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RENHOLD - Roll of Honour

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The Memorial stands on the south side of the road at Top End.



Ernest John
Gunner, 25996, 86th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery who died of Typhus on Monday, 5th February 1917, aged 30. Born: Renhold. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatre of War: Persian Gulf. Prisoner of War Angora(Ankara). Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave Reference/Panel Number: Memorial 14.
William Blench
Private, 233489, 1st/2nd Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) who died of heart failure on Monday, 24th June 1918. Age 24. Cemetery: DAINVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number: I. F. 15. Memorial on grave of Katie Naomi CONSTANT (mother) in RENHOLD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, East of the Church.

Norman James
Corporal, 20084, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Tuesday, 30th April 1918 from Bronchial Pneumonia after being subjected to a mustard gas attack. Age 19. Son of James and Emily Conquest, of Keeper Lodge, Renhold, Bedford. Born: Felbridge, Surrey. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatres: France, Flanders. Cemetery: ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number:  P. XI. M. 6A.

Photograph Courtesy & Copyright © Ian Wallis - 2003

Arthur James
Private, 33027, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment who was killed in action on Saturday, 28th April 1917. Age 31. Son of Mrs. Elsie Cox, of Salph End, Renhold, Bedford. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatres: France, Flanders. Formerly 4923 Bedfordshire Regiment. Cemetery: BOYELLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number:  I. C. 6.

Bedfordshire Times – 18 May 1917

A letter was received by Mrs. Arthur James Cox on Sunday Stating that her husband Pte. A. J. Cox, had been killed in action, but at the time of writing it was not officially confirmed. The letter states: “I heard this morning of the death of your husband in action during the operation of nearly three weeks ago. Of the details I am as yet unaware, but probably you have been informed. I first met your husband at my billet in the early part of the year, where about 30 likeminded Christian men used to meet with me on Monday evenings. At those meetings and all the services it was possible for him to attend your husband was present. Your husband was a strong, noble man, who has given everything for his country, and I believe for his God.” Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Cox, who is left with four small children, and for his mother. Mrs. H. Cox, who is a widow, and out of three sons has lost two killed in action in 8 months. Pte. Cox was 31 years of age, and was employed before he enlisted in December, 1914, as gardener to Mr. W. Seys Phillips, of Caldwell Priory.

Walter (left - see below) and Arthur (right) Cox

Thanks to G A COTCHIN for these two items

See also Bedford Bunyan Meeting

Walter Henry
Private, 18206, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment died of wounds on Wednesday, 6th September 1916. Age 27. Son of Mrs. Elsie Cox, of Salph End, Renhold, Bedford. Born: Renhold, Bedford. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatres: France, Flanders. Cemetery: PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number: II. E. 2.

Thanks to G A COTCHIN for these two items

Thomas Walter
Private, 204477, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 23rd March 1918. Age ~32. Husband of L. E. Wootten (formerly Curtis), of Farrar St., Kempston, Bedford. Born: Renhold. Resident: Kempston. Cemetery: STE. EMILIE VALLEY CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON, Somme, France. Grave Reference/ Panel Number: III. F. IS.
Alfred John William
Lance Corporal, 33795, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Thursday, 19th April 1917. Age 20. Son of Mrs. A. F. Duncombe, of Howbury Cottages, Renhold, Bedford. Born: Renhold, Bedford. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatres: France, Flanders. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number: 41.

Bedfordshire Times – 18 May 1917

Sergt. A. duncombe killed

Mrs. Duncombe last week received from the War Office the sad news of the death in action of her son, Sergt. Alfred Duncombe. In Sept. 1914, when still two months short of 18, he enlisted, one of the many Renhold lads who, nobly answered the call of King and country. It was not long before he gained his first stripe, and his promotion to Sergeant was achieved some time before he left for France. His rapid promotion was undoubtedly an outcome of his training as a Boy Scout, in having been leading Patrol Leader in the Howbury Troop from its inception early in 1911.He was noted for his unswerving loyalty to his Scoutmaster and those in authority. Before enlistment he was under-gardener at Howbury gardens, in the employ of Mr. C. H. Polhill, for nearly 3˝ years, and left behind him a perfect record as a trustworthy, conscientious and devoted employee. His father, Amos Duncombe, Postmaster of Renhold, died in 1906. It is as a Sunday school teacher, a helper in the Band of Hope, and the Christian Endeavour Band, and as one of the organists at Renhold Chapel, that his loss will be keenly felt in the days to come. He was a devoted Christian, and in his last letter to his mother he expressed his joy that the village prayer meeting of the United Church and Chapel members was so well attended, and told of the strength given to the lads on the battlefield, when they know that they were being upheld by the prayers of those in the homeland. A letter from the Captain of his Company reads as follows: - “Dear Mrs. Duncombe, - You will have heard by now of the terrible news about your son. I cannot say how sorry I was when he was killed. He was far and away the best N.C.O. in the company, and did a Sergeant’s work all through, but because we were over strength in Sergeants he had to revert to Lance-corpl. He took part in four attacks, and set a wonderful example of courage and coolness, for which he has since been awarded the Military Medal. I only wish he were here to receive it. He was sniped through the head a few hours before we were relieved, and died instantly. I am glad he suffered no pain. Every officer and man in the Company send their deepest sympathy. He was loved by everyone.” A memorial service was held at Renhold Chapel on Sunday evening, when Mr. W. Glassby preached to a large congregation from the text “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord.” The hymns, all of which told of the joy and victory, had been selected from the favourite hymns of the deceased. Sister Mobbs and a number of wounded soldiers from Howbury V.A.D. Hospital were present as a mark of respect.

Note: See also Bedford & County Record 22 May 1917.

Alexander Arthur
Lance Corporal, 40152, 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.) Killed in action on Saturday, 12th May 1917. Age 19. Son of Arthur and Louisa Harlow, of 4, Church End Cottages, Renhold, Bedford. Born at Goldington, Bedford. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Formerly 28003, Middlesex Regiment. Theatres: France, Flanders. Buried in VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference/Panel Number: IV. G. 13
Private, 77041, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) who was killed in action on Tuesday, 13th June 1916. Age 35. Son of Samuel Harrison; of Hill Farm, Renhold, Bedford, England. Born: Renhold. Enlisted: Victoria, British Columbia. Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave Reference/ Panel Number: Panel 24 – 26 – 28 - 30
Sidney James
Private, 200728, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on Sunday, 26th August 1917. Age: 19. Born: Renhold. Resident: Renhold, Bedford. Enlisted: Bedford. Theatre: Palestine. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave Reference/Panel Number: XXII. A. 16.
Harold Cecil
Private, 32260, 6th (Service) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of Tuberculosis on Sunday, 3rd November 1918. Age: 24. Son of Mr. H. Shorley, of 41, Banks Rd., Biggleswade. Buried in RENHOLD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, East of the Church.
Drummer, 13943, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on Saturday, 19th August 1916. Age 34. Husband of Elizabeth Agnes Farrell (formerly Ware), of Elm Farm, Renhold. Buried RENHOLD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, East of the Church.

Cecil Polhill’s offer to soldiers from Renhold.
From the Bedfordshire Times & Independent, 14 August 1914.

Old War Memorial Renhold.

Victor Bernard
Guardsman, 2620986, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards who died on Sunday, 17th October 1943. Age 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Harlow; husband of Joan Vera Harlow, of Windsor. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 4.
Sergeant, 5952232, 2nd Battalion. The Hertfordshire Regt., Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt. who died on Friday, 3rd March 1944. Age 25. Son of Hugh Barrington Le Fanu, and Georgiana Harriet Le Fanu; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Le Fanu, of Renhold. Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XIX. Row B. Grave 15.
John Ernest
Private, 14227001, 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derby Regt.) who died on Wednesday, 15th November 1944. Age 30. Son of John James Swann and Florence Evelyn Swann, of Renhold. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XII. Row F. Grave 2.
Maurice Oliver
Private, 5951129, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died on Wednesday, 29th September 1943. Age 27. Son of Benjamin and Gertrude Annie Ward, of Renhold. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 1. Row K. Grave 8.
Trooper, 13095821, Royal Armoured Corps who died on Sunday, 30th July 1944. Age 23. Son of Joseph William and Mary Watson; husband of Eva Dorothy Watson, of Renhold. Buried in RENHOLD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD. N.E. corner of Churchyard.

in memory of
lieutenant in her majesty’s 95th Regiment,
who fell
in front of his Regiment defending the colours
at the battle of alma.
september 20 th 1854, aged 26.
in this memorable action
the 95th was most conspicuous,
and its loss enormous.
lieutenant polhill was the second son
of edward polhill, esqre, of brighton,
and of anne margaret, the youngest daughter
of the late thomas graham, esqre,
of edmond castle, cumberland,
and great grandson of
nathaniel polhill, of howbury, esqre, m.p.
“them also sleep in jesus will god
bring with him”

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