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MARKYATE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2002 Lynda Smith

There are two memorials. One in the shape of a cross bears 40 names with initials from the First World War and is located near to the church on the village side of the A5, to be found by Wirral and Dove Cottages at the end of the High Street, Markyate. The other is a stone plaque in a wall behind the memorial which also includes men from the Second World War. Full names are given. There are some spelling differences between the two, and three men are on the plaque but not on the cross. There are also two small plaques commemorating men from Markyate who have died in conflicts since 1945.


Photographs Copyright © Lynda Smith 2002

Markyate Unveiling from an old postcard

CROSS

TO
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN
OF THE PARISH OF
MARKYATE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT

PLAQUE

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF MARKYATE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945

N.N. ELSE
GREECE 1948

MICHAEL SOUTHERN
NORTHERN IRELAND 1974

** Name does not appear on Cross

1914 - 1918

  ABBOTT Harry

Serjeant 104336. 1st Garrison Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment.) Formerly 4784 Yorkshire Regiment. Died Monday 1 July 1918. Age 25. Son of Francis Edward and Annie Abbott, of Markyate; husband of Adelaide Abbott, of 78, Main Road, Glascote, Tamworth, Staffs. Born Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Ref. O. 202.

  ALLEN Horace Moss

Private 23166. 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 14 February 1917. Age 30. Son of Frederick and Emily Allen, of 17, Hicks Road, Markyate, Dunstable. Born Aley Green, Luton. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

  ANDREWS Charles

Private 22445. 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died Saturday 25 October 1919. Age 33. Son of William and Annie Andrews, of Markyate; husband of M. E. Andrews, of High St., Markyate. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 266.

** ANDREWS F

Probably: Frederick Andrews. Private 15856. 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 27 September 1916. Born and lived Flamstead. Enlisted Watford. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

  AYRES Andrew C

Gunner 101455. 199th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Thursday 19 June 1919. Age 31. Son of Walter and Eliza Ayres, of Poole, Dorset; husband of Minnie Hucklesby (formerly Ayres), of Aley Green, Luton. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 262.

  BUTTERFIELD, DCM George

Probably: Bombardier 28772. 104th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Wednesday 13 September 1916. Born Markyate. Lived Dunstable. Enlisted Luton. Buried: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Ref. XXI. P. 16.

  BEAUMONT Albert James

Serjeant TR/9/8002. 27th Training Reserve Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. (53rd Btn on CD). Formerly 13391 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Tuesday 12 December 1916. Born, lived and enlisted Luton. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 228.

  BLAKE Tom F

Driver 524370. 487th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died Sunday 16 September 1917. Husband of M. J. Davies (formerly Blake), of 2, Council Houses, Caddington, Luton. Born Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 240.

  CAIN Harry

Possibly Harry Leslie Cain. Rifleman R/16333. 10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action Sunday 3 September 1916. Born and lived Dunstable. Enlisted London. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B

  CAIN (Aubrey) Spencer

Lance Corporal 43465. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 10 April 1917. Age 20. Son of Harry and Eliza Cain, of 128, High St., Markyate, Dunstable, Bedfordshire Born Flamstead. Enlisted Luton. Served 2 years and 10 months. Buried: AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. L. 67.

  CHALKLEY Frederick

Corporal 9531. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 9 November 1914. Age 22. Son of William Chalkley, of 5, Church St., Slip End, Luton. Born, lived and enlisted Markyate. Commemorated: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

  CHALKLEY Horace

Lance Corporal 9377. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 26 October 1914. Age 24. Son of William Chalkley, of 5, Church St., Slip End, Luton. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

  COLLINGS-WELLS, VC DSO John Stanhope

Lieutenant Colonel. 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 27 March 1918. Age 38. Son of Arthur and Caroline Mary Collings-Wells, of Brand's House, Hughenden, High Wycombe, Bucks. Buried: BOUZINCOURT RIDGE CEMETERY, ALBERT, Somme, France. Ref, III. E. 12.

Citation: An extract from The London Gazette, dated 23rd April, 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and handling of his battalion in very critical situations during a withdrawal. When the rearguard was almost surrounded and in great danger of being captured, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells, realising the situation, called for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy whilst the remainder of the rearguard withdrew, and with his small body of volunteers held them up for one and half hours until they had expended every round of ammunition. During this time he moved freely amongst his men guiding and encouraging them, and by his great courage undoubtedly saved the situation. On a subsequent occasion, when his battalion was ordered to carry out a counter-attack, he showed the greatest bravery. Knowing that his men were extremely tired after six days' fighting, he placed himself in front and led the attack, and even when twice wounded refused to leave them but continued to lead and encourage his men until he was killed at the moment of gaining their objective. The successful results of the operations were, without doubt, due to the undaunted courage exhibited by this officer.

  COOTE Leonard

Private 3/8499. (3/8490 on CD) 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 20 April 1916. Born Flamstead. Lived Markyate. Enlisted St. Albans. Buried: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. VI. C. 17A.

  CURRANT Amos

(CURRUNT on cross) Private 5458 Bedfordshire Regiment. transf. to (240033) 433rd Agricultural Coy, Labour Corps. Died at home Friday 16 November 1917. Age 45. Son of the late Samuel Currant, of Markyate; husband of the late Jane Currant. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 241.

  DAVIES John

(DAVIS on plaque) No further information available at present.

  DRAPER (William) Cecil

Private 33168. 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Formerly 6344 Essex Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 3 May 1917. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5

  FARR Leonard

Private 8780. 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action Monday 17 April 1916. Born and enlisted Luton. Lived Markyate. Buried: TRANCHEE DE MECKNES CEMETERY, AIX-NOULETTE, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. A. 10.

  FARR Frank

Private 3/8784. 3rd. Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Sunday 15 April 1917. Age 35. Husband of Maria Farr, of 26, Pickford Road, Markyate, St. Albans. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 234. (Note: not on the CD)

  FLITTON Edgar

Rifleman O/63. 11th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died Wednesday 4 December 1918. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Flitton, of 13, London Road, Markyate, Dunstable. Buried: SOLESMES BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Ref. I. F. 2. (Note: not on the CD)

  FOUNTAIN, MM Arthur

Company Serjeant Major 15400. 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. (17th Btn on CWGC). Killed in action Wednesday 27 September 1916. Age 35. Son of the late William Richard and Sarah Ann Fountain. Born Markyate. Lived and enlisted Luton. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

  FOUNTAIN Harry

Private 20099. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917. Age 29. Son of the late William Richard and Sarah Ann Fountain, of Markyate, Dunstable, Bedfordshire Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5

  GANT Leslie

Probably Leslie Howard Gant. Private 25901. 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment.) Formerly 38159 Royal Warwicks Regiment. Died Friday 23 August 1918. Born Pimlico, Middx. Lived and enlisted Luton. Buried: BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Ref. II. A. 5.

  GREGORY William

Private 203126. 1st/5th Bn, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 9 November 1918. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Ref. Q. 84.

  HAYWOOD Herbert

Possibly: George Hayward. Private 3/8776, B Company 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 12 May 1915. Age 40. Son of Mrs. A. Hayward, of 59, London Road, Markyate, Dunstable. Born Luton. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Buried: LE TOUQUET-PARIS PLAGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. I. B. 32.

  HOW George

Private 27567. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 9 September 1917. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. II. D. 5.

  IMPEY Percy

Private 9485. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 12 June 1915. Born Flamstead. Lived and enlisted Luton. Buried: LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. I. D. 15.

  IVORY George

Private 36364. 6th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire Regiment. Formerly 5511 Herts. Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 1 November 1916. Born Dunstable. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Hertford. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D

  JACKSON Lawrence

Private 27553. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 12 October 1916. Age 20. Son of Arthur and Emma Jackson, of Blackslough, Markyate, Dunstable, Bedfordshire Born Stopsley. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

** KITCHENER G

Lance Corporal 17911. 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 10 November 1915. Son of Mrs. E. Kitchener, of Valley Lane, Beechwood, Dunstable. Born Richmond, Surrey. Lived Dunstable. Enlisted Luton. Buried: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. A. 3.

  LINES Frank

Private 14550. 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 15 July 1916. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

** LOVERIDGE J

No further information available at present.

  MEAD John

Private 51626. 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Formerly 23165 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Sunday 13 October 1918. Age 35. Husband of Emily Mead, of 1, Luton Road, Markyate, near Dunstable. Born Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Buried: TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. XVI. E. 11.

  MOORING Arthur G.

Private 7278. 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds Saturday 9 October 1915. Age 27. Son of Mrs. S. Mooring, of 65, High St., Markyate, Dunstable. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted London. Buried: LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. IV. C. 21.

  ROBINSON Herbert

Private 3/7443. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 16 May 1915. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

  ROCH Marcel

No further information available at present.

  SMITH Albert

Private 29210. 13th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 28 April 1917. Age 25. Son of Aaron and Susan Smith, of 9, Luton Road, Markyate, Dunstable. Born Watford. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7

  SMITH James

No further information available at present.

  SPARY Ralph

Private 203454. 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Formerly 524395 R.E. Died of wounds Saturday 3 November 1917. Age 21. Son of Frank and Agnes Elizabeth Spary, of 2, Pickford Road, Markyate, Dunstable. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Luton. Buried: DEIR EL BELAH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Ref. D. 95.

  STEVENS Harry

Private 54559. 3rd Reserve Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 80520 R.A.M.C. Died at home Sunday 10 November 1918. Age 25. Son of Charles and Louisa Stevens, of 9, Cleveland Road, Markyate. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. B. 252.

  WARD Jesse William

Private 6871. 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 4 November 1914. Age 32. Son of Ellen and the late William Ward, of Berkhampstead, Herts.; husband of Edith Mary Ward, of "Sunnyside, Buckland Common, Tring, Herts. Born Great Berkhampstead. Lived Markyate. Enlisted Berkhampstead. Buried: BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. VIII. H. 15.

  WILDER George

Private 14733. 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 16 November 1916. Age 22. Son of Mrs. Susan Wilder, of 29, High St., Markyate, Dunstable. Born & lived Markyate, Enlisted Luton. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C

  WRIGHT John Henry

Private G/42238. 11th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 25 November 1917. Born and lived Markyate. Enlisted Bedford. Buried: ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, Somme, France. Ref. II. E. 16.

1939 - 1945
  BANDY A

Probably: ALBERT GEORGE BANDY. Private 5956225. 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 14 June 1944. Age 24. Commemorated: RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 15.

  CARPENTER Frederick

Gunner 1605611. 225 Battery, 74 Lt. A.A. Regiment., Royal Artillery. Died Wednesday 8 December 1943. Age 29. Son of Percy and Mary A. Carpenter, of Markyate, Hertfordshire; husband of Doris A. Carpenter, of Markyate. Buried: BARI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Ref. II. A. 26.

  CLARIDGE S

No further information available at present

  CRAWLEY A

No further information available at present

  CARTER-GRAVES Cyril Claude

(Surname GRAVES on CWGC) Yeoman of Signals. P/JX 131904. H.M.S. Fleur de Lys, Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 14 October 1941. Age 29. Husband of May Graves, of Markyate, Hertfordshire. Commemorated: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Panel 52, Column 1. Special Note: HMS Fleur de Lys was sunk by U Boat “U-206” off the Strait of Gibraltar on 14 October 1941.

  CLIFTON, DFM Leonard

Sergeant 1048381. Flt. Engr. 90 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 31 July 1943 Age 22. Son of William H. Clifton and Louie Clifton, of Markyate, Hertfordshire. Buried: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Ref. 3. D. 25.

  GOODWIN W L

No further information available at present

  HOLLAND George Charles

Motor Mechanic C/MX 68304. H.M.M.L. 171, Royal Navy. Died Wednesday 19 March 1941. Son of Charles and Jane Holland; husband of Lilian Rose Holland, of Markyate, Hertfordshire. Buried: HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Ref. E. 59. 10.

  JONES C

No further information available at present

  MIMER Sidney Walter

Private D/38569. 2/7th (H.D.) Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Friday 1 November 1940. Age 36. Son of William and Emily Mimer, of Markyate. Buried: MARKYATE (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) NEW CHURCHYARD, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Ref. Block C. Row 14. Grave 522.

  MIMER Alec

Probably Private 5951453. 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died Saturday 30 October 1943. Age 30. Commemorated: THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Ref. B6.S.5.

  STAYTON Eric James

Private 5951223. 1st Battalion The Hertfordshire Regiment., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 16 September 1944. Age 25. Son of Edward Stayton, and of Florence Stayton, of Markyate, Hertfordshire. Buried: DELHI WAR CEMETERY, India. Ref. 4. D. 2.

  STREETON F

No further information available at present

  THORN Stanley

Gunner 1126453. 70 Field Regiment., Royal Artillery. Died Wednesday 3 March 1943. Age 21. Son of Percy and Eliza Thorn, of Markyate, Hertfordshire. Buried: TABARKA RAS RAJEL WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Ref. 2. A. 2.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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