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WILLINGTON - VILLAGE HALL - Roll of Honour

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

There are Rolls of Honour in both the church and the village hall. The one in the village hall sits high on the wall inside the memorial hall and covers those who died in both World War 1 and World War 2. It is flanked by two handwritten scrolls listing the men who also served in the war from Willington. The church Roll of Honour is on the wall of the church beside the dorr. On the ooposite wall are two handwritten scrolls listing those men who served in World War 2 and World War 1.


Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002
Above the memorial hall roll of honour and below the two plaques that flank it.
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The names of the fallend on both memorials are the same.
Above thechurhc roll of honour and below the two plaques that list those who served

FOR GOD, KING & EMPIRE
LEST WE FORGET

1914-1918
FRANKLIN [Order of St. George 4th Class (Russia)] George William

[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Acting Corporal 8328, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 5th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of William and Lucy Franklin, of 7, George Town, Sandy, Beds. Awarded Order of St. George 4th Class (Russia). Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

According to the National Roll of the Great War: FRANKLIN, G. W., Cpl., 1st Bedfordshire Regt. - Prior to the outbreak of war he saw service in South Africa and India, and in 1914 was quickly drafted to France, where he took part In the Retreat from Mons and the Battles of the Marne and Festubert. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action at Hill 60 on June 5th, 1915, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. - 'The path of duty was the way to glory.' - George Town, Sandy, Beds. - Z1959/A.

See Moggerhanger and Sandy.

CLARK George Frederick
[Spelt CLARKE on SDGW] [Lance Corporal on memorial] Lance Sergeant S/10187, 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died of wounds Thursday 2nd August 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Falcutt, North, Northamptonshire, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 94678, Royal Field Artillery. buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVI. J. 17A.
ASHWELL Walter
Private 12101, 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died in Turkey Tuesday 18th September 1917. Born Moggerhanger (Moorhanger on SDGW), enlisted Sandy. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 16 and 62.
BARTRAM Ernest

[Guardsman on SDGW] Private 12799, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 14th September 1914 in France & Flanders. Born Marston, Bedfordshire, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France.

According to the National Roll of the Great War: BARTRAM, E., Guardsman, 2nd Grenadier Guards. - At the outbreak of war in August 1914, hewas already serving, and at once proceeded with the first Expeditionary Force to France. There he fought in the Battle of Mons and was unfortunately killed in action at the Battle of Ancre in September 1914. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. - 'A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life's last hill.' - 5, Dane Street, Bedford. - X1215.

CROSS V
Private, Army Service Corps - none listed under Army Service Corps - none of the V CROSS entries correspond from SDGW and CWGC however this is probably Army Service Corps M/317673 Private Sidney Victor Cross. His two daughters (1914,1917) are listed in Willington Parish Regs 1813-1929. He is Sidney Victor K Cross b. Q2 1889 Yeovil, Somerset mar. Q4 1912 Bedford. CWGC entry reads: S V CROOS, M/317673, M.T.Department (Rhine), Royal Amry Service Corps. Died 23rd January 1920. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 5.
DAWKES [George] James
[Listed as Suffolk Regiment on memorial - surname DAWKS on CWGC] Private 41409, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 26th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Graffham (Grafton on SDGW), Hunts, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 203907, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148.
GUDGIN Daniel
Private 202644, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Friday 5th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Bedford, resident Willington. Son of Henry and Julia Gudgin, of Barford Rd., Willington. Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave III. K. 10.
GOLDER William
Private G/50142, 11th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 36. Born Heath, Oxon, enlisted Bedford, resident Willington (Wellington on SDGW). Husband of Ada Golder, of Willington. Formerly G/41411, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave H. 30.
GOLDER Arthur
[Listed as L N Lancashire Regiment on memorial] Private, 26564, 9th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action in Salonika Saturday 28th April 1917. Age 21. Born Willington, enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Annie Golder, of The Laurels, Willington. Buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave B. 416.
HAYDEN H
Private, Bedfordshire Regiment probably Harry Edward Hayden, Private 17752, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 21st August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred C. and Ellen Hayden, of The Green, Eltisley, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VIII. B. 150. [Can see no link to Willington but this is the only HAYDEN in the Bedfordshire Regiment with initial H.]
PURSER Leonard
Rifleman S/37597, 2/17th London Regiment, Rifle brigade. Killed in action Thursday 2nd May 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Willington, enlisted Bedford, resident Kempston. Formerly Private 87066, Royal Army Medical Corps. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery. Israel. Grave N. 17.
RAY Herbert C

[Listed as Private RGA on memorial], Corporal 202347, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Monday 17th June 1918. Age 24. Born Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Thomas and Ellen Jane Ray, of 5, Church Rd., Willington. Formerly 14772, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. D. 13.

According to the National Roll of the Great War: RAY, H., Corporal, Suffolk Regiment. - Volunteering in September 1914, he completed a period of training and was drafted to France. Whilst on the Western Front he took an active part in many engagements. He fought at the Battles of Loos, Albert, the Somme and the Marne (II), where he was unfortunately killed in action on July 17th, 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals. - 'His life for his country.' - 9, Church Road, Willington, Bedford. - Z3913.

STOKES Herbert
Private G/30249, 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Willington, enlisted Tonbridge, Kent. Formerly 3054, Yeoman Cyclists. [Cannot find an entry on CWGC].
SWANNELL Edgar
Private 17747, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 12th May 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Felmersham, enlisted Bedford, resident Willington. Son of Robert and Charity Swannell, of Hill Farm Cottages, Willington. Buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave I. F. 36.
WEBB Robert

Private, 27601, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd October 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 30. Born Willington, enlisted Mill Hill, resident Bedford. Son of Levi and Annie E. Webb, of 31, The Lane, Willington. Formerly 5546, South Staffordshire Regiment. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

According to the National Roll of the Great War: WEBB, R., Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. - He joined in 1916 and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took aprt in many important engagements, including those at Ypres and on the Somme. He only served for a brief period in France before he made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on October 23rd, 1916. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. - 'And doubtless he went in splendid company.' - 31, Willington Street, bedford. - Z2328.

WEEDON W

Private, Rifle Brigade -

either William Farmer Weedon, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. killed in action Sunday 17th December 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Bethnal Green, Middlesex, resident Bow, Middlesex. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C

or William Otway Weedon, 9th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 24th April 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Resident and enlisted London. Son of Thomas Firman Weedon and Harriette Anne Weedon, of 7, Park St., Chatteris, Cambs. Buried in White House Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave III. P. 17

1939-1945
DAVIES Malcolm Haydn
Sergeant 630694, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 7 December 1940. Age 19. Son of John Haydn Davies and Frances Davies; husband of Margaret Mary Davies, of Willington. Commemorated on Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede. Panel 13.
LACK Stephen John
Driver 2090508, 248 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died on Tuesday 21st May 1940. Age 20. Son of Edward Linnitt Lack and Beatrice Winnifred Lack, of Willington. Buried in Templeuve Communal Cemetery, Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium. Row B. Grave 6.
LILBURN John
Leading Signalman C/JX 133153, HMS Grenville, Royal Navy. Died on Friday 19th January 1940. Age 26. Son of William and Anne Emma Lilburn, of Willington. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 36, 3.
MAYES Leslie Frank
Stoker 1st Class C/KX81076, HMS Sphinx, Royal Navy. Died on Sunday 4th February 1940. Age 25. Son of Charles and Harriet Mayes, of Willington. Buried in Wick cemetery, Caithnesshire.
WHITAKER John Penson
Ordinary Seaman, HMS Culver, Royal Navy. Died on Saturday 31st January 1942. Age 32. Son of John Penson Whitaker and Annie Louise Whitaker; husband of Alys Elizabeth Whitaker, of Willington. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.

MAY WE BE WORTHY OF
THEIR SACRIFICE

Last updated 18 February, 2008

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