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TEMPSFORD, St Peter - Roll of Honour

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



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The Memorials are located inside the church. There are two lists of men, those who died in World War 1 and those who served. In addition there are memorials to the RAF personnel and the SOE operatives who died. A list of the RAF Personnel killed can be found here. See also the Stuart memorial Hall plaque.

World War 1 - Died

THIS WINDOW IS DEDICATED TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
TEMPSFORD WHO NOBLY GAVE THEIR LIEVES FOR
KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1919

BARLOW

Joseph F

[Listed on memorial as Private.] Gunner 2135, 17th Div. Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on Saturday 8th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born St Mary's, Cambridge, enlisted Bedford. Son of Fred and Martha Barlow, of Church End, Tempsford. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Grave IX. A. 8.

BARNES Frank

Sapper 131873, Railway Troops Depot (Longmore), 276th Railway Company, Royal Engineers. Died at home Tuesday 29th January 1918. Age 24. Born and resident Tempsford, enlisted Bedford. Son of Henry and Mary A. Barnes, of Bakers Lane, Tempsford. Buried in the North-East part of St Peter Churchyard, Tempsford, Bedfordshire.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BARNES, F., Private, Bedfordshire and Essex Regiments; and Sapper Royal Engineers.

Volunteering in 1914, he was drafted to the Western Front in September of the following year, and there, after seeing much severe fighting, was wounded in action at Loos and invalided in home in October 1915. On his recovery in 1916, however, he proceeded to Palestine, where he served at various stations until 1918, when he was again sent to England, having been severely injured in an accident. He unhappily died in 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Baker's Lane, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1192/B.

BASON

Thomas

Private 20333, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 10th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Tempsford, enlisted Ampthill. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Grave VII. F. 56.

DARLOW Frederick T L

Sergeant 9793, 1st Battalion, Border Regiment. Died Monday 26th July 1915 in Malta. Born Tempsford, resident Roxton, enlisted Bedford. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Grave B. III. 2.

HARDWICK

Samuel Ezekiel

Private G/21971, 8th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds Saturday 7th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 36. Born Tempsford, enlisted Finchley, Middlesex. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Hardwick, of Tempsford. Formerly 23044, East Surrey Regiment. Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot F. Row 5. Grave 11.

HARRIS Thomas

Lance Corporal 26355, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 9th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and resident Tempsford, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Mrs. E. Walker, of Station Rd., Tempsford. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HARRIS, T., Lance Corporal, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment.

He joined in February 1916, and a few months later was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in much severe fighting on the Somme. He was unfortunately reported missing, and afterwards killed in action, on August 9th, 1916, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain."

Station Road , Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2271/B.

HARVEY

Lewis Alban

Private 73211, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 27th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted Ampthill, resident Tempsford. Buried in ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, MIRAUMONT, Somme, France. Grave V. F. 17.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HARVEY, L.A., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment and Sherwood Foresters.

He volunteered in May 1915, and after a period of training in the following year was sent to France, where he took part in the Battle of the Somme. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on September 27th, 1916, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"And doubtless he went in splendid company."

Station Road , Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2791.

HUMPHRIES Herbert Sidney

Private 18625, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 24th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Tempsford. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29

IBBITT

Frank Alfred

[Listed as Corporal on memorial and National Roll of the Great War] Lance Corporal 20163, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 9th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Tempsford, enlisted Ampthill.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

IBBITT, F., Corporal, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment.

He volunteered in 1915, and after a period of training proceeded to the Western Front in the following year, and there saw much severe fighting in various sectors. Mortally wounded in action on the Somme, he unfortunately died on February 9th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

Station Road , Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2642/B.

MASON William H

Private, possibly William Herbert MASON, Gunner 70548, 223rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on Tuesday 8th April 1919. Age 27. Husband of Annie Mason, of Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Grave III. E. 23.

NORTH

Frederick

Stoker 1st Class 312071, H.M.S. "Formidable", Royal Navy. Died on Friday 1st January 1915. Age 27. Son of James and Annie North, of Church St., Thame, Oxfordshire; husband of Frances Jane North, of Church End, Tempsford. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 12.

PARTRIDGE Thomas

Private. No further information currently.

STUART

William Esme Montague

2nd Lieutenant, "C" Company, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 7th October 1916. Age 20. Only son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Dugald Stuart, of Tempsford Hall, Sandy. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C

WILSON Clarence Edward
[Listed as Private on memorial] Drummer 7986, Suffolk Regiment. Died Thursday 21st March 1918. Aged 26. Son of John and Sarah Wilson, of Wyboston, St. Neots, Hunts. Born at Tempsford. Buried in the North-East part of St Peter Churchyard, Tempsford, Bedfordshire.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

WILSON, C., Drummer, 2nd Suffolk Regiment.

He was already serving in Ireland at the outbreak of war in August 1914, and was immediately drafted to France, where he took part in the Battle of Mons. He was also in action at La Bassée and Ypres, and was gassed udring the Somme Offensive of 1916. He was sent to England for treatment, and was discharged as unfit in April 1917, but unhappily died on March 21st of the following year. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherised with pride."

Wyboston, Beds. - Z2432.

WOOTTON

Albert

[Not listed on CWGC] Private 235266, 12th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died 27th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Tempsford, enlisted Biggleswade.

World War 1 - Served

THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
The men of, or closely connected with, Tempsford who served their King and Country at Home or Abroad and whose lives were spared.
THANKS BE TO GOD

Where information is available links have been provided from these men to the detailed information.

Alfred BARLEY

William F HALLARD R.N.

Harry RANDALL

Albert V BARNES

Frank W HULL

Thomas H REAM 2nd Lieut.

Harry BARNES L/Sergt

H Percival HUMPHRIES

William H REAM

Walter BASON

Reginald HUMPHRIES Lieut.

Walter J ROOK

Robert A BEAUMONT

Harold HUMPHRIES Sergt.

William SHERMAN Sergt.

Charles BERRIDGE

William JACKSON

Cecil V SIMS

William BRADSHAW

Walter JACKSON

Sidney SLINGSBY

Sidney C BRAYBROOK

Sydney JACKSON

Arthur L SLINGSBY

Frank W BRAYBROOK

Alfred W KIDMAN

George C SMITH

Walter BROWN

Sidney T KIDMAN

R E Stanley SMITH

E William BROWNING

Riffen B KIDMAN

Harold D SMITH

Ambrose DAISLEY

Montague E S KIDMAN

George J SPIERS

Barry DODD

Bert KIRBY

Henry J SPARKE

William J FIELD

Henry E LADDS Sergt.

Thomas E STOCKER

Frank FLINT

William MARDLIN

Horace STOCKER Corpl.

Edwin H FRIPP

George W MATTHEWS

William G STOCKER

Herbert A GOODSHIP

Alfred V MEDLOCK

Sidney SURKITT Lieut.

C Percicval GOSLING

William W NUNN

Josiah SURKITT Corpl.

Thomas W GURNEY

Frank PEEK

William URQUHART

Herbert H GURNEY

E George RANDALL

Albert V USHER Lc. Corpl.

Wallace G GURNEY

 

John T WARDY

Harry HALL

   

Frederick HARRIS

   

Detailed Information of Men Listed Above

Albert V BARNES

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BARNES, A.V., Private, Bedfordshire Regiments and Royal Scots.

Ater volunteering in 1914, he underwent aperiod of training prior to being drafted to the Western front in 1916. There he saw much severe fighting in various sectors, and took part in the Battles of Vimy Ridge and the Somme and many other important engagements, until invalided home in 1918 suffering from fever. Later in that year, however, he proceeded to Russia, finally returning home for demobilisation in June 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Baker's Lane, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1192/C.

Harry BARNES

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BARNES, H., Sergeant, 5th Bedfordshire Regiment.

A Reservist, he was called to the Colours in August 1914, and in the following year was drafted to the Dardanelles, where he saw severe fighting at Sulva Bay, and was wounded in action in August 1915. He afterwards served in Egypt, and, taking oart in the Advance into Palestine, fought in the Battles of Gaza and the capture of Jerusalem and Jaffa. He was discharged on his return home in March 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Baker's Lane, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1192/A.

Robert A BEAUMONT

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BEAUMONT, R.A., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment and Hertfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering in September 1914, he landed in France two months later and took part in the Battles of Ypres, the Somme and Arras. During his service on the Western Front he was twice wounded and was invalided home, later being sent to India, where in 1920 he was still serving. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1245.

William BRADSHAW

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BRADSHAW, W., Pte., 2nd/6th Royal Sussex Regiment.

He joined in 1916, and, on completing hist training later in the same year, was drafted to India. There he saw active service on the NOrth-West Frontier and was also engaged on garrison duty at Bombay, where he did much useful work with his unit. He returned home for demobilisation in December 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service, Victory and India General Service Medals (with clasp, "Afghanistan, N.W. Frontier, 1919").

Baker's Lane, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1388.

Walter BROWN

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BROWN, W., Private, Royal Defence Corps.

He volunteered in 1915, and, after a period of training, was engaged at various stations on important duties with his unit. He rendered valuable services whilst employed in guarding bridges and railways, and later worked on a farm until he was discharged in September 1918 as medically unfit for further duty.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1470.

Herbert A GOODSHIP

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GOODSHIP, H., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.

He joined in September 1916, and, in the following year, was sent to the Western front, where, after taking part in the Battles of Arras and Ypres, he was wounded in action. Invalided home, he returned to France, however, in 1918, and was again wounded at Bapaume in September of that year. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals, and in October 1919 was demobilised.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z1470.

Thomas W GURNEY

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GURNEY, T., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Shortly after joining in 1917 he was drafted to Egypt, where he was engaged on important duties on the railways at various stations. Je also served in Palestine, and was present at the Battales of Gaza and the entry into Jaffa and Jersusalem, finally returing to England for demobilisation in January 1919. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2702.

Frederick HARRIS

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

HARRIS, F., Private, 6th Beds. Regt. and Royal Scots.

He joined in March 1916, and in the following July was drafted to France. Whilst in this theatre of war he took part in much heavy fighting in the Ypres sector, but later contracted trench feet and fever and was consequently invalided home. He was discharged in march 1918 as medically unfit for further service, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2771/A.

Sydney E JACKSON

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACKSON, S.E., Pte., 2nd R. Warwickshire Regt..

He joined in May 1918, and, procedding to the Western Front in the following August, took part in heavy fighting on the Somme and at Havrincourt before being badly wounded in action in September and invalided home. On his recovery he was sent to India, and was stationed at Klanspur in 1920. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3073/C.

either William or Walter - W A JACKSON

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACKSON, W.A., Private, 4th Bedfordshire Regt.

He volunteered in December 1915, and, proceeding to France in the following year, was engaged as a transport driver with his unit. Whilst on the Western front he took an important part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras, Messines, Ypres and Cambrai. He was demoblisied in March 1919, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3073/B.

either William or Walter - W H JACKSON

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

JACKSON, W.H., Private, Oxford. & Bucks. L.I.

He joined in July 1918, and two months later was sent to france, where he was engaged with the transport section of his unit and took part in heavy fighting in the Ypres and Cambrai sectors. He was demobilised in March 1920, holding the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3077.

Bert KIRBY

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

KIRBY, B., Private, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment.

Volunteering in January 1915, he was drafted in the following June to the Western Front, and in this theatre of war took part with his unit in many important engagements, including the Battles of Loos, the Somme, Ypres, Arras and Cambrai, and performed consistently good work. Returning home after the Armistice he was demobilised in February 1919, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3246.

William W NUNN

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

NUNN, W.W., Private, Essex Regiment.

Volunteering in September 1914, he was later drafted to the Western fro9nt, where he saw much service during the heavy fighting at the Battles of Loos and the Somme, and was wounded at Festubert in July 1917. On his recovery he took part in other enggagements in various sectors until being invalided home with illness and discharged as medically unfit for further service in September 1919. He had been recommended for the Military Medal for devotion to duty in the Field, and holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3688.

Harry RANDALL

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

RANDALL, H., Private, 3rd Bedfordshire Regt.

After volunteering in August 1915, he underwent a period of training and proceeded to France. In the course of his service in this theatre of war he took part in the heavy fighting at the Battles of Loos and the Somme. Later in 1916 he was invalided to England, and, after a long period of hospital treatment, was finally discharged as medically unfit for further service in March 1918. He holds the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z3899.

Walter J ROOK

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

ROOK, W., Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Shortly after joining in 1917 he proceeded to Egypt, where he was engaged on important duties at Cairo and various other stations. Taking part in the Advance into Palestine, he saw much severe fighting on the River Jordan and was also present at the fall of Jerusalem. He returned home in 1919, and in January of the following year was demobilised, holding the General Service and Victory Medals.

Station Road, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z4026.

Albert V USHER

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

USHER, A.V., L/Corporal, 26th Royal Fusiliers.

Volunteering in December 1915, he saw active service in France, where he took part in the Battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele. Badly wounded in action in 1917, he was inavlided to England, and on his recovery was enegaged on important duties in Ireland and Somerset. He was demobilised in May 1919 and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

1, Baker's Lane, Tempsford, near Sandy, Beds. - Z2214.

World War 2 RAF and SOE Memorials


IN THANKSGIVING
FOR ALL WHO OPERATED FROM
R.A.F. TEMPSFORD AIRFIELD
1941-1945
FOR THE RESISTANCE WORKERS
WHO WERE FLOWN TO ENEMY-OCCUPIED EUROPE
AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM

TE DEUM LAUDAMAS

Boer War Memorial

William Walter WILSON

[Listed on Bedfordshire Boer War memorial as Private] Lance Corporal. 2nd Battalion. Bedfordshire Regiment died at Bloemfontein Hospital 12th July 1901, aged 28.

MEMORIAL PLAQUE - 138 SQUADRON

Within the church is a memorial plaque to 138 Squadron. The airfield at Temspford was constructed by John Laing & Son, with Balfour Beatty, and it was ready in December 1941 with the arrival of Wellingtons of No 11 Operational Training Unit; this was only temporary whilst their home base of Bassingbourn was being improved. Several other units came on a temporary basis including experimental and intelligence flights so it is perhaps not surprising that two Special Duties squadrons arrived and were to remain for the duration engaged on secret operations.   RAF 3 Grp. Bomber Ops., No 138 Squadron. arrived in the middle of March 1942, they were operating as the air arm of the Special Operations Executive and were equipped with Lysanders, Whitley Vs and a few Halifax IIs. 

During the second week of April No 161 Squadron. joined them from Graveley; they were newly formed and were engaged in the skilled duties of landing and picking-up 'passengers' behind enemy lines with the Lysanders which had very short take-off and landing space requirements.

During 1943 the Lockheed Hudsons were used increasingly for these hazardous pick-up operations; they were faster, quieter, of greater capacity and had more sturdy undercarriage than the Lysanders.  A fine book written by 161 Squadron.'s flight commander, Squadron. Ldr. Hugh Verity, D.F.C., entitled We Landed By Moonlight gives detailed accounts of the secret landings.

In a nearby barn there is an impromptu memorial to the SOE agents who flew from here during WW2. Major France Antelme OBE, was an SOE agent dropped into France from Tempsford. On his third operation he was captured by the Germans in 1944 and executed in 1945. Denis Barret, landed twice in France, in 1943 and 1944. While trying to assist an SAS unit which had become surrounded, was captured, and executed in Buchenwald just before wars end. George Frederick Nichols flew missions for 138 Squadron in 1944. He was posted to the base as flying officer in August 1944, flew nine missions and failed to return from the December 2nd mission to Denmark, he was flying a Stirling which was lost without trace. Sgt E Markson 2211419, 161 Squadron. Aircraft crashed near Cugny France all the crew killed, the aircraft a Halifax. He was lost with all the Crew on the night of August 8/9th 1944 from Tempsford. Richard 'Dick' Wilkin RCAF, who flew with 138, was killed returning from Poland when his Halifax was shot down.

Another flight from Tempsford saw Halifax NF/R LL306 leave Tempsford airfield on 7th June 1944 on route to France on operation Periwinkle and Walt 3. The crew were attacked by a nightfighter on 8th June 1944 at 03:12hrs and crashed at Veauville-les-Baons, Seine Maritime, France. The crew are buried at Veauville-les-Baons churchyard, Seine-Maritime, France. The crew are listed as:

JONES Herbert Clifford Flight Lieutenant 410365, Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force. Age 28. Son of Herbert Henry and Jovita Jones, of Thornbury, Victoria, Australia.
JOHNSTONE Douglas Scott Flying Officer 429344, Air Bomber Royal, New Zealand Air Force. Age 22. Son of Thomas Scott Johnstone and Gladys Mary Johnstone, of Mount Somers, Canterbury, New Zealand.
CHADWICK John Grant Flight Sergeant 1557429, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 22 . Son of John and Mabel Chadwick, of Manchester; husband of Margaret Patricia Chadwick, of Wythenshawe, Manchester.
MONSEN-ELVIK Harold Annalls Flight Sergeant 1394482, Navigator, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
KEMP Douglas James Ashley Sergeant 1861978, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20. Son of James William and Edith Kemp, of Romford, Essex.
HERBERT Frederick William Sergeant 1806771, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 23. Son of Sidney H. and Ellen M. Herbert, of Earlsfield, London.
MOORE Graham Bernard Charles Sergeant 1608629, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 20. Son of Thomas Henry and Winnifred Ivy Moore, of Honicknowle, Plymouth.

A full list of RAF Personnel lost flying from Tempsford is available.

Photographs Courtesy & Copyright Dave Orton 2002

Last updated 14 November, 2009

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