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World War 1 & 2 & Korea - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards

The Bedfordshire Branch of the Police Federation held its first meeting on 22nd March 1922. One of the earliest requests was that a Roll of Honour be fixed in a conspicuous place at Shire Hall "to the memory of our fallen comrades in the Great War." Lieutent-Colonel, Sir Frank Stevens supported the request and the standing joint committee duly commissioned a memorial stone. The memorial now resides in the Police Headquarters at Kempston, opposite the reception desk. It has been added to with one entry for World War 2 and beside it rests a memorial to one man who fell in Korea.

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BABBINGTON George Stephen
Sergeant 33181, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Tuesday 20th November 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident Stagsden. Son of Harry and Harriett Babbington, of Stagsden, Bedford. Enlisted Ampthill. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave II. D. 7. See also Stagsden Roll of Honour.
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.
GORDON Henry William
Serjeant 14284, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 1st February 1917. Age 25. Son of Richard W. and C. A. Gordon, of 6, Leslie Avenue, Garlinge, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent. Native of Bedford. Born St Cuthbert's. Buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-l'Abbe, Somme, France. Grave V. G. 30.
KIRK Edmund Wressell
Serjeant 2511, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Died of wounds 18th November 1914. Age 27. Born Doddington, Cambs, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Ann Kirk, of 22, Ampthill St., Bedford. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. B. 32A.
McCARTIE Francis Joseph
Lance Serjeant 7845, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards who died on 8th November 1918. Age 31. Husband of Jessie Sarah McCartie of 2 King Street, Kempston. Buried in Kempston Cemetery, Kempston. Grave A. 456.
Lance Corporal 23134, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 5th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born and resident Beeston Green, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Jesse and Jane Norman, of Beeston Green, Sandy. Buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France. Grave IV. C. 10.
PEDLEY Charles Herbert
Private 36428, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Enlisted Hertford, resident Hitchin. Son of John and Rebecca Pedley, of 29, Highbury Rd., Hitchin, Herts. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D
SURRIDGE Walter Frederick
Serjeant 20059, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th September 1916. Age 28. Born Bletsoe, enlisted Ampthill, resident Bedford. Son of John Surridge, of Chettles Close, Sharnbrook, Beds; husband of Caroline Surridge, of Church Farm, Church Rd., Sutton, Surrey. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
KING Wilfred
Flying Officer, 135648, Air Bomber, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Wednesday 8th September 1943. Born 1st March 1914. Dairyman before joining the police force 1st June 1938. He left the force 8th September 1943, his reason for leaving "presumed killed whilst flying an operation against the enemy on the 8th September 1943 in the Mediterranean". there is a letter from the Air Ministry on his personal file but as yet this has not been located. Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Collective grave 7. E. 1-5.
Not listed on the memorial
Sergeant 2694696, Corps of Military Police formerly 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Died in a motorbike accident 29th September 1940. Aged 28. Son of James and Mary Fisher; husband of Edith Fisher, of Bedford. Buried in ACKLAM CEMETERY, Middlesborough. Unconsecrated grave 1.



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There is also a memorial to Constable D A Simcox.

SIMCOX Douglas Athur
Lieutenant P/397307, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment attached to The Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16th February 1951, listed in the London Gazette 3rd March 1951. Buried at UN Memorial Cemetery. Plot 4, Row 2, Grave 126. Constable in the Bedfordshire Constabulary. See also Kempston Barracks and Bedford Modern School.

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