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STOPSLEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Rolls of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Lynda Smith
with additional information from John Wainwright

There are two memorials, one for the village and the other for the church.

The village memorial stands on a triangle in the centre of the junction of St Thomas’s Road and Hitchin Road, Stopsley, and takes the form of a memorial that is capped by a three dimensional Fleur-de-Lis on a square base surrounded by railings. There are 24 names listed for World War 1.

St Thomas's Church, Stopsley contains the First World War Memorial on the wall of the church and there is a dedicated three panelled, stained and painted glass window with three small top lights. The left hand window depicts St. Nicholas; the centre window is of Christ crucified; the right hand window shows St. Alban. The associated plaque is rectangular, brass, plate with borders of red tramlines, on a wooden board. All is secured to the wall by imitation bolts with the inscription in old English lettering in red and black. The Second World War memorial is in the form of a Book of Remembrance within a rectangular, glass fronted, oak case, containing a leather-bound book open to the centre pages. The case is on a window ledge, just below the pulpit. The window above this book is leaded, two-panelled clear glass.

Extract from Luton Reporter - Tuesday 29 March 1921, apge 6:

UNVEILING OF STOPSLEY WAR MEMORIAL


SPECIALLY CONTRIBUTED

Stopsley’s War Memorial was unveiled on Easter Sunday afternoon. The officiating clergy were the Revd. Arthur S. Wolliscroft, G. Roberts Hern, and E.T. Leslie, Vicar, representing the Wesleyan Mission Church, the Baptist Church and the Church of England respectively. The service opened with the singing of “O God our help in ages past,” followed by a prayer offered by the Rev. Arthur S. Wooliscroft. The lesson 1 Thess., iv., 13-18 was read by the Rev. G. Robert’s Hern, and after the lesson the hymn “Through the night of doubt and sorrow,” was rendered by a deeply sympathetic gathering. Mr. Benjamin Hartop then unveiled the memorial. The function having been performed, Mr. Hartop said it was a great honour for him to be asked to unveil this memorial, erected to perpetuate the memory of 24 men who went to serve their King and country, and laid down their lives for the cause. He sympathised with the friends and relatives who had lost loved ones who left home to fight a powerful and unscrupulous enemy, and he exhorted all to follow the example of those whose sacrifice they were memorialising, and work together.

There followed the Lord’s Prayer and the prayer for The Departed, immediately followed by the Dedication by the Vicar of Stopsley, after which relatives placed wreaths upon the base of the structure. In a moving address, the Vicar said passers-by would know on seeing the memorial that Stopsley had offered her quota on the altar of sacrifice. The memorial stands near the green, where these men played as boys, it stands near the school where their characters were moulded, and it stands near the places of worship where they received religious instruction. He congratulated the Council and the Committee on the spirit of brotherhood which had existed among their members, and impressively stated that both the church memorial and the village memorial were totally inadequate to express the gratitude to those who had given up home and relatives for military service. Those men who slept in dug-outs, stood in water, been upon the parapets, never daring to sleep, never knowing when death might come to them, those who had been in No Man’s Land, exposed to machine gun fire, to the barrage, and in bayonet charges, had faced a hundred deaths each day, enduring all for us. The supreme sacrifice was at last made for the freedom of Europe, and for civilisation, and he hoped their names would be inscribed in the schoolroom for the future generations to see. God grant, he fervently exclaimed, that these were the last of these memorials. He hoped that the future generations would gaze upon the memorial and say “What mean ye by these stones!” and the answer would be that they were Sons of the Empire, who, with the Spirit of St. George, went out to battle with the hideous monster – War, who put international service before national ambition. “Greater love hath no man than he that laid down his life for his friend,” he quoted.

The hymn, “Let Saints on earth in concert sing,” was afterwards rendered by the deeply impressed assembly, and a prayer then offered up for sorrowing relatives by the Rev. Leslie, who immediately pronounced the Blessing, after which, above the death-like silence of the gathering, rang the notes – clear and faultless – of the Last Post.

The weather was very unsettled, rain falling during the service, but through the rain shone the sun, in the sky appeared the rain-bow, How it all fitted in. Smiles through tears, hope of Life Eternal after the Life is over. The rain-bow was placed as a sign of life in the sky. Many a heart was heavy, many a home was sad, but above it all shines the promise of a land where sorrows are unknown.

 

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Copyright © Lynda Smith 2002

VILLAGE

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD & IN GRATEFUL
MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING & COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
LEST WE FORGET

CHURCH

THIS EAST WINDOW
IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

Please note the names * do NOT appear in the church. The names marked do not appear on the village memorial

  ANGEL

Ernest Bernard

[Angell on CWGC & CD]. Private 31465. 91st Company Machine Gun Corps. (Formerly 23521 Bedfordshire Regiment). Died of wounds Friday 25 May 1917. Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. III.A.13
  BANGS

John

Private 47645. 14th Battalion Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 27 May 1917. Aged 39. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of John & Charlotte Bangs of Wheathampstead, Herts. Husband of Emma Bangs of Park Road Avenue, Stopsley. Born Wheathampstead. Buried in Mendingham Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. C.24

  BIGMORE

Herbert Gerald

Private 203195. 2nd/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts. & Derby Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 26 Sept 1917. Aged 20. Born Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Horace & Flora Bigmore of "Gerald St. Jean", Lothair Road, Stopsley, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 99 - 102 & 162 & 162A. See also Luton Town memorial

  BRAZIER

Walter

Private 40379. 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. (Formerly 35651 Essex Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 31 July 1917. Aged 21. Born Streatley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Mr.Mrs. F. Brazier of Bury Road, Stopsley. Husband of Mrs. O. Brazier of 40 Jubilee Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Panel 43 & 45. See also Luton Town memorial

  CAIN

Arthur Thomas

[Thomas Arthur on CD] Private 29204. 13th Battalion Essex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 April 1917. Aged 36. Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Husband of Minnie W. Pratt (formerly Cain) of Park Avenue, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Bay 7
  CHAMBERLAIN

Ernest [George]

Private G/14553. 6th Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 7 October 1916. Born Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2 C. See also Luton Town memorial

  CHAPMAN

Ernest William

Private 203889. 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 10 October 1917. Born Lilley. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 79–80 & 163A.

  COLLIER

Thomas

Private SE/24427 Depot Army Veterinary Corps. Died Wednesday 9 October 1918. Aged 28. Born Houghton Regis. Enlisted Luton. Husband of M.A. Collier, of 47 Bury Park Road, Luton. Buried in Stopsley (St. Thomas) Churchyard. At East end of church. See also Luton Town memorial

SE 24427 PTE.
T. COLLIER
ROYAL ARMY VET. CORPS
9 OCTOBER 1918. AGE 28
AT REST.

  COOPER

Albert

Private 40360. 1st/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 6 September 1917. Aged 22. . Born Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Arthur & Mary Ann Cooper of Ramridge Road, Stopsley, Luton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54-60 & 163A.

  CRICK

Ernest Sidney

Sapper 486784. 470th Field Company Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 12 April 1918. Born Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Buried in Mons Communal Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium. Ref. VIII.D.4.

  DAVIS

George

202772 7th Norfolk, Killed. No further information given.

  DAWSON

Albert

Private G/61108. 17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Monday 28 May 1917. Born Lilley. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. Bay 3.

  DAY

Francis aka Frank

Private 92711, 2nd/2nd Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment formerly Lance Corporal 6/9687, 6th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds Wednesday 28 August 1918. Aged 22. Born Barrow-in-Furness. Lived Belvedere, Kent. Enlisted Woolwich. Son of Alice Day, 9 Hockingtone Lane, Luton. (poss. Stockingstone) and the late George William Day. Resident West View, Old Bedford Road. Unmarried. Buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. VII.B.30 See also Luton Town memorial

  FENSOME

Arthur William

Private 6485. 71st Company Machine Gun Corps. (Formerly 22274 Bedfordshire Regiment). Died of wounds Wednesday 27 September 1916. Aged 28. Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Samuel & Ellen Fensome of Stopsley, Nr. Luton, Beds. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. I.D.4. See also Luton Town memorial
  FENSOME

Horace

Private 13261. 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 3 September 1916. Aged 24. . Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Mrs S. Fensome of Ramridge End Lane, Stopsley, Nr. Luton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref. Pier & Face 2C. See also Luton Town memorial

  FENSOME

Sidney

Serjeant 19789. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22 March 1918. Aged 28. Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Samuel & Ellen Fensome of Ramridge End Lane, Stopsley, Nr. Luton, Beds. Buried in Savy British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Ref. I.N.16. See also Luton Town memorial

FURR Ernest W
Private 3/7722. 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 27 September 1916. Born Stopsley. Lived and enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
  GOODSHIP

Frederick Harold

Rifleman 41478. 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. (Formerly 3824. 1st/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.) Died Monday 15 April 1918. Aged 30. Enlisted Luton 1914. Husband of Dorothy Goodship, 169 High Town Road, Luton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 138-140 & 162 - 162A & 163A. See also Luton Town memorial

  GOODSHIP

Horace

Private 3840. 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16 August 1915. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles memorial, Turkey. Panel 54 & 218.

  HAWKES

William

Private 26095. 56th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps. (Formerly 20380 Bedfordshire Regiment). Died Sunday 1st October, 1916. Aged 56. Born Offley. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Bedford. Husband of Elizabeth Hawkes of Ramridge End, Stopsley, Luton, Beds. Buried in Stopsley (St Thomas) Churchyard, Beds. West of Church.

26095 PTE.
W. HAWKES
ROYAL DEFENCE CORPS
1ST OCTOBER 1916. AGE 56.
PRO PATRIA

  HURRELL

William

Killed. No further information given.
  PETERS

Sidney George

Private 26088. 9th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 9 September 1916. Aged 26. . Born and lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of George & Alice Peters of Bury Road, Stopsley, Luton. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l’Abbe, Somme, France. Ref. IV.A.70

PIKE

G

No further information given.
* PIKE

Nelson Thomas

Serjeant M1/07617, No. 1 G.H.Q. Ammunition Park, Army Service Corps who died on Friday, 20th July 1917. Son of Mrs. A. F. Pike, of "Devon," Oxlane, Harpenden, Herts. Buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave I. C. 24.

  SIMS

Alec (Alex) William

Private 113570 Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 27 June 1917. Born Barnsbury, London. Lived Stopsley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Mr. E.G & Mrs. A.E. Sims of Harts Farm, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. Buried in Islington Cemetery, Middlesex. Ref. R.3.2400

WHITTAMORE

Joseph

Private 40007. 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) Formerly 11237 E. Kent Regt. Died of wounds Friday 8 February 1918. Aged 37. Son of William and Emma Whittamore, of Stanbridgeford, Beds; husband of R. Whittamore, of Ramridge End, Stopsley, Luton, Beds. Born and lived Trumpington, Cambs. Enlisted Cambridge. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Ref. VI. E. 108.
WORBOYS

Sidney Charles

Private 6063. 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 October 1916. Aged 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Worboys, of 176, High Town Rd., Luton. Born and lived :uton. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in RUE-DU-BACQUEROT No.1 MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. II. K. 24. See also Luton Town memorial
* WORSLEY

Frederick

No further information available at present

 
1939 - 1945
  ARMITAGE Harold William
Able Seaman C/JX 164242. H.M.S. Cornwall, Royal Navy. Died Sunday 5 April 1942. Aged 19. Son of Victor and Elsie Armitage, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Lived 8 Hayes Close, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom. 52, 3. See also Luton Town memorial
  ARMSTRONG Percy
Gunner 1831416. 89 Bty., 35 Lt. A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery. Died Wednesday 18 November 1942. Aged 37. Son of George and Maud Armstrong; husband of Helen Armstrong, of Stopsley, Luton, Bedfordshire. Lived at 1 Hayes Close, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 12. See also Luton Town memorial
  CAIN Leslie
Trooper 5834054. 142nd (7th Battalion The Suffolk Regt.) Regt., Royal Armoured Corps. Died of wounds Friday 2 July 1943. Aged 29. Son of Arthur Thomas Cain and Minnie Winefred Cain, of Stopsley, Bedfordshire. Lived at 81 Ashcroft Road, Luton. Buried in BONE WAR CEMETERY, ANNABA, Algeria. Ref. III. C. 5. See also Luton Town memorial
  CHAMBERLAIN Ernest John
Private 5955761. 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. Lost at sea as prisoner of the Japanese Thursday 21 September 1944. Aged 24. Son of Oliver T. and Edith Chamberlain, of Stopsley, Luton, Bedfordshire. Lived at 31 Cannon Lane, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 62. See also Luton Town memorial
  CHURCH Frederick [J]
Able Seaman P/JX 324365. H.M.S. Isis., Royal Navy. Died Thursday 20 July 1944. Aged 23. Son of Frederick and Florence Mary Church, of Stopsley, Bedfordshire. Lived at 89 Putteridge Road, Stopsley. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Panel 82, Column 1. See also Luton Town memorial
  CLARKE Thomas P.

Not on CWGC. Buried in churchyard

1474945 AIRCRAFTMAN 1ST CLASS
T.P. CLARKE
ROYAL AIR FORCE
19 JUNE 1947
AGE 34

  CLARKE William
No further information available at present
  CONISBEE Gordon Hubert Charles
Sergeant 1601080. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 30 September 1944. Aged 20. Son of Sidney Albert Conisbee and Margaret E. L. Conisbee, of Luton. Buried in STOPSLEY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. South of Church. See also Luton Town memorial
  DEARMAN, DFC Derek Roy
Pilot Officer 161700. Air Gnr.207 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Friday 21 April 1944. Aged 20. Son of Leslie H. Dearman and Ivy M. Dearman, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Lived at 93 Putteridge Road, Luton. Buried in CLICHY NORTHERN CEMETERY, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Plot 16. Row 15. Coll. grave 8-1 0. See also Luton Town memorial
  HILL Lewis Albert aka Louis

Flight Sergeant 742464 Pilot. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 18 October 1941. Aged 21. Son of Albert and Nellie May Hill; husband of Molly Hill, of Luton. Lived at 452 Hitchin Road, Luton. Buried in STOPSLEY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom South of Church. See also Luton Town memorial

742464 SERGEANT
L.A. HILL
PILOT
ROYAL AIR FORCE
18 OCTOBER 1941
AGE 21

HIS LOVE FOR HIS FAMILY AND COUNTRY SURPASSED ALL OTHER HE DIED FOR BOTH

  HOUGHTON Derek Basil
No further information available at present.
  HOUSDEN Phyllis May

Private W/72120. Aux. Territorial Service. Died Saturday 14 July 1945. Aged 21. Daughter of Harry Stephen and Ella Elsie Lampard; wife of Cyril Albert Housden, of Stopsley, Luton. Lived 24 Applecroft Road, Luton. Buried in STOPSLEY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. South of Church. See also Luton Town memorial

W/72120 PRIVATE
PHYLLIS MARY HOUSDEN
AUX. TERRITORIAL SERVICE
14TH JULY 1945.
AGE 21.

ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HER, O LORD AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON HER

  IBBOTSON William
Flight Sergeant 406977. Royal Air Force. Died Monday 17 February 1941. Aged 45. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ibbotson; husband of Lilian Ibbotson, of Stopsley. Buried in HENLOW (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Near East Boundary.
  LAWRENCE Archie
Serjeant 6005395. Essex Regiment. Died Tuesday 27 January 1942. Aged 38. Son of James and Margaret Donaldson Lawrence; husband of Ena Olive Lawrence, of Stopsley, Bedfordshire. Buried in HEXTON (ST. FAITH) CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom N.E. Corner of Churchyard.
  WILLIAMS [David] Glyn

[Also listed as David Garfield Williams] Trooper 14203384, 15th (Scottish) Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Died as a result of an accident 9 April 1943. Born Merioneth, resident Bedfordshire. Buried at BISCOT (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire. Section F. Row 5. Grave 13. See also Luton Town memorial

THE SOULS OF THE DEPARTED ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD

IN THE GRAVEYARD, NOT ON THE MEMORIAL

  WARD Arthur

Corporal 19139, 2nd Battalion, bedfordshire Regiment. Died 2 April 1918. Aged 33. Husband of Elizabeth Ward, of 61, Hart Lane, Luton. Buried South of the Church in STOPSLEY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire. See also Luton Town memorial

19139 CORPORAL
A WARD
BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
2 APRIL 1918.
AGE 33

  EATON Herbert Wrenn

Private 4534878. West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own). Died Thursday 6 March 1947. Aged 35. Husband of Sarah Calverley Eaton, of Stopsley, Luton. Buried in STOPSLEY (ST. THOMAS) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. N.W. of Church.

4534878 PTE
H.W. EATON
THE WEST YORKSHIRE REGT.
6 MARCH 1947.
AGE 35

“NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANYMORE PAIN, FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY”

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