World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Martin Edwards
village memorial sits at the road junction outside the church of St
Edmund's, it takes the form of a granite obelisk with a cross carved
in relief at the top, this stands on a square plinth with a two-stepped
base; the names for World War 2 are on inset into the front of the secodn
step. There are 15 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The
memorial was unveiled by Colonel R R B Orlebar on 4th July 1920 (details
in the Bedfordshire Times, 1921). Inside the church is a further memorial
carved into the oak reredos to the same men as on the external memorial
(this is also describe din the Bedfordshire Times 1921). There is also
a statue to Our lady of Messines with the story of Ernest Beckley of
Leicester and the amazing set of circumstances that followed.
MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE."
Richard Howard Agnew
Royal Flying Corps who died on Wednesday, 21st March 1917. Buried
in Bedford Cemetery, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Grave E/5. 70v.
Was native of Sandy, Bedfordshire. Pilot at the Experimental Aircraft Flight,
Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. Son of Richard Allen, grandson of W.
H. Allen (owner of the engineerng company in Bedford). Killed in
flying accident when his engine failed Wednesday, 21st March 1917,
piloting Bristol Scout Type D 5556. See also Bedford
as Percy Sydney on SDGW and CWGC] Private, 31872, 6th Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday, 18th July 1917
in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Blunham, enlisted
Bedford. Son of Fredrick and Ellen Elizabeth Battle, of High St.,
Blunham, Bedfordshire. Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
Grave III. D. 23.
124626, 60th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died Thursday, 8th
November 1917 in Mesopotamia. Age 26. Born Blunham, enlisted Sandy.
Husband of Lizzie Joyce Brown, of Berry Cottage, Blunham, Sandy,
Bedfordshire. Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave III.
G/34040, 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday,
8th May 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 28. Born and resident
Blunham, enlisted Bedford. Husband of Mrs. R. M. Chambers, of Southview,
Blunham, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Formerly 4047, Essex Regiment. Prisoner of
war. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Grave IX. E. 12.
Motor Engineer, H.M.S. "Sunhill", Mercantile Marine
Reserve. Died Tuesday 26 November 1918. Born 15 August 1896. Educated
Bedford Modern School (1908-14). In the 1911 census he was aged
14, at school, born Hinwick, Bedfordshire, son of Andrew and Sarah
Christie, resident Park Lane, Blunham, Sandy. Buried in BEDFORD
CEMETERY, Foster Hill Road, Bedford. Plot/Row/Section E/3. Grave
17. See also Bedford
from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index
of Wills and Administrations), 1919:
Wilfred Sydney of Blunham near Sandy Bedfordshire
engineer H.M.S. Egmont died 26 November 1918 at the Royal Naval
Hospital Portsmouth Administration London 5 April
to Andrew Mackie Christie chauffeur. Effects £536 17s. 3d.
M/333006, 683rd Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service
Corps who died on Thursday, 14th November 1918. Age 29. Son of W.
Ekins, of Blunham, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery,
Kalamaria, Greece. Grave 817.
25134, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday,
9th August 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Blunham,
enlisted Ampthill. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Pier and Face 2 C.
60011, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Tuesday,
12th June 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 23. Born and resident
Blunham, enlisted Biggleswade. Nephew of Mrs. Edith Jeffries, of
2, Council Cottages, Northill, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Formerly 3079,
5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin
Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8
128956, 40th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action Tuesday,
9th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Bedford, enlisted
Biggleswade, resident Sandy. Formerly 48328, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut,
Belgium. Panel 11
8487, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday,
15th September 1914 in France & Flanders. Born and resident
Blunham, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre
Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
2462, 1st/1st, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Yeomanry. Died Wednesday,
26th July 1916 in Turkey. Age 31. Enlisted Gloucester, resident
Bedford. Son of William and Mary A. Mann, of Blunham, Sandy, Bedfordshire.
Buried in Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria. Grave A. 83.
33065, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday,
16th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 27. Born and resident
Blunham, enlisted Sandy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Odell, of Blunham,
Sandy, Bedfordshire. Formerly 6197, Bedfordshire Regiment. Prisoner
of war. Buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. Grave IV. C. 4.
Private, 201369, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed
in action Friday, 20th July 1917 in Palestine. Enlisted St. Albans,
resident Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery,
Israel. Grave XXX. A. 9.
Wireless Operator, Mercantile Marine who died on Saturday, 5th October
1918. Son of Claud Ernest Tuppen, of The Woodlands, Wisborough Green,
Billingshurst, Sussex. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial,
Private, 203292, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds
Wednesday, 3rd July 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born
and resident Blunham, enlisted Biggleswade. Son of the late James
and Rhoda Wheatley, of Blunham, Sandy, Bedfordshire.; husband of F. Wheatley,
of Newton Blossomville, Bedford. Buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery
Extension, Somme, France. Grave I. L. 3.
573423, 83 Squadron., Royal Air Force who died on Tuesday, 13th
October 1942. Age 21. Son of James Leslie and Ethel Henrietta Barton,
of Buckden, Huntingdonshire. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial,
Surrey. Panel 77.
932761, Pilot, 254 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who
died on Tuesday, 21st November 1944. Age 22. Son of John and Anne
Elizabeth Dalley, of Bromham, Bedfordshire. Buried in Ameland (Nes)
General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands. Plot D. Row 9. Joint grave
27. The British plot is in a prominent position immediately left
of the entrance.
T/14774735, Royal Army Service Corps, who died on Sunday, 31st August
1947. Age 21. Son of John William and Edith Kate Gaylor, of Blunham,
Bedfordshire. Buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece. Grave 23.
Officer 36220, 59 Squadron, Royal Air Force who died on Wednesday,
10th July 1940. Commemorated on Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede,
Surrey. Panel 8.
5832734, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, Bedfordshire &
Hertfordshire Regiment who died on Saturday, 11th November 1944.
Age 30. Son of Harry and Emily Elizabeth Norman, of Blunham, Bedfordshire.
Commemorated on Cassino Memorial, Italy. Panel 5.
5950634, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action
during the battle for Singapore on Friday, 13th February 1942. Age
31. Son of Joshua and Florence Sims; husband of Ellen Kathleen Sims,
of Bedford. Commemorated on the Singapore memorial, Kranji War Cemetery,
Singapore. Column 56.
14 October, 2019