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WESTONING - WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith
additional information Henry Jennings

There are two memorials in the village, the village war memorial and the church war memorial. Listed here is the wording from the village then the church memorials followed by the names of the men that are identical on both memorials.


WESTONING VILLAGE MEMORIAL


Copyright © Lynda Smith 2002

This memorial is outside the school in the centre of the village.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THOSE FROM THIS PARISH
WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1918

Around the edge of the memorial are the words:

REST ETERNAL GRANT TO THEM O LORD AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM.

The men from the Second World War are inscribed beneath those from World War One, and under the names is

1939 – 1945


WESTONING CHURCH MEMORIAL


Copyright © Lynda Smith 2002

 

The memorial is situated on the wall of the St Mary’s church

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

EVERARD

Henry Robert Hastings

(EVERED on CWGC & CD) 2nd Lt. 27th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers.  Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Ref. Pier & Face 10B. 11B & 12B.

BASS

William George

Cpl. 15339.  7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Thursday 3 May 1917.  Born and lived Westoning.  Enlisted Toddington.  Son of Samuel G. & Kate Bass, of Stanley Cotts., Westoning, Bedford.  Commemorated:  Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. Bay 5. See also Sundon Cement & Lime Works Memorial

WILLIAMS

William Edwin

Probably Cpl. 31484.  33rd Company Machine Gun Corps (Inf.).  Died Tuesday 16 April 1918.  Age 29.  Son of William & Sarah Williams of Flitwick; husband of Lucy Williams of the Post Office, Cardington.  Commemorated:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.  Ref. Panel 11.

ANDREWS

Thomas James

Pte. 18858.  6th battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds at home Tuesday 8 May 1917.  Born Steeple Claydon, Bucks.  Lived Westoning. Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Westoning (St. Mary Magdalene) Church Cemetery, Beds.

ANDREWS

Andrew George

(George on CD)  Pte. 10253.  6th battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.  Died of wounds Saturday 22 July 1916.  Age 23.  Born Steeple Claydon, Bucks.  Enlisted Northampton.  Son of Martha & John Andrews of Westoning, Beds.  Commemorated:  Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. XIV.D.8.

BAVISTER

William

Pte. 18577.  1st battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds at home Thursday 3 August 1916.  Age 23.  Born Westoning.  Lived Luton.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of William & Mary Bavister of Westoning.  Commemorated:  Westoning (St. Mary Magdalene) Church Cemetery, Beds.

BONNER

Sidney Mathew

(Mathew Sidney on CD)  Pte. 31933.  6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Thursday 12 April 1917.  Born Westoning.  Lived and enlisted Bedford.  Son of William & Elizabeth Bonner of 2 Coventry Cotts., Westoning, Beds.  Commemorated:  Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. XXVIII.F.10.

DILLINGHAM

William David

Pte. 18919.  Scottish Horse Cavalry, Household Cavalry.  Died at sea Thursday 10 October 1918.  Age 24.  Born & lived Ampthill.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Walter George & Martha Ann Dillingham of Ampthill.  Husband of Constance Dillingham (formerly Burton).  An employee of Messrs. Swaffield & Sons, Auctioneers.  One of five brothers who served.  Commemorated:  Grangegorman Military Cemetery, County Dublin, Eire.  Ref. Plot 754.

DIX

Frederick

Pte. 62330.  2nd Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Formerly 7664 12thT.R. Battalion.  Died of wounds Tuesday 29 October 1918.  Age 19.  Born Ashley (sic) Guise, Bedford.  Enlisted Luton.  Son of John & Annie Dix of Westoning.  Commemorated:  St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine Maritime, France.  Ref. S.III.G.13.

DIX

George Harold

Pte. 23576.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died Sunday 8 February 1920.  Age 24.  Son of Mr.Mrs. John Dix of Westoning.  Commemorated:  Westoning (St. Mary Magdalene) Church Cemetery, Beds.

GAZELEY

Walter Frank

Pte. 28335.  7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.  Killed in action Sunday 17 June 1917.  Born Westoning.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. Panel 43 – 45.

HILLYARD

John W.

Pte. 19449 1st battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Monday 24 July 1916.  Age 40.  Born and lived Westoning.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Mrs. E. Cox of Church Street, Westoning; husband of Mary Hillyard of  Laurel Villa, Westoning, Bedford.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Ref. Pier & Face 2C. See also Sundon Cement & Lime Works Memorial

HILLYARD

Charles James

Pte. 127197.  9th battalion Machine Gun Corps (Inf).  Killed in action Monday 21 October 1918.  Age 19.  Born & lived Westoning.  Enlisted Luton.  Son of James & Ellen Matilda Hillyard, of Westoning, Beds.  Commemorated:  Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harlebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. X.A.2.

PHILLIPS

Walter Fitzgerald

Pte. 6019.  2nd Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire Regiment.  Killed in action Sunday 9 May 1915.  Age 32.  Born Ampthill.  Lived Luton.  Enlisted London.  Husband of Emily Phillips of 37 Queen Street, Luton.  Commemorated:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.  Ref. Panel 7 & 8.

SHORT

Charles George

Pte. 15157.  7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Tuesday 18 July 1916.  Age 19.  Born & Lived Westoning.  Enlisted Toddington.  Son of Charles Short of High Street, Westoning.  Commemorated:  Perrone Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Somme, France.  Ref. III.D.36.

SHORT

George W.

Pte. 17403.  2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.  Killed in action Monday 27 May 1918. Age 23.  Born Westoning.  Enlisted Luton.  Son of George & Ruth Short, of 3 Coventry Cotts., Westoning, Bedford.  Commemorated:  Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. 

THE WORLD WAR
1939 – 1945

PUTTICK

Wilfred

Sergeant 929723, Pilot, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Saturday 26th July 1941. Age 27. Son of John and Mabel Puttick, of Ewell, Epsom, Surrey. Buried in KOERSEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Beringen, Limburg, Belgium. Grave 5.

Monument in Flitwick extension churchyard, Bedfordshire: In memory of Esther Gray who died June 11 1918 aged 71. Also in proud and loving memory of Sgt Pilot Wilfred Puttick RAFVR grandson of the above and dearly loved youngest son of John & Mabel Puttick who was killed in action July 26 1941 aged 27 years While there is light I will remember When the night comes I will not forget. (Detail kindly supplied by Helen Butler)

GILES

Francis George

Cpl. 617858.  911 Balloon, Royal Air Force.  Died as a result of a bombing raid while in Coventry Tuesday 19 November 1940.  Age 21.  Son of William & Ethel Giles of Church Road, Westoning, Beds.  Commemorated:  Westoning (St. Mary Magdalene) Church Cemetery, Beds.

DOWLER

Colin Henry

Ordinary Signalman C/SSX 33550.  HMS Marigold R.N.  Died Wednesday 9 December 1942.  Age 24.  Son of James & Beatrice Dowler; husband of Peggy Dowler of Luton, Beds.  Commemorated:  Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Ref. 59.2.  (Special note:  HMS Marigold was a Flower Class Corvette sunk on 9 December 1942 by Italian Aircraft off Algiers)

RUFFELL

Henry Arthur Girling

Signalman C/JX 268941.  HMS Vimiera R.N.  Died Friday 9 January 1942.  Age 39.  Son of Archibald & Beatrice Charlotte Ruffell; husband of Beatrice Phoebe Ruffell of Westoning. Commemorated:  Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.  Ref. 58.3. (Special note:  HMS Vimiera was a Destroyer sunk by a mine off the Nore, East Spike Buoy, in the Thames Estuary, whilst escorting a southbound east coast convoy.)

HILLYARD

Stanley Walter

Pte. 5951385.  5th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment.  Died Monday 2 August 1943.  Age 23.  Son of Arthur & Emily Hillyard.  Commemorated:  Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar.  Ref. B3.F.13.

NORTHERN IRELAND 1988
HOWE David R Corporal David R Howe born in Westoning, died March 1988, aged 23 years while on duty in Northern Ireland.

“REST ETERNAL GRANT
TO THEM O LORD”

28 August 2003

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