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DIDDINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2001
The monument stands beside the road leading from the A1 into Diddington on the right a few yards down from the entrance to the church. The list of men is for all those who served. Those who died are listed on a memorial in the church. Those who died are denoted with a poppy.

Photographs (above) Copyright © Martin Edwards 2002

Photograph (below) Copyright © Bob Bottrell 2011

FOR KING AND COUNTRY

ERECTED BY THIS PARISH IN
HONOUR OF THE MEN WHO
SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR,
1914-1919

  AYERS

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in 1911 Henry Wood S AYERS was aged 13, living with his parents, William & Alice Ayers, in Diddington. he was a schoolboy, aged 13, born Colesden, Bedfordshire.
  BRIGGS

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CADE

James George

Lance Corporal 14971, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 23rd August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born Diddington, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Boughton. Son of Mrs. Mary Cade, of Boughton, Buckden, Hunts. Buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row U. Grave 2.

CADE

Walter

Private 797557, 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died on 15th August 1917. Born 5th December 1890 at Boughton, Hunts. Son of Tom and Mary Cade, of Boughton, Buckden. Enlisted 17th January 1916 at Simxoe, Ontario, Canada, aged 25 years, passed fit the same day. Farmer by trade. Member of the 39th Canadian Militia. Height 5 feet 5½ inches, girth 38 inches, complexion dark, eyes browish grey, hair dark brown, religion Baptist. Buried in Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-en-Gohelle. Plot II. Row C. Grave 26. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1368 - 13
  CHERRY

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in 1911 John Cherry was married, aged 29, born 1882, Buckden, living at the Lodge, Diddington. a Roadman. He had a wife, Elizabeth Ann, aged 23,, born Wimpole, Cambridgeshire and two daughters, Elsie Winfred, aged 3, andm Beatrice KLillian, aged 2, both born at Diddington.
FELLOWES

George Charles

Gunner 59792, 1st/5th Hants Howitzer Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died Wednesday 22nd November 1916 in Turkey. Age 23. Born Diddington, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of William and Catherine Fellowes, of 28, South St., Eastgate, Peterborough. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row K. Grave 35.

In 1911 he was alreadyn with the Royal Artillery, the census shows him as a Soldier, aged 19, born Diddington, resident at Woolwich Common, Woolwich.

Inscription on gravestone to Jane Jarvis in Roxton Churchyard reads "....GEORGE CHARLES FELLOWES nephew of the above whose death occurred at Ofion Hara Hissar November 22nd 1916. Aged 24 years. Whilst a prisoner of war in Turkey.

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GRIFFITHS

Charles [Victor Paris]

[GRIFFITH on church memorial] Private 43171, "B" Company, 5th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 12th November 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Buckden, enlisted Huntingdon. Foster son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Ellis, of Southoe, nr. Buckden, Hunts. Formerly 1079, Hunts Cyclist Battalion. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 8.
  HANNAM

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HUMPHREY

George Victor

Private 16603, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday 31st October 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and resident Diddington, enlisted St. Neots. Son of Alfred and Lydia Humphrey, of Diddington, Hunts. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 7.
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IRONS

Ernest

Private 13337, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 9th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 33. Born and resident Diddington, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of Charles Irons, of Diddington, Buckden, Huntingdon. Buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row P. Grave 54.
IRONS

Sidney

Lance Corporal 30260, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 11th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born and resident Diddington, enlisted Huntingdon. Son of Charles and Anne Irons, of Diddington; husband of Margaret Irons, of Bury Rd., Mildenhall, Suffolk. Formerly 954, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 4.
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  KING

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  KING

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  KING, M.M.

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Military Medal. Corporal, Huntingdonshire Cyclist battalion and 1st Bedfordshire Regiment. "He volunterred in 1915, and in July of the following year proceeded to the Western Front. There he saw severe fighting in various sectors, and took part in the Battle of Albert and many other important engagements, being wounded in action on the Somme in August 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravey in the Field, and holding also the General Service and Victory Medals, was demobilised in 1919. Diddington, Hunts. Z3230/B." from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.
  KING

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Private, 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Regiment. "Four months after joining in March 1916, he was drafted to France, where he saw severe fighting in various sectors of that front. He took part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras, Ypres and Passchendaele, and many other important engagements in this theatrte of war until the cessation of Hostilities. Demobilised in 1919 he holds the General Service and Victory Medals. Diddington, Hunts. Z3230/A." from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.
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Trooper, Bedfordshire Lancers; and Private, King's (Liverpool Regiment). "He joined in June 1916, and in the following year was drafted to the Western Front, where he saw severe fighting in various sectors. After taking part in the Battles of Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and the Somme, and many other important engagements, he was invalided home on account of injuries caused by a kick from a horse. Discharged as medically unfit for further service in July 1919, he holds the General Service and Victory Medals. Diddington, Hunts. Z3232" from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.
  LOCKIE

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MITCHELL

Charles

Private 17854, 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 29th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 40. Born Diddington, enlisted London, resident kilburn, Middlesex. Son of Mary Ann Mitchell, of Boughton, Buckden, Hunts, and the late George Mitchell. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29
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  REDMILL

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  REDMILL

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  SMITH

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Sergeant, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. "Volunteering in August 1914, he was drafted to France in the following year. In this seat of war he took part in many engagements, including those at Ypres, the Somme, Arras, Vimy ridge, Passchendaele and Cambrai. He was then sent to Italy, and saw much fighting on the Asiago Plateau and Piave River. He returned home and was demobilised in mArch 1919, holding the 1914-15 Star and the general Service and Victory Medals. Diddington, Hunts. Z4233." from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.
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SMITH

Ernest William

Private 66584, 2nd/6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died while training 29th November 1918. Age 18. Son of Mrs. Annie Mills (formerly Smith), of Cemetery Lane, St. Neots. Born at Diddington. Buried north of church in St. Laurence Churchyard, Diddington, Huntingdonshire.
TATMAN

Arthur Frederick

Private 39424, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds Monday 19th March 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born Stanground, Hunts, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Diddington. Only son of Arthur and Louisa Tatman, of Diddington, nr. Buckden, Hunts. Formerly 931, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in Contay British cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row D. Grave 12.

'He volunteered in 1915, and after his training, was retained on police duties in England until drafted to the Western Front in the following year. There, after taking part in many important engagements, he was mortally wounded in action at Albert, and unhappily died on March 19th. 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals. "A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life's last hill." Diddington, Hunts. Z4362.' from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.

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  TITCHMARSH

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UNDERWOOD

Frederick

Private 17581, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Letchworth, Herts, enlisted St. Neots, resident Diddington. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. See also Letchworth.
  UNDERWOOD

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  UNDERWOOD, M.M.

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Military Medal. Private 1/1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. "He volunteered in 1914, and was retained on various duties at home before proceeding overseas in 1916. Whilst on the Western Front he took part in the Battles of the Somme, Ypres, Passchendaele and Cambrai, and was wounded in the Somme sector and invalided home. In June 1918 he was sent to Italy, where he saw much fighting on the Piave River and Asiago Plateau, being again wounded. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the Field when in charge of a Lewis Gun Section on November 2nd, 1918. He returned home and was demobilised in 1919, holding also the General Service and Victory Medals. Diddington, Hunts. Z2203." from National Roll of the Great War, Section XII, Bedford & Northampton - ISBN 1 897632 93 2.
1939-1945
IRONS Ernest Sidney

Private 5778601, 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 29th January 1944. Aged 23. Buried in Chungkai War Cemetery. Plot 3. Row E. Grave 11.

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