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LIDLINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

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The 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 War 1899-1902.

The church memorial has an inscription as follows:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
1914-1918

1939-1945

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

Extract from North Bucks Times and County Observer - Tuesday 24 April 1917, page 8:

LIDLINGTON.

ROLL 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.

Photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2021

IN
MEMORY
OF THE
GREAT
WAR
1914-1919
ALSO
WORLD
WAR
1939-1945

R.I.P.

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 1 January 1915. page 3:

LIDLINGTON.

During 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.

1914-1918

BRADBURY Edward

Can find no census or military details but there is a newspaper article albeit brief.

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 11 September 1914, page 2:

LIDLINGTON.

Quite 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.

CHAPPELL Sydney [Beard]

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

   

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 5 May 1916, page 2 [see above and below]:

LIDLINGTON.

Two 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.

CLARKE, MM Horace [James]
[Listed 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 - 5
CLARKE Thomas
Can 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.
CLAYSON John [William]

Private 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.

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 23 August 1918, page 2:

LIDLINGTON

Mr. 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.

DEACON Henry
Private 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.
HENMAN William
Private 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.
PEPPER Frederick George aka Fred
Private 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.
WALKER Joseph
Private 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.
1939-1945
BEAL Frank [Arthur]
Guardsman 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.
BUTLER Richard

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 27 April 1945, page 7:

Capt. 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.

GURNEY James [Edward]

Sergeant (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.

Extract from Bedfordshire Times and Independent - Friday 24 April 1942, page 2:

SERGT.-PILOT JAMES GURNEY

Death of a Popular Lidlington Man

The 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.

He 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.


[Photograph by Parish- Bedford]

The 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).

DEACON William [Henry]
Private 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 30.
JOHNSON Kenneth [Roy]
Sergeant (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.
POTTS Arthur [Henry]
Private 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 AFRICA 1899-1901
DOBBIE Wallace Houston

Lieutenant, 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

"SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF LIEUT. W.H. DOBBIE
KILLED NEAR LADYBRAND S. AFRICA 30TH NOVR. 1900"

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press

Dobbie. - Lieut. Wallace Houston Dobbie, O.R.C. Police (late 1st Batt. I.Y.), was dangerously wounded near Ladybrand, and died on Nov. 30th, 1900.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1901:

DOBBIE 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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