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War Memorial - Beaudesert School

Beaudesert School War MemorialBeaudesert School, Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard was built in 1894 as a Boys School, and functioned until 1959, when it moved to Appenine Way, as is known as Brooklands School. The old building continued to be used as a primary school until 1980-81 when it was demolished to make way for new housing.

During the First World War 617 'Old Boys' joined the armed forces, and of these 90 were killed.

After the end of the war, a subscription was started for the building of a memorial to those who had died. A leading British Architect, Paul Waterhouse, was employed to design the memorial.

Paul Waterhouse was the son of the architect of Barclays Bank in the High Street, Leighton Buzzard (the building was the former residence of Francis Bassett). The resulting memorial is 5 feet high, with three panels. The centre panel is surmounted by a statuette representing a boy crusader in coloured alabaster.

Following the closure and demolition of the school the memorial was moved to the Chapel of Rest in the Vandyke Road Cemetery, Leighton Buzzard. A fund started by the old boys of the school has paid for the repair of the memorial and its re-erection and re-dedication in October 2004 at the Royal British Legion headquarters, West Street Leighton Buzzard.

The names as they appear on the left hand panel of the World War One memorial are as follows:

PTE. SYDNEY ABERY
PTE. EDWARD G. ADAMS
PTE. JAMES ADAMS
PTE. LIONEL ALLDRITT
PTE. CHARLES ANDREWS
PTE. JAMES BAKER M.M.
PTE. STANLEY W. BAKER
SERGT. ROBERT BEAUMONT
PTE. HENRY BRANSOM
PTE. ARTHUR C. BRANTOM
LT. WILLIAM H. BRANTOM D.C.M.
SERGT. WILLIAM BRANDOM
PTE. BERTIE F. BROWN
SIGNALLER ALBERT J. COOK
PTE. ERNEST CORNISH
PTE. ALFRED J. DAWSON
PTE. WILLIAM J. DAWSON
TROOPER CYRIL DAY
CPL. PERCY H. DIMMOCK
PTE. FRANK DIMMOCK
PTE. ALFRED J. DUDLEY
SERGT. WILLIAM EGGLETON
PTE. WILLIAM EVANS
PTE. ALEC FAULKNER
PTE. KENNETH FOXON
GUNNER ERNEST J. GASKIN
L.CPL. CYRIL F. GIBBS
PTE. HERBERT GOING
BOMBR. JOHN HACK
PTE. CHARLES HALL
PTE. HENRY G. HALL
L.CPL. WILLIAM HALL
PTE. FREDERICK B. HANKIN
PTE. WILLIAM HART
L.CPL. JOHN HELEY

The names as they appear on the centre panel of the World War One memorial are as follows:

PTE. EDWARD T. HOLMES M.M.
PTE. WILLIAM G. HOLMES
PTE. JOHN HORN
DRIVER GEORGE HUMBLES
PTE. RICHRD J. HYDE
PTE. THOMAS HYDE
PTE. FREDERICK G. JAKEMAN
PTE. CLAUDE JANES
PTE. THOMAS JANES
PTE. GEORGE KEEN
PTE. THOMAS KITELEY
PTE. HENRY LANCASTER
PTE. JOHN LAWSON
LT. JOHN LEE
SIGNALLER PERCY W. MARKS
C.S.M. ERNEST MATTHEWS M.M.
PTE. ALEXANDER McCUBBIN
GUNNER FREDERICK C. MEAD
PTE. JAMES J. MEAD
PTE. JOHN MEAGER
PTE. EDWARD G. ADAMS
PTE. PERCY AVERY

The names as they appear on the right hand panel of the World War One memorial are as follows:

TROOPER REGINALD MILES
PTE. JOSEPH G. NEWBURY
PTE. ERNEST O'DELL
PTE. WILLIAM PAGE
PTE. HORACE J. PANTLING
SAPPER LEONARD PANTLING
PTE. SIDNEY J. PANTLING
PTE. WILLIAM PARSONS
PTE. FRANK PHILIPS
LT. JOHN A. POUCHOT D.C.M.
PTE. GEORGE PRATT
PTE. ERNEST J. PURYER
PTE. FREDERICK J. QUICK
PTE. HAROLD A. QUICK
PTE. WILLIAM REEVE
L.CPL. THOMAS REDDING
PTE. GEORGE ROWE
CPL. FREDERICK RUFFHEAD
SAPPER RALPH SANFORD
PTE. SIDNEY SHEPHERD
PTE. HARRY SMITH
PTE. JAMES SMITH
PTE. JOSEPH SMITH
PTE. ROBERT SMITH
PTE. WILLIAM A. SMITH
PTE. HENRY G. STEVENS
SAPPER SAMUEL W. STEVENS
PTE. WILLIAM STEVENS
C.S.M. WALTER D. TOE M.M.
PTE. WILLIAM TOMS
TROOPER HENRY B. TURNEY
PTE. ROBERT J. TURNEY
PTE. THOMAS UNDERWOOD
L.CPL. JAMES WERNHAM
PTE. LEONARD G. WHITBREAD
PTE. SAMUEL W. WHYBROW

After World War Two, Beaudesert School also created a Book of Rememberance for those who fell in that war, and a plaque was placed in their War Memorial Garden (which was at the rear of the school). The Rememberance Book is now held at Leighton Buzzard Library, and is in a purpose built cabinet on the inner staircase between floors. A book "The Beaudesert Story" by Peter Aldridge and Robert C. Kiteley, reproduces a list of the names of those who fell in World War Two. They are as follows:

Frederick G. BADCOCK, Sapper, R.E.
Henry R. BAINES, Pte., R.B.R.
Rudolph G. BASTIN, Gunner, R.A.
Albert J. CLARK, Pte., B. & H.R.
Alfred J. COOPER, Gunner, R.A.
Reginald T. COX, Pte, B. & H.R.
Percy DAVIS, Stoker, R.N.
William J. DELL, Cpl., R.M.C.
Ronald H. DENNISON, Sergt., R.A.
Charles G. EGGLETON, A.B., R.N.
Richard L. FITSELL, Sgt. Obs., R.A.F.V.R.
Sydney C. FLEMMING, Sergt., B. & H.R.
Frederick J. FOSTER L/Sergt., R.A.
William G. GARNER, A.C.2, R.A.F.
Ernest R. GASKIN, Adjutant, Salvation Army
Kenneth H. GILBERT, Gunner, R.A.
Arthur C. GRIFFIN, Fl./Lt., R.A.F.V.R.
Bernard F. R. HEDGES, Gunner, R.A.
Sydney T. J. HYDE, Pte., B. & H.R.
Lionel J. JORDAN, Major, R.A.O.C.
Arthur D. Kempster, Pilot (1st Officer) A.T.A.
William J. KING, A.C.1, Airgunner, R.A.F.
Harold J. LAW, L/Sergt., R.A.
William H. LEE, Pte., The Lincolnshire Regt.
Frederick LINNEY, L/Cpl., R. Scots.
Percy C. MARKS, Pte., Sussex Regt.
Alan H. MORRIS, Pte., Seaforth Highlanders
Arthur W. MURGETT, Sapper, R.E.
Kenneth OLNEY, L. Bombr., R.A.
James T. SEAR, Pte., B. & H.R.
Victor G. SELLS, Driver, R.A.S.C.
Kenneth E. D. SMITH, Pte., B. & H.R.
Kenneth W. STANBRIDGE, Pte., Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Leslie F. STANNARD, Flying Officer, R.A.F.V.R.
Cyril E. STEVENS, Marine, R.M.C.
Leslie W. TURNER, Gunner, R.A.
Charles F. W. UNDERWOOD, Flt. Officer, R.A.F.
William C. WARD, Sergt., B. & H.R.
William J. Whitman, L/Bombr., R.A.

 

The book "The Beaudesert Story" by Peter Aldridge and Robert C. Kiteley, also list the following ex-pupil who lost their life in the Korean War:

George HYDE, Pte., Black Watch