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SHEAD Edward Derrick

Air Mechanic 1st Class F/31785, H.M. Air Station (Cranwell, Central Depot and Training Establishment), Royal Naval Air Service. Died of pneumonia Wednesday 18th July 1917. Aged 19. Born 21st April 1898 [listed as 21st August 1897 on School Records] in Amersham, Bucks. Son of William and Annie Kate Shead, of 22, Clarendon St., Bedford. Admitted to Harpur Trust Boys' School, Bedford, 28th November 1910, son of William Shead, resident 18, Peel Street, Bedford, previously attended Winslow National School, left 3rd September 1912 to become a Light Cabinet Worker. Buried 24th July 1917. Grave F/3. 69.

SMALL Edward

Captain, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Thursday 28th April 1921. Aged 43. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Small, of Bedford; husband of Eugenie Elizabeth Small, of 141, George St., Bedford. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried at BEDFORD CEMETERY, BEDFORDSHIRE Wednesday 4th May 1921. Cemetery/memorial reference: E.3. 179.

Note: The attached image refers to the date that Captain Small died as 28th April 1931, however, that is incorrect as the correct date is the 28th April 1921, which is supported by the burial record entry 258 of page 26 of Burial register No 24.




Private 11207, 2/6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died Sunday 10th January 1915. Aged 17. Enlisted Keith. Son of Mrs. M. R. Smith, of 26, South St., Aberchirder, Huntly. Grave I. 380.

SNOW George

Private 41170, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died Wednesday 17th September 1919 [Gravestone states 16th]. The burial records state that Private Snow was buried at Bedford Cemetery 17th September 1919. The family headstone shows that Private Snow died Tuesday 16th September 1919. Grave I.4. 70.

SOPER William Paterson

Private 29519, 42nd Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps. Died Thursday 31st July 1918. Buried 3rd August 1918. Grave K.3. 118.

SOUTHGATE Samuel Louis

Private 291114, 2nd Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.), Labour Corps. Died on Monday 27th June 1921. Age 42. Husband of Ann Southgate, of 33, Princes St., Bedford. Grave L. 181.

SOUTHGATE Walter Bertie

Lance Corporal 18119, 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Saturday 16th October 1915. Aged 36. Born, resident and enlisted Bedford. Son of Walter and Pheobe Southgate. Grave L. 157.

SPENCE Geoffrey Shalders

Second Lieutenant, 8th Bn. South Wales Borderers. Died Sunday 15th April 1917 of Malaria. Buried at BEDFORD CEMETERY, BEDFORDSHIRE Wednesday 18th April 1917. Grave reference F.6. 209

STACEY William Eldred

[Listed as W H Stacey on CWGC] Private 240447, 10th Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died Saturday 27th January 1917. Aged 37. Enlisted Camberwell, Surrey, resident Wandsworth, Surrey. Formerly 7400, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Grave G. 127.

STANFORD William Percy

Private 29230, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died Tuesday 12th November 1918. The burial records state that Private Stanford was buried at Bedford Cemetery Tuesday 12th November 1918. Grave G. 321.


Francis Henry

Gunner 68505, 154th Hampshire Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died at Cambridge Military Hospital, as a result of wounds received in France, Tuesday 23rd October 1917. Age 29. Born and enlisted Bedford, resident Rugby. Son of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Starmore, of Bedford; husband of Henrietta Jane Starmore, of 11, Wellesley St., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Grave H/5. 199. See also Bedford, All Saints.

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent Friday 5th October 1917:

"Dearly loved husband of Henrietta Jane Starmore of 100 Iddesleigh Road All Saints St Pauls Bedford. Also brother of Mrs Stenning 100 Iddesleigh Road."


Private G/10201, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (east Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 3rsd May 1917. Husband of Emily F. Pressey (formerly Stonebridge), of Round Green, Luton. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2. Son of Arthur and Sarah Stonebridge of Bedford. (Family memorial at Bedford Cemetery Grave I. 442. (Family grave adjacent to grave of Sapper A. C. (Albert Charles Stonebridge who died 3rd February 1919 aged 34 years. Grave I. 464 - see below)


Sapper 129439, Royal Engineers. Died Monday 3rd February 1919. Aged 34. Husband of Mrs. Wilshaw (formerly Stonebridge), of 22, Newnham Lane, Goldington Rd., Bedford. Grave I. 464.

TAYLOR George Joseph

Private 26727, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 18th October 1917 [Family headstone states Tuesday 18th September 1917]. Aged 26. Husband of Annie Houghton. Born 12th August 1876 & died 10th June 1919. Father to Dorothy Elizabeth & George Rupert. Abode at the time of his death 69 Coventry Road All Saints / St Pauls Bedford. Buried at Bedford Cemetery Saturday 22nd September 1917. Grave D.4. 78

The Bedford Cemetery burial record records the date of burial as 22nd September 1917. This is also supported by an entry in the Bedfordshire Times and Bedfordshire Independent dated 28th September 1917.


Private DEAL/8452/5, Royal Marines Labour Corps. Died Monday 22nd October 1917. Grave G. 4II.


Private 8809, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on Friday 17th January 1919. Grave K/4. 103.


Air Mechanic 1st Class 406938, 9th Aircraft Repair Depot, Royal Air Force. Died on Saturday 6th September 1919. Aged 27. Son of Thomas and Jessie Vivers, of 74, Ford End Rd., Bedford. An electrician at the Corporation Works, Glasgow. Buried in Bedford Cemetery Tuesday 9th September 1919. Grave C.5. 90. A family headstone.

WARD George Cornwall

Sapper 171734, H.Q. Cable Section, Army Signal Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Born St Mary's, Bedford and enlisted Bedford. Died of heatstroke Saturday 21st July 1917 in Mesopotamia. Age 22. Son of the late Frederick and Annie Catherine Ward, of 28, Ampthill Rd., Bedford. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave XVI. A. 12. Commemorated on the family memorial in Bedford Cemetery. Grave ref: F.5. 60. Commemorated on the Bedford St Leonards Memorial and Bedford Post Office

WARD Harry

Private 7471, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 6th October 1917 Age 24. Son of Arthur Charles and Ellen Charlotte Warton, of 23, Sandhurst Place, Southend, Bedford. Grave Q. 837.

WARD Wallace Jesse

Lance Corporal 554260, 511th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died in a London hospital Wednesday 9th October 1918 from an illness contracted in France. Aged 30 years as per the burial register and 31 years as per the inscription on the headstone. Enlisted Victoria Park, Middlesex, resident Fulham, Middlesex. Son of the late Frederick and Annie Catherine Ward, of 28, Ampthill Rd., Bedford. Grave F/5. 60. Commemorated on the Bedford St Leonards Memorial


Private 7471, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Saturday 6th October 1917 Age 24. Son of Arthur Charles and Ellen Charlotte Warton, of 23, Sandhurst Place, Southend, Bedford. Grave Q. 837.

WATKINS Arthur Leonard

Temporary Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. "President," Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died of Meningitis in Portugese S.S. "Porto" 24th November 1917; invalided home from Staff of P.N.T.O. Archangel. Aged 18. Buried 30th November 1917. Grave D.3. 44.

WATSON William

Private 2003, 5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died Saturday 16th January 1915. Aged 18. Born New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, enlisted Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Grave I. 359.



Private DM2.227925, Motor Transport Reserve Depot (Grove Park), Royal Army Service Corps. Died in England Monday 15th January 1917/ Born Sea View, Isle of Man, enlisted Kettering, resident Bedford. Only son of Walter and Lizzie Webb of Sea View; husband of Emily Webb. Grave H. 43. See also Bedford St Martin's.


James [Arundell]

Corporal 6126, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on Sunday 12th December 1915. Aged 38. Resident of Bolnhurst Bedfordshire. Son of the Rev. J. B. and Mrs. F. I. G. Whaley. Served in the South African Campaign. Grave H/4. 40.

WHITE Howard William

Lance Corproal 26747, Bedfordshire Regiment transferred to 85647, 151st Labour Company, Labour Corps. Died Tuesday 14th October 1919. Resident 29 St Peters Street St Porter’s Bedford. Buried at Bedford Cemetery Friday 17th October 1919. Aged 30 as per the burial register and 31 as per the inscription on the headstone. Section K.3. Grave 97.


Driver T4/087228, No. 4 Company, 68th Welsh Division, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Wednesday 6th September 1916. Born Rhondda, enlisted Penzance, resident Bargoed. Formerly 2776, 2/1st Monmouthshire Regiment. Grave I. 290.

WILSON Eric Chilver
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Wounded in an ambush at Carrick on Shannon, died in King George V Hospital, Dublin, Friday 4th March 1921. Grave E/3 57.

Private 11445, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died Friday 8th January 1915. Enlisted Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Grave I. 381.

WOOD Albert

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died Tuesday 8th September 1914. Aged 43. Buried Friday 11th September 1914. Home address recorded as 38, Alexander Road, Holy Trinity, St Paul's, Bedford. Inscription on the memorial stone: "His Worth Too Great His Faults To Few Too Tell". Grave H.5. 274.


Private 2751, 7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died Monday 26th October 1914. Grave I. 376.

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