The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War
The Mears Ashby War Memorial, Northamptonshire
Mears Ashby is a beautiful, picturesque village two miles west of Wellingborough, close to the Sywell Reservoir. The Memorial stands in the church grounds, which lies on Church Lane and is inscribed:
'To the glory of God in proud remembrance of the men of Mears Ashby who fought and died for King and Country in the European War 1914-1919
Their name liveth for evermore'
Inside the church is a superb privately produced folder which covers each individual who gave their lives in the war. Recent contact from Peter Dyer, the Churches Clock Keeper, tells me that the book was researched and produced by Aubrey Payne (Church Warden) and a friend, both of whom deserve recognition for their efforts
Private 15384 John Robert Bell
Private 42870 Frederick Richard Brown
Lance Corporal 20849 John Martin Cox
Private 20598 Arthur Goosey
Private G/43503 Sydney Joseph Knight
Sapper 157877 Albert William Langley
Sergeant 64626 George Henry Langley
Corporal 33265 William Mabbutt
Private 202069 Benjamin Mabbutt
Private 3/10007 Harry Mallett
2nd Lieutenant Bertram Anthony Medley
Private 15414 Ralph Henry Murby
Corporal 15360 Sidney William Orpwood, M.M.
Private 802295 Samuel Dyer Smith
In honour and remembrance of the men of Mears Ashby who laid their lives down so that we may enjoy the freedom their sacrifice provided for us.
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