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I have just found a postcard (at Norfolk Record Office) of a War Memorial in the Knoll School, Aspley Heath, Beds.

The Headmaster has written 24 names of Old Boys that the memorial was erected in honour of on the rear.

The cross had gone by 1980's when I was there... It is now flats.

As a private school, run by clergy, I believe all were officers. Some are local men, some not. I am fairly sure these are the details of most of them, but there could be errors, so please don't take it as positive identification, but these were good matches from CWGC for the names. I will look at Times Online, SD, TNA etc as soon as I can, but I wondered if anyone have anything on any of them already?

AINSLIE, DENYS ALFRED LAFONE

Lieutenant

Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn.

Date of Death: 24/10/1914

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Ainslie, of Hanworth House, Harrow Weald, Middlesex.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 8 and 9.

Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL

BOWER, GERARD RIMINGTON

Second Lieutenant

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 1st Bn.

Age: 19

Date of Death: 15/07/1916

Son of the late Theodore Herbert and Mary Whichelo Bower.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 5 D and 6 D.

Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

BURNETT, J

CROOKHAM, H A R

Lieutenant

Cambridgeshire Regiment 1st Bn.

Age: 22

Date of Death: 03/08/1915

Son of Rev. W. T. R. Crookham, C.B.E., T.D., and Beatrice Crookham, of The Vicarage, Wisbech. Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, B.A. 1915.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row E. Grave 7.

Cemetery: LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY

CULL, ARTHUR TULLOCH

Captain

Royal Flying Corps

48th Sqdn.

Secondary Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders

Secondary Unit Text: and 1st Bn.

Date of Death: 11/05/1917

Memorial: ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL

DOWNES, ARCHER CHERNOCKE

Second Lieutenant

Cheshire Regiment 2nd Bn.

Age: 22

Date of Death: 20/11/1914

Son of Catherine E. A. Downes, of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, Beds., and the late Lt. Col. C. V. Downes. His brother, Villiers Chernocke Downes also fell.

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 5.

Cemetery: POPERINGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

DOWNES, VILLIERS CHERNOCKE

Lieutenant

Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn.

Age: 23

Date of Death: 18/10/1914

Son of Catherine E.A. Downes, of Aspley House, Aspley Guise, Beds., and the late Lt. Col. C. Villiers Downes. His brother, Archer Chernocke Downes also fell.

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 7.

Cemetery: LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY

ENGLAND, N H

Captain

Royal Air Force 92nd Sqdn.

Date of Death: 07/04/1918

Additional information: Husband of Dorothy Light (formerly England), of 57, Greyhound Lane, Streatham, London.

Grave/Memorial Reference: On North side.

Cemetery: OVING (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

FORD, CHARLES BELL

Captain

Indian

103rd Mahratta Light Infantry

Secondary Regiment: 7th Gurkha Rifles

Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st Bn.

Date of Death: 30/09/1919

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 48.

Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

GRIMSHAWE, CHARLES RONALD VAUGHAN

Lieutenant

Durham Light Infantry 22nd Bn.

Age: 25

Date of Death: 28/05/1918

Son of Capt. Cecil and Mabel Grimshawe, of Elmcote, The Goffs, Eastbourne. Born at Aspley Guise, Beds.

Grave/Memorial Reference: III. H. 10.

Cemetery: HERMONVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY

HARTLEY, EDMUND

Lieutenant

Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Age: 23

Date of Death: 18/05/1918

Younger son of W. H. and Gertrude Hartley, of Hoarstones, Burnley, Lancs; husband of Barbara Hartley. Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 6.

Cemetery: MONT-BERNANCHON BRITISH CEMETERY, GONNEHEM

HEWETSON, RICHARD JOHN PHILIP

Captain

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. 9th Bn.

Age: 24

Date of Death: 03/07/1918

Only son of the Rev. W. Hewetson, M.A., and Mrs. Hewetson, of St. Cuthbert's Rectory, Bedford. Educated at Repton School and Oriel College (Oxford). Served from Aug., 1914, previously wounded at Loos, 1915.

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. F. 3.

Cemetery: VENDRESSE BRITISH CEMETERY

LANE, JOCELYN HENRY CAMBRIDGE

Second Lieutenant

Coldstream Guards 4th Bn.

Age: 34

Date of Death: 16/10/1918

Son of F. G. A. and M. E. A. Lane, of Bloxworth House, Wareham, Dorset.

Grave/Memorial Reference: XLVIII. B. 2.

Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY

LANE, W G

Second Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry)

Unit Text: 1st/1st

Age: 23

Date of Death: 07/11/1917

Son of Mr. W. and Mrs. M. E. Lane, of Clerkenleap, Worcester.

Grave/Memorial Reference: E. 361.

Cemetery: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

MILLER, E

ORPEN, WALTER SELWYN

Second Lieutenant

Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Bn. attd. 10th Bn.

Age: 22

Date of Death: 06/07/1916

Youngest son of the late Rev. T. H. Orpen and Mrs. Amy 0. G. Orpen of 5, Herschel Rd., Cambridge.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

PRINCE, JOHN CECIL BUTLER

Lieutenant

London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) 9th Bn.

Secondary Regiment: London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles)

Secondary Unit Text: attd.

Age: 21

Date of Death: 27/09/1918

Son of the Rev. J. H. and Mrs. Prince, of The Vicarage, Braunton, Devon. Educated at The Knoll, Woburn Sands and Bradfield College. Born at Exeter.

Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 13.

Cemetery: SAUCHY-CAUCHY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

RENTON, HARRY NOEL LESLIE

Lieutenant

King's Royal Rifle Corps "C" Coy. 9th Bn.

Age: 20

Date of Death: 30/07/1915

Son of James Henry Renton, of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire. Educated at Harrow.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 51 and 53.

Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

SCOTT, R J

Second Lieutenant

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Unit Text: 111th Sqdn.

Date of Death: 07/05/1918

Grave/Memorial Reference: CC. 60.

Cemetery: RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY

SCOTT, J

TANQUERAY, FREDERIC BARON

Lieutenant

Middlesex Regiment "B" Coy. 16th Bn.

Age: 24

Date of Death: 01/07/1916

Son of Frederic Thomas and Catherine Tanqueray, of Woburn, Beds.

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 62.

Cemetery: BEAUMONT-HAMEL BRITISH CEMETERY

TRAILL, COLIN BALFOUR

Major

East Yorkshire Regiment 10th Bn.

Age: 23

Date of Death: 28/06/1918

Awards: M C

Son of Gilbert Francis and Edith Elizabeth Traill, of "Broadlands," Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row A. Grave 4.

Cemetery: LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY, MORBECQUE

WARD, THOMAS PILLANS

Lieutenant

Northamptonshire Regiment 7th Bn.

Age: 20

Date of Death: 31/07/1917

Son of the Rev. Thomas Ward, M.A., Rector of Alwalton, Northants.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 43 and 45.

Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

WATSON TAYLOR, ARTHUR SIMON

Second Lieutenant

London Regiment 22nd Bn.

Age: 33

Date of Death: 14/09/1917

Son of Arthur Wellesley Watson Taylor and Mary Emmeline, his wife (nee Murthwaite), of Haughton Grove, Ramble, Jamaica, British West Indies.

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 7.

Cemetery: MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY

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These two officers both come from 'Wkkehamists Who Died in The War, Volume 3'

Andy

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A few of them are featured in De Ruvigny - you can access it here -

Volume 1 http://www.archive.org/details/rollofhonourbiog01ruvi

Volume 2 http://www.archive.org/details/rollofhonourbiog02ruvi

AINSLIE, DENYS ALFRED LAFONE - with a picture

DOWNES, ARCHER CHERNOCKE

DOWNES, VILLIERS CHERNOCKE

GRIMSHAWE, CHARLES RONALD VAUGHAN - with picture

RENTON, HARRY NOEL LESLIE - with picture

Cheers

Sue K

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Lane,

From Wycliff and the Great War.

Andy

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Gentlemen (and lady!)

Many thanks for your links and pics of these men. I will follow them all up.

I have now found Times death reports for:

CROOKHAM, HUGH ANTHONY RUPERT

DOWNES, VILLIERS CHERNOCKE

HARTLEY, EDMUND

HEWETSON, RICHARD JOHN PHILIP

ORPEN, WALTER SELWYN

PRINCE, JOHN CECIL BUTLER

RENTON, HARRY NOEL LESLIE

SCOTT, JOHN HASTINGS FOLLIOTT (Confirmed identity not known above)

TANQUERAY, FREDERIC BARON

The cross is actually still there at the school, having been put back together I believe when the building was converted to flats. I may have to have a chat with the modern residents and see if they would add the names on a plaque.

Paul

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SCOTT, JOHN HASTINGS FOLLIOTT (Confirmed identity not known above)

Paul

I'm sure that name is familiar to me. I'm pretty sure he was local & that his father was a vicar/rector of a local church. I want to say Hulcote or Salford towards Cranfield way but that could just be my memory playing tricks

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Pretty good memory Will - reverse of his MIC on Ancestry shows his father as Rev R C F Scott, Halcote (sic) Rectory, Woburn Sands, Beds.

Cheers

Sue

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Full points to Will!

Times Online:

Second Lieutenant J H F Scot, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, killed April 9th was 22 years of age, and son of the Rev R C F Scott, of Hulcote Recory Befordshire, and Chaplain to the Bedfordshire Yeomanry. He was educated at the Knoll Woburn Sands, and Lancing College with his twin brother Second Lieutenant C W F Scott, Ghurkha Rifles, and his elder brother Lieutenant R T F Scott East Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on March 18th 1915. On the outbreak of war Mr Scott was tea planting in Ceylon and returning home, was given his commission. He joined a battalion of his Regiment at the front where he had been serving since last September.

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Paul

I have the Lancing College Roll of honour which has photos of the Scott brothers, if you'd like a copy PM me with your email and I'll send it over. John was in Field's House from 1908 to 1913

Best regards John

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John,

Sorry we posted at the same time re Lancing.

Andy

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I am a little confused about the Scotts.

The names written on the rear of the postcard are:

J. Scott &

R. J. L. Scott

I picked up the Knoll reference in Times Online for John Hastings Folliot Scott, which would be the J. one, but that leaves us with Richard Thomas Folliot Scott, his brother, which isn't a R. J. L. , although clearly both died.

The handwriting is clear and all in CAPS.

??

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The battlefield cross for CROOKHAM, H A R is within St Peter and St Paul Church, Wisbech

LIEUT. H.A.R. CROOKHAM,

1ST CAMBRIDGESHIRES,

DIED 3RD AUGUST 1915

I.W.G.C.

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Archer and Villiers DOWNES appear on the Aspley Guise Memorial

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The following appear on the stated memorials:

Jocelyn Henry Cambridge LANE appears on the Singapore Cenotaph, Singapore

Walter Selwyn ORPEN appears on the Cambridge, St Giles Memorial

Harry Noel Leslie RENTON appears on the Aspley Guise Memorial

Frederic Baron TANQUERAY appears on the Woburn Memorial

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I am a little confused about the Scotts.

The names written on the rear of the postcard are:

J. Scott &

R. J. L. Scott

I picked up the Knoll reference in Times Online for John Hastings Folliot Scott, which would be the J. one, but that leaves us with Richard Thomas Folliot Scott, his brother, which isn't a R. J. L. , although clearly both died.

The handwriting is clear and all in CAPS.

??

Paul

Is there any evidence that Richard went to the school or has his name entered the discussion by association.

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Hi Will

The John, I have confirmed as at the school re: the Times Online listing, as there is a "J Scott" on the card.

There is also "R J L Scott", so the R could be Richard, but the other initials do not fit. There is nothing to say Johns brother was at The Knoll with him, or that the two Scotts on the card are related.

[Does that make sense?]

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Hi Will

The John, I have confirmed as at the school re: the Times Online listing, as there is a "J Scott" on the card.

There is also "R J L Scott", so the R could be Richard, but the other initials do not fit. There is nothing to say Johns brother was at The Knoll with him, or that the two Scotts on the card are related.

[Does that make sense?]

Yes that makes sense.

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