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Bedfordshire War Memorials & Rolls of Honour

These pages are being transcribed and photographed by Bedfordshire Family History Society and its members with help from a few others. To learn more about the Society see their website.

Throughout Bedfordshire there are various memorials and rolls of honour dedicated to those men and women who fell in various wars. These memorials and rolls cover many centuries in some cases, most World War One and Two.

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. There is a list of some of the Bedfordshire people who have carried out such acts and the award or citation given. There were seven awards of the Victoria Cross to the Bedfordshire Regiment during World War 1.

The other source of information is photographs andd there are several that have been supplied without details - do you know who they are?

There is a page devoted to military background connected to Bedfordshire on this site.

These pages are available for transcripts of these memorials and rolls of honour. If you have a transcription of, or you are willing to transcribe, a Bedfordshire memorial or roll of honour for these pages then please contact me, the email address is below.

Current acknowledgements for assistance with these pages must go to Bedfordshire Family History Society - thank you all.

For those of you with an interest in the World War 1 there is The British Army in the Great War, World War 1 - Trenches on the Web, The Western Front Association and The Regimental Warpath websites. There is a site containing a quick synopsis of the Bedfordshire Regiment 1914-18.

For further reading when researching World War 1 relatives then there is a book published by the Federation of Family History Societies for family Historians entitled "World War I Army Ancestry - Third Edition" by Norman Holding ISBN 1 86006 056 2.

If anybody has information for those of the Second World War, Boer War, or the like similar to those supplied for the First World War then I would gladly post these as well. For more information about the BFHS project and transcribing see 'The BFHS War Memorial Project'.

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

World War 1 & 2 - Bedfordshire Selection

Pre-1914 - Memorial Selection

World War 1 & 2 Bedfordshire

Ampthill | Ampthill Park | Arlesey | Aspley Guise | Barton | Battlesden | Bedford All Saints | Bedford, Bedfordshire Yeomanry WW1 | Bedford - Bromham Road Methodist | Bedford Cemetery | Bedford - Corn Exchange - Glenn Miller | Bedford - Eastern National Omnibus Company Limited | Bedford - Embankment | Bedford Grammar School 1914-1918 | Bedford Modern School | Bedford Priory Methodist Church | Bedford St Andrews | Bedford St Leonards | Bedford St Martins | Bedford St Mary's | Bedford St Paul's WW1| Bedford St Paul's Methodist | Bedford St Peter's | Bedfordshire Police | Biddenham | Biggleswade | Biggleswade Cemetery | Billington | Bletsoe | Blunham | Bolnhurst | Bromham | Caddington | Campton | Cardington | Carlton | Chalgrave | Chalgrave All Saints | Clapham | Clifton | Clophill | Cockayne Hatley | Colmworth | Cople | Cotton End | Cranfield | Dunstable | Dunstable Downs - Robertson | Dunstable Scouts | Dunton | East Hyde | Eaton Bray | Eaton Bray Wesleyan | Eaton Socon | Edworth | Eggington | Elstow Village | Elstow Bunyan Meeting WW1 | Elstow Bedford County School WW1 | Elstow FEPOW WW2 | Eversholt | Everton | Eyeworth | Felmersham | Flitton | Flitwick | Gamlingay Heath and Tetworth | Goldington | Great Barford | Greenfield | Harlington | Harrold | Haynes | Heath & Reach | Henlow | Henlow St Mary Churchyard SWW | Henlow St Andrew R.A.F. | Higham Gobion | Houghton Conquest | Houghton Regis | Hulcote | Husborne Crawley | Kempston | Kempston, Beds & Herts Regt Memorial | Kempston, Cemetery | Keysoe | Knotting | Langford | Leagrave | Leighton Buzzard | Leighton Buzzard - Cedars School | Leighton Buzzard - Beaudesert School | Leighton Buzzard - Commercial | Leighton Buzzard - Salvation Army | Little Staughton | Little Staughton - RAF | Lower Gravenhurst | Luton (photo only) | Luton Co-op | Luton, George Kent Ltd| Luton, J W Green Ltd | Luton, Police WW1 | Luton, Police WW2 | Luton Post Office | Luton, Slip End/Woodside| Luton, Vauxhall Motors Ltd | Marston Moreteyne | Maulden | Melchbourne | Meppershall | Meppershall St Mary | Millbrook | Milton Ernest | Moggerhanger | Northill Parish | Oakley | Odell | Old Warden | Pavenham | Pertenhall | Podington | Potsgrove | Potton | Pulloxhill | Radwell | Ravensden | Renhold | Ridgmont | Riseley | Roxton | Roxton Congregational | Salford | Sandy | Sharnbrook | Shefford | Shillington | Shillington Chapel | Silsoe | Souldrop | Southill Parish Hall | Stagsden | Stanbridge | Steppingley (St Lawrence) | Stevington | Stewartby | Stopsley | Stotfold | Studham | Sundon (Village) | Sundon (Cement Works) | Sutton | Swineshead | Tebworth | Tempsford, St Peter | Tempsford Air Crew Losses| Tetworth | Thurleigh | Tilsworth | Tingrith | Toddington St George | Toddington Village | Totternhoe | Turvey | Upper Dean | Upper Gravenhurst | Upper Stondon | Westoning | Whipsnade | Wilden | Willington | Wilstead (Wilshamstead) | Wingfield | Wootton | Wootton Primary School Old Boys | Woburn | Woburn Hospital | Woburn Sands | Wrestlingworth | Wymington | Yelden

Pre-1914

Bedford Boer War | Bedford St Paul's Boer War | Bedford St Paul's Campaigns | Bedford St Paul's North West Frontier | Bedford St Paul's West Indies | Cardington R101 | Elstow 19th Century | Rawalpindi, India - Beds Regt deaths 1891-4 |Sharnbrook GIBBARD Memorials

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Bedfordshire - Searchable Databases On-Line
Men Who Died from Beds, Cambs & Hunts
Boer War

This database is built from the details found on the Boer War memorials located in Bedford, Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough and St Albans.

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Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt - Men Who Died
World War 2

This database contains details of the men who served in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment and died during the Second World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Bedfordshire Yeomanry 148 Fld Regt -
Served World War 2

This database contains details of the men who served in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, 148th Field Regiment and includes the 258 men who died during the Second World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Kempston (Bedfordshire) Men Who Served
World War 1

This database contains details of the men who served in the Great War 1914-1918 as detailed by William Owen, Chairman Kempston Urban District Council 1919 and added to from other sources. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Bedfordshire Regt, 5th Battalion Deaths
World War 1

This database contains details of the men who served in the 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment and died during the First World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Bedfordshire Regt, 1st/1st Garrison Batts Deaths
World War 1

This database contains details of the men who served in the 1st and 1st Garrison Battalions, Bedfordshire Regiment and died during the First World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Bedfordshire Yeomanry Deaths
World War 1

This database contains details of the men who served in the Bedfordshire Yeomanry and died during the First World War. Links to any war memorials in the United Kingdom that these men are known to exist on are also provided plus photographs of either the men of their graves.

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Bedfordshire Regt, DCM Awards
World War 1

This database contains details of the men who were awarded the DCM while serving with the Bedfordshire Regiment during World War 1. The details of the citation and a lot more information in many cases is available.

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Learn about the
UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL INVENTORY OF WAR MEMORIALS
and do not forget the
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Museum

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NEWS AND REVIEWS

This section contains various news reports and cuttings, old and new, with reference to the memorials in and around Bedfordshire. To view the section please click here.

An article about the project appeared in the Luton News in February 2003

War Memorials Trust

Friends of War Memorials is a charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom, by ensuring that their memorials are properly maintained and preserved.

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project

A Millennium Project in Remembrance of Canada's War Dead


There is an AIRCRAFT & AIRCREW CASUALTIES INFORMATION ARCHIVE for BEDFORDSHIRE maintained by Colin Mackenzie of Turvey.


The Police

Police Constable Robert HOUSDEN died in the line of duty serving the Bedfordshire Community in 1952 when warning traffic of a flood. He left a young widow who gave birth to his son a few months later

Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.
In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

The various memorials and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. There is also another site that describes these memorials. Details of Kranji War Cemetery can be found on MyFarEast website.

To gain an overview of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered, by this site there is an alphabetical index.

Some of the cap badges are laid out, on a separate page.

Not all memorials were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that served and fell in World War I for example, dogs. There is a brief explanation of the working of dogs during the war.

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Photographs and postcards covering various memorials surface all the time. Here are a few pictures of memorial home and abroad.


"D" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment - World War 1

World War 1 - 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment relaxing in the billiard room


The Officers, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment circa 1906


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