SANDS WAR MEMORIAL
World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards
Woburn Sands Memorial takes the form of a clock tower stading at Shelton
Court, High Street, Woburn Sands. Originally it stood in The Square,
Woburn Sands but due tio the increase in traffic volume it was oved
21st February 1972. It is described both as a Cenotaph and a Clock Tower.
There are 43 names listed for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. The
memorial was unveiled in 1919 by the Duke of Bedford; the designer was
W B Stonebridge. The names are not in a sorted order, for the purposes
of this page the names have been left as they appear. See also Woburn
Sands and Aspley Heath War Casualties and the Woburn Sands War Memorial
and also Woburn Sands St Michael
War Memorial. Those also on St Michael's memorial are marked '†'.
The names for World War 1 have been sorted into strict alphabetical
order for ease of reading, research and comparison.
a postcard circa 1920-30
WAS ERECTED BY
WOBURN SANDS AND
ASPLEY HEATH IN
THOSE WHO'S NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED WHO
DIED FOR THEIR
COUNTRY AND THE
FREEDOM OF NATIONS
FOR HIGHER SERVICE NOW
29074 7th Battalion, Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry killed in
action on Saturday, 22nd September 1917. Aged 29. Born and resident
Woburn Sands, enlisted Oxford. Youngest son of Josiah & Ann
Barker; brother of L/Cpl Fred Frank (died New Gong India 9th November
1905, aged 20). Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Section
D. Grave 869.
Lieutenant, 6th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery killed in
action at Messines, Belgium, on Saturday, 30th June 1917. Aged 25.
Son of Thomas C. and Catherine Bowler, of High St., Woburn Sands;
brother of Lillian, brother in law to C Herbert Richardson (see
below). Buried in BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut,
Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 22.
M2/100782 61st Ammunition Supply Park, Army Service Corps who died
of wounds on Saturday, 4th August 1917. Aged 39. Born Gooderstaone,
Norfolk, enlisted London, resident Woburn Sands. Husband of husband
of Kate Maria Brett. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY,
Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 16.
18240 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Saturday,
21st September 1918. Born Woburn, resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Bedford. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VEND'HUILE, Aisne, France.
Plot III. Row A. Grave 8.
& SDGW is F G Burt] Private 31050 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
transferred to (60059) 101st Company, Labour Corps who died of wounds
on Tuesday, 14th May 1918. Formerly 25212, Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley, Bucks. Buried
in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France.
Section Q. Plot I. Row D. Grave 20.
23071 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on
Thursday, 15th February 1917. Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Ampthill. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave
I. D. 39.
further information currently.
19861, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Killed in action Thursday, 6th April 1916 in Persian Gulf. Born
and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley. Commemorated on BASRA
MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 26 and 63
1401 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on Friday, 8th
October 1915. Aged 20. Born Aspley Guise, enlisted Leighton Buzzrd,
resident Woburn Sands. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime,
France. Plot A. Row 12. Grave 16.
No further information currently
26213, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment).
Killed in action Thursday, 29th March 1917 in Mesopotamia. Resident
Woburn Sands, enlisted Bletchley, Bucks. Formerly 128346, Royal
field Artillery. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 30
Private 22415 11th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
killed in action on Friday, 18th May 1917. Aged 23. Son of John
and Ellen Cooke, of 3, The Leys Villas, Woburn Sands. Born Woburn,
enlisted Watford. Formerly 23065, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT
NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave II.
No further information currently
Corporal 19942 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action
on Friday, 15th September 1916. Born Northampton, enlisted Bedford,
rtesident Woburn Sands. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 2 C
for his country in Cowra Hospital, Australia, after 6 months service
in Rabaul on 7 April 1915. Son of Frederick & Emma, brother
of Alice Mary.
[CWGC & SDGW has DICKENS] Private 20760 5th Battalion, King's
Shropshire Light Infantry killed in action on Monday, 9th April
1917. Aged 32. Son of Robert and Mary Dickens, of Stewkley, Beds;
husband of Beatrice Ellen Rosier (formerly Dickens), of 60, Garfield
St., Bedford. Born Stewkley, Bucks, enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn
Sands. Formerly 31486, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in TILLOY BRITISH
CEMETERY, TILLOY-LES-MOFFLAINES, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III.
Row C. Grave 10.
33621 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday,
23rd April 1917. Aged 24. Born Woburn, enlisted bedford, resident
Woburn Sands. Son of Andrew & Elizabeth Dolton. Formerly 2459,
Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais,
France. Bay 5.
Private 10089 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action
on Friday, 1st October 1915. Born and resident Aspley heath, Leighton
Buzzrd, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de
Calais, France. Panel 41.
10339 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own (Yorkshire
Regiment) who died on Friday, 6th November 1914. Born Aspley Heath,
resident Woburn Sands, enlisted London. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW
BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVIII.
Row C. Grave11.
Private 261627 1st, Middlesex Hussars who died on Tuesday, 22nd
October 1918 in Egypt. Aged 28. Born and resident Woburn Sands,
enlisted London. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Elliott, of Hill Farm,
Charndon, Bicester, Oxon. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL
CEMETERY, Egypt. Section A. Grave 211.
[Listed as Albert on St Michael memorial] Private 3/7302 1st Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Monday, 19th April 1915.
Aged 19. Son of William George and Emma Farmer, of Ivy Cottage,
The Leys, Woburn Sands, Bucks. Born Aspley Hill, enlisted Bedford,
resident Woburn Sands. Commemorated on YPRES
(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
31 and 33.
3/8534 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment killed in action
on Friday, 29th September 1916. Born Woburn Sands, enlisted Northampton.
Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D
as George Cecil on St Michael's memorial] Private 3/6633, 1st. Battalion
The Bedfordshire Regiment. 5th. Division. Killed in action at Wulverghem
28th/29th January 1915. Aged 21. Born in Peterborough and enlisted
in Old Fletton. Wlder son of Alfred Herbert & Frances Elizabeth
Freeman. Next of kin residents of Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire. Commemorated
on The Menin Gate Memorial,
Ypres, Belgium MR.29
[Listed as John on St Michael's memorial] Private 3766, 1st/5th
Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis
1 November 1918. Aged 29. Son of Rueben Griffin, of Woburn Sands
and 64, Bradford Street, Coventry; husband of Violet May Seamark
(formerly Griffin), of 10, Duckmill Lane, Bedford (they had two
children). Born Aspley, Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire. Attested and
passed fit at Luton 18 August 1914, aged 24 years 4 months, unmarried.
Before enlistment he was a Labourer; he had previously served in
the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment enlisting 27 July 1909.
Discharged 6 October 1916 with Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Served in
the United Kingdom 18 August 1914 to 29 September 1916, assigned
Mediterranean 30 January 1916, embarked for Egypt 31 January 1916
on H.M.T. Ascania, disembarked to Base, Alexandria 14 February 1916,
jointed unit at Mena Camp 22 February 1916. sent to hospital at
El Kubri 3 July 1916, Admitted NYD, Suez 7 July 1916, Admiited with
Tobercolosis of Lubng at Giza, Cairo 12 July 1916, invalided to
England from Alexandria, on H.S. "Letitia, Pulmonary Tuberculosis,
in United Kingdom 7 September 1916 to 6 October 1916. Height 5 feet
11 inches, weigth 11 stone, chest 39 inches, helathy complexion,
blue eyes, fair hair; religious denomination Church of England.
In the 1911 census he was unmarried, son of Reuben and Sarah Griffin,
aged 22, Farm Labourer, born Woburn Sands, resident Aspley Hill,
Woburn Sands. Buried N.W. of church in WOBURN SANDS (ST. MICHAEL)
43502 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment killed in action on
Sunday, 10th June 1917. Aged 23. Son of Frances A. Heady, of Aspley
Heath, Woburn Sands, and the late Arthur Heady. Born Stewkley, Bucks,
enlisted Aylesbury, Bucks, resident Bletchley, Bucks. Formerly 5711,
Oxfordhsire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Commemorated on
ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3 and 4.
4th Battalion (Territorial), Suffolk Regiment attached, Nigeria
Regiment, R.W.A.F.F. killed in action on Wednesday, 28th November
1917. Aged 41. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Hebbes, of Aspley Heath,
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON,
Private 20168 "D" Company, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
killed in action on Friday, 27th July 1917. Aged 23. Son of Charles
John and Alice Higgins, of Sandfield Cottages, Woburn Sands. Born
and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on the
ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
No further information currently
25557 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Sunday, 19th August 1917. Born Woburn Sands, enlisted Luton.
Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot XVII. Row H. Grave 18A.
Private TF/202194 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment killed in action
on Saturday, 22nd September 1917. Aged 28. Born Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn. Son of Thomas & Cecilia.
Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Panel 113 to 115
Corporal 155740 182nd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers killed
in action on Saturday, 21st September 1918. Born Woughton-on-Green,
Bucks, enlisted Doncaster, Yorkshire, resident Woburn Sands. Formerly
9849, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.
Private 23256 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Sunday, 3rd September 1916. Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted
Ampthill. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 6.
18128 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Friday,
15th September 1916. Born Potsgrove, enlisted Bedford, resident
Woburn Sands. Commemorated on THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
No further information currently
Corporal 14797, 9th Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment. 21st
Division. Killed in action on the Somme 14th July 1916 aged 29.
Son of Mr & Mrs Henry Ringrow of Weybridge, Ellington. Hunts.
Born in Alconbury and enlisted in Leicester. Commemorated on The
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. MR. 21
Private 26069, 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in
action 13th October 1916 in France and Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted
Worthing, resident Woburn Sands. Formerly 15343. Hussars, 3/27441,
Cavalry Reserve Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS
MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.
19652 5th Battalion, Oxford. and Bucks Light Infantry killed in
action on Friday, 15th September 1916. Born and resident Aspley
Heath, enlisted Bletchley. Commemorated on THIEPVAL
MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Private 3628 51st Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) killed in
action on Monday, 21st August 1916. Aged 19. Born Migham, Berks,
enlisted Bedford, resident Woburn Sands. Son of Joseph Francis and
Caroline Smith, of Russell St., Woburn Sands. Formerly 7766, Bedfordshire
Regiment. Buried FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot I. Row M. Grave 8.
5/469, 10th.Battalion The Rifle Brigade. 20th. Light Division. Killed
in action at Ypres 14th. August 1917. Born and resident in Woburn
Sands. Enlisted in Bedford. Formerly with The Bedfordshire Regiment.
Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN
GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. MR.29
Lance Corporal 4667 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers killed in action
on Monday, 17th July 1916. Aged 23. Son of Sarah Ann Summerley,
of Aspley Heath, Woburn Sands, and the late John Paul Summerley.
Born and resident Woburn Sands, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex.
Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
37590 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment killed in action on Tuesday,
30th October 1917. Aged 26. Son of Mary Tidmarsh, of Sutton Lodge,
Cookham, Bucks, and the late George Tidmarsh; husband of Gladys,
Winifred Phipps Tidmarsh, of Stadhampton, Wallingford, Berks. Born
Tetsworth, Oxon, enlisted Luton, resident Woburn Sands. Commemorated
on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
48 to 50 and 162A
Corporal R/21218 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps who died
of wounds on Monday, 5th March 1917. Aged 37. Son of the Rev. Henry
George and Lucy Eleanor Watson, of "The Wilderness," Aspley Heath,
Woburn Sands. Born at St. Leonards, Bucks. Enlisted Hampstead, London,
resident Walmer, Kent. Barrister of the Inner Temple, and Literary
Critic on the staff of "The Daily Telegraph." Buried in ETAPLES
MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXI. Row N. Grave
Private 23335 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds
on Monday, 3rd July 1916. Born Wavendon, Bucks, enlisted Ampthill,
resident Woburn Sands. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE,
Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 64.
TABLET / WAS ADDED IN MEMORY OF
5835470, 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who died on Monday,
26th January 1942 during the Japanese invasion of Malaya. Aged
32. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Clayton, of Woburn Sands. Commemorated
on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore.
(Captain) S.S. Pass of Balmaha (London), Merchant Navy who died
on Friday, 17th October 1941. Aged 28. Son of Albert and Florence
Kilby Hardy. Commemorated on TOWER
HILL MEMORIAL. Panel 80.
Private 5951387 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt
who died as a Japaense Prisoner of War on Tuesday, 19th October
1943. Aged 25. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Hollier, of Woburn Sands.
Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY,
Thailand. Plot 9. Row A. Grave 11.
No further information currently
1st Class P/KX 135648 H.M.S. Pakenham., Royal Navy who died on Friday,
16th April 1943. Aged 19. Son of William and Phyllis E. Lunnon,
of Woburn Sands. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire.
Panel 78, Column 1.
Lieutenant 277884 2nd County of London Yeo. (Westminster Dragoons),
R.A.C. who died on Sunday, 22nd October 1944. Aged 21. Son of Arthur
Edward and Lilian Kathleen Poston, of Woburn Sands. Buried in HEESCH
ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Grave 25.
5952635 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regt who died
on Saturday, 26th June 1943. Aged 24. Son of Walter and Florence
White; husband of Sybil Myra White, of Wavendon. Buried in KANCHANABURI
WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row L. Grave 55.
PAID THE SUPEME SACRIFICE
IN THE 2ND GREAT WAR
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
J SHELTON died in World War 2 but his name was added later;
the reason can be seen below.
Second Lieutenant, 1st (Perak) Battalion, Federated Malay States
Volunteer Force. Died the day before the fall of Singapore 14th
February 1942. Husband of B. A. Shelton, of Hanworth, Middlesex.
Commemorated in KRANJI WAR CEMETERY,
Kranji, Singapore. Special memorial Plot 31. Row B. Grave 1.
from the Woburn
Lieutenant John Melville Scott Shelton
Malay States Volunteer Force, 1st Perak Battalion. Serving with
the 135th Regt. of the Royal Artillery.
Died 14th February 1942.
was the son of the Rev. Shelton of St. Michaels, (died April 1946).
He had four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Beaufoy, born 1904 and Norah
Patricia Eileen, 1905, and two other sisters.
Malay States Volunteer Forces. A "Compulsory Service (Volunteer
Force) Ordinance 1940" was passed in June 1940 in Singapore
and almost immediately thereafter in FMS and Johore, Kedah and
Kelantan, covering ages 19 - 55, in a potentially large sweep
of nationalities. An Ordinance immediately following it was for
"Volunteer Training", empowering widespread call-up
for training purposes. But on 2nd July 1940, the Governor Sir
Shenton, responsible to Secretary of State for the Colonies, (and
who had been ordered to maintain high output earnings for the
dollar-short UK), used his powers to proclaim that the Compulsory
Ordinance would apply only to every male British subject and British
protected person. He reduced the age range to 18 - 41. In practice,
only Europeans were called up. At the surrender of Singapore there
were more than 18,000 Volunteers in the armed forces, most of
who were imprisoned as military personnel, although some were
imprisoned as civilians along with many non-native women and children
who had not been able to escape from Singapore.
was born in 1911 at Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He went to Malaya
in 1930, and according to the 1935 & 1940 Directories he was
an Assistant Planter, at the Tapah Estate, Perak. His wife Anne
was evacuated to Hanworth, Middlesex. He was killed after being
captured in Singapore. According to the diary of Ronnie McArthur,
of the 2nd FMSVF / Argylls, he was bayoneted after being captured
while wearing a civilian shirt. From www.malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
was killed the day before the surrender of Singapore, when fighting
was hand to hand through the streets, when most units split up,
and stragglers with no supplies. He is listed in the Kranji War
Cemetery in Singapore.
1939, the Kranji area was a military camp and at the time of the
Japanese invasion of Malaya, it was the site of a large ammunition
magazine. On 8 February 1942, the Japanese crossed the Johore
Straits in strength, landing at the mouth of the Kranji River
within two miles of the place where the war cemetery now stands.
On the evening of 9 February, they launched an attack between
the river and the causeway. During the next few days fierce fighting
ensued, in many cases hand to hand, until their greatly superior
numbers and air strength necessitated a withdrawal. After the
fall of the island, the Japanese established a prisoner of war
camp at Kranji and eventually a hospital was organised nearby
at Woodlands. After the reoccupation of Singapore, the small cemetery
started by the prisoners at Kranji was developed into a permanent
war cemetery by the Army Graves Service when it became evident
that a larger cemetery at Changi could not remain undisturbed.
Changi had been the site of the main prisoner of war camp in Singapore
and a large hospital had been set up there by the Australian Infantry
Force. In 1946, the graves were moved from Changi to Kranji, as
were those from the Buona Vista prisoner of war camp. Many other
graves from all parts of the island were transferred to Kranji
together with all Second World War graves from Saigon Military
Cemetery in French Indo-China (now Vietnam), another site where
permanent maintenance could not be assured. The Commission later
brought in graves of both World Wars from Bidadari Christian Cemetery,
Singapore, where again permanent maintenance was not possible.
There are now 4,461 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World
War buried or commemorated at Kranji War Cemetery. More than 850
of the burials are unidentified. Source: Commonwealth
War Graves Commission
name was not originally carved on the Woburn Sands War Memorial
in 1947, as there was confusion as to whether the Federated Malay
States could be classed as H.M. Forces.
Reporter, 18th November, 1952
Arising out of the reading of the names of Service
men from the War Memorial at the Remembrance Sunday service, a
member asked why the name of John Shelton (son of the late Rev.
J Shelton Vicar of Woburn Sands) was omitted. Mrs H. M. Hunt pointed
out that Mr Shelton was not a member of H. M. Forces at the time
of his death. That information was corroborated by other members,
and it was decided that his name could not be added to those on
the war memorial.
Reporter, 19th January, 1954
Council Discuss Omission of Name from Woburn Sands Memorial
Omission of the name of Mr. John Shelton, a son of
the late Rev. John Shelton, who was Vicar of Woburn Sands for
33 years, from the list of Woburn Sands men who lost their lives
while serving in the Armed Forces during the 1939-1945 War, on
a War Memorial tablet, was discussed by Woburn Sands Parish Council
at their meeting on 11th January.
The question was raised in a letter from Mrs. E. W. Marchant who
gave reasons why the name should be included, and the Council
decided that the name should be added, as it was not on any other
War Memorial. In her letter, Mrs. Marchant stated that she would
like justice done to Mr. Shelton's memory. She pointed out that
though he was not living at Woburn Sands at the time of his death,
he was born in the village and went to Malaya. To prove that he
was a member of the Armed Forces. Mrs. Marchant enclosed a letter
from the War Office which stated that Lieut. J. Shelton was in
the Malay Federated States Forces, and at the time of his death
was serving in 135th Regt. Royal Artillery. Mr. Shelton died in
Mr. G. Wesley proposed that the name should be added, and Mr.
J. A. Pursell seconded. Mrs. H. M. Hunt (Secretary of the Committee
in charge of the Welcome Home Fund, out of which the tablet was
provided), did not agree with the proposal. It was contrary to
the Committee's decision that names of men living at Woburn Sands
within six months of the outbreak of war in 1939 should be included.
Still His Home
During a discussion it was pointed out that though the late Mr.
J. Shelton had left the village before March 1939, it could still
be regarded as his home. Referring to information contained in
the letter from War Office, Mr. Wesley said that new information
had now come to light, which the Welcome Home Fund Committee had
not known when they decided to provides the tablet. Mr. J. A.
Pursell said that when the subject was discussed at a meeting
of the Parish Council in 1952, there was considerable doubt that
Mr. Shelton was serving in the Armed Forces at the time of his
death. Mrs. Hunt said that she had made known the decision of
the Committee, but if it was going to please somebody to have
the name added, it should be done.
It was agreed to ask Mrs. Marchant if Mr. Shelton's name was on
any other War (Memorial, such as any place where he was married
and might have lived for a time. If not, his name should be put
on the tablet on Woburn Sands War Memorial.
Reporter, February, 1954
Since the last meeting, arrangements had been made for the
name of the late Lieut. J. Shelton to be placed on the tablet
on the War Memorial containing the names of serving men who lost
their lives in the last war. Reporting this, the Clerk (Mr J Purcell)
stated that Mrs E W Marchant had offered to pay the cost of the
work. Members expressed appreciation of Mrs Marchant’s offer
and confirmed the Clerk’s action.
mentioned on memorial inscriptions within the churchyard and inside
the church but not on memorial
in France 24 May 1916. Aged 27.
23865355, Coldstream Guards, Died 13 July 1962. Aged 20. Borth 15
July 1941. Buried in Woburn Sands Church Cemetery, Bedfordshire.
Section C. Row South. Grave 26.
24794344, Parachute Regiment. Died 10 February 1988. Aged 19. Born
12 September 1968. Buried in St Michaels Churchyard, Church Lane,
in action near Kismay in East Africa 6th August 1893. Aged 26. Youngest
son of Marianne Hamilton. Born 1867, baptised 31 March 1867 in Gresford,
Denbighshire, son of Samuel Beamish and Marianne Hamilton. In the
1871 census he was the son of Samuel B and Marianne Hamilton, aged
4, born Denbighshire, resident Nant Y Gaer, Llay, Wrexham, Denbighshire.
Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 24th August 1947. Aged 29. Son of
Frederick Walter and Agnes Harwood; husband of Josephine I. A. Harwood,
of Aspley Guise. Buried in the North-west corner of St Michaels
Churchyard, Church Lane, Woburn Sands.
Corporal 855064, Corps of Military Police. Killed while serving
his country Sunday 30th March 1941. Aged 22. Son of Ellen Clare,
of Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. Buried near the west boundary of
St Michaels Churchyard, Church Lane, Woburn Sands.
S/30499, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own).
Killed in action 20th August 1918. Aged 32. Born Cardiff, enlisted
Camberwell, Surrey, resident Hounslow, Middlesex. Son of Mrs. Susannah
Price, of 2, Cambridge Villas, Pears Rd., Hounslow, Middx. Commemorated
on his mother's gravestone in St Michaels Churchyard, Church Lane,
Woburn Sands. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas
de Calais, France.
Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in France 22nd May 1918. Aged
33. Son in law of Thomas & Catherine Bowler.
in action 1915. Aged 22. Son of Frank & Ellen, brother of Cecil
Frank and Wilfred Thomas (below)
of wounds 1916. Aged 21. Son of Frank & Ellen, brother of Cecil
Frank and Percy Augustus (above)
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