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Bedfordshire Gallantry Citations and Awards

Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000

During any conflict there are certain acts of bravery or defiance that are noticeable above others. For these acts citations and medals have been awarded. This is a list of some of the Bedfordshire people who have carried out such acts and the award or citation given.













Lance Corporal, G/60114, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday, 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Bedford, resident Arlesey. Son of David Albone; husband of Lily Albone, of 55, Park Side, Woodford Green, Essex. Formerly 40399, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Arlesey WW1




Private, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. Awarded the military medal for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in bringing in wounded under fire. Killed in action at Vimy Ridge, October 1917. Resident 8 Marlborough Road, Bedford.




John Samuel

M.M. & M.i.D.

Lance Sergeant, 1st Bn Bedfordshire Reg . Of Upper Dean. He was killed on 2/9/1918 while attacking a village in Pas-de-Calais area for this he was awarded the Military Medal and mentioned in despatches.

Upper Dean





Lance Corporal, Warwickshire Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry. Resident 35 York Street, Bedford.



BLAND George Henry M.M.
Private 3/7450, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Arlesey, enlisted Biggleswade, resident SHoreditch, Middlesex.
Arlesey WW1



MSM & Serbian Order

S.S.M, R.A.S.C. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for continuously good work and a Serbian Order for distinguished service in the Field. 102 George Street, Bedford.



BOWDEN Norman William M.M.
Serjeant 1087954 62 Anti-Tank Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Saturday, 28th October 1944. Age 35. Husband of Verdie Mary Bowden, of Oakley. Buried in GEEL WAR CEMETERY, Geel, Antwerpen, Belgium. Grave I.D.20.
Oakley WW2
Serjeant R.A.V.C. Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry in the Field in October 1917.
Sharnbrook WW1
BRAWN Albert D.C.M.
Sergeant, 1st Buckinghamshire Regiment
Hulcote & Salford WW1
Serjeant 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Awarded thr Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery in the Field, fell figtinh at Festubert 17th May 1915. Resident 1, Ram Yard, Bedford.
Bedford WW1
Driver R.A.S.C. Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in repairing motor lorries under very heavy shell-fire. Resident London Road, Milton Ernest.
Milton Ernest WW1
Sergeant, Queen's 9Royal West Surrey Regiment). Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field. Resident 1 Ram Yard, Bedford.
Bedford WW1
Corporal, 1st/5th South Staffordshire Regiment. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field during a bombing attack by the enemy, and in also putting a trench mortar gun out of action. Resident 22 Tavistock Place, Bedford.
Bedford WW1
BRUNT Harold James M.M.
Private, 43275, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Thursday, 4th April 1918. Age 24. Son of Joseph and Susan Brunt, of Northill Rd., Icknell, Biggleswade, Beds. Buried in Namps-Au-Val British Cemetery, Somme, France. Grave I. G. 10.
Icknell WW1
BRUNT John Michael D.F.C & Bar
Wing Commander, 102570, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action Saturday, 10th June 1944. Aged 22. Son of the Revd. John Ingram Bryan, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., and Lucy Silver Bryan, of All Saints Vicarage, Forest Gate, Essex. Buried in Bretteville -Sur-Laize Canadian Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave VII. G. 5.
Milton Ernest WW2
Sergeant, Bedfordshire Regiment. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in the Field. Resident 12 Dane Street, Bedford.
Bedford WW1
Sergeant, Royal Engineers. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in the Field at Neuve Chappelle. Resident 12 Dane Street, Bedford. Killed in action 28th July 1916. Resident 12 Dane Street, Bedford
Bedford WW1
BRYAN John Michael D.F.C & Bar
Wing Commander, 102570, Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action Saturday, 10th June 1944. Aged 22. Son of the Revd. John Ingram Bryan, M.A., B.D., Ph.D., and Lucy Silver Bryan, of All Saints Vicarage, Forest Gate, Essex. Buried in Bretteville -Sur-Laize Canadian Cemetery, Calvados, France. Grave VII. G. 5..
Milton Ernest WW2
Sergeant, 2nd Leicestershire Regiment. Awarded the Victoria Cross for great gallantry and absolute disregard of personal safety on 22nd March 1915 for rescuing a wounded comrade, and a badly wounded German, in the face of heavy shell and rifle fire, and for capturing two enemy machine guns single-handed. He was inalided home but returned only to die at the Battle of the Somme on 15th September 1917. Resident 35 York Street, Bedford.
Bedford WW1
CAMPLING John Norman M.B.E.
Lieutenant (E) H.M.S. Aldenham, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 14th December 1944. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 85, Column 1.
Biddenham WW2
CHAPMAN James Edwin M.M.
Sergeant 17292, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 18th October 1916 in France. Born Kempston, enlisted Bedford. Awarded Military Medal.
Kempston WW1
CLARK(E) (William) George M.M.
Pte. 16535. 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1 July 1916. Born Toddington. Lived Fancott. Enlisted Toddington. Commemorated: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Ref. VII.K.I.
Toddington St George & Village WW1
COBBE (Sir) Alexander Stanhope V.C., G.C.B, KCSI, D.S.O.
Became General, Indian Army, attached King's African Rifles. Awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 6 October 1902 at Erego, Somaliland (now Somalia), when some of the companies had retired, Lieutenant Colonel Cobbe was left by himself with a Maxim gun. Without assistance he brought in the Maxim and used it most effectively at a critical time in the engagement. He then went out under very hot fire from the enemy and succeeded in bringing in a wounded orderly. Aged 32. Reported in the London Gazette 20 January 1903. Born Naini Tal, India, 5 June 1870, died 29 June 1931, Sharnbrook. Buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Sharnbrook. Medal held in South Wales Borderers Museum, Brecon. Awarded the DSO as a Captain serving in the Ashanti Campaign, he was severeley wounded, mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 4th December 1900, and 8th March, 1901], and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) [London Gazette, 26th April, 1901]: "Alexander Stanhope Cobbe, Capt., Indian Staff Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in Ashanti."
Sharnbrook Second Somaliland Expedition
COLWELL Percy John

Corporal. 27357. Machine Gun Company. Percy lived with his mother, father brother and sisters at the Carpenters Arms public house, Harlington before he enlisted. He returned to live with them after the war, eventually taking over as the landlord following his fathers death. Percy died in December 1960, aged 68 years. He volunteered in August 1914, and in the following January was drafted to Egypt. In charge of a machine gun squad he took a prominent part in the operations on this front and in the advance through Palestine, where he fought in the Battle Of Gaza before the entry into Jerusalem. He was awarded the military medal for conspicuous bravery in action and devotion to duty, and in addition holds the 1914-15 star, and the general service and the victory medals. He was demobilized in March 1919. From the War Diary. December 1917. Military medal . No. 48355 Pt. Colwell. Awarded for gallantry of action in attempting to save a bomb exploding by falling on it and coolness when heavily attacked. It seems that after being awarded the M.M. he was promoted to Lance Corporal.


Percy has the pipe.
COOK Herbert Charles D.C.M.
Private 58395, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born and enlisted Bedford. Died of wounds Monday 4th November 1918 in France and Flanders. Age 19. Awarded the DCM. Son of Mr. H. G. and Mrs. E. E. Cook, of 19, College Rd., South End, Bedford. Buried in MONTAY-NEUVILLY ROAD CEMETERY, MONTAY, Nord, France. Grave IV. A. 16.
Bedford St Leonards WW1
DAVIS Francis Wood M.M.
Pte. 27357. 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born and enlisted Bedford.
Bromham Road Methodist WW1
DENTON Joseph M.M.
Serjeant 1852. “D” Bty., 83rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds Thursday 21st March 1918 aged 37. Born Hitchin. Enlisted London. Son of James Denton of Marshall Cottages, Shillington. Husband of Sarah A. Denton of Albert Street, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia. Served in the South African Campaign. Commemorated: Poziers Memorial, Somme. Panel 7 – 10 (recorded on both village memorials)
Shillington Chapel & Village WW1
DUNCOMBE Alfred John William M.M.
Lance Corporal, 33795, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday, 19th April 1917. Age 20. Son of Mrs. A. F. Duncombe, of Howbury Cottages, Renhold. He took part in four attacks, and set a wonderful example of courage and coolness, for which he was awarded the Military Medal. Bedfordshire Times 18 May 1917 and Bedford & County Record 22 May 1917. Beds Times 1917 - Mrs. Duncombe last week received from the War Office the sad news of the death in action of her son, Sergt. Alfred Duncombe. In Sept. 1914, when still two months short of 18, he enlisted, one of the many Renhold lads who, nobly answered the call of King and country. It was not long before he gained his first stripe, and his promotion to Sergeant was achieved some time before he left for France. His rapid promotion was undoubtedly an outcome of his training as a Boy Scout, in having been leading Patrol Leader in the Howbury Troop from its inception early in 1911.He was noted for his unswerving loyalty to his Scoutmaster and those in authority. Before enlistment he was under-gardener at Howbury gardens, in the employ of Mr. C. H. Polhill, for nearly 3½ years, and left behind him a perfect record as a trustworthy, conscientious and devoted employee. His father, Amos Duncombe, Postmaster of Renhold, died in 1906. It is as a Sunday school teacher, a helper in the Band of Hope, and the Christian Endeavour Band, and as one of the organists at Renhold Chapel, that his loss will be keenly felt in the days to come. He was a devoted Christian, and in his last letter to his mother he expressed his joy that the village prayer meeting of the United Church and Chapel members was so well attended, and told of the strength given to the lads on the battlefield, when they know that they were being upheld by the prayers of those in the homeland. A letter from the Captain of his Company reads as follows: - “Dear Mrs. Duncombe, - You will have heard by now of the terrible news about your son. I cannot say how sorry I was when he was killed. He was far and away the best N.C.O. in the company, and did a Sergeant’s work all through, but because we were over strength in Sergeants he had to revert to Lance-corpl. He took part in four attacks, and set a wonderful example of courage and coolness, for which he has since been awarded the Military Medal. I only wish he were here to receive it. He was sniped through the head a few hours before we were relieved, and died instantly. I am glad he suffered no pain. Every officer and man in the Company send their deepest sympathy. He was loved by everyone.” A memorial service was held at Renhold Chapel on Sunday evening, when Mr. W. Glassby preached to a large congregation from the text “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord.” The hymns, all of which told of the joy and victory, had been selected from the favourite hymns of the deceased. Sister Mobbs and a number of wounded soldiers from Howbury V.A.D. Hospital were present as a mark of respect.
Renhold WW1
ESSERY Albert [Edward] M.M.
Sergeant 15307, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 1st October 1917. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Military Medal. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51
Turvey WW1
FRANKLIN George William Order of St. George 4th Class (Russia)
Acting Corporal 8328, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 5th June 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born Northill, enlisted Bedford, resident Sandy. Son of William and Lucy Franklin, of 7, George Town, Sandy, Beds. Awarded Order of St. George 4th Class (Russia). Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.
Moggerhanger WW1
GIBBS John Neill M.C.
Major 35487 8th Bn., Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Sunday, 13th June 1943. Age 35. Son of Percy and Janet Gibbs; husband of Helena Doreen Kennett Gibbs, of Bedford. Buried ELSTOW (SS. MARY AND HELENA) CHURCHYARD east of Church.
Elstow WW2
GREEN George Fredrick M.C.
2nd Lieutenant (T.P.), Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (attached 1/4th Battalion). Awarded the Military Cross (MC). Killed in action 3rd October 1918.
Bedford St Leonards WW1
HARRIS Sydney J M.M. & Bar
Lance Corporal, 25466, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Born and resident Kempston. Died of wounds 28th October 1918. Awarded M.M. & Bar.
Kempston WW1
HART Charles M.M.
Upper Dean WW1
Private 35599 1st Battalion Essex Regiment died of wounds on Wednesday, 11th September 1918. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Grave II. F. 3.
Eaton Socon WW1
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Eaton Socon WW1
Serjeant, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Hulcote & Salford WW1
HOBBS C. or John M.C.
2nd Lieutenant. 1st Battalion Royal Scots. Died Monday 28 June 1915. Age 26. Son of William and Millie Rebecca Hobbs of Luton; husband of Helen Coote Hobbs of 60 Constantine Road, Colchester, Essex. Commemorated: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord) Nord, France. Ref. I.C.134
Toddington St George & Village WW1
HOITT Sidney M.M.
Serjeant 8616 2nd Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.
Eaton Socon WW1
HOLMES Edward M.M.
Private 200938, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 2nd November 1917 in Palestine. Age 21. Enlisted Bedford, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of Thomas and Lizzie Holmes, of 58, Hockliffe St., Leighton Buzzard. Awarded Military Medal. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXX. B. 16
Leighton Buzzard and Leigton Buzzard Beaudesert WW1
JANES Frank Edwin M.M.
Lance Serjeant 14205733. 2nd Battalion The London Irish rifles, Royal Ulster rifles. Died Saturday 21 October 1944. Age 21. Son of William & Ada Janes of Toddington. Commemorated: Santerno Valley War Cemetery, Italy. Ref. I,B,14.
Toddington Village WW1
KENT B.R.G. D.S.C. & M.C.
Lieutenant. HMS Otranto. Royal Naval Reserve. Died Sunday 6 October 1918. Age 32. Husband of Florence Kent of Rock Ferry, Cheshire. Commemorated: Kilchoman Military Cemetery, Isle of Islay, Argyllshire. Ref. I.4. (Special note: HMS Otranto was being used as a troop transport ship from New York to Liverpool. In October 1918 she was heading for Scotland when she was involved in a collision with the P & O liner, Kashmir, off the coast of Islay, Scotland. Some of the crew and troops were rescued, but she drifted, went aground and broke in half with the loss of 431 men including 351 American soldiers.)
Toddington St George WW1
LINFORD Alfred William M.M.
Company Sergeant Major G/20279. 12th Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 25 September 1917. Born Potton. Enlisted Hertford. Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, France. Ref. Panel 86 – 88. (Commemorated in Potton Cemetery on Memorial Plot F134. Footstone F.E.L A.W.L.
Potton WW1
LOVELL Samuel H M.M.
Sergeant 9095, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Awarded Military Medal (MM). Died of wounds 23rd August 1918 in France and Flanders.
Bedford St Leonards WW1
MAKEHAM Ernest Samuel M.M.
Sergeant 17508, Infantry Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 26th May 1916 in France. Enlisted Bedford, resident Kemspton. Formerly 8765, Suffolk Regiment. Awarded Military Medal.
Kempston WW1
MANTON Peter John M.C.
Lieutenant 293715 2nd, Northamptonshire Yeomanry, R.A.C. who died on Friday, 4th August 1944. Age 20. Military Cross. Son of John McLellan Manton and Jessie Manton, of Pavenham. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave XXV. F. 21.
Pavenham WW2
MARSHALL Robert Douglas M.M.
Private 57882 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 28th February 1918. Age 23. Son of the Rev. George and Priscilla P. Marshall, of The Manse, Cotton End, Bedford. Born at Tobermore, Belfast, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 1674, Royal Engineers. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-V., Belgium. Grave I. M. 1.
Cardington WW1
Acting 2nd Corporal 25002, 5th Divison, SIgnal Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 25th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Singapore (Straits Settlements), enlisted Chatham, resident Ampthill. Awarded Military Medal.
Ampthill WW1
MOBBS Christopher James M.M.
Corporal 74189, 7th Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 19th July 1916 in France. Born and resident Kempston. Enlisted Tunbridge Wells. Awarded Military medal.
Kempston WW1
MOBBS Edgar Roberts D.S.O
Lieutenant Colonel, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action in the Battle of Passchendale on Tuesday, 31st July 1917 charging an enemy machine-gun post. Age 37. Son of Oliver L. and Elizabeth Anne Mobbs, of Northampton. Former England International Rugby Football player. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Commemorated on Yres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 43 and 45.
Bedford Modern School WW1
MORTIMER Walter James M.M.
Company Sergeant Major 9714, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died Saturday, 6th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Bromham, enlisted Bedford. Prisoner of war. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. Grave VIII. A. 28. A Regular soldier he was drafted to the Western Front immediately after the outbreak of war in August 1914, and fought in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent Retreat. He later played a conspicuous part in the Battle of La Bassée and Festubert, and other engagements, and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty in the Field. He was taken prisoner on the Somme in 1917, and died whilst in captivity in Germany on May 6th, 1918. He was buried in the Ludfriedhof Cemetery, Cologne, and was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals, in addition to the Military Medal.
Bromham WW1
ORLEBAR Augustus Henry CBE, AFC & Bar
Air Vice Marshal, CBE, AFC & Bar. Royal Air Force. Died Wednesday, 4th August 1943. Aged 46. Son of Augustus Scobell Orlebar and Hester Mary Orlebar, of Podington; husband of Victoria Orlebar, of Podington. Holder of World Air Speed Record, 1929. Buried Near S.E. butress of St Mary church, Podington.
Podington WW2
Private 200616 "B " Company. 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 13th May 1918 in Palestine. Age 22. Son of Robert and Emma Jane Parrott, of Church End, Marston Moreteyne. Resident Marston Church End, enlisted Bedford. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave Reference CC. 63.
Marston Moreteyne WW1
Private, 42551, 11th Bn., Essex Regiment who died on Tuesday, 24th September 1918. Son of Mrs. F. Rainbow, of Asylum Rd., Arlesey, Beds. Awarded Military medal.
Arlesey WW1
Lance Serjeant, 61090, 26th Bn., Royal Fusiliers who died of wounds on Friday, 1st November 1918. Enlisted Bedford, resident Keeley, Wootton. Formerly 40461, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in KEZELBERG MILITARY CEMETERY, Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. C. 7.
Wootton Church WW1
Company Serjeant Major 9183 1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 28th June 1917. Age 28. Son of Frank and Ellen Summerfield, of Wilstead, Bedford. Born Wilstead, enlisted Bedford, resident Farnham, Surrey. Buried in ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. D. 2.
Wilstead WW1
TASKER Joseph Henry "Harry" M.M.
Private 14319, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 20th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born Willian, resident and enlisted Letchworth. Awarded Military Medal. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Tasker, of 42, Ridge Avenue, Letchworth, Herts. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
Willian (Herts) WW1
THORNHILL George Robert M.C.
Lieutenant 1st Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who died on Thursday, 22nd October 1914. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 2.
Eaton Socon WW1
THORNHILL John Evelyn D.S.O.
Brevet Lieut-Colonel Seaforth Highlanders who died on Wednesday, 2nd October 1918. G.S.O. II. Buried in GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY, Gibraltar. Grave C. 4044.
Eaton Socon WW1
TORRY Arthur James Dashwood M.C.
Lieutenant 132nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, attached to 9th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps who was killed in action on Tuesday, 9th October 1917. Age 30. Only son of the Rev. Alfred Freer Torry (Rector of Marston Morteyne), and Elizabeth Georgina (Leila) Torry (nee Goldie). Born Marwood, Devon. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave Reference VII. C. 37. Also commemorated in MARSTON MORETEYNE (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD. Grave Reference: A19. MI gives his place of burial as Proven in Flanders.
Marston Moreteyne WW1
Upper Dean WW1
WALTON William George Evans B.E.M. & D.F.C.
Flying Officer, 52211, Air Gnr. 138 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Saturday, 9th September 1944. Age 32. Husband of Ethel Ruth Ina Walton, of Arlesey. Awarded the British Empire Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Buried in Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Plot K. Row 7. Grave 161.
Arlesey WW2
WHEELER George [Godfrey] Massy V.C.
Major, 7th Hariana Lancers, Indian Army. Killed in action 13th April 1915. Aged 42. On 12 April 1915 at Shaiba, Mesopotamia, Major Wheeler took out his squadron in an attempt to capture a flag which was the centre-point of a group of the enemy who were firing on one of our picquets. He advanced, attacked the enemy's infantry with the lance, and then retired while the enemy swarmed out of hidden ground, and formed an excellent target for the Royal Artillery guns. On 13 April Major Wheeler led his squadron to the attack of the North Mound. He was seen far ahead of his men, riding straight for the enemy's standards but was killed in the attack. Awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his valour in Mesopotamia in 1915. See the Victoria Cross Reference site for more details and picture.
Bedford Modern School WW1
WHITE Thomas G M.M.
Private G/60109, 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday 5th September 1918 in France. Age 33. Enlisted Bedford, resident Stagsden. Grandson of the late Mrs. Mary White, of Spring Lane, Stagsden, Bedford. Formerly 40394, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3
Kempston & Stagsden WW1
WHITTEMORE Frederick Arthur M.M. & Bar
Private G/14877, 7th Battalin, Royal Sussex Regiment. Born Campton, enlisted Bedford. Awarded Military Medal and Bar. Killed in action 28th August 1918 with British Expeditionary Forces.
Bedford St Leonards & Campton Recreation Ground WW1
Lance Corporal 20341, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday, 5th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Pavenham, enlisted Bedford, resident Felmersham. Son of Harry Wiggins, of West End, Stevington. Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave II. C. 23.
Felmersham WW1
WILES Edward Henry M.M.
Private, 19854, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, who died of wounds on Thursday, 3rd May 1917. Age 24. Son of Ezra and Deborah Wiles, of Ravensden, Bedford. Born: Ravensden, Bedfordshire. Enlisted: Bedford. Resident: Ravensden. Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference/ Panel Number: XVIII. G. 15.
Ravensden WW1

21 June 2005

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