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LILLEY WAR MEMORIAL

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The memorial is to be found in the grounds of St Peter's church in West Lilley, Hertfordshire and l takes the form of a shrine constructed of local flint with a tablet and cross added to the top for World War 2. There are 10 names listed for World War 1 and four for World War 2.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF

CLARK
Sidney
Private 10216, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 25 October 1914. Born & lived Lilley. Enlisted Bedford. Buried West of Church in Lilley (St Peter) Churchyard, Hertfordshire. Gravestone to 10216 Private, S. Clark, Bedfordshire Regiment, 25 October 1914.
CLARKE
Herbert John
Private. 3/8664, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1915. Born Offley. Lived Lilley. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Panel 41.
GOODGE
Charles William
Private 25525, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 23. Born & lived Lilley. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Thomas & Fanny Goodge, of Lilley, Luton, Bedfordshire. Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. Bay 5
PENNINGTON
G
No further information at present
SOFFE
George
Private 32262, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 11 April 1917. (12 April on CD) Age 20. Born Lilley. Lived and enlisted Luton. Son of Austin Henry & Emily Harriet Soffe, of 94 Castle Street, Luton. Formerly 6360 Essex Regiment. Commemorated Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
STILLWELL
Arthur [James]
Private 725594, Canadian Army Service Corps Pool. Died 14 February 1919. Born 16 January 1890 in Lilley, Hertfordshire. Next of kin, father, Mr A C Stillwell, of 108 Ashburnham Street, Luton. Farmer by trade. Unmarried when he attested. Enlisted and passed fit Lindsay, Canada, 3rd February 1916, aged 26, height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 37 inches. complexion fair, eyes blue, hair brown; religious denomination Presbyterian. . Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXXII. Row B. Grave 18. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9334 - 14

Nearest UK details: Arthur Stillwell's birth was registered in the January to February Quarter 1891 in the Hitchin Registration District. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, son of Sarah Stillwell, a Domestic Gamekeeper, born Offley, Hertfordshire, resident Lilley, Hertfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, son of Charles and Sarah Stillwell (she was born Lilley), born Offley, Hertfordshire, resident Putteridge Gardens, Offley; he had two sisters and two brothers. In the 1891 census he was a few months old, son of Charles and Sarah Stillwell, born Offley, Hertfordshire, resident Putteridge Lodge, Offley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

TRUSSELL, (MM)
John Winfield
[Note his MM is not on SDGW] Sapper 489931, 46th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Monday 7 October 1917. (1918 on CD) Age 22. Born Lilley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Harry & Flora May Trussell, of 13 Vicarage Street, Luton. Born at Lilley. Formerly 1428 Royal Field Artillery. Commemorated: Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Ref. VI.F.33
WEBB
Arthur A.
Private. 28071. 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment (Formerly 2166 R. Sussex Regt.). Killed in action 27 October 1916. Born Lilley. Enlisted Brighton, Sussex. Commemorated: Gorre British & Indian Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. Ref. III.B.8
WEBB
Walter Frederick
Private 201419 "B" Company 1st/5th Battalion Essex Regiment (Formerly 5461 Beds. Regt.) Killed in action Saturday 3 November 1917. Age 18. Born Clophill, Beds. Lived Lilley. Enlisted Luton. Son of Mr. Mrs. W. Webb of Lilley, Luton. Commemorated: Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Ref. XXIX.E.4
WEBB
Walter John
Driver 1838 3rd/1st East Anglian Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died Saturday 6 May 1916. Age 19. Born and enlisted Luton. Son of Mrs. Emma Louisa Bland of 41 Ramridge Road, Luton. Commemorated: Lilley (St Peter) Churchyard, Herts.
Who gave their lives
For their country
In the great war
1914 - 1919
LILLEY 1939 - 1945
TITMUS
Phillip George
Marine PLY/X 108464. No 48 RM. Commando, Royal Marines. Died Wednesday 8 November 1944. Age 19. Son of James & Violet May Titmus, of Lilley, Beds. Commemorated: Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Ref. 15.C.7
CASSEL
Ernest James
Sub-Lieutenant H.M.S. Daedalus Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 3 June 1940. Age 30. Son of Rt. Hon. Sir Felix Cassel, P.C. K.C., 1st Bt. and of Lady Helen Cassel (nee Grimston) of Luton, Beds. BSc., Hons (Oxon.). Commemorated: Lilley (St. Peter) Churchyard, Beds. West of Church, near West Boundary. (Gravestone Ernest James Cassel Sub/Lieutenant RNVR Born 1st Sept 1909 Died 3rd June 1940 "Be Strong & of Good Courage")
LOVETT
Frederick Charles
Marine PLY/X2301 HMS Neptune, Royal Marines. Died Friday 19 December 1941. Age 21. Son of Silas R. & Sarah Lovett, of Lilley, Beds. Commemorated: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 59 Column 3

Special Note: HMS Neptune was a Leander Class Light Cruiser, built by Portsmouth Dockyard and launched 31 January 1933. On 19 December 1941 during an operation to intercept Axis supply routes to North Africa, she hit an Italian Minefield and detonated four mines, sinking with all but one of her crew.

WILSON
(H.) Dennis
Private. 5832390. 5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Died Saturday 1 January 1944. Age 24. Son of Alfred William & Evelyn Annie Wilson, of Lilley, Herts. Commemorated: Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Ref. 15.C.4.

LILLEY GRAVE STONES


WALTER JOHN WEBB
SON OF
EDWARD & EMMA WEBB OF LUTON
AND LATE
DRIVER OF THE 54TH E.A. DIV.
SIGNAL CO. R.E.
WHO DIED MAY 7TH 1916
AGED 19 YEARS.
"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED AS A
TOKEN OF RESPECT BY HIS COMRADES
WITH WHOM HE SERVED AT GALLIPOLI.

10216 PRIVATE
S. CLARK
BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
25TH OCTOBER 1914.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PTE. JOHN CLARKE
2ND BT. BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION AT VERMELLS, FRANCE,
SEPTEMBER 30TH 1915
ALSO OF HIS WIFE
MARTHA
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 4TH 1967
AGED 92 YEARS
PEACE PERFECT PEACE

Last updated 25 December, 2014

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