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WOBURN WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2001 Lynda Smith

 

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The memorial stands beside the Bedford Arms Hotel, in the main street.

FOR GOD,  KING AND COUNTRY

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE PARISH OF WOBURN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FIGHTING FOR THE COUNTRY
AND FOR THEIR HOMES IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914 – 1918

The Processional Cross in St Mary’s Parish Church, Park Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire bears the following inscription (see memorial details for both of these men)

“TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF RAYMOND ANDREWS AND BARON TANQUERAY WHO WERE THE FIRST BOYS TO LEAD THIS CHOIR IN PROCESSION. MARCH 1901. AND WHO DIED FIGHTING ON THE SOMME JULY 1916”

ADAMSON
Thomas
Private 1112, 1st/1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Died in United KIngdom 1st January 1915. Born Whitby, Yorkshire, enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn. Buried in Hatfield Peverel (St. Andrew) Churchyard, Hertfordshire.
ANDREWS
Horace [Gibson]
Captain, 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 7 June 1917. Aged 27. Admitted to Aspley Heath or Woburn Sands School (mixed), Aspley Heath, Bedfordshire, 27 September 1906.   Son of Gibson Andrews of 3 High Street, Woburn, and the late Emma Andrews; brother of Raymond (below). Educated Bedford Modern school (1905-06). In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Woburn, son of Gibson and Emma Andrews, residing at Park Street, Woburn. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No.4 Plot XII. Row I. Grave 43. See also Bedford Modern School
ANDREWS
Raymond Gibson
Pte. 8138.  1st/14th London Regiment (London Scottish).  Formerly 5302, 28th London Regiment.  Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. age 23.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted London.  Son of Gibson Andrews of 3 High Street, Woburn, and the late Emma Andrews; brother of Horace (above).  In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Woburn, son of Gibson and Emma Andrews, residing at Park Street, Woburn. Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 9C & 13C.
BIRCH
Walter George
Pte. 69996.  11th Royal Fusiliers (City of London).  Formerly TR/10/41711. 99th T.R. Battalion.  Died Friday 21 June 1918.  age 19.  Born Woburn.  Lived Kentish Town.  Enlisted St. Pancras.  Son of Thomas Edward Birch of 34 Leighton Street, Woburn.  Buried:  Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.  Ref. I.F.I.
BODSWORTH
Ernest
Pte. 20527.  8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916.  Born & lived Woburn. Enlisted Ampthill.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 2C.
BRITCHFORD
Caleb Charles
Pte. T/204120.  1st Buffs (East Kent Regiment).  Formerly 37 1 /2  Coy. R.A.V.C.  Killed in action Thursday 19 September 1918.   Born Woburn.  Lived and enlisted St. Albans, Herts.  Buried:  Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France.  Ref. V.F.7.
CHAMPKIN
Frederick
Pte. G/3817. 7th Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).  Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916.  Age 20.  Born Woburn.  Enlisted Gravesend, Kent.  Son of William & Sarah Champkin of 1 Newport Road, Woburn.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 11C.
CLARKE
Charles
Pte. 23107.  ‘A’ Coy. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918.  Age 30.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Son of Henry & Ann Clarke;  husband of Mabel Nellie Clarke (nee Crute) of Duke St., Aspley Guise.  Commemorated:  Poziers Memorial, Somme, France.  Panel 28 & 29.
COLEMAN
William
Pte. 23309.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds Friday 17 November 1916.  Age 36.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Son of William Levi and Caroline Coleman.  Native of Woburn, Beds.  Buried:  Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France.  Ref. VI.B.32.
COOK
William George Arthur
Pte. 27472.  1st Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Rifles).  Formerly 38459 Rifle Brigade.  Killed in action Wednesday 10 April 1918.  age 19.   Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Cook of Grange Lodge, Milton Bryan, Woburn, Beds.  Commemorated:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.  Panel 8.
DREW
C. George
Driver RMA/3635/S Siege Battery, Royal Marine Artillery.  Died Wednesday 16 October 1918.  Buried:  Woburn (St. Mary) Churchyard.

RMA/3635/S DRIVER
C.G. DREW
ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY
16TH  OCTOBER 1918

GILKS
George William
L/Cpl. 17497.  6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Saturday 15 July 1916.  Age 32.  Born Woburn.  Lived Great Brickhill.  Enlisted Leighton Buzzard.  Husband of Emma Mary Gilks of Station Road, Earls Barton, Northants.  Buried:  Poziers British Cemetery, Ovillers-le Boisselle, Somme, France. Ref. III.F.34.
GILKS
William
Pte. 20667.  8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 2C.
HAMMOND
Lionel Gooderham
 Pte. 764320.  1st/28th Battalion London Regiment (Artist’s Rifles).  Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917.  Age 25.  Born Stevington.  Lived Wembley Hill.  Enlisted Shoreditch.  Son of Robert and Amelia Hammond of The Bedford Arms Hotel, Woburn. Attended Bedford Modern School (1905-08).  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 153. See also Bedford Modern School
INDGE
Bert
Pte. 24364.  6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.  Killed in action Saturday 17 February 1917.  Born Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Extract from Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle 8 March 1917 page 8:

KILLED. — Still another Woburn lad has given his life in the great struggle. Bert Indge, his parents hearing on Thursday from a comrade that he had been fatally wounded. He was not quite twenty years of age.

KIRK
Edward
No further information available at present.
KINNA
William
Pte. 51619.  2nd/5th Lincolnshire Regiment.  Killed in action Monday 15 April 1918.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.  Panel 3.
LEWIS, DCM Mid
Harry [Arthur]

Major, 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 54. Husband of Charlotte Lewis, of 31, Port Hill, Hertford. Served in the Soudan Campaign (1898). Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M,.) and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B.

Extract from Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle 8 March 1917 page 8:

WOBURN.
THE LATE MAJOR H. A. LEWIS.
—Under date of March 1st. Stanley C. Else writes to Mrs. Lewis from the Base Hospital. Sheffield us follows: — Dear Mrs. Lewis, — I was subaltern with the York and Lancaster Regiment, and therefore knew and had a great respect for Major Lewis. This week I have come across Pte. Jefferies, who was with the major for a long time on July 1st. Knowing you would like to have his story, I asked him to dictate it to me as follows:-' About 8.15 am. I had been wounded twice, and was about fifty yards from the German first line when I saw Major Lewis. He was entirely alone,and I saw him put his hand to his left chest. I suggested getting some cover, but he said, “I cannot," and fell. I pulled him to cover behind a slight rise in the ground but still 25 yards behind the German front line. I improved the cover with my entrenching tool, and put my haversack under the Major's head. He was quite comfortable conscious and cool. I believe he suffered no pain. I bandaged a wound in his hand, but could not touch his chest. I then got hit again in the ankle, which made it impossible for me to get the Major any further, but stayed with him until after ho died. He was so quiet for such a long time that I cannot say exactly how long he lived, but he had certainly passed away by eight in the evening when I commenced to crawl towards our lines. I am certain Major Lewis had not suffered much pain, and was perfectly peaceful.' This is exactly as related by. Pte. Jefferies I hope it will relieve your mind somewhat.—Yours sincerely.—Stanley C. Else."

LUDGATE
Charles
Possibly Charles Henry Ludgate. Pte. 20528.  6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Saturday 15 July 1916.  Born Woburn Green, Bucks.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of John & Emily Ludgate of Cores End, Bourne End, Bucks.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 2C.
MITCHELL
Herbert Thomas
Pte. 104393.  8th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops.  Died Tuesday 26 June 1917.  age 24.  Son of Francis & Mary Mitchell of Woburn, Beds.  Buried:  Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  Ref. II.N.5.A.
MURRER
Albert John
Pte. 23336.  4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Tuesday 30 October 1917.  Age 27.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Son of George & Elizabeth Murrer of 30 Bedford Street, Woburn.  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 48 to 50 & 162A.
NEWBURY
John Richard
L/Cpl 32605.  64th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Inf).  Formerly 23747 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Thursday 20 September 1917.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 154 to 159 & 163A.
NEWBURY
William Frederick
Pte. 22863.  7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment (4th Beds on CD).  Killed in action Monday 13 November 1916.  Born and Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Buried:  Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.  Ref. VII.A.36.
PEACOCK
George Thomas
Pte. 17427.  7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Died of wounds Thursday 25 April 1918.  Age 27.  Born Husborne Crawley.  Lived Woburn Sands.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of Joseph & Elizabeth Peacock of Husborne Crawley, Beds.  Enlisted 1914 at Woburn, Beds.  From His grace the Duke of Bedford’s Estate.  Buried:  Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme, Somme, France.  Ref. I.A.12.
PHILLIPS
Arthur
L/Sgt. 14075.  1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Tuesday 5 September 1916.  Age 27.  Born Westminster, Middx.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Royston, Herts.  Son of Arthur & Sarah Phillips of 12 London Road, Woburn.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 2C.
PHILLIPS
Jack
No further information available at present.
PICKERING
Frederick
Pte. 7588.  1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.  Died of wounds Friday 16 April 1915. Age 31.  Born and lived Woburn.  Enlisted Northampton.  Son of the late John and Elizabeth Pickering.  Buried:  Aeroplane Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Ref. III.B.39.
PRESTIDGE
Harry
Cpl. 60294.  26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.  Died Thursday 20 September 1917.  age 27.  Son of Emily Prestidge of Moreton Pinkney, Northants;  husband of Ella Elizabeth Prestidge of Husborne Crawley, Beds.  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 28 to 30 & 162 to 162A  & 163A.  (Cpl. Prestidge is not on the CD)
ROBINSON
Christopher
Gunner 30835.  86th heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Wednesday 6 September 1916.  Age 30.  Born Woburn.  Enlisted Northampton.  Son of George Robinson of 43 Leighton Street, Woburn.  Buried:  Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.  Ref. XXI.F.39.
SKINNER
Percy
Probably:  Percy Augustus Skinner.  Sgt. 4580.  1st battalion Rifle brigade.  Killed in action Thursday 13 May 1915.  Age 22.  Born and lived Bedford.  Enlisted Northampton.  Son of Frank & Ellen Elizabeth Skinner of 4 Russell Terrace, Woburn Sands, Beds.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 46 – 48 & 50.
SMITH
Cyril
No further information available at present.
SMITH
Milford
Pte. 6752.  9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers.  Killed in action Thursday 10 February 1916.  Born Dunstable.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 5
STANFORD
Walter William Henry
Pte. 9772.  1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.  Killed in action Sunday 28 February 1915.  Age 28.  Born Woburn.  Enlisted Ampthill.  Son of Mr. Mrs. W. Stanford of 11 Birchmoor Green, Woburn.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 8 & 12,
STANFORD
Francis Arthur
Pte. 32609.  47th Battalion Machine gun Corps (Inf).  Formerly 23162 Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Sunday 4 August 1918.  Age 21.   Born Eversholt.  Enlisted Bedford.  Son of James and Emma Jane Stanford of Woburn.  Buried:  Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.  Ref. VI.H.5
STANFORD
John Thomas
Pte. 79803.  1/8th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.  Died Mon 27 May 1918 (23 September 1918 on CD). Age 19.  Son of James & Emma Jane Stanford of 71 Leighton Street, Woburn.  Commemorated:  Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.
STURGEON
David Law
L/Cpl. 3/7794.  2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  Killed in action Monday 3 July 1916.  Born Hartest, Suffolk.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Bedford.  Commemorated:  Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Pier & Face 2C.
TANQUERAY
Frederic Baron
Lieutenant “B” Coy. 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.  Died Saturday 1st July 1916.  age 24.  Son of Frederic Thomas & Catherine Tanqueray of Woburn.  Buried:  Beaumont-Hamel British Cemetery, Somme, France.  Ref. B.26.
In Woburn Old Church Graveyard:

FREDERIC THOMAS TANQUERAY
DIED 15TH NOVEMBER 1929
AGED 77 YEARS
CATHERINE ELIZABETH TANQUERAY
DIED 12TH MAY 1932
AGED 77 YEARS
FREDERIC BARON TANQUERAY
THE YOUNGEST CHILD
“MISSING” ON THE SOMME
1ST JULY 1916
BURIED AT BEAUMONT HAMEL

From Andy Pay's research into the Tonbridge School and the Great War, pages 319.

TANQUERAY, Frederic Baron, 2nd Lieut , 16th (Public Schools) battalion, Duke of Cambridges Own, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in Action at Beaumont Hamel, 1st July, 1916. At the School 1905-08 (Park House).

2nd Lieut Frederic Baron Tanqueray was the younger son of Frederic Thomas Tanqueray, Solicitor, and of Mrs Tanqueray, of Woburn, Beds. Entered the school in Sept 1905, from The Knoll, Woburn Sands, and left from The Upper Fifth at the age of sixteen in July, 1908,to be articled to his father. He had been in the Cadet Corps here.

He was for fifteen months with a London firm at the end of his articles, and having passed the final examination in January, 1914 was shortly afterwards admitted Solicitor and joined his father in business some six months before the outbreak of War. At the beginning of August, 1914, he promptly enlisted in the Public Schools battalion of the Middlesex Regiment and was soon promoted to Sergeant. Early in 1915 he was offered, and accepted, a commission as Temporary 2nd Lieut in the same battalion and went to France in the following November. He was with his Regiment at the front all through the winter of 1915 and the spring of 1916, and came home on short leave at Whitsuntide 1916. He was officially reported as "Missing", after an attack on July 1st, and has since been reported as "Wounded and Missing and believed to have died," on that day.

No definite news has been obtained, and all efforts have failed to discover even on whose evidence he has been reported as wounded. Most of his fellow officers were killed or wounded early in the day, and it is merely known that he went over with his platoon and was seen going forward at mid-day, when he called out "Good Luck" to a wounded friend as he passed him. The Attack failed. It was not fully realised at the time what had to be faced there and the losses were enormous. The place was completely destroyed when it was captured in November and no trace of him could be found.

The Chaplain of the Regiment wrote of him that he " was a splendid fellow and had endeared himself to all as a cheery, unselfish comrade". His grave has since been located at Beaumont Hamel.

WILKINSON
Thomas
Pte. G/81057.  2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).  Formerly 290945 Royal Sussex Regiment.  Killed in action Tuesday 9 October 1917.  Born Syerstown.  Lived Woburn.  Enlisted Luton.  Commemorated:  Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 28 to 30 & 162 to 162A  & 163A. 
YOLE
George
Pte. T/207035.  11th battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)  Formerly 299775 Suffolk Regiment.  Killed in action Wednesday 1 August 1917.  age 35.  Born Milton Abbot,  Devon.  Lived Woburn Abbey.   Enlisted Luton.  Son of Matthew & Ann Yole of 7 Taylor Square, Tavistock, Devon.  Commemorated:  Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 11 – 13 & 14.
1939 – 1945
BLACKWELL
C
No further information available at present.
CLARKE
Charles
Pte. 5950308.  5th Battalion Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment.  Died Saturday 24 July 1943.  Age 24.  Son of William Henry & Anne Clarke of Woburn.  Commemorated:  Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar.  Ref. B3.B.5.
MADDY
Edward John
Gunner 1092615.  125 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery.  Died Friday 26 November 1943.  Commemorated:  Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand.  Ref. 6.C.12.
PAYNE
Frederick Charles
Pte. 5955790.  5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.  Died Monday 22 March 1943.  Age 23.  Son of Albert & Emily G. Payne of Woburn.  Commemorated:  Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia.  Ref. V.C.14.
PEPPER
H.
No further information available at present.
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
St. John XV.13
BURIED IN THE CHURCHYARD BUT NOT ON THE MEMORIAL
SMART
T C

29030 SERGEANT
T.C. SMART
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT
13 MARCH 1919

There is also the grave of a German soldier:
SEIVERS
Franz

FRANZ SEIVERS
13 LANDWEHR
INFANTERIE REGIMENT
OBIT 26 DEC 1916

There are other graves connected with Woburn Military Hospital
(see Woburn Military Hospital Page)

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