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The Woburn Military Hospital Memorial and Duchess of Bedford Window

IN MEMORY
OF SIXTEEN NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS & MEN WHO DIED IN
THE WOBURN MILITARY HOSPITAL
1914 – 1920
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED
BY MARY, WIFE OF HERBRAND XI DUKE OF BEDFORD K.G.

PTE. T.  WATSON

Scottish Rifles.

1915

PTE. J. SMITH

5th  Canadian Regiment

1915

GUNNER P. O’DONOVAN

Royal Garrison Artillery

1915

PTE. H. BROWN

5th Canadian Regiment

1916

L/CPL. T. TURNBULL

5th Canadian Regiment

1916

PTE. J. GREEN

King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry   

1916

SGT. E.F. PEACHY

Suffolk Regiment

1916

PTE. W. MELLORS

Lincolnshire Regiment

1916

PTE. A. PROSSER

King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry  

1916

PTE. T. CHANEY

East Lancashire Regiment

1916

PTE. J. QUIRK

Leinster Regiment

1916

RIFLEMAN T. BRAMALL

King’s Royal Rifle Corps

1916

PTE. A. WRIGHT

Sherwood Foresters                                

1917

PTE . J. GOLD

Gordon Highlanders

1917

PTE. W. WHITEHAND

West Yorkshire Regiment

1918

PTE T. FLEW

Devonshire Regiment

1919

ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHANNES ZACHERIAS TRUTER F.R.C.S. EDIN.
OF WELLINGTON,  SOUTH AFRICA
ASSISTANT SURGEON TO THE HOSPITAL
WHO DIED AT WOBURN ABBEY
15 DECEMBER 1918

AND TO THE MEMORY OF
CONSTANCE ANNIE DEAR
OF NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND
A MEMBER OF THE NURSING STAFF
WHO DIED AT WOBURN ABBEY
ON 4 DECEMBER 1918

BOTH IN THE DISCHARGE OF THEIR DUTIES

AND YOU, TO WHOM IT WAS NOT GIVEN
TO DIE UPON THE FOUGHTON FIELD
YES, YOU FULL EQUALLY HAVE STRIVEN,
FOR YOU YOUR LIVES DID YIELD
AS NOBLY AS THE MEN WHO FELL,
THERE IN THE BLAZING MOUTH OF HELL.

NOT IN THE WILD RUSH OF THE FIGHT
GOD SAW IT MEET FOR YOU TO DIE.
YET HE WHO KEEPS HIS ARMOUR BRIGHT
HIS LORD DOTH MAGNIFY.
YOU ANSWERED EQUALLY THE CALL,
AND HE WHO GIVES HIMSELF GIVES ALL.

ON THE OUTBREAK OF THE GREAT WAR IN AUGUST 1914, A
MILITARY HOSPITAL CONTAINING 102 BEDS WAS EQUIPPED AT
WOBURN ABBEY BY MARY, DUCHESS OF BEDFORD AND
MAINTAINED BY HER FOR SIX YEARS.  IN 1917 THE HOSPITAL WAS
APPOINTED ONE OF THE SPECIAL SURGICAL MILITARY HOSPITALS. 
CONVOYS OF THE WOUNDED WERE RECEIVED DIRECT FROM
FRANCE AND 2453 NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN PASSED
THROUGH THE HOSPITAL

TO THE MEMORY OF
BRYDEN GLENDINING F.R.C.S.
SURGEON TO WOBURN ABBEY HOSPITAL
FROM 1914 TO THE END OF THE WAR
AND SUBSEQUENTLY SURGEON TO THE WOBURN HOSPITAL.
BORN MARCH 29TH 1880
DIED MAY 19TH 1927

WINDOW
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI

IN MEMORY OF MARY DUCHESS OF BEDFORD
WHOSE WORK WAS IN THE HOSPITALS
WHOSE DELIGHT WAS IN THE BIRDS

HOSPITAL MEMORIAL

This memorial has not been easy to research.  There is obviously no local link with the men commemorated here.  Some with more unusual names are almost certainly correct, others are as a result of elimination.  If anyone can make any corrections or  add further to this research, we will be very grateful.

BRAMALL

Thomas Dawson

Rifleman R/7109.  ‘A’ Coy. Kings Royal Rifle Corps.  Died of wounds Thursday 1 March 1917.  Age 24.  Born Stockton Heath, Warrington.  Enlisted:  Warrington.  Son of John and Hannah Bramall of 61 Dudley Street, Warrington.  Buried:  Hill Cliffe Baptist Cemetery, Cheshire.  Ref. 2nd Part.4.9.

BROWN

H.

Probably:  H.A. Brown.  Pte. A/40110.  5th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment).  Died Saturday 15 July 1916.  Buried Darley Abbey (St. Matthew) Churchyard, Derbyshire.

CHANEY

Thomas

Pte.  6563.  2nd Battalion East Lancs. Regiment.  Died Friday 4 August 1916.  Age 38.  Born St. Pancras.  Enlisted London N.  Son of Mr. T. Chaney of 132 Arlington Road, Camden Town, London.  Served in the South African Campaign.  Buried:  St. Pancras Cemetery, Middlesex.  Ref. 7.V.356.

FLEW

T

No further information available at present

GOLD

James

Pte. S/6770.  2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders.  Died 9 October 1917.  Born and lived Glasgow.  Enlisted Liverpool.  Buried Glasgow (Sandymount) Cemetery, Glasgow.  Ref. O.358.

GREEN

Joseph

Pte. 5794.  1st/5th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Died of wounds Tuesday 12 July 1916. age 16.  Son of the late Michael and Mary Green.  Buried:  Leeds Roman Catholic Cemetery. Ref. D.145.

MELLORS

W.

Probably W. Mellors (Mellor on CWGC) Pte. 12749. 1st (7th on CWGC) Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.  Died Tuesday 18 July 1916.  age 25.  Born and enlisted Nottingham.  Lived Ilkeston.  Buried:  Ilkeston (Park) Cemetery, Derbyshire.  Ref. 1621.

O’DONOVAN

Patrick

Gunner 12656.  Royal Garrison Artillery.  Died of wounds at home.  Tuesday 20 July 1915.  Born St. Paul’s Hartlepool.  Enlisted West Hartlepool.  Buried:  Hartlepool North Cemetery, Durham.  Ref. CO.317.RC. (A/C Screen Wall).

PEACHEY

Ernest Frederick

Sgt. 14858.  8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.  Died Thursday 13 July 1916.  Age 20.  Born Reach, Cambs.  Enlisted Sudbury, Suffolk.  Son of Henry & Annie Peachey of Edwardstone.  Buried:  Edwardstone (St. Mary) Churchyard, Suffolk.

PROSSER

Albert

Pte. 3183.  1st/5th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Died Thursday 3 August 1916.  Age 28.  Enlisted Doncaster.  Husband of Charlotte Holmes (formerly Prosser) of 15 Ridge Balk Lane, Woodlands, Doncaster.  Buried Brierley (Grimethorpe) Cemetery, Yorkshire. Ref. 573.

QUIRK

John

Pte. 2495.  Prince of  Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians).  Died of wounds Friday 27 October 1916.  Age 19.  Born Belfast. Son of William and Mary Quirk of 19 Colinward St., Belfast.  Buried:  Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Co. Antrim.  Ref. LB.26.

SMITH

J

No further information available at present

TURNBULL

T.

L/Cpl. 424053.  5th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment).  Died Monday 12 June 1916.  Buried:  Woburn St. Mary Churchyard.  S.W. Part.

WATSON

T

No further information available at present

WHITEHAND

W.

Possibly:  Harry Whitehand.  Pte. 306968.  2nd Battalion Depot, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).  Died Thursday 11 April 1918.  Age 38.  Born Isleham Cambs.  Lived and enlisted Leeds.  Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Ann Whitehand of 20 Trinity Street, Rhostyllen, Wrexham.  Buried:  Esclusham (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Denbighshire.  Ref. S.E. 1.9.

WRIGHT

Arthur

Pte. 242383.  2nd/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment).  Died Tuesday 24 April 1917.  age 27.  Born Beeston, Notts.  Enlisted Nottingham.  Lived Chilwell, Notts. Son of Edward and Martha Wright of Chilwell;  husband of the late Ida Wright.  Buried:  Attenborough (St. Mary) Churchyard, Notts.

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