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EATON SOCON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The Memorial stands on the village green in Eaton Socon and takes the form of an obelisk on a square plinth with a three-stepped base made from blocks of Darley Dale stone. Bronze wreaths can be seen on the top of the plinth and around the base. There are 78 names for World War 1 and 26 for World War 2. The memorial initially cost £430 to erected and the artists was Mr Alfred Bowman Yeates. There are three plaques commemorating various men within the church, one is on the memorial the other two are not but are listed at the end of the page.



Photographs Courtesy of Jim Bundy
 
Other photographs can be found on Jim Hawkins site at http://www.cix.co.uk/~jimlad
 
Unveiling the Eaton Socon War Memorial, from an old postcard

ERECTED WITH GRATITUDE
TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
TO SECURE VITORY IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

ADAMS

Frank

Private 30901, 1st/1st, Bedfordshire Yeomanry who died on Sunday, 9th June 1918. Age 21. Son of William Richard and Sarah Ann Adams, of Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XI. H. 5A.

ADAMS

Frederick

Private 33587, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Friday, 27th April 1917. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford, resident Eaton Ford. Formerly 2535, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5
ADDINGTON

Geoffrey William

Second Lieutenant 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who died on Saturday, 1st December 1917. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Addington, of Ford House, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in RIBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Special Memorial B. 9. There is also a plaque within the parish church commemorating Second Lieutenant Addington which is in the form of an albaster backboard with a brass plaue. The inscription reads:

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEOFFREY WILLIAM ADDINGTON
2ND LIEUTENANT
2ND DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY
KILLED IN ACTION
AT CANTAING NEAR CAMBRAI
ON
DECEMBER 1ST 1917
AGED 19

ANDERSON

John Thomas

Private 6198 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment killed in action on Friday, 29th January 1915. Born St Neots, enlisted London, resident Eaton Socon. Buried in FAUQUISSART MILITARY CEMETERY, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave F. 10.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 5:

ANDERSON, J. T., Pte., Royal Berkshire Regt.
He was mobilised in August 1914, and in the following November was sent to France, where he fought in the Battle of Ypres. He was unfortunately killed in action at La Bassée on January 29th, 1915. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, may reach
him where he sleeps.”

Near White Lion, Eaton Socon, near St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z1056.

BALL Richard Samuel

Private 10843 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born and resident St Neots, enlisted Bedford. Buried in PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Grave II. E. 24.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 12:

BALL, R. S., Private, 2nd Bedfordsbire Regiment.
Mobilised at the outbreak of hostilities, he was sent to France in August 1915, and played a prominent part in the Battles of Givenchy and Loos, and in heavy fighting at Ypres. He laid down his life for King and Country on July 5th, 1916, shortly aftei the commencement of the Somme Offensive, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"And doubtless he went in splendid company.”

Rose Cottage, Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z2976/B—Z2977/B.

BALL Herbert Ernest
Corporal 32950, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Thursday, 26th April 1917. Age 22. Enlisted Bedford, resident St Neots. Son of James William and Caroline Ball, of Cross Hall Cottage, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5. (obviously brother of below but is his surname BALL or BALLS probably BALL)
BALLS William Henry
Private 233488 1st/2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) who was killed in action on Thursday, 3rd May 1917. Age 20. Born Fulham, enlisted Bedford, resident Staple, St Neots (sic). Son of James William and Caroline Balls, of Cross Hall Cottage, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 4552, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9. (obviously brother of above but is his surname BALL or BALLS probably BALL)
BARDELL

Edward

Trooper 1206, Household Battalion formerly 2586, Royal Horse Guards who died of wounds on Wednesday, 11th April 1917. Born Bedford, enlisted London. Buried in BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. F. 27.

BARRINGER

Corbett Jesse

Private 11174, 40th Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps who died on Thursday, 17th August 1916 in Salonika. Age 20. Born Eaton Town, Bedfordshire (Eaton Socon), enlisted Keighley, Yorkshire. Son of James and Kate Barringer, of Eaton Socon, St. Neots. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 1696. Brother of below.

BARRINGER

Frederick George

Private 114624, 235th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Died of wounds Sunday, 30th December 1917. Age 19. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of James and Kate Barringer, of "Cliftonville", Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 35631, Essex Regiment. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave V. C. 12. Brother of the above.
BETTLES Charles
Private 19024, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 1st December 1915. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford. Buried in CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Grave V. A. 7.
BUNDY Leonard
Corporal 17083 No. 4 Coy, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment.) who died on Saturday, 24th April 1915. Age 31. Son of Mary Bundy, of Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts, and the late George Bundy. Born 12th January 1884. Enlisted 23rd September 1914. Was employed as a hospital attendant. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 18 - 28 - 30. For more details of Leonard Bundy and to see Army paperwork.
CARRINGTON Harold George
Private 20731 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 18th August 1916. Age 19. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted St Neots. Son of George F. and Grace Carrington, of St. Mary's St., Eynesbury, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 377, 1st/1st, Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion. Buried in OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave IV. I. 6.
CHILDERLEY Albert Ernest
Private 18534, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday, 30th June 1916. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave II. K. 6.
CHESHIRE

Claude

Bombardier 31058, "B" Battery, 177th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was killed in action on Thursday, 12th July 1917. Age 21. Born Luton, enlisted London. Youngest son of Frederick and Jane Cheshire, of Shefford, Beds. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. F. 32.

CHESHIRE

Frederick Charles

Gunner 77541 202nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who died of wounds on Thursday, 16th August 1917. Born Dunstable, enlisted Spal;ding, Lincolnshire. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 to 7 and 162

COOK

Walter James Stracey

Private 268734, 12th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) who died of wounds on Tuesday, 27th November 1917. Born and resident St Neots, enlisted Bedford. Formerly 2301, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave P. III. I. 7B.
COOPER

George Willaim

Private 16601, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15th September 1916. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted St. Neots. Details confirmed by local newspaper cuttings. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.
COOPER Jack
Lance Corporal G/29545, 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment who died of wounds on Tuesday, 14th August 1917. Age 32. Enlisted Eaton Socon, resident St Neots. Son of Charles and Eliza Cooper; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Cooper, of 9, Church St., St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IV. E. 24.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 58:

COOPER, J., L/Corporal, x6th Middlesex Regiment.
He joined in June 1916, and on conclusion of his training was three months later drafted overseas. He served on the Western Front for 11 months, and during that time saw heavy fighting in different sectors of the line, and was wounded in action. On August 14th, 1917, he was unfortunately killed in action near Poperinghe, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

Cambridge Street, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z1796.

COOPER Jesse
Private 39252, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds on Tuesday, 29th May 1917. Born Eaton Socon. Enlisted Huntingdon. Formerly 1480 Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. C. 14.
CORBETT John
Serjeant 50049, "B" Battery, 59th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was killed in action at Gallipoli on Wednesday, 18th August 1915. Born St Ives, Huntingodnshire, enlisted Huntingdon. Buried in LALA BABA CEMETERY, Turkey. Grave III. B. 6.
COUSINS

Arthur Edwin

Rifleman 391955 2nd/9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) who was killed in action on Wednesday, 26th September 1917. Age 24. Enlisted Loindon, resident Eaton Ford. Son of William and Caroline Cousins, of 4, Hawthorne Cottages, Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 151

COUSINS

Frank

[Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 8598, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday, 20th April 1915. Age 20. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted and resident St Neots. Son of Caroline Cousins, of 4, Hawthorn Cottages, Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts., and the late William Cousins. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

CROSS

Albert

Private 202387 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 24th April 1918. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Biggleswade. Commemorated on the POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29
DARRINGTON Albert
Private 19380 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Wednesday, 21st February 1917. Age 21. Born Wyboston, enlisted Bedford, resident St Neots. Son of Walter and Jane Darrington, of Wyboston, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXI. H. 9A.
DARRINGTON

John William

Private 201169, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action in Palestine on Friday, 2nd November 1917. Age 22. Born Wybosoton, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Colmworth, Bedfordshire. Son of Samuel and Alice Eliza Darrington, of Begwary, Eaton Socon, Colmworth, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXII. A. 5.

DAY

Charles

Lance Corporal 19021, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 5th January 1918. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 68:

DAY, C., L/Corporal, 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment.
Mobilised in August 1914, he was immediately drafted to the Western Front, where, after serving through the Retreat from Mons, he took part In the Battles of the Marne, Pestubert, Ypres and Loos and many minor engagements. He fell fighting on January 5th, 1917. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"A valiant Soldier, with undaunted heart he breasted life’s last bill."

Eaton Socon, Beds.  
Z1950/B.

DEAN

George

Private 23502 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. who killed in action on Friday, 12th October 1917. Son of the late John and Ann Dean, of Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemoarted on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4.

DEAN

William

Acting Corporal 23773 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday, 9th (CWGC & SDGW say 14th) April 1917. Age 24. Born and enlisted Eaton Socon, enlisted Ampthill. Husband of Nellie Dean, of 31, East St., St. Neots, Hunts. Born 22nd July 1892. in the 1911 census he was a Flour packer in Mill, born Eaton Socon, aged 18, son of James and Lizzie Dean and living in Eaton Socon. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VII. H. 5. Also on the Eaton Socon War Memorial. Also on the Bedfordshire Police Memorial.
DOBNEY Arthur Frederick
[Not on SDGW - Note date discrepancies] Private 22549 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of consumption on Tuesday, 13th November 1917. Age 30. Son of Emma Dobney, of Cross Hall Ford, St. Neots, and the late Josiah Dobney. Buried North-East of Church in EATON SOCON CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 73:

DOBNEY, A. F., L/Corporal, 3rd Beds. Regt.
Volunteering in September 1915, was found to be medically unfit for service overseas, and accordingly was unsuccessful in his efforts to procure a transfer to the war zone. However, he was engaged on important work with his unit, and rendered many valuable services before being invalided out of the Army in July 1917. He died from consumption on November 18th, 1917, at Eaton Ford.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

Eaton Ford, Beds.  
Z2015.

DRAKE Robert John
Lance Corporal 30307, 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 26th October 1917. Age 24. Born Marylebone, London, enlisted Huntingdon, resident St Neots. Son of Walter Firmin Drake and Rebecca Drake, of 63, Corn St., Witney, Oxon. Native of Eaton Socon, Beds. Formerly 1283, Hunts Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A
GENTLE

Reginald Arthur

Lance Corporal 204235 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment who died atn home on Monday, 10th June 1918. Age 20. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Alice Gentle, of 13, Staploe, St. Neots. Born at Basmead, St. Neots. Buried in EATON SOCON CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire North of Church.

GEORGE Albert
Lance Corporal 38863 2nd/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers who was killed in action on Saturday, 10th November 1917. Born Goodwick (Goodwick is a farm just outside Eaton Socon), Bedford, enlisted Kettering. Formerly S/4/110371, Royal Army Service Corps. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A
GILL

William Francis

Signalman J/14818 H.M.S. "Recruit.", Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 9th August 1917. Age 21. Son of William and Rose Gill, of Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 21.

 

 

 

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 95:

GILL, W. F., Leading Signalman, R.N., H.M.S. “Recruit.”
Having enlisted in the Navy in 1911, he at once went to sea at the outbreak of war, and served in the Mediterranean. He was subsequently with the Grand Fleet in the North Sea and took part in the BatUe of Jutland on May 31st, 1916, but unhappily lost his life when H.M.S. " Recruit” was sunk by a mine on August 9th, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His life for his Country, his soul to God.”

Cross Hale Ford, St Neots, Hunts.  
Z2602/A.

GOODMAN

John William

Private 20996, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 19th April 1916. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted St Neots. Formerly Private 19025, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C
GREEN

William

Private 7065, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 9th November 1914. Age 44. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford, resident St Neots. Son of the late William and Elizabeth Green. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11
HARRIS Harry
Gunner 30878, 335th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action Thursday, 26th September 1918. Born and enlisted St Neots. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IV. H. 5.
HARRIS Sidney
Private 103492, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) who was killed in action on Sunday, 21st April 1918. Age 34. Born Little Paxton, enlisted St Neots, resident Eaton Socon. Son of Thomas Harris, of Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts; husband of Edith Kate Hand (formerly Harris), of White Horse Cottages, Eaton Socon. Formerly 29806, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 52 to 54
HART Sidney William
Private 887052 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment.) who died on Thursday, 22nd March 1917. Born 28th October 1894. Resident Bresaylor, Saskatawan, born Marylebone, London. Son of Mrs Gertrude Hart of St Neots, Huntingdonshire. Farmer by trade. Singleman. Enlisted and passed fit 1st December 1915 at North Battaleford, Canada aged 21. Height 5 feet 7½ inches, girth 36 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair black; religion Church of England. Buried in VILLERS STATION CEMETERY, VILLER-AU-BOIS, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VII. F. 3. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4120 - 48
HARTOP, MM Ben
Private 35599 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Died of wounds on Wednesday, 11th September 1918. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted Biggleswade. Buried in EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Grave II. F. 3.
HAWKINS

Charles William

Gunner 196442 64th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds on Monday, 8th April 1918. Age 29. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire. Son of Benjamin Hawkins, of Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts; husband of the late Violet May Hawkins (nee Coles). Formerly 20366, 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in SAILLY-LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave F. 13.

HAYNES, MM

Leonard George

[Memorial states Private PCY Warwickshire Regiment] Private G/11976 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday, 6th February 1917. Born Wyboston, enlisted Brighton, Sussex, resident St Neots. Husband of E. Day, (formerly Haynes), of Church Walk, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. L. 46. No mention of MM or Warwickshire Regiment though.

HEMMINGS

Francis James [John]

[Francis John on CWGC] Private 200271 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Sunday, 29th July 1917. Age 22. Born, resident and enlisted Eaton Socon. Son of Mary Ann Thornton (formerly Hemmings), of Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts., and the late Thomas Hemmings. Buried in DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. F. 25.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 111:

HEMMINGS, F. J., Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.
Volunteering in 1914, he was drafted in the following year to the Dardanelles and took part in the Landing. He was later sent to France, but after taking part in fighting on the Somme and at Arras and Cambrai, was killed in action at Ypres on July 29th, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914-1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"A costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

Eaton Socon. Beds.  
Z2820 /A.

HIGGINS Fred William
Private 19044 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Thursday, 2nd August 1917. Age 30. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford, resident Eaton Ford. Husband of Emma Rachel Higgins. Commemoarted on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 112:

HIGGINS, F. W., Private, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in November 1915, and seven months later reached France, where he fought at Festubert, Givenchy and Loos. Wounded in January 1916 at Lens, he was invalided to hospital in England, but on his recovery was drafted again to the Western Front in August 1916, and took part in the Somme Offensive and the Battles of Arras, Messines and Ypres. On August 2nd, 1917, he laid down his life for King and Country at Passchendaele Ridge. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Great deeds cannot die.:
They with the sun and moon renew their light for ever."

Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z2831/A—Z2833/A.

HIGGINS W H
Seaman 5894/A H.M. Trawler "Killdeer." (Kildare), Royal Naval Reserve who died on Thursday, 17th May 1917. Age 19. Son of Mrs. Sarah Higgins. Buried in BEDFORD CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave E. 214.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 112:

HIGGINS, W. H., A.B., R.N., H.M.S. “ Kildare.”
He volunteered at the outbreak of war, and during the first part of his service was employed on patrol and escort duties in the North Sea and to Russia. He was accidentally drowned at night whilst rowing to his ship on May 17th, 1917, and was buried at Bedford. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His memory is cherished with pride.”

Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z2831/B—Z2833/B.

HOITT, MM Sidney
Serjeant 8616, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. (Prince of Wales's Own) who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Born Cobham, Gravesend, Kent, enlisted Woolwich. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D. No mention of MM.
HOPE

H C

Gunner R.G.A. - no further information currently

HUMPHRIES

Frederick Charles

[Bedfordshire Regiment on memorial; spelt HUMPHREY on SDGW] Serjeant 48350 162nd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who was killed in action on Sunday, 29th April 1917. Age 25. Enlisted Bedford, resident Eaton Socon. Son of Mrs. Ellen Saunders, of 1, Hatchway Close, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 4020, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXIV. E. 9.

MARKHAM

Ernest Frederick

Lance Corporal 202779 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment who was killed in action on Sunday, 25th August 1918. Age 24. Born and enlisted Eaton Socon. Son of Fredrick and Mary Ann Markham, of Bushmead Rd., Eaton Socon, St. Neots. Formerly 3593, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France . Grave XV. A. 18.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour Volume 2, Part 5 , Page 118, the following:

Lance Corporal Ernest Frederick MARKHAM, number 202779, 6th (Service) Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. only son of Frederick Markham by his wife Mary Ann daughter of Leonard Bundy.

Born Eaton Socon co Bedford 29-8-1894, educated there, was a labourer. Joined the Bedfordshire Regiment in May 1914, Served with the Mediterranean Expiditionary Force at Gallipoli 1915, was invalided home and on recovery transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment. Served with the Expeditioary Force in France and Flanders from Jan 1917 and was killed in action 25-8-18.

Buried on the Thiepval ridge between Albert and Bapaume.

MASON John William
Private 32141 Hertfordshire Regiment died of wounds Saturday, 24th August 1918. Age 23. Born Little Barford, Beds, resident Eaton Socon, enlisted St neots, Hunts. Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Mason, of Brewery Cottage, Eaton Socon, St. Neots. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Grave IV. E. 19.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 155:

MASON, J. W., Private, 1st Hertfordshire Regt.
He was mobilised with the Territorial Force in August 1914, and in the following July was drafted to Gallipoli, where he was at once in action at Suvla Bay, and was wounded. In January 1916 be was sent to Mesopotamia, and two months later was again wounded. As a result he was invalided home, and upon his recovery proceeded to France, where he took part in further fighting on the Somme front, also at Ypres, Arras and Cambrai, and fell in action near Amiens on August 24th, 1918. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"The path of duty was the way to glory."

Brewery Cottage, Eaton Socon, near St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z3492.

MEDLOW Charles Walter
Private G/28105, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 26th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted St Neots. Buried in HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES, Somme, France. Grave VII. L. 6.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 158:

MEDLOW, C. W., Private, Middlesex Regiment.
He joined in May 1916, and completing his training in the following August was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in several engagements. He made the supreme sacrifice, being killed in action on September 26th, 1916, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Great deeds cannot die:
They with the sun and moon renew their light for ever.”

Wyboston, Beds.  
Z3538 /B.

MURFIN

William

Private 2690 attached 72nd Trench Mortar Battery, East Surrey Regiment who was killed in action on Tuesday, 26th December 1916. Age 24. Born and enlisted St Neots. Son of Leader Murfin, of Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. A. 7.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 164:

MURFIN, W., Private, 9th East Surrey Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914, and early in the following year was drafted to France, where he took part in the Battles of Festubert and Loos, and other important engagements. He made the supreme sacrifice on December 26th, 1916, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

"He died the noblest death a man may die:
Fighting for God and right and liberty."

Eaton Ford, Beds.  
Z3619 /B.

OAKLEY Frank
Private 235099 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 19th January 1918. Enlisted Eaton Socon. Son of Mrs. A. E. Huckle, of Eaton, Socon, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 5263, Bedfordshire Regiment. Buried in BEAUMETZ CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BEAUMETZ-LES-CAMBRAI, Pas de Calais, France. Grave D. 17.
PAGE Albert William
Private 17090, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Friday, 15th September 1916. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Page, of Cross Hall Cottages, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Grave XIII. P. 2.
PAYNE

Charles Arthur

Private 3/6173, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 20th February 1915. Born and resident Wyboston, enlisted St Neots. Son of Mr. A. Payne, of Wyboston, St. Neots, Hunts. Buried in R.E. FARM CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I. B. 2.
PAYNE

Job

Private 45434, 15th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died of wounds on Tuesday, 3rd September 1918. Born Wyboston, Eaton Socon (sic), enlisted St Neots. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Grave VII. B. 1 17.

REYNOLDS

Edward

[Please Note: The dates here do not tally but have been pulled from different sources] Private 427600 2nd, Canadian Infantry Works Company who died on Monday, 9th September 1918. Born 10th June 1894 in London. Farmer by trade. Single man. Only son of Edward and Gertrude Reynolds. His family had land in Eaton Socon, Little Paxton and Hail Weston from the 18th century, which he inherited, when a minor, on his father's death. He went with his sister to Canada.

At the outbreak of World War I he volunteered for the Canadian Army enlisting 14th September 1915 at Moose Jaw, Canada, and came to England with the 2nd Canadian contingent from there being sent to France in 1915. He was 21 years and 3 months when he enlisted, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a girth of 37½ inches. His complexion was medium, eyes grey and hair black; his religion is given as Church of England.

He received a severe wound to his head from a shell fragment sustained during the advance on Feustubert in May 1915? (enlisted 14th September 1915) from which he never recovered and it resulted in his premature death. (It was noted that if he had been wearing a metal helmet, which was introduced later in the war, his injuries might not have been so severe and he might have survived.) He had two operations, one in Boulougne and another in London but he was permanently liable to periodic seizures and therefore was invalided out of the Army. He returned to Vancouver in 1916. It was while under the effects of a brain seizure he met with a fatal accident and died on 11 September 1917 (Account taken from St Neots Advertiser.)

His name has also been inscribed, together with his father's and uncle's, on his grandfather's gravestone in Hail Weston Churchyard. Also Edward who died 11 September 1917 of wound received in France, aged 26. Buried in SUN QUARRY CEMETERY, CHERISY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave F. 12. National Archives of Canada Accessions Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8206 - 12

Extract from St Neots Advertiser 19th October 1917

DEATH OF MR. EDWARD REYNOLDS.

With much regret we learn of the death of Mr. Edward Reynolds which occurred in Vancouver British Columbia. Mr. Reynolds was a son of the late Mr. Edward Reynolds, of Paxton Hall, and owner of the Reynolds Estate, he was unmarried and leaves two sisters. When the war broke out he was in Canada, where he had been living for some years, and he at once patriotically joined a Canadian Contingent, and went to France, where he took part in some strenuous fighting, and was severely wounded in the head. For a long time he was in a serious condition, but ultimately made some progress towards recovery, and spent a considerable period of his convalescence at St. Neots. Eventually he was discharged from the Army as medically unfit and returned to Canada. Evidently he had never really recovered from his wound, for death was caused by the results of it. His age was 26.

Extract from St Neots Advertiser 2nd November 1917

REYNOLDS Wilfred George
Lance Corporal G/50583, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) who was killed in action on Saturday, 28th April 1917. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted St Neots. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 187:

REYNOLDS, W. G., L/Corporal, Essex Regiment and Middlesex Regiment.
After volunteering in April 1915 he underwent a period of training before proceeding to the Western Front in the following November, and there saw much heavy fighting at Festubert and in various other sectors. He was reported missing, and is believed to have been killed in action at Arras in April 1916. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star. and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“His life for his Country, his soul to God”

Eaton Socon. Beds.  
Z3949.

SEARLE John
Private 22657, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 18th April 1917. Born St Neots, enlisted Ampthill, resident Eaton Ford. Son of Walter (below). Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 198:

SEARLE, J., Private, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment.
After volunteering in July 1915, he completed a period of training, and in the following year was drafted overseas. During his service on the Western Front he took part in the Somme Offensive, and later in the Battles of Arras and Vimy Ridge, He made the supreme sacriflce, being killed in action on April 16th, 1917, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain"

Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z4111/A.

SEARLE Walter
Sapper 133335, 4th Prov. Company, Royal Engineers who died in the United Kingdom on Monday, 22nd November 1915. Age 55. Born and enlisted St Neots. Husband of Elizabeth Searle, of Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts; father of John (above). Wnlisted with Royal Engineers early September 1915, aged 55. Buried in FORT PITT MILITARY CEMETERY, Kent. Grave 1345.

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 198:

SEARLE, W., Sapper, Royal Engineers.
He volunteered in November 1915, but whilst in training he was unfortunately taken seriously ill, and died in hospital at Chatham on the 21st of the same month, after only thrc weeks with the Colours.

“Thinking that remembrance, though unspoken, maY reach him where he sleeps.”

Eaton Ford, St. Neots, Hunts.  
Z4111/B

SMITH

Corbet Charles

Private 23477, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Sunday, 29th April 1917. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford, resident Northampton. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

SMITH

Samuel

Private 20675, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 22nd October 1917. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34 to 35 and 162A.

SMYTHE Rudolph Meade
Captain, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on Wednesday, 13th October 1915. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218
THORNHILL, MC George Robert
Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who was killed in action on Thursday, 22nd October 1914. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 2. No mention of MC.
THORNHILL, DSO John Evelyn

Brevet Lieut-Colonel Seaforth Highlanders attached to The Staff who died on Wednesday, 2nd October 1918. G.S.O. II. Buried in GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY, Gibraltar. Grave C. 4044.

From the book "Distinguished Service Order 1916-1923", published by Naval and Military Press:

THORNHILL, J. E. (D.S.O. L.G. 14.1.16); b. 7.4.80; educ. Cheltenham Coll.; 2nd Lt., Sco. R., 6.12.99; transferred Seaforth Highrs. 20.12.99; Lt., Seaforth Highrs., 21.1.01; Capt., Seaforth Highrs., 24.2.06; Adjt., T.F., 15.3.13 to 8.2.16; Major 1.9.15 ; served S. African War, 1900-2 ; Queen’s Medal, 3 clasps King’s Medal, 2 clasps; Europ. War; Despatches. He died 2.10.18.

From the London Gazette 14th January 1916:

"War Office, 14 Jan. 1916. Hist Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned Honours and Rewards for distinguished service in the field, with effect from 1 Jan. 1916, inclusive. To be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order.

....

THORNHILL, JOHN EVELYN, Major, Seaforth Highlanders.

...."

THORNTON

Frederick Charles

Private G/38407, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who was killed in action on Friday, 26th October 1917. Enlisted Eaton Socon, resident Eynesbury. Son of Joseph Thornton, of Eaton-Socon, St. Neots; husband of Alice Thornton (nee Walton), of Eynesbury, St. Neots, Hunts. Formerly 5260, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commeorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A
TOWNSEND

Arthur Darrington

Private 8296, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 7th November 1914. Born and resident Wyboston, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11

Extract from "National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918", Section XII Bedford and Northampton, page 224:

TOWNSEND, A. D., Pte., 2nd Bedfordshire Regt.
He was mobilised in August 1914, and was immediately drafted to France. There he took part in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent Retreat, and did excellent work until he was unf ortunatey killed in action on November 8th, 1914. He was entitled to the Mons Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.

“Courage, bright hopes, and a myriad dreams, splendidly
given.”

Wyboston, Beds.  
Z4447.

USHER

Horace

Private 9772 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 21st December 1914. Born Staplehoe, Bedfordshire, enlisted Bedford. Buried in PONT-DU-HEM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE, Nord, France. Grave X. B. 5.
WATTS Albert George
Lance Corporal 16081 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 25th May 1918. Age 22. Born and resident Eaton Socon, enlisted St Neots. Son of Charles and Eliza Ann Watts, of The Black Horse, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Hunts. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29
WHIDDETT Frank
[No entry on SDGW] Serjeant 10221 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Friday, 8th June 1917. Age 30. Son of Alfred and Ethel Whiddett; husband of Catherine Freeman (formerly Whiddett), of 3, Harringay Terrace, Eaton Socon. Born at Sheerness. Buried Near North-West corner of Church in EATON SOCON CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire.
WHITE Frank M
Private 1484, 1st Huntingdonshire (Cyclists) Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps attached to Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry who was killed in action Tuesday, 15th August 1916. Born St Neots, enlisted Huntingdon, resident Eaton Socon. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 C
WILES

Charles

Private 43060 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Monday, 1st July 1918. Born Eaton Socon, enlisted Huntingdon, resident St Neots. Formerly 1161, Hunts Cyclist Battalion. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29

1939-1945
THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT
ASBURY

Stanley Victor

Serjeant 14545320 Intelligence Corps who died on Saturday, 13th July 1946. Age 24. Son of Albert Victor Thomas Asbury and Dora Elizabeth Asbury, of St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. Buried in MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAI, India. Grave 7. A. 11.

ASPLIN

John Henry

Flying Officer 170020 Air Gnr. 34 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Thursday, 23rd November 1944. Age 22. Son of Henry James Asplin and Faith Magdalene Asplin, of Wyboston, Bedfordshire. Buried in BUDAPEST WAR CEMETERY, Hungary. Collective grave IV. E. 1-7.

BAKER

Harry William James

Private 5954493 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment.) who died on Tuesday, 23rd November 1943. Age 23. Son of Harry James Baker and of Catherine Baker, of Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 5.

BEDFORD

Frederick John

Fusilier 14601377 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment.) who died on Sunday, 27th February 1944. Age 34. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bedford, of St. Neots, Huntingdonshire; husband of C. M. Bedford, of Eaton Socon, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 5.

BIRDSALL

William

Flying Officer 124844 Pilot 90 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Thursday, 23rd September 1943. Age 20. Son of Herbert William and Kathleen Charlotte Birdsall, of Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire. Buried in HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Collective grave 11. A. 15-19.

BREWER

Keith John


Picture courtesy & Copyright © Mr & Mrs P Presland 2002

Private 3197649 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers who died on Wednesday, 19th July 1944. Age 23. Son of William and Clara L. Brewer; husband of Helen C. Brewer, of Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave I. A. 19. Bom at Duloe, Beds., on 1 1 May 1 921, youngest son of William and Clara Brewer. He went to Eaton Socon school and on leaving school worked for Wrycrofts Builders, St. Neots. When work became scarce in the area he went to work in Scotland where he met and married Helen from Newton Stewart in March 1944. He joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderers on 15th January 1942 and took part in the D-Day landings, landing on Sword Beach. On 19 July 1944 he was killed in a battle on the outskirts of Caen, France. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star and War Medal 1939-45.

BREWER

William


Ralph Brewer (left) with his
twin brother William.
Picture courtesy & Copyright
© Mr & Mrs P Presland 2002

Private 5950369 2nd Battalion. The Hertfordshire Regiment., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Wednesday, 22nd January 1941. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Brewer, of Staploe. Buried in EATON SOCON CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Row 1. Grave 18. Born at Duloe, Beds. On 9th November, 1917, son of William and Clara Brewer, and was one of twins. He went to Eaton Socon school and on leaving school worked as an electrician until joining the Beds. & Herts. Regiment on 15th January 1940. On 16th May 1940 he was posted to the 10 Holding Battalion and subsequently to the 2nd Battalion, where he served as a Dispatch Rider in the south of England. On 22 January 1941 he was killed in a Road Traffic Accident at Eastleigh, near Southampton, whilst on duty. He was awarded the 1939-45 War Medal and was a single man.

Ralph Brewer is still alive (2003) and has given his permission for publication of these details for which we thank him.

DICKENS

William Hendy

Chief Petty Officer D/J 77124 H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy who died on Thursday, 22nd May 1941. Age 39. Son of Charles Hite Dickens and Mary Ann Dickens, of Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 45, Column 2.
FREEMAN

John Raymond

Private 5952062 8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 18th June 1940. Age 21. Son of John William and Catherine Freeman, of Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire. Buried in LEUVEN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Row A. Grave 8.

GRAY

Harold John

Able Seaman C/J 109086 H.M.S. Avenger, Royal Navy who died on Sunday, 15th November 1942. Age 34. Son of William Harold and Caroline Emma Gray; husband of Norah Alberta Edwardene Gray, of St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 54, 1.

HARTOP

Edward Ben

Trooper 10602975 C Sqn., 4th Regiment., Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. who died on Saturday, 11th November 1944. Age 27. Son of Ben Hartop, and of Florence May Hartop, of Eaton Ford, Bedfordshire. Buried in MELDOLA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave I, E, 17.

MORTIMER

Jack Edawrd

Lance Serjeant 6100192 Royal Artillery who died on Monday, 29th May 1944. Age 32. Son of Hector and Annie Maria Mortimer, of St. Neots, Huntingdonshire. Buried in CASERTA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave I, E, 5.

PAYNE

Arthur John

Leading Aircraftman 1144434 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Monday, 13th August 1945. Age 23. Son of Thomas and Jessie Payne; husband of Gladys May Payne, of Bath, Somerset. ROXTON (ST. MARY MAGDALENE) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire, N.W. of Church, near Lych gate.

RITCHIE

John Norman

Private 5951177 Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Wednesday, 10th November 1943. Buried in ST. NEOTS CEMETERY, Huntingdonshire. Section B. 1. Grave 810.
SCALES

Kenneth James

Flight Sergeant 1434761 434 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 29th January 1944. Age 21. Son of James Thomas Scales and Ruby Elizabeth Scales; husband of Joyce Eileen Scales, of Dover. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 222.

SHOESMITH

Stanley

Rifleman 14558215 7th (1st Battalion. The London Rifle Brigade) Battalion, Rifle Brigade who died on Sunday, 30th July 1944. Age 19. Son of Samuel and Florence Grace Shoesmith, of Eaton Socon, Huntingdonshire. Buried in AREZZO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Grave VI. A. 28.

THODY

John Thomas

Corporal 5952663 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 28th August 1943. Age 24. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Grave 4. B. 28.

USHER

Ernest Douglas

Private 5884710 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 27th February 1945. Age 24. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Grave 48. G. 11.

USHER

Sidney Eric

Private 6025417 2/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment who died on Wednesday, 1st July 1942. Age 22. Son of Sidney Charles and Rose Elizabeth Usher, of Eaton Socon, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 64.

WHITLOCK

Lawrence

Private 14794329 13th (2/4th Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment) Battalion, Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. who died on Tuesday, 3rd April 1945. Age 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Whitlock, of Eaton Socon, Huntingdonshire. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Buried in 33. A. 7.

   

Hand made Christmas Card
sent from the scene of conflict.
Commemorated in the parish church but not on the memorial
SQUIRE

Sidney William

Commander-in-Chiefs Bodyguard (South Africa 1899-1902). Severaly wounded near Kindley 3rd Janaury 1901 and died of enteric fever in Kroonstadt Hospital 24th February 1901. Aged 37. The plaque in the parish church is dimaond shaped and made from brass, it reads:

IN LOVING
MEMORY OF
SIDNEY WILLIAM SQUIRE
VOLUNTEER IN THE
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S BODYGUARD
WHO WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED NEAR KINDLEY JAN 3
& DIED OF ENTERIC FEVER IN KROONSTADT HOSPITAL/
S AFRICA FEB 24TH 1901
AGED 37
"HERE HAVE WE NO
CONTINUING CITY"

JOHNSTON

Claude Errington Longden

Major, Royal Artillery. There was originally a stained glass window with a badge of Royal Artillery within the church which was unveiled in April 1926. The church was destroyed by fire in 1930 and rebuilt in 1932, with only the dedication panel surviving.

THE NORTH AISLE WINDOW WAS DEDICATED IN
MEMORY OF JOHN HUTCHISON PEPPERCORN
& JANE ELIZABETH HIS WIFE & OF THEIR SONS
WILLIAM ALEXANDER AND JOHN ARTHUR
CUTHBERT OSCAR ALSO OF THEIR SON IN LAW
CLAUDE ERRINGTON LONGDEN JOHNSTON
MAJOR, ROYAL ARTILLERY, IN THE YEAR OF
OUR LORD 1926
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

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