World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwads 2021
memorial is to be found built into the pillars of the cemetery gates,
Lidlington. It takes the form of brick-built gate posts with marble
tablets on each, one listing the conflicts covered on the left and the
names of those who died in each conflict on the right. There are nine
names listed for World War 1 and six names for World War 2. The same
names are repeated on a rectangular board with triangular pediment and
carved badge at the top with the lettering in black that is to be found
behind the font in St. Margaret's Church, Lidlington (the church was
not accessible at the time it was visited). There is also a stained
glass window within the church to one man who died in the South African
church memorial has an inscription as follows:
THE GLORY OF GOD
THEY REST IN PEACE
from North Bucks Times and County Observer - Tuesday 24 April
1917, page 8:
OF HONOUR.—A roll of honour, on which are inscribed the
names of the 63 Lidlington men now nerving In the Army and Navy, has
been placed in the porch of the Parish Church. Two of the names are
those of men who have been discharged, and one has since died. Several
are now in hospital and one is a prisoner of war in Germany.
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from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 1 January
1915. page 3:
the week-end the local roll of honour kept by the Lidlington Men’s
Own was exhibited in the Post Office window. It contains 26 names, one
of those enrolled, F. G. Pepper, has been killed in action; one, A.
W. Henman, is a prisoner of war in Germany; and the last entry is that
of Cyril Barnard, who is a member of the Canadian Contingent, and is
the son of the late Mr. J. Barnard, of Common Farm, Lidlington. One
more name is to be added—that of G. Tansley, who joined the Seaforth
Highlanders on Monday.
find no census or military details but there is a newspaper article
from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 11 September
1914, page 2:
a number of young men have joined the Colours. Mr. A. Rump has
joined tho Royal Engineers. Old Reservists who have rejoined are
H. Caves and J. Henman, both of whom are now at the front. On
Monday D. Clark rejoined the Scotch Highlanders, and T. Rands
and E. Bradbury have enlisted. Others who offered themselves,
to their great disappointment, were disqualified for various reasons.
Private 440552, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action
3 August 1916. Aged 45. Born 10 September 1871 in Lidlington.
Son of George Chappell, of Lidington; husband of Mary Ann Chappell,
of 129, Maryland St., Winnipeg. Painter by trade. Attested 14
April 1915 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, aged 39 years
7 months, height 5 feet 5 inches, weight 131lbs, chest 39-42½
inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination
Church of England. Embarked Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 29 March
1916, disembarked Liverpool 9 April 1916, proceeded to France
8 June 1916, joined unit at Le Havre 9 June 1916. Buried in RAILWAY
DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Plot VI. Row I. Grave 34. National Archives of Canadian Archives
Accession Reference: Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box
1634 - 4
from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 5 May
1916, page 2 [see above and below]:
old Lidlington “boys” who joined the Canadian Army now
in training in England, visited their homes during Easter week.
They were Mr. Sydney Chappell and Mr. Horace Clarke.
as CLARK on memorial] Lance Sergeant 136441, 4th Canadian Mounted
Rifles Battalion. Died of heart failure in Herne Bay Military Hospital
12 May 1918. Born 1 February 1893 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Son
of Mrs. Emma Clarke, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Husband
of Violet Ethel Clarke, of 2, Bichfield Crescent, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada. Carpenter by trade. Enlisted 23 November 1915 in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, aged 22 years 9 months, height 5 feet 7 inches,
chest 35½ - 39½ inches, fair complexion, blue eyes,
light hair, religious denomination Church of Englnd. Admitted to
Herne Bay Hospital 16 April 1918 suffering from V.D.H. Aortie (stenosis
& regurgitation) causing heart failure. Embarked Halifax, Canada
29 March 1916, disembarked Liverpool 9 April 1916, arrived France
and taken on battalion strength 9 June 1916. Buried in south of
west end of tower in LIDLINGTON (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire.
National Archives of Canadian Archives Accession Reference: Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1745
find no military or or newspaper extracts.
In the 1891 census he is listed as Thomas J Calrke, aged 6, born
Lidlington, school boy, resident with his parents, Henry and Mary
A Clarke, at Sheep Cote End, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Lidlington, a general Labourer,
resident with his grandfather, James Clarke, and his parents, Henry
and Mary A Clarke, at The Offices, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
In the 1911 census Thomas Clarke was aged 24, born Lidlington, a
Cowman on farm, boarding at Buryware, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
26072, "C" Company, 7th Battalion, Princess Charlotte
of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) formerly 1st/5th Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action in Salonika 24 April 1917.
Aged 22. Born Wellingborough, Northants, resident Ampthill, Beds,
enlisted Reading. Son of John and Julia Clayson, of The Gardens,
Dashwood, Gravesend, Kent. Also served at Gallipoli. No known
grave. Commemorated on DOIRAN MEMORIAL, Greece.
from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 23 August
1918, page 2:
and Mrs. Clayson, who until recently were resident in Lidlington,
have been advised by the War office that their son, Pte. J. Clayson,
who has been missing since 24th April, 1917, must now be presumed
killed. Pte. Clayson, who was mobilised at the outbeak of the
war and attached to the 5th Beds., went through the Gallipoli
campaign and was in the Sulva Bay battle. He was invalided home,
and eventually discharged as a time-expired man. He voluntarily
rejoined, and in November 1916, was drafted out with the Berkshire
Regiment to Salonica, and was last seen in an engagement on 24th
April, 1917. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Clayson.
31124, 34th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers transferred to 80119, 101st
Company, Labour Corps. Died of shell gas asphyxia In Canadian General
Hospital, Le Treport, 14 May 1918. Aged 37. Born and resident Lidlington,
Beds, enlisted 22 February 1916 at Luton, Beds. Son of David and
Elizabeth Henman, of Church Street, Lidlington, Beds. Enlisted aged
35 years 9 months, a Labourer by trade, height 5 feet 5 inches,
weight 142lbs, chest 37-39½ inches. Posted 34th Battalion,
Royal Fusliers 5 April 1916, 101st Company, Labour Company 14 May
1917. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime,
France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 7B.
22840, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 17
June 1917. Born and resident Lidlington, Beds, enlisted Bedford.
Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot I. Row R. Grave 35.
George aka Fred
8200, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 November
1914. Born Lidlington, Beds, resident and enlisted Ampthill, Beds.
No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais,
France. Panel 10 and 11.
23469, Training Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of Phthisis 1
April 1917, out of service. Death recorded in the Ampthill Registration
District. Discharged 9 August 1916, aged 38 years 7 months, height
5 feet 8 inches, blue eyes brown hair, Labourer by trade, intended
place of residence Lidlington. Attested 24 November 1915 at Bedford,
aged 37 years 11 months, single, resident Lidlington. Discharged
as being no longer physically fit for war service Para
392 (xvi) King's Regulations. In the 1881 census he was aged
3, born Lidlington, son of George and Ann Walker, resident High
Street, Cottage, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. In the 1891
census he was aged 13, born Lidlington, an Agricultural labourer,
son of George and Ann Walker, resident High Street, Lidlington,
Ampthill, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 23, born
Lidlington, a Stockman on farm, son of George and Ann Walker, resident
High Street, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. In the 1911 census
he was aged 33, born Lidlington, a Farm labourer, son of Ann Walker
(a widow), resident High Street, Lidlington, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
2617859, Grenadier Gaurds. Killed in action in North-West Europe
27 September 1944. Aged 27. Born 14 January 1917, and resident,
Bedfordshire. Son of Frank George and Sarah Ann Beal; husband of
Theresa (nee Young) Beal, of Beckington, Somerset, married in April
to June Quarter 1944 in Frome Registration District, Somerset. In
the 1939 Register Frank A Beal was a Brickworker Fitter Brick Maker,
unmarried, resident with his parents, Frank Gand Sarah A Beal, at
23, Station Road, Lidlington, Ampthill R.D., Bedfordshire. Buried
in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot
25. Row B. Grave 11.
from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 27 April
1945, page 7:
Richard William Butler, aged 30, who has been in killed action,
farmed at Ladiington until 1942, when, at the end of the harvest,
he sold the farm and joined the Grenadier Guards. After serving
in India, he was commissioned in the Bedfs. and Herts. Regiment,
and last year was seconded for duty as Animal Transport Officer
to battalion of the Border Regiment, which unit he was serving
at the time of his death. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Butler, of Hillside Road, Leighton Buzzard.
(Pilot) 527385, Royal Air Force. While flying in a Handley Page
Halifax I, serial number L9576, having taken off from Marston
Moor airfield on a training and general flying practice lost control
of the aircraft and crashed North-East of Wetherby, Yorkshire,
while flying on two engines 14 April 1942. Aged 26. Son of George
Robert and Anne Elizabeth Gurney, of Lidlington; husband of Nina
Millicent Gurney, of Lidlington. Buried south of the tower in
LIDLINGTON (ST. MARGARET) CHURCHYARD, Bedfordshire.
from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 24 April
1942, page 2:
of a Popular Lidlington Man
death has occurred, at the age of twenty-six, of Sergeant- Pilot
James Edward Gurney, second son of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Gurney,
of Lidlington. Sergeant Gurney’s heart and mind were centred
in the Royal Air Force, where he was very successful and popular
with his colleagues. He won his "wings" several months
ago and had already completed a course of operational flights
over enemy territory.
leaves a widow and baby son, for whom much sympathy is felt. Sympathy
will also be felt for his parents, this being the third loss in
their family, an elder daughter and son having died under tragic
circumstances previously, both at the age of twenty-one years.
by Parish- Bedford]
funeral service, which was private, was conducted by the Vicar
at St. Margaret’s Church, Lidlington, where a large congregation
had assembled. The coffin, covered by the Union Jack, was placed
in the transept sometime previous to the obsequies. The family
mourners were: Mrs. J. Gurney (widow), Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Gurney
(parents), Mr. F. Gurney (brother), Mrs. R. Gurney and Mrs. W.
Clarke (sisters), Mr. R.' Gurney (brother-in-law), Mrs. F. Gurney
(sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Rowe (brother-in-law and sister-in-law),
Mr. and Mrs. Foster (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. Herbert
Gurney, Mr, Horace Gurney, and Mr. Sidney Gurney (uncless, and
Mrs. P. Groom (friend).
5951358, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment.
Died of beri beri as a Japanese Prisoner of War at Tarsao No. 1
Camp, Thailand, 29 April 1943 captured in Singapore 15 Februarty
1942. Aged 23. Son of William and Mary Deacon, of Lidlington, Bedfordshire.
Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 4. Row F. Grave
(Flight Engineer) 570989, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Flying
in an Avro Lancaster l, serial number ED356, took off from Langar
airfield on night operations to Nurnberg, his aircraft was hit by
flak while flying over Mannheim and crashed into a andpit near the
church in Maubach near Ludwigshafen 25 February 1943; the crew were
initially buried in the church yard and reinterred on 15 November
1947. Aged 21. Born 18 March 1921 in Lichfield. Son of John and
Annie Elizabeth Johnson, of Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Educated Friar's
School, Bangor, North Wales. Buried in DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY, Bayern,
Germany. Plot 1. Row C. Collective Grave 6-9.
859267, 6th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds
in Italy 3 April 1945. Aged 26. Son of Henry Thomas Potts and Mabel
Potts; husband of Gladys Potts, of Lidlington, Bedfordshire. Buried
in ROME WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row D. Grave 23.
South African Constabulary. Orange River Colony Police late Trooper
105, 1st Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Dangerously wounded near
Ladybrand and died of those wounds 30th November 1900. Resident
of White-Lodge, Lidlington. Also commemorated on Bedford
South African War Memorial
TO THE MEMORY OF LIEUT. W.H. DOBBIE
KILLED NEAR LADYBRAND S. AFRICA 30TH NOVR. 1900"
from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa
1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military
- Lieut. Wallace Houston Dobbie, O.R.C. Police (late 1st Batt. I.Y.),
was dangerously wounded near Ladybrand, and died on Nov. 30th, 1900.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
Wallace Houstoun of White-lodge Lidlington Bedfordshire
lieutenant in the Orange River-colony-police died 30 November 1900
near Ladybrand South Africa Administration (with Will) London
7 March to Florence Dobbie widow Effects £275.
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