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WOODFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Ernie Rusdale 2006

The memorial is to be found in the grounds of the parish church in Woodford. It takes the form of a stone base surmounted by a plinth with shaft and cruifix. A tablet is set into the wall nearby containing the inscriptions.

THIS CROSS IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF BRAVE MEN OF WOODFORD WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

AINGE

Walter Frederick G.
Private, 5614, Fred Ainge, 69th Co. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 08-10-16. Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Grave I.X.19.

ALLEN

Arthur Leonard
Private, G/10117, Arthur Leonard Allen, 10th Bn. The Queen's, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 14-10-18, aged 23. Born Woodford, enlisted Thrapston. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Allen, Eady's Row, Woodford, Northants. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Panels 14/17 and 162/162A.

ALLEN

Leonard
Private, 2192, Leonard Allen, 2/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derby Regiment). Killed in action 01-07-16, aged 19. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Clay Cross, Derbyshire. Son of Edward and Sarah Jane Allen, King Street, Clay Cross, Chesterfield. Buried in Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Somme, Grave I.L.46.

BETTS

Charles
Private, 32582, Charles Betts, 5th Bn. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 21-03-18, aged 39. Formerly 5419, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derby Regiment). Born and resident Woodford, enlisted Thrapston. Son of the late John and Sarah Betts. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, Panels 50/51.

BETTS

Herbert Andrew
Private, 16277, Herbert Andrew Betts, 3rd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 12-12-14, aged 41. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Son of William and Mary Betts; husband of Emma Betts, High Street, Woodford, Northants. Buried in Weymouth Cemetery, Dorset, Grave B.'C'.2260.

BRAINES

Arthur Charles
Private, 331090, Arthur Charles Braines, 1/1st Bn. Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 26-03-18. Born Woodford, enlisted Wellingborough. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, Panels 84/85.

DUNFORD

Herald James
Private, 4824, Herald James Dunford, 1st Bn. Honourable Artillery Company. Killed in action 15-11-16. Enlisted Armoury House, London, resident Leyton, London. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Panel 08A.

FAULKNER

John Thomas
Private, 17200, John Thomas Faulkner, 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Loos 27-09-15. Born Holcott, Northants, enlisted Kettering. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Panels 91/93.

FREER

William
Private, 7696, William Freer, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17-07-16, aged 29. Born Woodford, enlisted Northampton. Husband of Mrs. E. L. Freer, High Street, Woodford, Thrapston, Northants. Buried in Meaulte Military Cemetery, Grave D.01.

HOBBS

Reginald Frederick
Private, 16855, Reginald Frederick Hobbs, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24-09-18. Born Woodford, enlisted Oundle. Buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery, Grave IV.K.07.

HOBBS

Wilfred
Private, 17331, Wilfred Hobbs, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Mild Trench 23-10-16. Born Woodford, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Panels 11A/11D.

HOUGHTON

Ernest Herbert
private, 10326, Ernest Herbert Houghton, 6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Cherisy 03-05-17, aged 20. Born Woodford, enlisted Thrapston. Son of Mrs. E. Houghton, "Sunnyside", Woodford, Thrapston, Northants. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 07.

JACKSON

Samuel
Private, 33252, Samuel Jackson, 6th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23-03-18, aged 41. Formerly 737, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born Woodford, enlisted Yeldon, resident Thrapston. Husband of Martha Susannah Jackson, 25, Scarborough Street, Irthlingborough, Northants. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, Panels 29/30.

JAKINS

Alfred Charles
Private, 16276, Alfred Charles Jakins, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 08-01-15. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Grave III.B.37.

JAKINS

George William
Private, 16274, George William Jakins, 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 13-10-16, aged 21. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Son of Mrs Elizabeth Jakins, Woodford, Thrapston, Northants. Buried in Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban, Grave F.25.

KING

Arthur
No further information currently.

LEATON

William
L/Corporal, 200790, William Leaton, 1/4th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 19-04-17, aged 35. Enlisted Thrapston. Son of Mr. C. Leaton, Newtown, Woodford, Thrapston, Northants. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, Grave XV.G.12.

LEVERETT

Gaston Victor
Private, 50276, Gaston (Gussie) Victor Leverett, 9th Bn. Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19-09-17. Formerly 27276, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos, Grave II.D.04.

LOWE

Arthur J.
Private, 9741, Arthur John Lowe, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15-11-14. Born Ellington, enlisted Wellingborough. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne, Grave III.C.36.

MANLEY

Lawrance Bertram
Private, 9422, Bertie Lawrence Manley, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17-11-14. Born Woodford, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Panels 28/30.

MEHEW

William Alfred
Private, 16496, Alfred William Mehew, 'B' Company, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Aubers Ridge 09-05-15, aged 34. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Son of William and Louis Mehew, Mill Lane, Woodford, Northants; husband of Hannah Mehew, High Street, Woodford, Northants.

MURDIN

Reginald John
Rifleman, 45370, Reginald John Murdin, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 02-11-18, aged 19. Formerly TR9/10072, 27th T.R. Battalion; TR10/89200, 24th T.R. Battalion and TR13/58040, T.R. Battalion. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Son of George and Lily White. Buried in Bath (Locksbrook) Cemetery, Grave C.D.136.

MURPHY

Walter H.
Private, 54247, Walter Henry Murphy, 41st General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 02-04-19, aged 39. Son of James and Ann Murphy, Floore, Northamptonshire. Buried in Chela Kula Military Cemetery, Nish, Serbia and Montenegro, Grave C.03.

PARROTT

Thomas James
Private, 307685, Thomas James Parrott, 1/8th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action whilst attacking Constance Trench at 7p.m. 27-08-16. Formerly 0965, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Enlisted Huntingdon, resident Thrapston. Also listed on Sawtry Memorial. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Panels 09A/09B/10B.

PERKINS

Frank Ernest
Private, 81491, 213th Co. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 03-05-17, aged 21. Formerly 27695, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born and resident Woodford, enlisted Thrapston. Son of Mrs. H. Perkins, 1, Boston Cottage, Woodford, Northants. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 10.

ROBINSON

Harry
Believed to be: Private, 16271, Harry Robinson, 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 06-07-16. Enlisted Kettering. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Grave I.D.28.

SMART

Charles Edward
Private, 406808, Charles Edward Smart, 1st Bn. Canadian Infantry (CEF). Killed in action Mount Sorrel 13-06-16, aged 19. Born New Row, Woodford, Northants, 12-11-1896, enlisted Hamilton, Canada, 19-04-15. Son of William Walter and Rose Hannie Smart, New Row, Woodford, Northants, England. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panels 10/26/28.

SMITH

Arthur
No further information currently.

SPENCER, MM

Herbert
Private, 26350, Herbert Spencer, 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 21-08-18. Awarded M.M. Born Woodford, enlisted Wellingborough. Buried in Queen's Cemetery, Bucquoy, Grave IV.E.02.

STEERS

Frank
Private, 6217, Frank Steers, 13th Hussars. Died of wounds 09-02-16. Born Thrapston, enlisted Pontefract, resident Woodford, Northants. Buried in St. Riquier British Cemetery, near Abbeville, Grave C.07.

TARRANT

Arthur
Private, 39912, Arthur Tarrant, 1/4th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20-08-18. Born Woodford, enlisted Kettering. Buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, Grave D.158.

TAYLOR

John
Possibly: Private, 200763, John Taylor, 1/4th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Palestine 27-11-17. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Grave C.41.

TINEY

Walter William
Private, 16510, William Walter Tiney, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23-07-16. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Kettering. Also listed in Great Addington Memorial. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Panels 11A/11D.

WAITE

Alfred Richard
Corporal, 19560, Alfred Richard Waite, Royal Flying Corps. Died 06-10-17, aged 22. Son of Charles T. H. and Eliza Jane Waite, 7, St. Dunstan Road, Leicester. Buried in Woodford (St. Mary) Churchyard, Northants.

WHITE

Reginald Arthur
Private, 78683, Reginald Arthur White, 'B' Company, 6th Bn. Tank Corps. Killed in action 18-10-18, aged 24. Formerly 223878, Royal Army Service Corps. Born Twywell, enlisted Kettering. Son of William and Charlotte Elizabeth White, Woodford, Thrapston, Northants. Buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave VI.B.07.

WOOD

Harry
Private, 15186, Harry Wood, 10th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in action Scots Redoubt 01-07-16, aged 40. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Goole, Yorks. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Wood. Commemorated on Thičpval Memorial, Panels 11C/12A.

Not Recorded on Memorial:

ARBON

Alfred
Private, 6986, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 03-11-14. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panels 43/45.

BETTS

Charles Gordon
Private, 13871, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10-05-15. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Grave I.A.90.

BRAINES

Cecil
Private, 15299, 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Loos 27-09-15. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Rushden. Also listed Rushden Memorial. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Panels 91/93.

CROOK

William Walter
Private, TF/2011752, 4th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Egypt 06-11-17. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Kettering. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Panels 26 and 27.

HILLIARD

Cecil
Private, 10061, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Wounded in action High Wood; died of wounds 10-09-16, aged 21. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Son of Charlotte and late George Hilliard, Elton. Listed on Elton Memorial.  Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave F.44.

NEAL

William
Private, 8831, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Aubers Ridge 09-05-15. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 07.

SAWFORD

John Thomas
Private, 16282, 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action near Arras 27-06-16. Born Woodford, Northants, enlisted Kettering. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Bay 07.

1939-1945

ALLEN

A. Reginald
No further information currently.

CROUCH

Colin E.
Leading Aircraftman (Pilot U/T), 1202561, Colin Glynn Eustace Crouch, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 04-05-41, aged 28. Son of Frederick Benjamin and Ethel May Crouch, Woodford, Northants; husband of Doris Margaret Crouch. Buried in Woodford (St. Mary) Churchyard, Northants.

DAVIDSON, D.S.O.

Donald Montague [Edgar] Noel aka Davo

Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.A.S. "Moreton" attached to 'Z' Special Unit. Wounded in gun battle on on Soreh Isalnd, escaped, died on Tapai Island 18-10-44, aged 35. Baptised 26 April 1908 in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. Son of Rev. Gerald Markby Davidson (deceased) and Florence Mabel Davidson; husband of Nancy Everilda Delacherois Davidson, Chelsea, London. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). In the 1911 census he was aged 3, born Higham Ferrers, Northants, resident with his family at The Vicarage, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. Buried in Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Special Memorial. Plot XXIII. Row D. Grave 20. Also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial

Extract from Northampton Mercury 24 August 1934:

COUNTY FAMILIES TO BE UNITED

The engagement is announced between Donald Montague Noel Davidson, youngest son of the late Rev. G. M. Davidson, and Mr. Davidson, of Woodford Rectory, Kettering, and Nancy Everilda Delacherois, elder daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel C. D. Irwin and Mrs. Irwin, of Orchard House, Oundle.

About two months ago the engagement was announced of Mr. Davidson's sister, Jean, to Captain H. A. R. Tilney, of the 14-20th Hussars, who frequently hunts with the Pytchley. His elder brother married Miss Margaret Bagshaw, daughter of the Vicar of Finedon.

Mr. Davidson has one other sister anf three more brothers.

HEADLAND

Thomas H.
Lance Serjeant, 2613699, Thomas Herbert Headland, Grenadier Guards and No.8 Commando. Killed in action 27-08-41, aged 29. Son of John Robert and Eliza Elisabeth Headland, Woodford, Northants. Buried in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Section L. Grave 3.

REED

Richard
Pilot Officer (Pilot), 172568, Richard Robert Reed, D.S.O. No.576 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 23-05-44, aged 31. Son of Fred and Gertrude Florence Reed, Wellingborough, Northants; husband of Audrey Mary Reed, Wellingborough. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Plot XXVII. Row D. Collective Grave1-11.

RUDKIN

A. John
Lance Corporal, 5889357, Arthur John Rudkin, 5th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25-11-42, aged 28. Son of Arthur John and Sabina Elizabeth Rudkin, Woodford, Northants; husband of Gertrude Rudkin, Woodford. Buried in Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia. Plot I. Row E. Grave 5.

SANDERS

Eric [Mons]
Trooper 7901263, 1st Armoured Reconnaissance Brigade, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 17-06-40. Aged 21. Born 1 February 1919 and resident Northamptonshire. Son of Samuel and Edith Sanders. In the 1939 register he was an Ironstone Labourer resident with his parents at West View, Oundle and Thrapston R.D., Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France. Column 1.

WOOD

William [Walter]
Driver T/286312, 90 Armoured Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Killed in action 8-06-1944. Aged 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Wood, of Woodford, Northamptonshire. Buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot 1. Row K. Collective grave 15.

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