: 25 November, 2013

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