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WOOTTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The Memorial stands on a small green on the road to the church, at the junction of Church Road and Church Row in Wootton. The memorial was first unveiled in 1922 when it resided at the junction of Church Road and Cranfield Road. Inside the church, on the wall opposite the door is a roll of honour above which is a tableau commemorating the men who died in World War 1; this was unveiled in 1921 and cost £109 18s 6d; the artist was William Glasby. Those marked * are on the church roll only and those marked only appear on the village memorial. Details of Military Service below are drawn from the The National Archives British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920.


ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THE
PARISH OF WOOTTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR


ROLL OF HONOUR
NAMES OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. 1914-1918

1939-1945

1914-1919
TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
HONOUR OF THOSE
WHO AT THE CALL OF
KING AND COUNTRY
LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR
TO THEM
ENDURED HARDNESS
FACED DANGER AND
PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT
OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY
GIVING UP THEIR OWN LIVES
THAT OTHERS MIGHT
LIVE IN FREEDOM.
I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000


The memorial in its original setting, at the junction of Church Road and Cranfield Road, before being moved
Wootton War Memorial, Bedfordshire,  unveiling in 1922
The unveiling of the Wootton memorial in 1922.
1914-1918
ADAMS Oliver George

Private 77058 1st/7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action Thursday 25th October 1917 in France. Aged 22. Son of William Charles and Mary Ellen Adams, of Cause End, Wootton, Beds. Formerly 522612 Royal Engineers. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row F. Grave 2.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

ADAMS, O.G., Private, Durham Light Infantry.
Volunteering in September 1915, he was, early in the following year, drafted to France and took part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras and Ypres. He was unfortunately killed in action near Passchendaele on October 25th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country, his soul to God."

15, Howbury Street, Bedford. - Z1022/A.

Details from his War Service Records show that when he enlisted he was living in the Star Inn, Wootton. He enlisted and was passed fit 12 June 1915 at Bedford with the East Anglian Royal Engineers as Sapper 2551 (later refrences give 522612), and as subsequently transferred to the Durham Light Infantry (DLI). His and another soldier's War and Victory Medals were incorrectly sent to the wrong man and had to be exchanged after they were intially sent out. The attestation papers give William and Ellen Adams, of Cause End Road, Wootton, as his parents; Frank Adams, aged 28, of 48 Winifred Road, Apsley, Hememl Hempstead, is listed as his brother and Charlotte Stock, aged 34, of 15 Howbray Street, Bedford, is listed as his sister. He is listed as being a Fitter by trade. There is record of him arriving in France 17 September 1917. He was 19 years 8 months when he enlisted, heioght 5 feet 4½ inches, girth 33 inches, 6/9 vision both eyes, physically fit. The 1911 census shows he was born Inrushden and was a Domestic Houseboy, with a brother and sister, living in Wootton.

ALLEN Reginald Alfred
Lance Corporal 201708 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) who was killed in action on Tuesday, 14th August 1917. Age 29. Son of Philip Allen, of Bourne End, Wootton, Bedford; husband of Sarah Green (formerly Allen), of The Chequers Inn, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk. Enlisted Handel Street, London, resident St Pancras. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 52.

In the 1911 census he was living at 3 Stratford Mews, St Marylebone, London, working as a House Driver, aged 23, born Wootton, Bedfordshire. In 1901 he was living at Bourne End, Wootton, the son of Philip and Mary Allen, aged 13, a Plough Boy, born Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

ASHPOLE Herbert Frank
[All records including SDGW, CWGC and census list him as Frank, nothing with an H in front] Lance Corporal 20279, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 29th October 1917 in France. Born and resident in Wootton, enlisted Bedford. In 1911 he is listed as the son of Ernest and Lucy Ashpole, aged 13, schoolboy, born Wootton, resident Wood End, Wootton. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXI. Row G. Grave 12.

In the Civil Registration records his birth was registered in the Jan-Mar Quarter 1898, Volume 3B, page 318. He is listed as Herbert Frank Ashpole on the registration. In the 1911 census he is listed as Frank Ashpole, son of Ernest and Lucy Ashpole, resident Wood End, Wootton, Bedford, aged 13, a schoolboy, born 1898 in Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

ASHPOLE William Ernest
Private 3987 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 10th July 1915 at home. Aged 25. Buried in Wootton Church cemetery. Son of Fredrick and Sarah Ann Ashpole, of Hall End, Wootton. Resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. [E W Ashpole on memorial but W E everywhere else.] Epitaph on gravestone reads "Gone but not forgotten".

In the Civil Registration records his birth was registered in the Oct-Dec Quarter 1890, Volume 3B, page 293. He is listed as William Ernest Ashpole on the registration. In the 1911 census he is listed as William Ashpole, aged 20, Farm Labourer, born and resident Wootton, Beds.

He is not to be confused with William Ernest Ashpole Private 36740, 4th (Reserve) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) of West End, Kempston or William E Ashpole 2053, 200005, Bedfordshire Regiment.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

ASHPOLE Reginald
Private 41837 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 7th July 1917 in France. Resident Keeley, Wootton, born Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 32834 Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in Cemetery: FEUCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 8.

There is a Reginald Thomas Ashpole whose birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the April to June Quarter 1898 (Vol 3B Page 335). In the 1911 census there is listed a R Ashpole, son of J & S Ashpole, aged 13, born 1898 in Bedford, a schoolboy, resident Wootton, Bedford. In the 1901 census Reginald Ashpole was aged 3, son of Joseph and Sarah Ashpole of Wood End, Kempston Rural, Kempston (Rural).

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

BIGG Harold Ernest
[Also listed as BIGGS] Acting Corporal 235108, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action Friday 3rd August 1917 in France. Formerly 5026, Bedfordshire Regiment. Resident of Keeley, Wootton, Beds, enlisted Bedford. Husband of Mrs. A. R. Bigg, of Hall End, Wootton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.

In the 1911 census he was married to Ada Rose and they had a son Arthur, aged 1 month. He was aged 23, born in Wootton, and was a General Bricklayer Labourer. He and his family were living at Wood End, Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

BILLING Thomas
Sergeant (Corporal) 3684, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 17th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born, resident and enlisted in Wootton. Sent to the Balkans 10th August 1915 (killed 7 days later). No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218.

In the 1911 census he was unmarried, aged 21, the son of John and Jane Billing, born Wootton, Bricklayer Labourer by trade, resident Wootton. His Medal card states that the first theatre of war he served in was the Balkans entering the zone 10 August 1915; he is listed as Corporal 3684 on the medal card. Thomas Billing's birth was registered in the April to June Quarter 1890 in the Bedford Registration District.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

BILLING, T., Sergeant, 5th Bedfordshire Regiment.
When war was declared in August 1914, he volunteered, and after serving at Bury-St.-Edmunds and Norwich, was sent to Gallipoli in the following year. He took a conspicuous part in various engagements on the Peninsular, and whilst engaged in heavy fighting at Sulva Bay was killed on August 15th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Great deeds cannot die."

Wootton, Bedford. - Z1300/B.

Photograph of Sergeant T Billing, from a privately published book by Edmund Rimmer.

BUTLER Thomas Richard William
Sergeant 2445, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died iof wounds Wednesday 18th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Age 25. Born Kempston, enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Husband of Mrs. Butler, of Potter's Cross Wootton, Beds. Buried in EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY, Lemnos, Greece. Plot II. Row F. Grave 98. [T W R Butler on memorial, T H W Butler on CWGC]

Photograph of Sergeant T Butler, from a privately published book by Edmund Rimmer.

The birth of Thomas Richard W Butler was registered in the July to September Quarter 1890 in the Bedford Registration District. In the 1911 census he is listed as a Boarder, single, aged 20, born Kempston, a brick Drawer, resident at Billinge, Wooton, Bedford.

CHURCH Ernest John B
Private 13326 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action (Medal Card states died of wounds) on Friday, 7th May 1915. In 1911 he was a boarder at 31 Leopold Street, South Wigston, Leicestershire, aged 18, a Railway porter, born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Qualified for France 27th April 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

The birth of Ernest John B Church was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the January to March Quarter 1893. In the 1901 census he was the son of Charles & Mary Church, aged 8, born Wootton, resident Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

CHURCH, E.J.B., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Mobilised at the declaration of war in August 1914, he was at once ordered to the scene of activities in France. On this front he took an active part in the Battles of Mons, the Aisne, La Bassée, Ypres and Neuve Chapelle, and fell fighting at Ypres on May 7th, 1915. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams, splendidly given."

Wootton, Bedford. - Z1658/A.

CHURCH Redvers Fred
Private 497053 13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment. Died Saturday 30th October 1920. Age 20. Enlisted 1st October 1918, discharged 21st February 1919. Son of Charles and Mary Church, of Taggs End, Wootton. Buried in Wootton St Mary Church cemetery. At Rest.

In the 1911 census he is listed as Ridverse F Church, son of Charles & Mary Church, aged 10, a Schoolboy, born Wootton, resident Wootton. In the 1901 census he is listed as Redver F Church, son of Charles & Mary Church, aged 9 months, born Wootton, resident Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the July to September Quarter 1900.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

CHURCH, R.F.., Private, 13th London Regiment. (Rangers).
He joined in 1918, and was retained on important duties with his unit in Orpington. Owing to ill-health he was not succesful in his efforts to obtain a transfer overseas, but fulfilled the duties allotted to him with great ability. He was discharged in February 1919, suffering from consumption.

Wootton, Bedford. - Z1658/B.

See also Stewartby

DENTON Arthur
Private 22805 Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Saturday 27th November 1915. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Wootton St Mary Churchyard.

In the 1911 census he was the son of William & Isabel Denton, aged 15, born Wootton, a Brickyard Labourer, resident Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

DUDLEY *Frederick William
Lance Sergeant 32192, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 25th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, resident Upper Shelton. No known grave. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

In the 1911 census Frederick William Dudley was married to Mary, aged 24, a Kiln Labourer, born Marston, resident with his in-laws, Thomas Edwards & Elizabeth Jane Smith at Wootton Green. His birth was registered in the Woburn Registration District in the January to March Quarter 1887.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

DUDLEY, F.W., Sergeant, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following year was drafted to the Dardenelles, where he saw much severe fighting and contacted dysentry. He was afterwards transferred to the Western Front, where he was unfortunately killed in action action on April 25th, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Great deeds cannot die : They with the sun and moon renew their light for ever."

Marston, Beds. - Z2035.

See also Marston Moreteyne and Stewartby

ELLIS Edward
Private 22902, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 11th February 1917 in France, aged 20. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Samuel and Mary Ellis, of Wootton Green, Wootton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

In the 1911 census he is the son of Samuel Ellis, aged 14, born Wootton, Brickyard Labourer, resident Wootton. In the 1901 census he is aged 4, son of Samuel & Mary Ellis, born Wooton, resident Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils, Marston Moreteyne and Stewartby

Photograph Copyright © Mrs Towell (His Sister) 2004

ELLIS Thomas
Sergeant 2989, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action ob British lines Saturday 23rd March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Mrs. Lizzie Ellis; husband of Gertrude Maude Ellis, of Church End, Wootton, Beds, they had two sons. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.

In the 1901 census he is the grandson of Philip & Phoebe Ellis, aged 11, born Wootton, resident Wootton. His Military Papers list him as resident Wootton, a Brickyard Labourer, aged 19 years 9 months (front sheet differs to internal sheet), unmarried, enlisted 4th August 1908 for 12 years and passed fit 4th August 1908 at Bedford. His apparent age was 18 years 8 months (front sheet differs to internal sheet), he was 5 feet 5 inches (approx), 110lbs, girth of 33½ inches, complexion fresh, hair dark brown, eyes dark brown, Church of England. Based in UK from 26th July 1915 to 11th October1915 when he embarked with the British Expedionary Force (BEF) to France 12th October 1915 until his death. He received a fairly long list of puncihments for various offences with various sentences mainly detention and confined to barracks. He spent 22 days in a War Hopsital in Gosforth between 26th July 1915 and 16th August 1915 with Tapeworm. Born Wootton, Bedfordshire. He suffered various illnesses between September 1912 and March 1913. His tours of duty were as follows: Home 4th August 1908 to 23rd february 1911, Egypt 24th february 1911 to 4th February 1913, India 5th February 1913 to 18th November 1914, Home 19th November 1914 to 19th December 1914, BEF Frace 20th December 20th December 1914 to 27th January 1915, Home 28th January 1915 to 14th April 1915 and BEF 15th April 1915 to 25th July 1915. His wife remarried and became Mrs Osborne, of The Vicarage, Wootton, Beds.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

ELLIS, T., Sergeant, Rifle Brigade.
Already in the Army at the outbreak of war, he was sent to France in August 1914, and was in action throughout the Retreat from Mons. He also served with distinction at the Battles of the Marne, Le Bassée, Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, Loos and Arras, but was unhappily killed in action near Cambrai on March 23rd, 1918. 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."

Church End, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2095.

EVANS Joseph George
Private 40911, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Formerly 30185 Bedfordshire Regiment. Born and resideNo known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7

See also Stewartby

FOLKES Frederick James
Acting Lance Corporal 3964, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. In 1911 he was a son, aged 17, a Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton, living with his parents Alfred James and Ann Folkes, in Wootton, resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Sent to the Balkans 10th August 1915. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the January to March Quarter 1892. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

FOLKES, F.J., Private, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment.
Volunteering in September 1914, he was immediately drafted to France, where he took part in the Retreat from Mons, and the Battles of the Aisne, Hill 60 and Ypres. He was then transferred to the Dardanelles, and was present during the Landing at Sulva Bay, where he was unfortunately killed in action on August 6th, 1915, [this is inaccurate should be 16th] and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
 

"He joined the great white company of valiant souls."

Tags End, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2178/A.

FOLKES Thomas
Lance Corporal 40112, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23rd April 1917 in France. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. In 1911 he was a son, aged 14, a Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton, living with his parents Alfred James and Ann Folkes, in Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the October to December Quarter 1896. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

FOSTER Laurence Talbot Lisle
Lieutenant 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry attached 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 7th August 1915 (CWGC) or 5th August (Soldiers died). Age 30. Son of the Rev. A. J. and Edith M. Foster, of Wootton Vicarage, Bedford. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the April to June quarter 1885. Buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Turkey, Special Memorial C. 351.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following, Volume 1, part1, page 140:

FOSTER, Laurence Talbot Lisle. Lieutenant, 16th Service Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, 4th son of the Rev Albert John Foster, vicar of wootton and Rural Dean of Haynes, by his wife Edith Margaret, dau of the Rev T.A.Voules of Berrcrocombe, Somerset. Born Wootton vicarage, co. Bedford 15-2-1885, educated Eastbourne College ( Scholar ), was a forest manager in the Bombay and Burma Trading corporation. Gazetted Lieutenant 16th Durham L.I. 21-11-1914, left England for the Dardenelles 12-5-1915, was attd to the 5th Manchesters, and was killed in action at Anafarta 7-8-1915, unmarried.

His Colonel wrote "As an officer he was splendid, always steadily doing his duty and quite fearless. He led his men with the utmost bravery and was killed, as he would have liked to have been, at the head of his men, and without suffering. He is a great loss to the Battalion and you would have every right to be proud of him , as we are."

GILBERT Frederick John
Private 3/7006, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 16th May 1915 in France. Aged 21. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Ann Gilbert, of Church Row, Wootton, Beds. Buried in Cemetery: GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 34.

His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the Janaury to March Quarter 1894. In the 1911 census he was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Ann Gilbert of Church Row, Wootton, aged 17, a Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GILBERT, F.J., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.
Immediately after volunteering in August 1914, he was sent to France and fought in the Retreat from Mons and at Givenchy. He was, however, unfortunately killed in action at Festubert on May 16th, 1915, and was buried at the Guards' Cemetery near Béthune. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country, his sould to God."

Church Cottages, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2593/A.

GOFF *Joseph
Rifleman 1930, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action Thursday, 17th December 1914. A Regular Soldier. Born Podington, enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Son of Mrs. Goff, of Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. Brother of William George below. Buried in Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Section B. Grave 5. (Not to be confused with Joseph Goff of 76 Chandios Street, Bedford).

His Military Papers are very damaged but state that he enlisted aged 18 years and 11 months 5th February 1907. He was 5 feet 4 7/10inches, weighed 119 lbs, had a 35½ girth, a fresh complexion, light brown eyes, dark brown hair, a dancing girl tattoed on his left forearm and he was Church of England. At the time his mother and father, George and Emma Goff, were living at Top End, Podington, Bedfordshire. He was a Farm Labourer. When his mother applied for his medals 2nd May 1921 she was then living in Keeley Lane, Wootton but at Top End Podington, when he died. She had moved by 17th March 1919. He had four sisters and two brothers (one of which was also killed in action).

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GOFF, J., Corporal, Rifle Brigade.
Already in the Army at the outbreak of war, he proceeded to France in August 1914, and took part in the Retreat from Mons and the Battle of Ypres. He was unfortunately killed in action at Armentières on December 17th, 1914, and was buried by his brother. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Great deeds cannot die, They with the sun and moon renew their light forever."

Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2619/B.

GOFF William George
Lance Sergeant (Acting Sergeant) 2355, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action in the field Friday 18th December 1914 in France. A Regular soldier. Born Cranfield, enlisted Bedford and resident Wootton. Son of Mrs. Goff, of Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. Brother of Joseph above. Buried in FAUQUISSART MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Section B. Grave 2.

His Military Papers state he was born in Cranfield. When he enlisted was 21 years 5 months old, a General Labourer, unmarried. He was passed fit to enlisted 1st October 1907. He had previously been discharged aged 21 years and 1 month on 31st May 1907 as not being likely to make an efficient soldier due to a medical condition. He had four sisters and two brothers (one of which was also killed in action). He served in Leatherhead, Winchester, Calcutta, Kildare and a few other places. He was 5 feet 3 inches, weighed 117 lbs, had a 36½ girth, fresh complexion, light grey eyes, dark brown hair and was Church of England. He was made an NCO on 20th December 1912 with his service due to terminate on 7th October 1914.

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GOFF, W.G., Sergeant, Rifle Brigade.
He was already in the Army when war was declared in August 1914, and had been in service in India. Proceeding to France with the first Expeditionary Force, he took part in the Retreat from Mons. He laid down his life for King and Country at Armentières on Decmber 18th, 1914, having only the previous day buried his brother. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2619/A.

GRANBY Frederick John
Private 233509 (previously 8052), 2nd (City London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 14th April 1917 in France. Age 20. Born, enlisted and resident Wootton. Son of Mr and Mrs. John Granby, of Church Rd., Wootton, Beds. Formerly 3691 1st/5th Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the October to December Quarter 1896. In the 1911 census he is the son of Elizabeth and John Granby, of Wooton, aged 14, a farm Labourer, born Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

GRANBY, F.J., Private, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment. and 1/2nd London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers).
He volunteered in August 1914, and was retained at various home stations until 1916 owing to his being under age for overseas. He was then drafted to France, and took part in much severe fighting on the Ancre. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle at Arras on Pril 11th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Honour to the immortal dead, who gave their youth that the world might grow old in peace."

Church Road, Wootton, Bedford. - Z2657/A.

HARRIS Alfred
Private 10/21006 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1st July 1916 in France. Formerly 3/7770, 3rd then 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born and resident Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Went to the front 11th November 1914. Husband of Annie Elizabeth Harris (formerly Crowsley) of 89 Woburn Road, Kempton. He had five children, two girls and three boys. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 6.

His Military Record states he was born in Kempston, enlisted aged 34, a Labourer. He was married and living at 59 Woburn Road, Kempston. He enlisted 29th August 1914 at Bedford. He was buried on the battle field and his body was later exhumed and reburied at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery on 19th July 1920. He was transferred to the Border Regiment on 9th November 1915. He suffered from gas poisoning at one point and was admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, between 31st May 1915 and 1st July 1915, and was also later wounded. He was 5 feet 6½ inches, weighed 144 lbs, girth 37½ inches, eyes blue, hair light brown; he was Church of England. His father was Alfred Harris, of Fields Road, Wootton and he also had a brother and sister who lived in Wootton.

In the 1911 census he is married to Annie, aged 31, with a daughter and son, a Bricklayer, born Kempston, resident 89 Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedford. His birth was registered in the bedford Registration District January to March Quarter 1880.

See also Kempston & Wootton School Ex-Pupils

Alfred Harris - photograph supplied by Tessa Francis his granddaughter

HARRIS *Fred
probably Alfred Harris listed above.
HARRIS George W
Private 19846, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 4th September 1916 in France. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

On his medal card the address given is that of his sister Mrs S A Russell, Mount Pleasant, Wootton, Bedford. In the 1911 census he is living with his brother-in-law, Jun Russell, and family, in Wootton, aged 23, unmarried, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. In the 1901 census he is living with his parents, george and Sophia Harris, in Wooton, aged 13, an Ordinary Farm Labourer, born Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

HAYNES George Arthur

Private 23614, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13th November 1916 in France. Aged 20. Born Ravensden, enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Son of Reuben and Rebecca Haynes, of Bury Farm Cottage, Wootton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

In the 1911 census he was living with his parents Reuben and Rebecca haynes in Church Lance, Great Paxton, aged 25, a Farm Labourer like his father, born Ravensden. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District April to June Quarter 1896.

HUTCHINGS Jesse William
Gunner 65751, "B" Battery, 124th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery (42nd brigade according to Medal card) and Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Friday 23rd April 1917 (CWGC says 20th) in France. Age 24. Born Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Son of William Joseph and Kate Hutchings, of Cause End, Wootton, Beds. Went to France 18th October 1915. Buried in HENIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 25.

His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District April to June Quarter 1893. In the 1911 census he was unmarried, aged 18, a Domestic groom, born Wootton, resident Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

KEECH George
Corporal 424164, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 13th April 1917. Born 25th February 1890 in Wootton (birth registered in the Bedford Registration District April to May Quarter 1890). Farm Labourer. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 29th January 1915 at Souris, Manitoba, Canada, aged 24 years 11 months. height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 38 inches, complexion fresh, eyes grey, hair brown; religion Presbyterian. Buried in BOIS-CARRE BRITISH CEMETERY, THELUS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 4. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5023 - 15

In the 1911 census he was the son of James and Rose Keech, of The Field, Wooton, aged 21, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

LAMBERT Lewis Ephraim
Private 20276, "C" Company, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1917 in France. Aged 19. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Son of Caroline Lambert, of Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford, and the late George Lambert. In 1911 he was a son, aged 13, a Farm Labourer, born and resident Wootton. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41.

Birth registered in the Bedford Registration District April to June Quarter 1897. In the 1911 census he was the son of George and Caroline Lambert, aged 13, Farm Labourer, born and resident Wootton.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

LAMBERT, L., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in 1915, and on completion of his training, was alter drafted to the Western Front. There he took an active part in engagements in the Ypres, Vimy ridge and Arras sectors, and was unhappily killed in action on April 19th, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He died the noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God and right and liberty."

Wootton, Beds. - Z3281/B.

LOFT Frederick
Private 27467, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 23rd July 1916 in France. Age 39. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Ann Loft, of Hall End, Wootton, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

In the 1901 census he was the son of William And Ann Loft, of Wootton, aged 24, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. Hi birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District October to December Quarter 1876.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

LOVELL Fredrick
Private 72260, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action Monday 2nd September 1918 in France. Aged 45. Formerly 43509 R.F.C. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bloomsbury, Middlesex. Son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Lovell, of Tagg's End, Wootton, Beds. Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 12.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

LOVELL *James aka Jim
Private, 200373, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Monday, 10th March 1919. Son of Mrs. M. A. Lovell, of Taggs End, Wootton. Buried near North boundary in Wootton St Mary Church cemetery.

In the 1911 census he was called Jim, son of William and Mary Ann Lovell, of Wootton, aged 24, a Bricklayer Labourer, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the October to Decmeber Quarter 1886.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

LOVELL, J., Private, 5th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914, and on completing his training in the following year, proceeded to Egypt, but later took part in the Advance into Palestine, and saw much fighting at Gaza, Jaffa and Haifa. he did continuously good work throughout the hostilities, and was demobilised in February 1919. Unfortunately he contracted influenza and died of pneumonia on March 10th, 1919. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
 

"His memory is cherished with pride."

Taggs End, Wootton, Bedford. - Z3380/A.

MOORE Edward William
Private 33124, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Reiment. Killed in action Monday 22nd October 1917 in France. Age 27. Formerly 6388, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born Wootton. Brother of Frederick below. Son of William and Fanny Moore of Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.

His Military Records state that he was living in Keeley Lane, Wootton when he attested and was passed fit 1st March 1916 at Bedford. Initially he was embodied with the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment 1st May 1916 then he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment 19th October 1916 he was then posted to the 12th Battalion, Leictestershire Regiment, with the BEF, 30th November 1916 and embarked at Folkestone 29th November 1916 before finally being posted to the 8th Battalion on the 12th December 1916. He was the son of William and Fanny Moore and had three brothers (Joseph, Samuel and George) and four sisters (Elizabeth, Kate, Annie and Alice). He was 5 feet 5¾ inches, girth 37 inches, physical development described as good.

In the 1911 census he is the son of William and Fanny Moore, of Wootton, aged 21, a General Labourer, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Rergitration District January to March Quarter 1890.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

MOORE, E.W., Private, 3/5th Bedfordshire Regiment.
Three months after joining in March 1916 he proceeded to the Western Front, where he took part in the Battles of the Somme, Vimy Ridge and Ypres, and many minor engagements. He died gloriously on the Field of Battle near Passchendaele on October 22nd, 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice."

Keeley Lane, Wootton, Bedford. - Z1580/B.

MOORE Frederick John
[Listed on CWGC as Frederick James] Lance Corporal 9597, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 16th June 1915 in France. Age 23. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

In the 1901 census he is the son of John and Emma Moore, of Wootton, aged 9, born Wootton. In the 1911 census he is the son of John and Emma Moore, of Wootton, aged 19, born Wootton, a Brickyard Labourer. His birth is registered in the bedford Registration District in the January to March Quarter 1892.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

MOORE, F.J., L/Corporal, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.
Already in the Army when war was declared in August 1914, he was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where after serving through the Retreat from Mons, he took part in the Battles of La Bassée, festubert and other engagements. he fell in action near Ypres on June 16th, 1915. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country, his soul for God."

Wootton, Bedford. - Z1586/C.

MOORE* Herbert
Private 3974, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Friday 24th September 1915 in Malta. Enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Son of Alfred and Anne Moore of 58 Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedford. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Plot B. Row XIV. Grave 5.

In the 1901 census he is the son of Alfred and Ann Moore, of Hall End, Wootton, aged 13, Ordinary Agricultural Labourer, born Wootton. In the 1911 census he is the son of Alfred and Ann Moore, of Hall End, Wootton, aged 23, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the October to Decmeber Quarter 1887.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

MOORE Jesse
Company Quartermaster Serjeant 200409, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 19th September 1918 in Palestine. Aged 23 (22). Enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Son of John and Emma Ellen Moore, of Bott End, Wootton, Beds. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section E. Grave 66.

In the 1911 census he is the son of John Cahppell & Emma Ellen Moore, aged 15, Brickyard Labourer, born and resident Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District July to September Quarter 1895.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

MOORE, J., Q.M.S., 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteerd in September 1914, and in July of the following year proceeded to Egypt, where he served at various stations. Advancing thence into Palestine. he saw much severe fighting in this seat of operations, and unhappily fell in action on September 19th, 1918, during the offensive under general Allenby. he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His memory is cherished with pride."

Rose Cottage, Wootton, Bedford. - Z1586/C.

Photograph courtesy of Sue Lambert

NEALE, M.M. *Atlee

Sergeant 44420, 130th Field Company, Royal Engineers. 25th Division. Killed in action at Messines 19th June 1917. Age 29. Son of William & Cornelia Neale of 118, Junction Road, Holloway, London. Native of Old Fletton, nr. Peterborough. Born in Pakefield, Norfolk and enlisted Peterborough. Arrived in France 15th July 1915. Awarded Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot II. Row J. Grave 4.

In the 1901 census he was aged 12, son of William and Camelia Neale, born Lowestoft, Suffolk, resident 4, Thornton Street, Kempston, Bedford.

PARKER *Charles
Lance Corporal 8882, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment 6th Division. Killed in action near Ypres 14th February 1916. Age 27. Son of John & Mary Parker of Wootton. Native of Stevington. Went to France & Flanders 5th November 1914. Born in Stevington and enlisted in Bedford. Buried in Potijze Burial Ground,Ypres, Belgium. Section I. Grave 3.

In the 1901 census Charles Parker was the son of John and Mary Parker, aged 10, born Stevington, resident Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District October to December Quarter 1890.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

PARKER Jubilee Jack
Private 8125 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Wednesday, 11th November 1914. Son of Mrs. M. Parker, of Church Rd., Wootton, Beds. Born Stevington, enlisted Bedford and resident Wootton. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 21.

In the 1901 census Charles Parker was the son of John and Mary Parker, aged 13, born Stevington, resident Wootton, an ordinary Agricultural Labourer. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District April to June Quarter 1887.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

PATEMAN Richard George
Private 7931, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 19th November 1914 in France. Age 28. Born and resident in Wootton, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Frederick and Fanny Pateman, of Church Row, Wootton, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

Embarked 16th August 1914. In the 1911 census he was the son of Frederick & Fanny Pateman, of Church Row Wootton Bedford, aged 24, unmarried, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District April to June Quarter 1887.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

PATEMAN, R.G., Private, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment.
Mobilised at the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, he was immediately ordered to the Western front. There he participated in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent Retreat, and also took part in the Battles of the Marne, the Aisne, La Bassée and Ypres, where he fell in action on November 19th, 1914. He was the first Wootton man to make the supreme sacrifice in the war. He was buried at Ypres, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
 

"He passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice."

Church Cottages, Wootton, Bedford. - Z3779.

PILSBURY William [Peske]

Corporal 9168, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 26th October 1917 in France. Born Cambridge, enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

Embarked France 3rd December 1914. In the 1901 census he was the son of herbert & Maria Pilsburuy, of 49, College Road, Bedford, aged 15, born Cambridge. Herbert & Maria were still at 49, College Road, Bedford in the 1911 census. His birth was registered as William Peske Pilsbury in the Cambridge Registration District January to march Quarter 1886.

POPE Herbert James
Private 4008, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Friday 3rd November 1916 in Egypt. Age 24. Enlisted Bedford, resident Wootton. Son of John Pope, of High St., Wootton, Beds. Buried in SUEZ WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section B. Grave 41.

In the 1911 census he was the son of John & Elizabeth Ann Pope, of Wootton, aged 18, a Postman, born Wootton. Embarked in the Balkans 10th August 1915. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District July to September Quarter 1892.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

ROBINSON *Harry
Private 10309, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 22nd April 1918. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, Nord, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 8.

In the 1911 census he is the son of William Robinson, a widower, aged 16, a Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton, resident Cranfield Road, Wootton, Bedford. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District October to December Quarter 1894. Brother of Samuel (below)

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

ROBINSON, MM Samuel
Lance Serjeant 60190, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers who died of wounds on Friday, 1st November 1918. Enlisted Bedford, resident Keeley, Wootton. Formerly 40461, Bedfordshire Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) Buried in KEZELBERG MILITARY CEMETERY, Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 7.

In the 1911 census he was aged 31, married for 7 years to Annie, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. In the 1901 census he is the son of William Robinson, a widower, aged 31, a Brickyard Labourer, born and resident Wootton. Brother of Harry (above)

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

RUSSELL Edward
Private 10481, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 19th April 1915. Born Wootton, enlisted Bedford, resident Cardington. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.

Emabrked in France 17th February 1915. In the 1911 census he was boarding with Joseph Russell, of Bott End, Wootton, aged 22, unmarried, Brickyard Labourer, born Wootton. In the 1901 census he is living with his widowed mother, Lucy, aged 12, born and resident Wootton.n His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District January to March Quarter 1889.

See also Stewartby

SQUIRE *Stanley Charles

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 9th August 1915. Age 22. Son of the Rev. Charles E. Squire and Florence C. Squire, of Wootton Vicarage, Bedford. Scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; School, St. John's, Leatherhead. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 101 to 104

Embarked Gallipoli 8th August 1915.

Extract from De Ruvingy's Roll of Honour page 336:

SQUIRE, STANLEY CHARLES, Lieut., 7th (Service) Battn. Gloucestershire Rept., 2nd s. of the Rev. Charles Edward Squire, M.A., Vicar of Southrop, Lechlade, co. Gloucester, by his wife, Florence Charlotte, dau. of Morgan Yeatman, of Shawfield, Bromley, Kent; b. Llangrove Vicarage, near Ross, co. Hereford, 26 June, 1893; educ. St. John's School, Leatherhead, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Science Scholar); gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the Gloucestershire Regt., 26 Aug. 1914; promoted Lieut., 27 Jan. 1915; sailed on 22 June for the East; was at Cape Belles on 8 July for a few weeks, then took part in the Expedition to Suvla Bay, where he was killed in action while in charge of the machine-gun section, 9 Aug. 1915, on Chanak Bair. They occupied an exposed position, and he was hit by a bullet after bandaging a wounded man, and killed instantaneously, early in the day. The only two survivors (Stokes and Bennett), who returned later on with the last machine gun, received the D.C.M. He was unm. His brother, Capt. G. F. Squire, of the same Battn., was wounded the same day.

STEELE Albert George
Private 3/7293, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Wednesday, 10th March 1915. Age 20. Son of William and Emma Steele, of Potter's Cross, Wootton, Beds. Born and resident Wootton, enlisted Bedford. Farm Labourer. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

Embarked 11th November 1914. In the 1911 census he was the son of William and Emma Steele, of Wootton, aged 16, a Farm Labourer, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District in the July to September Quarter 1894.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils and Stewartby

[From National Roll of the Great War Section XII - Bedford & Northampton]

STEELE, A.G., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.
Mobilised from the Reserve at the outbreak of war in August 1914, he was quickly drafted to the Western Front. During his short service in this theatre of war he took part in heavy fighting at La Bassée and Neuve Chapelle. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on March 10th, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"His life for his Country."

Potters Cross, Wootton, Bedford. - Z3185/A.

TYSOE Stanley John
Private PLY/18795 4th Royal Marine Battalion (Zeebrugge Raid), H.M.S. "Vindictive", Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action Tuesday 23rd April 1918. Age 19. Son of Thomas and Caroline Tysoe, of Cause End, Wootton. Buried in Wootton St Mary Church Cemetery.

A Light is from
Our Household Gone
the Voice We Loved is Still.

Born 3rd January 1899 in Bedford. Son of Caroline Tysoe, of Cause End, Wootton. In the 1911 census he is the son of Thomas and Caroline Tysoe, of Wootton, aged 12, a schoolboy, born Wootton. His birth was registered in the Bedford Registration District January to March Quarter 1899.

See also Wootton School Ex-Pupils

1939-1945
BEARD James William
Gunner 1793880, 15 Battery, 6 H.A.A. Regiment., Royal Artillery who died on Monday, 30th July 1945. Age 23. Son of Arthur William and Esther May Beard, of Wootton Green. Buried in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Plot 16. Row E. Grave 5.

EASTWOOD [Charles] Frederick
Chief Mechanician C/K 6415 HMS Curacoa, Royal Navy, who died on Wednesday 24th April 1940, aged 48. Husband of Elizabeth Ann Eastwood of Wootton, Bedfordshire. He was the son in law of John Pope, whose grave is in Wootton Cemetery, the first grave on the left as you enter the main gate. Inscribed on the stone are the details of Charles Frederick Eastwood. His widow lived in Bedford Road, Wootton, about No. 23. The house has been demolished and rebuilt upon. The last occupant was the local blacksmith. No known grave. He is commemorated on the memorial at Chatham Naval Cemetery, Kent. Panel 37, Column 3.

These two notes from U-Boat.net:

"Blair gives U-407 (Br|ller) credit for indirectly sinking the light British antiaircraft cruiser HMS Curacao [really Curacoa] on 1 Oct, 1942 while she was escorting the liner Queen Mary. The boat did in fact fire 4 torpedoes but they missed and were not seen by the allies. In fact the cruiser was cut in two by Queen Mary on Oct 2 some 650 miles away from the attack by U-407 the previous day. "

and

"A troopship during the Second World War, Queen Mary relied on speed to keep clear of the U-boats. Her only wartime accident - a collision with the cruiser, HMS Curacao in October 1942 - resulted in the loss of more than 300 lives on the Royal Navy warship."

also

'Air attack on Landing operations in the Romsdalfjord.1 - 250kg hit midship on AA-cruiser H.M.S."Curacao"' - this is close to Jutland which is mentioned on John Pope's grave.

GOOCH Granville Stewart
Private 5950172, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 26th June 1943. Age 22. Husband of Lily Alice Gooch, of Kempston, Bedfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 63.

PILSBURY Herbert
Sapper 1921050 121 Road Constr. Company,, Royal Engineers who died on Wednesday, 21st May 1941. Son of William and C. C. Mable Pilsbury; husband of Rose Ellen Pilsbury, of Elstow, Bedfordshire. Buried in SUDA BAY WAR CEMETERY, Crete, Greece. Plot 7. Row A. Frave 8.
SIMMS Alfred Reginald
Trooper 7903477, 5th Royal Tank Regiment. RAC. Died 2nd April 1941. Age 29. Husband of Daisy Mary Simms of Wootton, Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on the ALAMEIN MEMORIAL EGYPT. Column 24. Possibly lived in Cause End Road Wootton.
TURLAND George Edward
Trooper 14331693 141st Regiment. (7th Buffs), R.A.C. who died on Thursday, 18th January 1945. Age 20. Son of Frank and Rosetta Turland, of Wootton. His father was a police officer and they lived at the cottage in Wood End. Twin brother of Charles Turland (Charles died 2008, buried in Wootton, lost his arm in July 1944). Buried in SITTARD WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Section K. Grave 16.
WHITE *William G
Marine 11467, Royal Marine Engineers. Died Monday, 21st June 1943. Aged 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Lowe, of Wootton. Buried in Wootton St Mary Church cemetery.
WRIGHT Samuel
No further information currently
In graveyard but not on either memorial
SWANNELL Bertram George
Leading Aircraftsman, 962065, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 29th October 1945, aged 26. Son of Bertram and Henrietta Swannell, of Wootton; husband of Ingeborg Swannell, of Birmingham. B.Sc.(Birmingham). FCS. Buried in Wootton St Mary Church cemetery.

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