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Compiled and copyright © 2002 Brenda Asplin
with additional information by Martin Edwards

 


Thurleigh War Memorial

Photographs Copyright © Brenda Asplin 2002

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THURLEIGH
WHOL FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

ASPLIN

Frank R V

Lance Sergeant, 10507, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action Wednesday 5th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. B. 3.

Note: See below - The 3 medals are actually named to Asplin as a Corporal, but he would have held the rank of Lance Sergeant in the Regiment. The Regimental diary (WO95/1219) shows that the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, were bombed by aircraft whilst camped near the railway at Dewippe Cabaret on the 4th of September 1917, they suffered 40 casualties. Asplin died the next day.

These medals are held by Kevin Asplin who has kindly photographed them here.
Photographs Copyright © Kevin Asplin 2002

JEFFERIES

George

Sergeant, 2814, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. Rebecca Barnes, of Church End, Thurleigh, Bedford. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 B and 6 C

PIGGOTT

H

Sergeant, Royal Horse Guards

DRAPER

Jabez William

Lance Corporal, 17782, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 21st May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born Wilden, enlisted Bedford, resident Thurleigh. Son of Fred and Elizabeth Draper, of Bridge End, Carlton, Bedford. Buried in Tank Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France near Grave A. 44.

COLEMAN

Charles Henry [Harry]

Private, 34880, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 18th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born Bletsoe, enlisted Bedford, resident Thurleigh. Brother of Mr. J. W. Coleman, of 3, Railway Cottage, Coffle End, Sharnbrook, Beds. Formerly 33178, Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

HOLLEY

Walter J

Private, 30965, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 15th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born and resident Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Son of Thomas and Annie Holley. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

LOVELL

Ernest W

Private, 40549, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22nd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Savy British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Grave I. O. II.

FLUTE

Albert Frederick

Private, 100470, 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) who died on Monday 9th October 1916. Age 25. Son of Sarah Ann Flute, of Keysoe Rd., Thurleigh, Bedford, England, and the late Thomas Arthur Flute. Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

HART

C William

Private, L/2800, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 22nd March 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Thurleigh, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Amy Hart, of Keysoe Rd., Thurleigh, Bedford. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 51.

LOVELL

R P

Private, East Surrey Regiment

PHILPOT

Francis Edward

Private, 2850, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 9th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Jersey, Channel Islands, enlisted Bedford.

LOVELL

Arthur E

Private, 13263, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Saturday 21st August 1918 in Gallipoli. Born and resident Thurleigh, enlisted Derby. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 150 to 152

1939 1945

GAMMONS

Harold Sidney

Lance Serjeant, 2132478, 757 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died on Saturday 24th November 1945. Age 25. Son of Edward and Elsie Eva Gammons; husband of Doris May Gammons, of Horning, Norfolk. Buried in Munster Heath War Cemetery, Telgte, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Grave 1. A. 20.

Plaque inside the church

TRAPP

Andrew

Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in France, 23rd April 1918, aged 23.

U.S.A.A.F MEMORIAL

On the Keysoe road out of Thurleigh stands another memorial to the American Air Force.

ALWAYS FIRST

IN HONOR OF
AIR, GROUND AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL OF
STATION 111 (U.S. 8th ARMY AIR FORCE).
FROM THIS BASE DURING THE YEARS 1942-45
THE 306th BOMBARDMENT GROUP(HEAVY)
CARRIED OUT 341 DAYLIGHT BOMBING
MISSIONS AGAINST FORTRESS EUROPE.
SOME RETURNED,OTHERS DID NOT.
ALL SERVEDAND FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM.

FIRST U.S.A.A.F. UNIT OVER GERMANY

Last updated 11 September, 2006

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