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The Memorial stands in front of the parish church of All Saints, on the road that leads to Carlton from the main Bedford to Northampton road running through Turvey. The memorial was dedicated and unveiled on 28th December 1919. It takes the form of a granite wheel cross mounted on a shaft standing on a three-stepped plinth, the whole being surrounded by a low chain linked fence. There are 21 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. There is also a handwritten Roll of Honour in a wooden glazed frame within the church. Details to be found in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent 2 January 1920

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

A.D. 1914-1918
A.D. 1939-1945

Inside the porch of All Saints inset into the wall is a further memorial to the men from World War 1. All the men listed on the village memorial for World War 1 appear on the roll in the porch.

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

John William
Captain. Buckinghamshire Battalion (Territorial), Oxfordhsire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 10th February 1916. Age 29. Son of Henry Backhouse, of "Yelland," 23, McKinley Rd., Bournemouth. Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 9.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 3, page 12:

BACKHOUSE, JOHN WILLIAM, Capt., 1st Buckinghamshire (Territorial) Battn. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, eldest s. of Henry Backhonse, of Yelland, McKinley Road, Bournemouth, late of the County of Durham, by his wife, Georgina Mary, dau. of John Harrison Stanton ; b. Barnard Castle, co. Durham. 9 March, 1886; educ. Aysgarth Preparatory School, and Bedale's, Petersfield ; held a position under the Duke of Buccleuch, and was afterwards Land Agent to the late Capt. G. F. Higgins, of the Turvey House Estate, Bedford, and then to Major T. C. R. Higgins ; applied for a commission after the outbreak of the European war, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1 Sept. 1914, being promoted Capt. 10 June. 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from March, 1915, and was killed in action at Hebuterne, 9 Feb. 1916. Buried in the Military Cemetery there ; unm.

Leonard [Abraham]
Private 30836, City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). Killed in action 28th November 1917 in Palestine. Enlisted Bedford, resident Sevenoaks, Kent. He was a native of Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, but was working as a domestic groom in Turvey Bedfordshire. He joined the Bedfordshire Yeomanry in WW1, transferring to the City of London Yeomanry. In the 1911 census he was the son of Thomas and Ellen Bashford, aged 15, a Domestic Groom, born Sevenoaks, Kent, resident Bowzells the Weald Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Weald, Kent. He was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals. His birth was registered in the April to June Quarter 1895 in the Sevenoaks District, Kent. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panel 6. Also commemorated on the Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, memorial.
Arthur [Edward]
Private G/33388, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 9th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Son of Edward and Sarah Bond, of Carlton Rd., Turvey; husband of Effie Violet Bond, of May Rd., Turvey. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A
Percy [Percival Edgar]
Lance Corporal, 627, 4th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F who died on Friday, 6th August 1915. Age 24. Son of William Arthur and Charlotte Livina Clifton, of Rose Cottage, Mill Green, Turvey. Commemoratedin LONE PINE CEMETERY, ANZAC, Turkey. Sp. Mem. A. 3.
Reginald [John]
Private 2533, 2nd/4th Lowland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 23rd October 1918 in Palestine. Born Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Buriedin GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXVII. F. 13.
Albert [Edward]
Sergeant 15307, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 1st October 1917. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Military Medal. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51
Gunner 67629, 56th Battery, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 14th September 1914 in France and Flanders. Born Isleham, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Frederick Smith
Private 203098, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 18th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 32. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Son of Samuel Hilson, of Picts Hill Farm, Turvey. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XXII. M. 7A.
Lionel Raymond
Private T.F. 1400, 1/10th (T.F.) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died at Naina Tal, 29th April 1916 in India. Age 21. Born Turvey, enlisted Battersea, Surrey. Son of George Edward and Francis Maud Hopkins, of 1 Burnham Rd., St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Commemorated on MADRAS 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, CHENNAI, India. Face 20. Buried in Kala Khan Cemetery, Naini Tal.
Frederick [George]
Private 18754, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th May 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave II. G. 8.
Oliver C[harles]
Lance Corporal 15035, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Thurleigh, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 91 to 93
Private 20647, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Turvey, enlisted Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Commemorated in BAZENTIN-LE-PETIT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Sp. Mem. A. I.
Kenneth [Aislabie]
Lieutenant, Deal Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry who died of wounds aboard Hospital Ship "Devanha" on Sunday, 2nd May 1915, wounded the same day. Aged 18. Son of Henry Longuet Longuet-Higgins and Gertrude Mary Longuet-Higgins, of Vine Cottage, Turvey. Born at 7 Sandringham Drive, Liverpool, April 18th 1896, the youngest son of Henry Longuet-Higgins (Solicitor), of Turvey Abbey, Bedfordshire. Formerly Private 1289, 28th Battalion (Artists Rifles), London Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Liverpool, Lancashire, at school, resident with his parensts, Henry Longuet and Gertrude Mary Longuet-Higgins, at 75 Gunterstone Road West Kensington W, Fulham, London. Buried at sea off Ehodes. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 13.

Plaque reads: "In proud and loving memory of Kenneth Ailabie Longuet-Higgins, Lieutenant DEAL Battalion, Royal MArine Light Infantry. Youngest son of Henry Loguet-Higgins Esquire of Turvey Abbey. Born 18th April 1896. DARDANELLES 24th April to 2nd May 1915. Wounded at GABA TEPE by a Turkish bullet while firing his Machine Gun from a shallow hastily formed trench. Died Sunday 2nd May on board hospital ship DEVANHA. Buried at sea off Rhodes 3rd May. R.I.P."

Private 18830, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th April 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Emberton, Bucks, enlisted Bedford, resident Turvey. Son of Mrs.W. Lovell, of Turvey Lodge Cottage, Turvey. Commemoratedon YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33
Ernest John
[John E. on memorials] M.E., A.I.M.M. Lieutenant, 1st East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. [Territorial] Killed in action 31st January 1915. Age 38. Son of the Rev. G. F. W. Munby, of Turvey Rectory, Turvey; husband of Emily L. A. Munby. Born May 19th 1875. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 7.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 265-266:

MUNBY, ERNEST JOHN, 2nd Lieut., 1st East Anglian Field Company, R.E. (T.F.), 2nd s. of the late Rev. George Frederick Woodhouse Munby, Rector Turvey, Bedford (1869-1905), by his wife, Harriet Louisa. dau. of the Rev. Canon Linton ; b. Turvey Rectory, 19 May, 1875 ; educ. Rugby and Stevens Institute, Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.A., where he took his degree as Mechanical and became M.Am, S.M.E. and A.I.M. and M. As a Mining Engineer, he worked in Colorado and Borneo, and was subsequently engaged with Lord Cowdray (then Sir Weetman Pearson) in constructing the tunnel under the Hudson River to New York. He was afterwards employed by the Gardner Electric Drill and Hammer Company, and had latterly been engaged at the St. John's Mine, Montezuma, Colorado. On the outbreak of war he returned to England and applied for a commission. He was gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the 1st East Anglian R.E.. 14 Sept. 1914; went to France at the end of Dec., and was killed in action near Bethune, 31 Jan. 1915, being buried at Le Touret. He m. at Croydon, 7 Nov. 1905, Emily Louisa Ann, widow of Capt. Herbert Turner Turner Emery, of Baddow Park, Essex, and dau. of Charles Henry Coxhead ; s.p.

Gerald Vivian
Lieut. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (1st/1st, South Nottinghamshire Hussars). Died on active service in Cairo, Egypt, 19th February 1919. Age 34. Son of Hannah I. P. Sharpins (formerly Oldrey), of the Laws House, Turvey, Bedfordshire, and the late Robert B. Oldrey. Born at Harpole Hall, Northants. Brother of below. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Grave P. 98.
Robert John Blatchford
Captain. 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards. Killed in action at Neuve Cahpelle 29th October 1914. Age 31. Son of Robert Blatchford Oldrey, and of Hannah Jane Powell Oldrey (now Sharpin), of The Laws House, Turvey. Brother of above. Buried in CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2, NEUVILLE - ST. VAAST, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 12.H. 16.

Extracted details from from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 274:

OLDREY, Robert John Blatchford, Captain, 4th ( Royal Irish ) Dragoon Guards. Eldest son of the late Robert Blatchford Oldrey, of Harpole Hall co. Northants, by his wife, Hannah Jane Powell, of the Laws House, Turvey co. Beds, dau of the late Richard John James.

Born Northampton 18-6-1883, educated Uppingham; gazetted 2nd Lieut 4th Dragoon Guards from the Militia 26-3-1902; promoted Lieutenant 27-2-1905, and Captain 21-1-1911; was adjutant from jan to 27-10-1914; served in India and with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders , from 15-8-1914. Took part in the retreat from Mons, and the severe fighting during Sept and Oct, and was killed in action while in command of a squadron at Richebourg, Neuve Chapelle 29-10-1914. Unmarried, was a keen polo player, and represented his Regiment in the Inter- Regimental tournaments, and as a horseman had made his name famous in cavalry circles, being chosen to represent England in the jumping at Olympia, before King Edward and Queen Alexandria at the first Olympian shows.

He was also a prominent figure in the hunting world, being an ardent follower of the Oakley and Beaumont hunt and a winner of many point to point races.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 1, Part 1 , Page 290:

CAPTAIN ROBERT JOHN BLATCHFORD OLDREY, ADJUTANT 4th (ROYAL IRISH) DRAGOON GUARDS, who was killed in action on the 29th October, 1914, was the eldest son of the late Robert B. Oldrey, of Harpole Hall, Northants, and of Mrs. H. P. Sharpin, of Turvey, Bedfordshire.

He was born on the 18th June, 1883, educated at Uppingham, and joined the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards from the Militia in March, 1902, being gazetted towards the end of the South African War, when he joined his regiment in India, afterwards being stationed in South Africa. He became Lieutenant in February, 1905, and Captain in January, 1911, and was appointed Adjutant of his regiment in January, 1914.

Captain Oldrey was a member of the Cavalry Club and of Ranelagh and Roehampton. He was a keen polo player, and played for his regiment in the Inter-regimental Tournaments. He was an ardent supporter of fox hunting, and rode in a number of point-to-point races. He was chosen to represent England in the jumping at Olympia, in 1908, before King Edward and Queen Alexandra, being presented by the King with a gold cigarette case as a memento of the occasion.

Captain Oldrey left for France with the Expeditionary Force, and was in the retirement from Mons. He was killed at Neuve Chapelle while leading his squadron to relieve the Indians.

Private 18576, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th April 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 18. Born Lavendon, Bucks, enlisted Bedford, resident Turvey. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George William Sargent, of Sharpenhoe, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Buried in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave II. Q. 22.
Percy James
Guardsman 16452, No. 4 Company, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 26th October 1914 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Born Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Son of John and Charlotte Sargent, of Park Lane, Turvey. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 and 11
Corporal 18774, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 11th July 1916. Born and resident Turvey, enlisted Bedford. Buried in BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave G. 9.
Harry [Ernest]
Private 30277, 1st/1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Killed in action 15th January 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Turvey, enlisted Bedford, resident Bristol. Buried in VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, MAISSEMY, Aisne, France. Grave I. A. 13.
Guardsman 10700, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action between 10-13th March 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Old Brayfield, Bucks, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2
Christopher Leonard
Lieutenant, Royal Marines who died on Thursday, 29th January 1942. Age 19. Son of the Revd. Claude Albert Bloomfield Allen, M.A., and Joyce Esther Allen, of Turvey Rectory, Turvey, Bedfordshire. Buried in GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, Kent. Grave 1435.
Michael Graham
Lieutenant, 303528,629 Field Sqn., Royal Engineers who died on Saturday, 24th March 1945. Age 20. Son of Malcolm Everard Finlinson and Violet Marion Finlinson, of Carlton. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany. Grave 53. F. 16.
Peter Robert Courtenay
Lieutenant Colonel, 41180, 25 Field Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Wednesday, 2nd August 1944. Age 35. Son of Robert and Rebecca St. John Manser; husband of Florence Delaplaine Manser, of Turvey. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave II. F. 14.
George Jennings
Leading Aircraftman, 1196674, 5003 Airfield Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died on Monday, 22nd May 1944. Age 36. Husband of Lillie Truphet (nee Woolston), of Turvey. Buried in All Saints Cemetery, Turvey. Grave 720A. 1196674 Aircraftsman George Jennings Truphet, aged 36, was serving with the 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron when he died and the Operations Record Book (ORB) for this unit, now held at the Public Records Office at Kew, gives the following details for that day:

"RAF Ashford, (Kent). Bomb Damage: On the night of 21-22 May 1944, at 0035 hours (12.35am), a 1,000lb HE bomb was dropped on the tented site, accommodating the reserve flights, M&E, MT, and Plant flights. Total casualties were 30, 14 proving fatal. 26 tents were damaged beyond repair, and a further 14 rendered unserviceable. The camp field kitchens were demolished and 2 water bowsers and 2 items of MT were damaged. Primary Conclusions: The vital necessity of a medical orderly and first aid staff complete with medical supplies, stretchers etc. on each site not covered by, or within reach of RAF Station or USAAF Station medical facilities."

He was the husband of Lillie Truphet (née Woolston), of Turvey, and when she died in 1986 (aged 83), was laid to rest with him in the cemetery on Carlton Road. The RAF crested Portland stone headstone is to the right from the entrance gate.

Harry Ernest
Gunner, 1649827, 153 (M) H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Wednesday, 5th January 1944. Buried in All Saints Cemetery, Turvey. Grave 47.
Charles Ainsworth
Squadron Leader, 37030,258 Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on Saturday, 30th August 1941. Commemorated on the RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 29. Squadron Leader Charles Ainsworth Wood has no known grave. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record gives no family details, simply stating that he died on the 30th August 1941 and is commemorated on panel 29 at the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede near Windsor - a building that contains the names of over 20,000 airmen lost without trace during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, during WW2. Fortunately, however, there is reference to his unit and so it has been possible to put together the following brief details based on entries in the Squadron ORB: On the 8th August 1941 Squadron Leader Wood arrived at RAF Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, to take over command of 258 Squadron, his predecessor leaving two days later to take up an overseas posting. The squadron was equipped with Hawker Hurricane Mk IIA's and he must have been something of a taskmaster for in that month they were credited with flying more hours than any other unit in 11 Group. Unfortunately, on the 30th August, following a Convoy Patrol, he failed to return. Entries that day read - "S/Ldr Wood missing from operation. Nothing definite but bits of wreckage picked up by a nearby destroyer" and " 'B' Flight : Aircraft (coded) 'V' S/Ldr Wood. Patrol. Up at 0750. S/Ldr Wood reported missing and believed killed." Six aircraft from 'A' flight carried out an air & sea rescue search but nothing more was found. Two days later a new Squadron Leader arrived to assume command.

Additional information

Charles SAVAGE

The obituary to Charles Savage in the last issue of Turvey News mentioned his narrow escape from a stricken Lancaster bomber in 1945. Some details about this are given in 'RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War' compiled by W R Chorley, six volumes listing the loss of over 9,000 aircraft and 50,000 airmen. The entry for Avro Lancaster serial number HK770 of 622 Squadron RAF reads as follows: "22nd April 1945. Op.Bremen. Took off from Mildenhall at 1510. Hit by flak at 1828 while approaching the aiming point at 19,500 feet. The port outer engine was blown from its frame and six feet of the port wing was shot away. Six baled out from 12,000 feet but F/L Cook managed to regain Dutch airspace before making his exit from 1,200 feet, the Lancaster falling at 2050 between Rijswijk and Maurik (Gelderland), 9 km NNE of Tiel. Crew: pilot F/L E G Cook (pow); flight engineer Sgt T McLaren (pow); navigator F/O M Parry (pow); air bomber F/O P D Gough (pow); wireless operator F/O R W Sherry (pow); air gunner Sgt C T Savage (pow); air gunner Sgt R C Hagerty (pow)."

Robert Henry JOHNSON

Inside the church is a plaque to Robert Henry JOHNSON reading:

Erected in Loving Memory of ROBERT HENRY JOHNSON of 5 Hans Place, S.W. and late 64th Regiment of Foot who died at Laws House in this parish. Born February 12th 1851. Died February 14th 1881. Aged 30 years.

ROBERT HENRY JOHNSON of 5 Hans Place, S.W. and late 64th Regiment of Foot who died at Laws House in this parish. Born February 12th 1851. Died February 14th 1881. Aged 30 years. Up to 1879 the 64th was stationed in various parts of the United Kingdom, often performing police duties. The regiment returned to Ireland in 1879, based at Templemore, County Tipperary and it was based here when it was formally amalgamated with the 98th to become the Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment on 1 July 1881. The only reason I can see for him to be visiting Laws House was as a friend or relative although this did later became the Laws Hotel. In 1898 H. Longuet Higgins esq. owned the Laws House, and it was occupied by Frederick William Wood esq.

Allan Vernon BESWICK

Additional inscription on gravestone in cemetery.


Gunner 1777, South African Heavy Artillery. Died 1 November 1917. Buried in TURVEY CEMETERY (which is along Carlton Road and therefore separate from the actual churchyard), Bedfordshire.

Additional information supplied by James Whelbourn:

Allan Vernon Beswick

Gunner 1201 / 1A 1777, 3rd Transvaal Battery, later renumbered the 71st Siege Battery, South African Heavy Artillery.

Born: 2nd August 1895 (South Africa)
Died: 1st November 1917 (London) a
t Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital, Millbank, London

Buried in Turvey Cemetery, Carlton Road, Turvey, Bedfordshire with Allan Menzies Beswick (his uncle, who died in 1908) – employee of Brayfield House, Cold Brayfield, Bucks.

SA artillery arrived in Bexhill, East Sussex, England in November 1915. (SA Infantry and other units stationed at other locations in southern England).

Moved to Middle East Jan 1916 but returned to France in August 1916 via Marseilles. Fought on the Somme etc.

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