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April 1915

Bedfordshire Regiment Roll of Honour

Thursday 1st April 1915  

Died of Wounds 

2nd Battalion 

  • 9313 Private Edward Ralph HOWE, born Eversholt, resided Bedford (Merville Communal Cemetery)  


6th Battalion 

  • Lieutenant Aubrey Crawshaw DENHAM, 34, formerly 10th Battalion, son of John William and Annie Denham of 3 Woodland Mount, Trinity Street, Huddersfield [Yorkshire] (Huddersfield (Edgerton) Cemetery)  

Friday 2nd April 1915 

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 9693 Sergeant Thomas FULLER, 20, son of Joseph and Mary Ann Fuller of 10 Little Butts Street, Bedford (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

Tuesday 6th April 1915 


1st Battalion 

  • 10385 Private Wilfred FIELD, born and resided Henlow (Wimereux Communal Cemetery) 

Saturday 10th April 1915 

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: in reserve at Reningelst 

  • 8604 Private Alfred STAINES, born and resided Broxted [Essex] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

Sunday 11th April 1915 

Killed in Action 

1st Battalion: front line trenches east of Hill 60 

  • 10308 Acting Lance Corporal Charles GUNN, born and resided Cambridge (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13241 Private Harry Valentine Alexander HULL, 19, son of Harry Hull of Birch Hill, Copt Oak [Leicestershire] (Tuileries British Cemetery, Ypres) 

  • 14413 Private William JACKSON, born Baldock [Hertfordshire], resided Letchworth [Hertfordshire] (Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery) 

Monday 12th April 1915 

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: front line trenches east of Hill 60 

  • 9710 Acting Sergeant Frederick Isaac TOPPLE, 22, son of H Topple of Grange Road, Felixstowe [Suffolk], born and resided Walton [Suffolk] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 3/8571 Private William TUFFNELL, born and resided Wilshamstead (Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery) 

Tuesday 13th April 1915  

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: in front line trenches east of Hill 60 

  • 3/7754 Private Ernest BARRATT, born Ryall [Lincolnshire], resided Keyston [Huntingdonshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 10220 Private Hugh DAY, born Hoxton [London], resided Pertenhall (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

Monday 19th April 1915 

Killed in Action 

1st Battalion: consolidating the front line east of Hill 60 under heavy shelling 

  • 3/7302 Private Arthur Edward FARMER, 19, son of William George and Emma Farmer of Ivy Cottage, The Leys Terrace, Woburn Sands [Buckinghamshire], born Aspley Hill, Aspley Guise (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10149 Private Henry Frank FRANKLIN, born and resided Greenwich [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 13432 Private Henry FREEMAN, born Luton, resided Saint Pancras [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10135 Acting Corporal George GRAY, 21, son of Fanny Buckingham of 18 Bunyan Road, Hitchin [Hertfordshire], born Datchworth [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 14280 Private Charles HARROWELL, 19, son of Eli Harrowell of 19 Langdon Street, Tring [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) his brother James was killed with 9th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps on 22nd October 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial 

  • 13461 Lance Corporal George HAYNES, 25, D Company, husband of E M Ilott (ex Haynes) of 19 Spencer's Street, Hertford, born Hemingford Grey [Huntingdonshire], resided Huntingdon (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 8747 Private William JEWELL, born Weston Turville [Buckinghamshire], resided Chiswick [Middlesex] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 8683 Private William KEECH, born and resided Goldington (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • Second Lieutenant Esmond Lawrence KELLIE, 20, son of Lawrence and Gertrude Mary Kellie of 191 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale [London], educated at Westminster School (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • Second Lieutenant Charles Sidney KIRSH (Bedford House Cemetery) 

  • 8876 Private Joseph MANSFIELD, 26, son of Elizabeth Seekings of Over Cote Lane, Needingworth [Huntingdonshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10368 Private Thomas POTTINGER, 19, son of Louisa Barrett (ex Pottinger) of 45 Sultan Street, Camberwell [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 10481 Private Edward RUSSELL, born Wootton, resided Cardington (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 18166 Private William SHANE, born and resided Luton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 16937 Private Edgar STEBBINGS, 21, son of James Edgar and Ann Stebbings of Alexandra Road, King's Langley [Hertfordshire] (First DCLI Cemetery, The Bluff, Ypres) 

  • 7237 Private Bertie Charles WATSON, born and resided Bassingbourn [Cambridgeshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

2nd Battalion: trenches near Fauquissart – attack on a German sap 

  • 4/4560 Private Frederick William EMERY, 28, son of John and Julia Emery of 9 North Road, Stevenage [Hertfordshire] (Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Laventie) 

  • 3/7682 Private Alfred YOUNG, born and resided Bedford (Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Laventie) 

Tuesday 20th April 1915  

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: German attack on Hill 60 

  • 6892 Private Arthur BUTTERWORTH born Somercotes [Derbyshire], resided Warboys [Huntingdonshire] (Bedford House Cemetery) 

  • 19047 Private William James CHAPMAN, 32, son of Samuel and Ann Chapman of Everton, husband of Clara Daisley (ex Chapman) of 11 Everton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

  • 4/7117 Private Walter Harry CLARKE, born London, resided Saint Albans [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 8598 Private Frank COUSINS, 20, son of Caroline Cousins of 4 Hawthorn Cottages, Eaton Ford (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13043 Private Walter James COX, born Hatfield [Hertfordshire], resided Codicote [Hertfordshire] (Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres) 

  • 8943 Private Frederick HAWKINS, born Hackney [London], resided Upper Holloway [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/7005 Private Frederick HIPGRAVE, born and resided Hatfield [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10419 Private Sidney JEFFRIES, 19, son of Emma Jeffries of 29 Harley Street, Saint Albans [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13368 Private Henry George JONES, born Battersea [London], resided Millbank [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 18280 Private Henry MARTIN, 40, son of the late George and Mary Ann Martin, born Great Hadham [Hertfordshire], resided Clerkenwell [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 9773 Corporal Bertie Douglas MILLS, 21, A Company, husband of Mabel of 39 Shelley Street, Kingsley Park, Northampton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 6974 Private Walter PICKING, 33, son of Walter and Annie Picking of Swan Street, Ashwell [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/7306 Private Frederick William PRINGLE, born and resided Gateshead [Durham] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 8772 Private Frederick William REA, born and resided Erith [Kent] (Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres) 

  • 16579 Private Herbert REVILL, born and resided Little Hallingbury [Essex] (Oostaverne Wood Cemetery) 

  • 3/7998 Private William SAMPSON, 28, son of William and Emily Sampson of 79 Iddesleigh Road, Bedford, husband of A S Wilson (ex Sampson) of 19 Wood Street, Luton , he was born Taunton [Somerset] and resided Letchworth [Hertfordshire] (Oostaverne Wood Cemetery) 

  • 13556 Private Joseph Walter SEAR, born and resided Hemel Hempstead [Hertfordshire] (Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery) 

  • 4/7312 Private James THOMPSON, born Stapleton [Bristol], resided Bristol (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10410 Private Wilfred VINE, 19, B Company, son of W Vine of TAEA Cottages, Henlow (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 14684 Private James Wilfred WHITEHORN, 19, son of Albert and Mary Jane Whitehorn of 27 Meeting Alley, Watford [Hertfordshire] (First DCLI Cemetery, The Bluff, Ypres) 

  • Private Alfred William WRIGHT, born and resided Godmanchester [Huntingdonshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 7645 Acting Lance Corporal Edward WRIGHT, born Northampton, resided Guildford [Surrey] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)  

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 10291 Private William Charles COOPER, 19, son of William E Cooper of 14 Greyfriars Walk, Bedford (Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Ypres) 

  • 3/7569 Private Albert KINGHAM, born Wingfield, resided Toddington (Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery) 

  • 3/7465 Private Cyril MEAKINS, 20, son of Emma Pratt of Bower Lane, Eaton Bray (Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery) 

  • 8810 Private Henry William WEBB, born Islington [London], resided Watford [Hertfordshire] (Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery) 

2nd Battalion 

  • 13514 Private Arthur SCOTTON or SCOTTOW, born Saint Bede's, South Shields [Durham], resided Sunderland [Durham] (Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension) 

Wednesday 21st April 1915 

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: German attack on Hill 60 

  • 4/7129 Private Sidney ABRAHAM, 36, nephew of R Abraham of 27 Cassidy Road, Fulham, he was born Godmanchester [Huntingdonshire] and resided Waltham Green [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 6586 Private Leonard ASHTON, born Ampthill, resided Bedford (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 3/6951 Private Frank BARBER, brother of R Barber of 12 Edward Road, Bedford, born Kempston, (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/7275 Private Hugh Leonard BRICE, 31, son of Samuel Brice of Buntingford [Hertfordshire], born Little Hadham [Hertfordshire], resided Much Hadham [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 3/6094 Private Herbert CROFT, 26, son of Felix and Annie Croft of Brewer's Hill, Wheathampstead [Hertfordshire], born Luton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 14062 Private Frederick DAZELEY, 28, son of I and A Dazeley, born and resided Radlett [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10240 Private Henry William DOWNES, 20, son of Henry William and Sarah Ann Downes of 10 Granville Avenue, Lower Edmonton [Middlesex] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 14058 Corporal Walter Seabrook GAY, born Goole [Yorkshire], resided Luton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10066 Private Albert GODWIN, born Bermondsey [London], resided Southwark [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13441 Private Henry Ernest GOODGER, 18, B Company, son of Henry Jesse and Alice Goodger of 39 Upton Park, Forest Gate [Essex], born Canning Town [Essex] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/7291 Private Daniel Charles GRAY, 30, son of Emily Gray of Howe Green, Little Berkhamsted [Hertfordshire], born Tewin [Hertfordshire], resided Essenden [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 8104 Acting Lance Corporal George Edward GRIFFIN, 26 C Company, son of George Griffin. husband of Jesse Grace of 126 Chester Road, Watford [Hertfordshire]; joined the battalion at Hertford aged 15, born Colchester [Essex] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 14315 Private Henry HAGGERWOOD, 27, son of Joseph Haggerwood of Mill End, Sandon [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13217 Private George HOOKHAM, 23, son of George and Eliza Hookham of 6 Bury Lane, Rickmansworth [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 16506 Private Francis George IZZARD, 23, son of Harriet Izzard of 25 Raynham Street, Hertford (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13054 Private Edward JONES, born Harpenden [Hertfordshire], resided Codicote [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 3/8793 Private Frederick KEEN, born Caddington, resided Luton (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 3/6054 Private John LAWSON, born and reside Leighton Buzzard (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 16450 Private Alfred LUDFORD, 27, son of George Ludford, husband of Elizabeth of 15 Barnard's Yard, Hitchin [Hertfordshire] (Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Ypres) 

  • 14143 Private Victor John MEAD, born and resided Ickleford [Hertfordshire] (Oostaverne Wood Cemetery) 

  • 8048 Corporal George Robert RUSHMER, 29, son of Sergeant G R Rushmer, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, husband of Helen of 1 Greenhill Street, Bedford, born Kempston (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 14310 Private Frederick James SHARP, born and resided Boxmoor [Hertfordshire] (Oostaverne Wood Cemetery) 

  • 13214 Private Frank SMITH, 23, son of Annie Smith of Saint Anne's Cottages, Naphill [Buckinghamshire], resided Marylebone [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 6641 Private Oswald SNELL, 41, son of Francis and Sarah Snell of Saint Catherine's Road, Long Melford [Suffolk] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 10711 Private Philip George SPARROW, 24, son of the late George and Cynthia Sparrow, born Lewisham [London], resided Catford [London] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/5076 Sergeant George TARBOX, 33, son of George and Emily Tarbox of 17 New Street, Berkhamsted [Hertfordshire] (Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Ypres) 

  • 3/6691 Private George THOMPSON, born and resided Pitsford [Northamptonshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 3/8561 Private Harry TRIPLOW, born and resided Stotfold (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 7578 Private Henry TUFFNELL, born Woolwich [London], resided Luton (Oostaverne Wood Cemetery) 

  • 14344 Private Albert TYLER, born and resided Hatfield [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 13852 Private Thomas UNDERWOOD, 26, son of David and Mary Underwood, husband of Ethel Povey (ex Underwood) of 18 Lawn Road, Northfleet [Kent], born and resided in Leighton Buzzard (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 4/7372 Private Frederick WELCH born and resided Stevenage [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 18219 Private James WRIGHT, 54, son of James and Elizabeth Wright, born and resided Kingston-on-Thames [Surrey] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)   

2nd Battalion: relieved from front line trenches near Fauquissart 

  • 3/7155 Private Cecil Edgar BARNES, born and resided Leicester (le Touret Memorial)  

  • 14634 Private Herbert Frederick GILBERT, 21, son of James and Emma Gilbert of Neneside, Midland Road, Thrapston [Northamptonshire], born Croxton [Cambridgeshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

  • 5474 Corporal George TITMUS, husband of Beatrice of 26 Western Road, Aldershot [Hampshire], born Saint Albans [Hertfordshire] (le Touret Memorial)   

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 13400 Private Alfred ANSELL, born Rickmansworth [Hertfordshire], resided Watford [Hertfordshire] (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery)  

Thursday 22nd April 1915 

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: moving up to Ouderdom 

  • 13048 Private Richard HEMMINGS, 18, son of C F and Mary Ann Hemmings of 4 Council Cottages, Codicote [Hertfordshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

Died of Wounds 

1st Battalion 

  • 8589 Acting Lance Corporal Alfred Andy COX, 31, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Cox of 67 Woburn Road, Kempston, born Stevington (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

Saturday 24th April 1915 

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion: in support west of Zillebeke Lake 

  • 14095 Private Clement Victor Arthur CUSTANCE, born Slough [Berkshire], resided Luton (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

  • 10296 Private George William KIDWELL, 18, son of Mrs E Kidwell of 40 Albion Road, Twickenham [Middlesex], born Norbiton [Surrey] (Twickenham Cemetery) 

  • 10340 Private Alfred John ROLLINGS, 23, brother of Miss N Rollings of 10 Garden Road, Dunstable (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

 2nd Battalion 

  • 10370 Private Albert KEEN, son of Charles Keen of Church Street, Buntingford [Hertfordshire], born Layston [Hertfordshire], resided Edmonton [Middlesex] (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

Sunday 25th April 1915 


4th Battalion 

  • 19391 Private John JEFFREY, 25, son of Walter and Emily Ann Jeffrey of 71 South Mill Road, Bishop's Stortford [Hertfordshire], born Brent Pelham [Hertfordshire] (Harwich Cemetery) 

Monday 26th April 1915  

Killed in Action  

1st Battalion: in support west of Zillebeke Lake 

  • Second Lieutenant Robert Heath FAWCETT, son of Henry Heath and Colina Fawcett of Berkhamsted [Hertfordshire], born Wimbledon [Surrey] (special memorial in Tuileries British Cemetery) 


1st Battalion 

  • 4/6698 Private William GRAY, born Tewin [Hertfordshire], resided Essendon [Hertfordshire] (Saint-Sever Cemetery, Rouen) 

Tuesday 27th April 1915 

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 3/8605 Private Charles JACKSON, 29, son of William and Mary Ann Jackson of Bourn [Cambridgeshire], husband of Susannah of Church Lane, Great Paxton [Huntingdonshire] (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

2nd Battalion 

  • 4/7173 Private James John BAKER, husband of Clara of 70 Sopwell Lane, Saint Albans [Hertfordshire], served in the 2nd Boer War, born Stoke Hammond [Buckinghamshire] (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 

Wednesday 28th April 1915 

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 8335 Private Frederick James COX, born and resided Great Staughton [Huntingdonshire] (Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension) 

Thursday 29th April 1915  

Killed in Action 

1st Battalion: front line trenches west of Hill 60 

  • 8427 Lance Sergeant Reginald Arthur Rosamond FEARN DCM, 25, son of Elizabeth Cook (ex Fearn) of 161 High Street South, Dunstable (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 


1st Battalion 

  • 8141 Private Harry Ernest TURNER, 29, husband of Edith E Birch (ex Turner) of Bury Row, Bacton [Suffolk], born Wokingham [Hampshire], resided Stowmarket [Suffolk] (Hamburg Cemetery) 

Friday 30th April 1915 

Killed in Action 

1st Battalion: front line trenches west of Hill 60 

  • 9772 Corporal Ernest Norman BADGER, 21, son of Lizzie Badger of Wittering [Peterborough], born Norton [Worcestershire], resided Langtoft [Lincolnshire] (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres) 

Died of Wounds  

1st Battalion 

  • 8082 Lance Corporal Richard COOKSEY, born Cannock [Staffordshire], resided Hednesford [Staffordshire] (Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension) 

  • 10263 Acting Corporal Walter Thomas COPPING, born East Finchley [Middlesex], resided North Finchley [Middlesex] (Boulogne Eastern Cemetery) 


1st Battalion 

  • 7615 Corporal Harold BATCHELOR, son of Caroline Batchelor of 6 Boxted Cottages, Hemel Hempstead [Hertfordshire] (Saint-Sever Cemetery, Rouen)