SANDS - Roll of Honour
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards
The Woburn Sands Memorial
takes the form of a clock tower stading at Shelton Court, High Street,
Woburn Sands. Originally it stood in The Square, Woburn Sands but due
tio the increase in traffic volume it was oved 21st February 1972. It
is described both as a Cenotaph and a Clock Tower. There are 43 names
listed for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled
in 1919 by the Duke of Bedford; the designer was W B Stonebridge. The
names are not in a sorted order, for the purposes of this page the names
have been left as they appear. See also Woburn
Sands and Aspley Heath War Casualties and the Woburn Sands War Memorial
a postcard circa 1920-30
WAS ERECTED BY
WOBURN SANDS AND
ASPLEY HEATH IN
THOSE WHO'S NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED WHO
DIED FOR THEIR
COUNTRY AND THE
FREEDOM OF NATIONS
FOR HIGHER SERVICE NOW
Lieutenant, 6th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery killed in
action on Saturday, 30th June 1917. Age 25. Son of Thomas C. and
Catherine Bowler, of High St., Woburn Sands. Buried in BERKS CEMETERY
EXTENSION, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Grave II. C. 22.
23071 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on
Thursday, 15th February 1917. Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Ampthill. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave
I. D. 39.
further information currently. The 'J' may be a middle initial.
& SDGW is F G Burt] Private 31050 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
transferred to (60059) 101st Company, Labour Corps who died of wounds
on Tuesday, 14th May 1918. Formerly 25212, Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley, Bucks. Buried
in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France.
Grave Q. I. D. 20.
18240 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Saturday,
21st September 1918. Born Woburn, resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Bedford. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VEND'HUILE, Aisne, France.
Grave III. A. 8.
29074 7th Battalion, Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry killed in
action on Saturday, 22nd September 1917. Born and resident Woburn
Sands, enlisted Oxford. Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece.
Grave D. 869.
M2/100782 61st Ammunition Supply Park, Army Service Corps who died
of wounds on Saturday, 4th August 1917. Born Gooderstaone, Norfolk,
enlisted London, resident Woburn Sands. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW
MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IV. B.
1401 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Friday, 8th
October 1915. Age 20. Born Aspley Guise, enlisted Leighton Buzzrd,
resident Woburn Sands. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime,
France. Grave A. 12. 16.
26213, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment).
Killed in action Thursday, 29th March 1917 in Mesopotamia. Resident
Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley, Bucks. Formerly 128346, Royal
field Artillery. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 30
No further information currently
19861, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Killed in action Thursday, 6th April 1916 in Persian Gulf. Born
and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley. Commemorated on BASRA
MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 26 and 63
Private 22415 11th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
killed in action on Friday, 18th May 1917. Age 23. Son of John and
Ellen Cooke, of 3, The Leys Villas, Woburn Sands. Born Woburn, enlisted
Watford. Formerly 23065, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT
NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave XI. A. II.
10339 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own (Yorkshire
Regiment) who died on Friday, 6th November 1914. Born Aspley Heath,
resident Woburn Sands, enlisted London. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW
BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVIII.
Private 10089 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on
Friday, 1st October 1915. Born and resident Aspley heath, Leighton
Buzzrd, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de
Calais, France. Panel 41.
Corporal 19942 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action
on Friday, 15th September 1916. Born Northampton, enlisted Bedford,
rtesident Woburn Sands. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 2 C
[CWGC & SDGW has DICKENS] Private 20760 5th Bn., King's Shropshire
Light Infantry killed in action on Monday, 9th April 1917. Age 32.
Son of Robert and Mary Dickens, of Stewkley, Beds; husband of Beatrice
Ellen Rosier (formerly Dickens), of 60, Garfield St., Bedford. Born
Stewkley, Bucks, enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn Sands. Formerly
31486, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in TILLOY BRITISH CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES,
Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. C. 10.
33621 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday,
23rd April 1917. Born Woburn, enlisted bedford, resident Woburn
Sands. Formerly 2459, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Commemorated on ARRAS
MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
No further information currently
further information currently
Private 261627 1st, Middlesex Hussars who died on Tuesday, 22nd
October 1918 in Egypt. Age 28. Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
London. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Elliott, of Hill Farm, Charndon,
Bicester, Oxon. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY,
Egypt. Grave A. 211.
3/6633, 1st. Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment. 5th. Division.
Killed in action at Ypres 29th. January 1915. Born in Peterborough
and enlisted in Old Fletton. Next of kin residents of Woburn Sands,
Bedfordshire. Commemorated on The Menin
Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR.29
Private 3/7302 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action
on Monday, 19th April 1915. Age 19. Son of William George and Emma
Farmer, of Ivy Cottage, The Leys, Woburn Sands, Bucks. Born Aspley
Hill, enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn Sands. Commemorated on YPRES
(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
31 and 33.
3/8534 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment killed in action
on Friday, 29th September 1916. Born Woburn Sands, enlisted Northampton.
Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D
No further information currently
4th Battalion (Territorial), Suffolk Regiment attached, Nigeria
Regiment, R.W.A.F.F. killed in action on Wednesday, 28th November
1917. Age 41. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Hebbes, of Aspley Heath,
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON.
Private 20168 "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
killed in action on Friday, 27th July 1917. Age 23. Son of Charles
John and Alice Higgins, of Sandfield Cottages, Woburn Sands. Born
and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on the
ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
43502 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment killed in action on
Sunday, 10th June 1917. Age 23. Son of Frances A. Heady, of Aspley
Heath, Woburn Sands, and the late Arthur Heady. Born Stewkley, Bucks,
enlisted Aylesbury, Bucks, resident Bletchley, Bucks. Formerly 5711,
Oxfordhsire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Commemorated on
ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.
No further information currently
25557 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Sunday, 19th August 1917. Born Woburn Sands, enlisted Luton.
Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Grave XVII. H. 18A.
Private TF/202194 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment killed in action
on Saturday, 22nd September 1917. Born Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL,
Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115
Corporal 155740 182nd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers killed
in action on Saturday, 21st September 1918. Born Woughton-on-Green,
Bucks, enlisted Doncaster, Yorkshire, resident Woburn Sands. Formerly
9849, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.
No further information currently
18128 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Friday,
15th September 1916. Born Potsgrove, enlisted Bedford, resident
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
Private 23256 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Sunday, 3rd September 1916. Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Ampthill. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais,
France. Grave I. D. 6.
Corporal 14797, 9th Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment. 21st
Division. Killed in action on the Somme 14th July 1916 aged 29.
Son of Mr & Mrs Henry Ringrow of Weybridge, Ellington. Hunts.
Born in Alconbury and enlisted in Leicester. Commemorated on The
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. MR. 21
Private 26069, 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in
action 13th October 1916 in France and Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted
Worthing, resident Woburn Sands. Formerly 15343. Hussars, 3/27441,
Cavalry Reserve Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS
MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.
19652 5th Battalion, Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry killed in
action on Friday, 15th September 1916. Born and resident Aspley
Heath, enlisted Bletchley. Commemorated on THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Lance Corporal 4667 13th Bn., Royal Fusiliers killed in action on
Monday, 17th July 1916. Age 23. Son of Sarah Ann Summerley, of Aspley
Heath, Woburn Sands, and the late John Paul Summerley. Born and
resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
5/469, 10th.Battalion The Rifle Brigade. 20th. Light Division. Killed
in action at Ypres 14th. August 1917. Born and resident in Woburn
Sands. Enlisted in Bedford. Formerly with The Bedfordshire Regiment.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN
GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. MR.29
Private 3628 51st Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) killed in
action on Monday, 21st August 1916. Age 19. Born Migham, Berks,
enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn Sands. Son of Joseph Francis and
Caroline Smith, of Russell St., Woburn Sands. Formerly 7766, Bedfordshire
Regiment. Buried FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais,
France. Grave I. M. 8.
37590 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday,
30th October 1917. Age 26. Son of Mary Tidmarsh, of Sutton Lodge,
Cookham, Bucks, and the late George Tidmarsh; husband of Gladys,
Winifred Phipps Tidmarsh, of Stadhampton, Wallingford, Berks. Born
Tetsworth, Oxon, enlisted Luton, resident Woburn Sands. Commemorated
on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
48 to 50 and 162A
Private 23335 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Monday, 3rd July 1916. Born Wavendon, Bucks, enlisted Ampthill,
resident Woburn Sands. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE,
Somme, France. Grave I. A. 64.
Corporal R/21218 1st Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps who died of wounds
on Monday, 5th March 1917. Age 37. Son of the Rev. Henry George
and Lucy Eleanor Watson, of "The Wilderness," Aspley Heath, Woburn
Sands. Born at St. Leonards, Bucks. Enlisted Hampstead, London,
resident Walmer, Kent. Barrister of the Inner Temple, and Literary
Critic on the staff of "The Daily Telegraph." Buried in ETAPLES
MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXI. N. 3A.
TABLET / WAS ADDED IN MEMORY OF
5835470 2nd Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Monday, 26th
January 1942. Age 32. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Clayton, of
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on SINGAPORE
MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 58.
S.S. Pass of Balmaha (London), Merchant Navy who died on Friday,
17th October 1941. Age 28. Son of Albert and Florence Kilby Hardy.
Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL.
Private 5951387 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who
died on Tuesday, 19th October 1943. Age 25. Son of Frank and Elizabeth
Hollier, of Woburn Sands. Buried in CHUNGKAI
WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 9. A. 11.
No further information currently
1st Class P/KX 135648 H.M.S. Pakenham., Royal Navy who died on Friday,
16th April 1943. Age 19. Son of William and Phyllis E. Lunnon, of
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire.
Panel 78, Column 1.
Lieutenant 277884 2nd County of London Yeo. (Westminster Dragoons),
R.A.C. who died on Sunday, 22nd October 1944. Age 21. Son of Arthur
Edward and Lilian Kathleen Poston, of Woburn Sands. Buried in HEESCH
ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave 25.
5952635 5th Bn., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who died on
Saturday, 26th June 1943. Age 24. Son of Walter and Florence White;
husband of Sybil Myra White, of Wavendon. Buried in KANCHANABURI
WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 2. L. 55.
PAID THE SUPEME SACRIFICE
IN THE 2ND GREAT WAR
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
J SHELTON died in World War 2 but his name was added later;
the reason can be seen below.
Second Lieutenanr, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States
Volunteer Force. Died the day before the fall of Singapore 14th
february 1942. Husband of B. A. Shelton, of Hanworth, Middlesex.
Commemorated in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY,
Kranji, Singapore. Special memorial Plot 31. Row B. Grave 1.
from the Woburn
Lieutenant John Melville Scott Shelton
Malay States Volunteer Force, 1st Perak Battalion. Serving with
the 135th Regt. of the Royal Artillery.
Died 14th February 1942.
was the son of the Rev. Shelton of St. Michaels, (died April 1946).
He had four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Beaufoy, born 1904 and Norah
Patricia Eileen, 1905, and two other sisters.
Malay States Volunteer Forces. A "Compulsory Service (Volunteer
Force) Ordinance 1940" was passed in June 1940 in Singapore
and almost immediately thereafter in FMS and Johore, Kedah and
Kelantan, covering ages 19 - 55, in a potentially large sweep
of nationalities. An Ordinance immediately following it was for
"Volunteer Training", empowering widespread call-up
for training purposes. But on 2nd July 1940, the Governor Sir
Shenton, responsible to Secretary of State for the Colonies, (and
who had been ordered to maintain high output earnings for the
dollar-short UK), used his powers to proclaim that the Compulsory
Ordinance would apply only to every male British subject and British
protected person. He reduced the age range to 18 - 41. In practice,
only Europeans were called up. At the surrender of Singapore there
were more than 18,000 Volunteers in the armed forces, most of
who were imprisoned as military personnel, although some were
imprisoned as civilians along with many non-native women and children
who had not been able to escape from Singapore.
was born in 1911 at Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He went to Malaya
in 1930, and according to the 1935 & 1940 Directories he was
an Assistant Planter, at the Tapah Estate, Perak. His wife Anne
was evacuated to Hanworth, Middlesex. He was killed after being
captured in Singapore. According to the diary of Ronnie McArthur,
of the 2nd FMSVF / Argylls, he was bayoneted after being captured
while wearing a civilian shirt. From www.malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
was killed the day before the surrender of Singapore, when fighting
was hand to hand through the streets, when most units split up,
and stragglers with no supplies. He is listed in the Kranji War
Cemetery in Singapore.
1939, the Kranji area was a military camp and at the time of the
Japanese invasion of Malaya, it was the site of a large ammunition
magazine. On 8 February 1942, the Japanese crossed the Johore
Straits in strength, landing at the mouth of the Kranji River
within two miles of the place where the war cemetery now stands.
On the evening of 9 February, they launched an attack between
the river and the causeway. During the next few days fierce fighting
ensued, in many cases hand to hand, until their greatly superior
numbers and air strength necessitated a withdrawal. After the
fall of the island, the Japanese established a prisoner of war
camp at Kranji and eventually a hospital was organised nearby
at Woodlands. After the reoccupation of Singapore, the small cemetery
started by the prisoners at Kranji was developed into a permanent
war cemetery by the Army Graves Service when it became evident
that a larger cemetery at Changi could not remain undisturbed.
Changi had been the site of the main prisoner of war camp in Singapore
and a large hospital had been set up there by the Australian Infantry
Force. In 1946, the graves were moved from Changi to Kranji, as
were those from the Buona Vista prisoner of war camp. Many other
graves from all parts of the island were transferred to Kranji
together with all Second World War graves from Saigon Military
Cemetery in French Indo-China (now Vietnam), another site where
permanent maintenance could not be assured. The Commission later
brought in graves of both World Wars from Bidadari Christian Cemetery,
Singapore, where again permanent maintenance was not possible.
There are now 4,461 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World
War buried or commemorated at Kranji War Cemetery. More than 850
of the burials are unidentified. Source: Commonwealth
War Graves Commission
name was not originally carved on the Woburn Sands War Memorial
in 1947, as there was confusion as to whether the Federated Malay
States could be classed as H.M. Forces.
Reporter, 18th November, 1952
Arising out of the reading of the names of Service
men from the War Memorial at the Remembrance Sunday service, a
member asked why the name of John Shelton (son of the late Rev.
J Shelton Vicar of Woburn Sands) was omitted. Mrs H. M. Hunt pointed
out that Mr Shelton was not a member of H. M. Forces at the time
of his death. That information was corroborated by other members,
and it was decided that his name could not be added to those on
the war memorial.
Reporter, 19th January, 1954
Council Discuss Omission of Name from Woburn Sands Memorial
Omission of the name of Mr. John Shelton, a son of
the late Rev. John Shelton, who was Vicar of Woburn Sands for
33 years, from the list of Woburn Sands men who lost their lives
while serving in the Armed Forces during the 1939-1945 War, on
a War Memorial tablet, was discussed by Woburn Sands Parish Council
at their meeting on 11th January.
The question was raised in a letter from Mrs. E. W. Marchant who
gave reasons why the name should be included, and the Council
decided that the name should be added, as it was not on any other
War Memorial. In her letter, Mrs. Marchant stated that she would
like justice done to Mr. Shelton's memory. She pointed out that
though he was not living at Woburn Sands at the time of his death,
he was born in the village and went to Malaya. To prove that he
was a member of the Armed Forces. Mrs. Marchant enclosed a letter
from the War Office which stated that Lieut. J. Shelton was in
the Malay Federated States Forces, and at the time of his death
was serving in 135th Regt. Royal Artillery. Mr. Shelton died in
Mr. G. Wesley proposed that the name should be added, and Mr.
J. A. Pursell seconded. Mrs. H. M. Hunt (Secretary of the Committee
in charge of the Welcome Home Fund, out of which the tablet was
provided), did not agree with the proposal. It was contrary to
the Committee's decision that names of men living at Woburn Sands
within six months of the outbreak of war in 1939 should be included.
Still His Home
During a discussion it was pointed out that though the late Mr.
J. Shelton had left the village before March 1939, it could still
be regarded as his home. Referring to information contained in
the letter from War Office, Mr. Wesley said that new information
had now come to light, which the Welcome Home Fund Committee had
not known when they decided to provides the tablet. Mr. J. A.
Pursell said that when the subject was discussed at a meeting
of the Parish Council in 1952, there was considerable doubt that
Mr. Shelton was serving in the Armed Forces at the time of his
death. Mrs. Hunt said that she had made known the decision of
the Committee, but if it was going to please somebody to have
the name added, it should be done.
It was agreed to ask Mrs. Marchant if Mr. Shelton's name was on
any other War (Memorial, such as any place where he was married
and might have lived for a time. If not, his name should be put
on the tablet on Woburn Sands War Memorial.
Reporter, February, 1954
Since the last meeting, arrangements had been made for the
name of the late Lieut. J. Shelton to be placed on the tablet
on the War Memorial containing the names of serving men who lost
their lives in the last war. Reporting this, the Clerk (Mr J Purcell)
stated that Mrs E W Marchant had offered to pay the cost of the
work. Members expressed appreciation of Mrs Marchant’s offer
and confirmed the Clerk’s action.
21 June, 2010