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WHADDON - WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 Martin Edwards
Additional information Kieren Beasley

The memorial stands in St Mary's churchyard and has been refurbished by Group Capatin Roland Osterberg to make the engraving legible. It takes the form of a Celtic Cross mounted on a short pillar resting on a plinth all mounted on a one-stepped base. There are 11 names for World War 1. The memorial was unveiled in 1920 by Colonel W Selby-Lowndes. There is no Second World War memorial but the graves around the church and plaques inside the church indicate the involvement. There is a further secular World War 1 Roll of Honour with the names of those who served, and died, built into the Jubille Hall (village hall). The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of reading and comparison. There are a few discrepancies between the memorial and the Roll of Honour all noted below.

Photograph Copyright © Kieren Beasley 2007
Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2003

TO THE UNDYING GLORY OF THE
MEN OF WHADDON WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919

BAILEY Walter Thomas

Private 27880, 8th Service Battalion, Gloucetsreshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 11th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Willsden, London, enlisted Bletchley, resident Whaddon. Son of Elizabeth Bailey, of Whaddon. Buried in ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. A. 26.

CAPEL Francis Edwin

No further information currently

CRONK George

Private 22930, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Tuesday 8th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Wilders Green, Middlesex, enlisted Bletchley, resident Whaddon. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D

CURTIS William [Harry]

Private 100800, Draft, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Drowned at sea, off Alexandria (from H.T. Osmanieh) on 31st Dec 1917. Born Stoke Hammond, Bucks. Son of Harry & Edith Curtis. Enlisted 24th May 1916, Bletchley, into the Royal Bucks Hussars, service no. 3133. No known grave, Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt.

Note: Information compiled from a combination of family history research & a letter from the CWGC. One reference on the internet states that H.T. Osmanieh was struck by a mine but family oral tradition says that it was sunk by torpedo, as soon as an anti-submarine net was lowered prior to it leaving the harbour. At the time of William's enlistment, the family were living in Whaddon. Later in 1916, his parents and siblings moved to Bainton, a hamlet in the parish of Stoke Lyne, Oxon.

DAVIES Sidney George

[Spelt Sydney on SDGW] Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 31st July 1917. Age 31. Son of George and Mary Davies; husband of Daisy Evelyn Davies, of "Ellesmere," Pine Grove, Rhos-on-Sea. English Congregational Minister, Stony Stratford and Whaddon, Bucks. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22.

HOPKINS Thomas Henry

Private 22334, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Friday 28th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born and resident Whaddon, enlisted Bletchley. Son of Thomas and Lucy Hopkins, of Vicarage Rd., Whaddon. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D

KING George Samuel

Lance Corporal 20135, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Whaddon, enlisted Huntingdon. *** Not listed on CWGC ***

MILLER Albert

Private 20425, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 28th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born Whaddon, enlisted Bedford, resident Filgrave. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller, of 18, Filgrave, Newport Pagnell. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. C. 38.

MISSENDEN Reginald William

Sergeant 16200, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 1st July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Whaddon, enlisted and resident Leighton Buzzard. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

PITKIN Ernest

Private 2434, 1st/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died Friday 12th January 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 29. Enlisted Aylesbury, resident Whaddon. Son of Edwin and Annie Pitkin, of 28, Queen St., Wolverton Rd., Stony Stratford. Native of Whaddon. Brother of Stanley (below). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave O. IV. K. 2.

PITKIN Stanley

Private 8/462, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died Thursday 6th May 1915. Age 20. Born Whaddon. Son of Edwin and Annie Pitkin, of 26, Queen St., Stony Stratford, Bucks. Brother of Ernest (Above). Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave A. 98.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny' s Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 1, Part 1, Page 291. PITKIN, Stanley. Private, number 8/462, 8th Southland Coy, Otago Infantry Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. 5th son of Edwin Pitkin, of Whaddon, co. Bucks, Agricultural Stockman, by his wife Annie dau of Albert Reynolds. Born Whaddon, co.Bucks 8-9-1894, educated National school there, went to New Zealand in 1911, and settled at Dipton, Southland N.Z as an Agricultural worker. Joined the New Zealand Territorials in 1912, volunteered for Imperial service on the outbreak of the European war in Aug 1914, left for Egypt, took part in the landings at the Dardenelles 25-4-1915 and died on H.M hospital ship Dongola 7-5-1915 of wounds received in action in a bayonet charge there on the 2nd.

SAUNDERS George

Driver T/391992, 662nd H.T. Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at home Friday 15th March 1918. Born and resident Whaddon, enlisted Bletchley. Formerly 8408, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried near east boundary in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, WHADDON, Buckinghamshire.

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

SECOND WORLD WAR GRAVES, MEMORIALS & PLAQUES

De CHAIR Michael Beauchamp

Captain 170269, "A" Squadron, 16th/5th Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps. Died in Tunisia Sunday 16th May 1943. Age 22. Son of Colonel G. H. B. de Chair, O.B.E., M.C., and Mrs. de Chair; husband of Anne de Chair, of Fernhurst, Sussex. Buried in EL ALIA CEMETERY, Algeria. Grave 12. G. 35.

MAITLAND - KIRBY Roddy George

Captain 139432, Royal Corps of Signals. Died on active service Sunday 22nd June 1941. Age 28. Son of George H. Maitland Kirby and Elsie Mari Maitland-Kirby, of South Kensington, London. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, WHADDON, Buckinghamshire.

PEARSON Geoffrey Daintree

Signalman 2595713, Royal Corps of Signals. Died in Whaddon, when he fell off a tall radio mast during maintenance. [Whaddon Hall was an outstation for the nearby Bletchley Park code-breakers] Sunday 26th September 1943. Age 42. Son of William and Florence Ellen Pearson, of Port Erin, Isle of Man. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, WHADDON, Buckinghamshire.

SELBY-LOWNDES Richard Montacute William

Sergeant 1585667, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Failed to return from an air raid on Cologne 16-17 June 1943. Listed as dying Thursday 17th June 1943. Age 20. Only son of RRichard M. W. Selby-Lowndes, and of A. M. Gladys Selby-Lowndes, of Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. Buried in EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot JJB. Grave 104.

WHADDON ROLL OF HONOUR

1914 - 1919

BAILEY

Walter Thomas

See above for details

CAPEL

Francis Edwin

See above for details - not marked with a cross but on the main memorial

CRONK

George

See above for details

CURTIS

A J

No further information currently available

CURTIS

William Harry

See above for details

DAVIES

Sidney George

See above for details - listed as Lieut.on Roll of Honour

FAULKNER

A J

No further information currently available

FAULKNER

G

No further information currently available

GODDARD

J

No further information currently available

GOODWAY

B

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GOODWAY

H

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GOODWAY

P

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GOODWAY

W

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GREENAWAY

F

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HALL

A

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HIGGS

G

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HOBBS

E

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HOBBS

F

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HOLTOM

W

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HOPKINS

B

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HOPKINS

G

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HOPKINS

H

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HOPKINS

J

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HOPKINS

Thomas Henry

See above for details

HOPKINS

W

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JAMES

G H A

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KING

George Samuel

See above for details

MACKERNES

A

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MACKERNES

F

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MASTERS

H

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MEACHAM

S R

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MEAKINS

G

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MILLER

Albert

See above for details

MILLER

H

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MISSENDEN

A

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MISSENDEN

F

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MISSENDEN

G E

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MISSENDEN

H

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MISSENDEN

J M

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MISSENDEN

O

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MISSENDEN

Reginald William

See above for details

MISSENDEN

S N

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MISSENDEN

T

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MOULE

P

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PITKIN

Ernest

See above for details

PITKIN

G

- This man is marked with a cross but is not on the main memorial - No further information currently available

PITKIN

Stanley

See above for details

READ

H T

No further information currently available

SAUNDERS

George

See above for details - not marked with a cross but on the main memorial whereas J SAUNDERS is marked with a cross but not on the main memorial

SAUNDERS

J

- This man is marked with a cross but is not on the main memorial but G SAUNDERS below is on the main memorial but not marked with a cross - No further information currently available

SELBY-LOWNDES

George

Second Lieutenant - No further information currently available

SELBY-LOWNDES

William

Lieutenant - No further information currently available

SELBY-LOWNDES

William

Major - No further information currently available

SHAKESHAFT

D

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SMITH

Owen

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TOFIELD

G

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WARD

H

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WHITE

W

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WRIGHTON

F

No further information currently available

Last updated 6 October, 2008

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