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In September 2004, friends from the parish visited Ypres (Ieper). During their stay they visited:
 ●
Menin Gate, Ypres on which the names of 54,900 solders, who have no known grave, are inscribed.
 ● Tyne Cot (above) the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery with 11,908 graves and an
        additional 34,927 names of solders, inscribed on the wall, who have no known grave.
 ● Flanders Fields Museum. Ypres
 ● Allied trenches on Hill 60 just outside Ypres.
 The visit touched all those who made the journey.
 Below are the names of those who were born or lived in Felmersham parish and died in the 1914 - 1918 Great War.
 


Canadian Memorial
 

War damaged tree - Hill 60
 

Felmersham War Memorial
 

In Flanders' Fields

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
 
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders' fields.
 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders' fields.

Major John McCrae, 1915

1914 1918 Great War - Parish of Felmersham Roll of Honour

Commemorative Triptych in Felmersham Church
Helen Batchelor TAYLOR
Nurse
Served as a VAD working for the Red Cross in Malta
Died on Monday, 15th November 1915. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. The Cemetery is located 2 kilometres south-west of Valletta on the road to Sliema. On the edge of the Gwardamanga district, the entrance is on Triq II-Principessa Melita, leading to Triq Tal-Pieta and Msida Sea Front and Creek. Below: Photo of grave.
Charles John ASHPOLE
Private 45168,
11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
Killed in action Sunday, 26th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Mary Ashpole, of Felmersham. Buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Grave I. F. 15.
Herbert William ASHPOLE
Private G/25950
10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Battalion,
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Killed in action Monday, 7th October 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Clara Ashpole, of Pavenham Rd., Felmersham. Buried in Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, Nord, France. Grave IV. E. 7.
John BETTS
Private 32052
"D" Coy., 6th Battalion
Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action Monday, 24th September 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 36. Born and resident Felmersham, enlisted Bedford. Son of Thomas and Ann Betts, of Felmersham; Husband of Edith A. W. Betts, of Victoria Cottage, Felmersham. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
Harold Charlton BOYCOTT
Lieutenant
2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Died of wounds on Thursday, 21st March 1918. Buried in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Grave VI. B. 18.
Robert BROWN
Private G/25925
23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.
 Killed in action Tuesday, 31st July 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 32. Born Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford, resident Felmersham. Son of Joseph William Brown; husband of Mary Elizabeth Brown, of Church End, Felmersham. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51
Harry BURT Currently no further information.
Ernest COOPER
Corporal 22065
8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action Wednesday, 27th June 1917 in France & Flanders [board states 3rd July 1917]. Born Milton Ernest, enlisted Bedford, resident Radwell. Son of Mr. J. Cooper, of Dropshort, Radwell. Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. S. 36.
John William HOOD
Private 43308
1st Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment
Formally 863 Hunts Cycle Bn.
Born: Blackheath, Enlisted: Huntingdon, Lived at Radwell
Died Tuesday 3rd September 1918. D.O.W.
Age 24. Son of William and Charlotte Hood, Radwell, Beds.
Buried: Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamp, Somme, France.
Charles Edward HULATT
Private 25464
2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action Monday, 3rd July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 20. Born and resident Radwell, enlisted Bedford. Son of Charles Hulatt, of High St., Radwell. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C
Frederick HULATT
Private 125434
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
Died of wounds Tuesday, 5th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Enlisted Rotherham. Formerly 205246, Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment. buried in Canonne Farm British Cemetery, Sommaing, Nord, France. Grave D.10.
Thomas E KEMBLE Currently no further information.
Joseph PAYNE
Private G/18805
1st Battalion Queen's
(Royal West Surrey Regiment).
Killed in action Thursday, 14th March 1918 in France & Flanders [board states 15th March 1918]. Age 31. Born Felmersham, resident & enlisted Market Harborough, Leics. Son of Thomas and Mahala K. Payne, of Felmersham. Formerly 108716, Royal Army Service Corps. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A.
Charles RICHARDSON
Private 201428
1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Died on Saturday, 8th December 1917. Age 33. Husband of Nellie Richardson, of Radwell. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Grave K. 2.
Herbert [Henry] Gilbert SEAMARKS
Sergeant 15084
1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Killed in action Saturday, 28th September 1918 in France and Flanders. Age 23. Born Stevington, enlisted Bedford, resident Radwell. Son of Mrs. Ellen Purser (formerly Seamarks), of Radwell. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5
Albert S SMITH Currently no further information.
Frederick Jesse TURNER
Private 225133
1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
(London Regiment).
Killed in action Monday, 3rd December 1917 in France & Flanders [board in church states 30th November 1917]. Age 23. Born Felmersham, enlisted Luton, resident Leagrave, Luton. Son of Henry Turner, of Felmersham, Bedford, and the late Betsy Turner. Formerly 203703, East Kent Regiment posted to 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. Panel 11.
William G WHITWORTH
Sapper 289241
22nd Light Railway Train Crew Company
Corps of Royal Engineers
Died Saturday, 12th January 1918 [board states 14th January 1918]. Age 20. Son of John and Elizabeth Whitworth, of Radwell. Born Radwell, enlisted Desborough, Northants, resident Sharnbrook. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Grave IX. C. 18.
Robert H WIGGINS
M.M. Lance Corporal 20341
2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Died of wounds Tuesday, 5th November 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 24. Born Pavenham, enlisted Bedford, resident Felmersham. Son of Harry Wiggins, of West End, Stevington. Awarded the Military Medal. Buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave II. C. 23.

Above: Menin Gate - side elevation.   Below: Allied trenches and battlefield craters, Hill 60.

Photographs in and around Ypres by Peter Hartop 2004
Details of the fallen researched by Martin Edwards 2002 and published with his permission.

Information on J W Hood was supplied by Bill Perriton, Bromham, Bedford (Second Cousin of J W Hood)
Men from Felmersham Parish who served and survived the Great War
Photo on Left: Commemorative board in Felmersham Church
H COOK E T HULATT E ROBINSON E SMITH
P COOK F HULATT H ROBINSON H SWANNELL
A J COOK W J HULATT C RUSSELL R W THOMAS
H COOPER W HULATT Arthur Edwin RUST3 F E TURNER
W J COOPER W D MACKIE Charles W RUST4 Sgt Robert TURNER1
A E CUMBERLAND C MAKEHAM Thomas A RUST5 B R TURNER
C F DESBOROUGH F MARRIOT Ernest James RUST2 J TURNER
A GALLANT R F MORRIS H SCRIVENER M TYRELL
F GADSBY T C PACEY J W SCOLEY  
C HULATT   T SCOLEY  
 

1. Sgt. Robert Turner
 

2. Ernest (Strike) James
 RUST
 

3. Arthur (Dart) Edwin
 RUST
 

4. Charles (Cunning)
William RUST
 

5. Thomas (Booba)
Albert RUST
The above photographs are by kind permission of: Dennis Turner: 1.; Sandra Hawes: 2,3,4 & 5.
Joe PAYNE
Private G/18805
1st Battalion Queen's

Killed in action Thursday, 14th March 1918 in France & Flanders.
See Roll of Honour for details.
Photo: Andrew Payne
Helen Batchelor TAYLOR

Helen Taylor served as a VAD working for the Red Cross in Malta during the First World War. Malta was used as a base for supplying and supporting the battles in Gallipoli and Salonika. Other graves, in the military cemetery, are of servicemen who also died in November 1915 and they show that many of them died in Malta of wounds received in Gallipoli.
 
Helen died, in her 42nd year, from dysentery in Floriana Hospital, Malta. Her headstone states "She gave her life for others" which suggests she caught her illness while nursing the wounded.
 
The inscription reads: In loving Memory of Helen Margaret Bachelor Taylor. V.A.D. Daughter of the Late Henry Hilton Green of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England. Passed away Nov. 15th 1915. "She gave her life for others"
 
She is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta (photo on the left, details above). Her death is recorded on the War Memorial, Felmersham and in Felmersham Church on a commemorative triptych in the Memorial Chapel and on a brass plaque in the Chancel.
 
Ref: Martin Edwards ( 2002) and Beds Times 26 November 1915.

Photograph and additional details by Gina Hamlyn, a relative of the Green family.
 
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