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

There are two memorials, the first outisde the church is to the men of
the parish who fell in the two world wars.
The second is from the 92nd Bomb Group, USAF in the form of an organ.
There is a further memorial between the village and airfield.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

92nd USAAF-USAF Memorial Association

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum

The war memorial sits in the the churchyard of Podington parish church. Within the church are various other plaques and a memorial in the form of an organ from the 92nd Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force 1942-45. There is a further Roll of Honour within the church which lists all the men named of the memorial with one additional name.


BAILEY Leonard
Private 20 September 1917
BODDINGTON Charles Collingwood
[Also listed as BODINGTON] Gunner 178488, "V" Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died Thursday, 19th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Hinwick, enlisted Bedford. Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Grave V. A. 14.
BROWN Horace Arthur
Private 15980, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday, 27th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Podington, enlisted Rushden. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 54 to 56
DODD Frederick
[Listed as DODDS on CWGC] Lance Corporal 5787, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died 4th October 1916. Age 21. Born Ludlow, enlisted Goole, Yorkshire. Son of William and Marian Lucy Dodd, of Hinwick House Cottages, Wellingborough. Buried in Haanescamps New Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave D. 2.
Private 25 September 1915
KITCHEN Geoffrey Gordon

[Spelt KITCHIN on CWGC] Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.S. "Queen Mary.", Royal Navy. Killed in action of the coast of Jutland Wednesday, 31st May 1916. Aged 20 years and 9 months. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 11.
MARDLING Charles Thomas
Private 16110, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday, 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. [6th August 1917 on memorial]. Age 33. Born India, enlisted Wellingborough. Son of James and Fanny Mardling, of Podington, Bedfordshire.; husband of Annie E. Mardling (now Rooney), of 20, Southey Rd., South Tottenham, London. Commemoratedon Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 104 to 105.
Private 24393, 8th Service Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 3rd July 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Podington, enlisted Wotton-Under-Edge. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B
ORLEBAR Basil John
Captain, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday, 15th January 1915. Buried in Dranouter Churchyard, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. A. 1.
RISING Frederick
2nd Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 15th August 1915. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 54 and 218
RISING Hugh William Orr
Lieutenant, 46th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt.) who died on Monday, 25th September 1918. Age 22. Son of Harry Firth Rising and Eleanor Maria Rising, of 1, Canterbury Mansions, Kilburn, London. Buried in Dury Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. A. 26.
RISING John Paston
Assistant Paymaster, H.M.S. "Black Prince.", Royal Navy Died Wednesday, 31st May 1916. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 11.
STRATTON John Alfred
Marine Engineer. Engineman, 166ES, H.M. Trawler "Agamemnon II.", Royal Naval Reserve who died on Thursday, 15th July 1915. Aged 37. Son of the late Joseph and Maria Stratton, of Odell; husband of Edith Ellen Stratton, of Podington. Commemoratedon Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Column 14.
WATTS Christopher
Private, 279, Canadian Army Service Corps who died on Tuesday, 26th October 1915. Age 21. Son of Charles and L. Watts, of Woodbridge, Ontario. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Nord, France. Grave I. F. 168.
WEST Samuel
Corporal 2326, 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars. Killed in action Thursday, 13th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born Arnold, enlisted Northampton, resident Wellingborough. Son of Samuel and Jane West, of Irchester Wellingborough; husband of Mabel West, of Podington. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5
On the Roll of Honour within the church but not on memorial
AMESBURY Hugh Frederick Raleigh

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Bedfordshire Regiment attached "D" Comoany, 8th Battalion. Killed in action 20th November 1917. Aged 27. Born at Gujranwala, Punjab, India. Son of Major Frederick Cholmondeley Dering Amesbury (Indian Army), and of Henrietta Ferris Amesbury; husband of Emma Mary Amesbury, of London. Served with 1st Division Canadian Expeditionary Force at Ypres and on the Somme. Wounded at Thiepval July, 1916. Buried in RIBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. PLot I. Row B. Grave 5.

No further information currently.
COE Gordon Roy
Warrant Officer, 1219483, Pilot, 107 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 27th January 1945. Age 23. Son of Gordon and Maud Coe, of Wellingborough. Buried in Cambrai (Route De Solesmes) Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 8.
GOOSEY Bernard Forestor
Lieutenant, 232310, Northamptonshire Regiment who died on Wednesday, 25th October 1944. Age 22. Son of William and Mabel Florence Goosey, of Kingsdown, Kent. Buried in Forli War Cemetery, Italy. Grave I, A, 4.
ORLEBAR, CBE, AFC & Bar Augustus Henry

Air Vice Marshal, CBE, AFC & Bar. Royal Air Force. Died Wednesday, 4th August 1943. Aged 46. Son of Augustus Scobell Orlebar and Hester Mary Orlebar, of Podington; husband of Victoria Orlebar, of Podington. Holder of World Air Speed Record, 1929. Buried Near S.E. butress of St Mary church, Podington.

Born 17th February 1897 at Henswick House, Podington, Bedfordshire. Educated at Rugby. Enlisted in 1/5 Battalion Bedfordshire Regiemnt(TF), January 1915. Commissioned as 2nd Lt., served at Gallipoli and wounded in action by sniper's bullet. Invalided to UK and transferred to RFC on recovery. Pilot with 19 Sqn., 1916-17, then with 44 (Home Defence) Sqn., July 1917-December 1917. Promoted to Captain and sent to 73 Sqn. as flight commander, Decmber 1917. On 13th march 1918, shot down and severely wounded Ltn.Lothar von Richthofen (brother of Manfred), SE of Cambrai. Wounded in action (leg) in combat with Albatros scouts over Ham, 23rd March 191? ; invalided to UK. Served as instructor after recovery, then went on to 43 Sqn. as flight commander, August 1918. Credited with 7 combat victories during WW1. Test pilot at Aeroplane Experimental Establishment, Martlesham Heath, 1919-25. Awarded AFC 1921 and Bar 1929. Pilot with High Speed Flight (Schneider Trophy team) 1929-31. Set World Air Speed Record during 1927 Schneider Trophy at Venice, flying Supermarine seaplane; Britain, having won the 1927 race in VENICE, then became the subsequent host for the contest, the 1929 venue for the Schneider Trophy was Calshot, which is on the eastern entrance to Southampton Water. Senior Air Staff Officer, Aden, mid-1930s. As Group Capt., was OC RAF Northolt, 1939. Promoted to Air Commodore and served at Fighter Command HQ during WW2.

PETTIT[T] Robert Claud[e]
[Spelt PETTIT on CWGC] Private, 5891549, 5th Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment who died on Monday, 15th May 1944. Age 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pettit, of Podington; husband of J. B. Pettit, of East Ham, Essex. Buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Grave XI. D. 13.
WARREN Dennis John
probably Dennis WARREN, Aircraftman 2nd Class, 2222334, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Saturday, 5th January 1946. Age 20. Son of George Frederick and Rhoda Mary Warren, of Derby. Buried in Normanton Cemetery, Derby. Grave 2715.


White marble tablet in the church

ORLEBAR William Aubrey

[List as William Henry in the church] 2nd Lieutenant, 19th Hussars, died during siege of Ladysmith of enteric fever 17th February 1900, Aged 21.

Extract from The Last Post: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press:

Orlebar. - 2nd Lieut. William Aubrey Orlebar, 19th Hussars, died in Ladysmith, Feb. 17th, 1900. He was born March, 1879, educated at Harrow, and entered the 19th Hussars in May, 1898. He proceeded to South Africa with his Regiment from India in Sept., 1899, and took part in the defence of Ladysmith up to the time of his death.

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