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Introduction

Inevitably throughout the research of family lines a military involvement occurs somewhere. These are just a few snippets. The main information can be found at www.roll-of-honour.com.

SUEZ WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, EGYPT
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, FRANCE
KEMPSTON BARRACKS, BEDFORD
THE BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT
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This site is dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country. Recorded here are various war memorials within Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire plus a few that lie on the borders. Where possible photographs have been taken of the memorials, details of the men included and their photographs as far as possible.

Much of the information has been found using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site. To supplement this information the Soldiers Died Cd's and the Roll of Honour books all available from Naval & Military Press were also used. Other resources include the London Gazette, Local Newspapers, facts from family member's and various other pieces of information from old books and magazines.

All the information here has been supplied by volunteers.

Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

Suez War Memorial Cemetery is situated on the western outskirts of town about 3 kilometres from the town centre towards the main Cairo to Suez road. The cemetery is in a semi-derelict area of town next to a drainage canal. The cemetery is open 7.30 to 14.30, Saturday to Thursday. Allan Septimus Edwards is buried there.

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

The Thiepval Memorial commemorates over 70,000 names of soldiers killed during World War 1 with no known grave. The memorial is situated south of Thiepval about 8 kilometres north east of Albert. Hubert Edwards is commemorated here.

Kempston Barracks, Bedford

The Victorian barracks at Kempston, the Regimental Depot of the 16th Foot or Bedfordshire Regiment, were built in 1875-6 at the cost of about 50,000. The first troops arrived on 29th May 1877 and over the next sixty years thousands of men were trained here. Between 1886 and 1900 the southern frontage of the Bedford Road was developed from New Town as far as the parish boundary, linking Kempston to Bedford. During the Second World War the barracks were used mainly as a convalescent centre, other functions having been transferred to Bury St. Edmunds.

The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

The 16th Foot or Bedfordshire Regiment was raised in October 1688 by James II in an effort to muster loyal regiments and thereby counter the threat from William of Orange. The regiment was raised by Colonel Archibald Douglas at Reading. The regiment was known by the names of its successive colonels until numbered 16th in 1751, and only became known as the Bedfordshire Regiment in 1881.

1688 The raising of the Regiment (16th Foot) by Colonel Archibald Douglas at Reading.
1689-1713 Service in north-west Europe. The battles of Namur, Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.
1713-1745 The north of England and Scotland.
1745 Belgium.
1746-1749 Scotland.
1749-1767 Ireland.
1767-1781 America. New York, Pensacola, West Florida, Baton Rouge.
1782-1791 Ireland.
1791-1796 Nova Scotia, Jamaica, the Maroon War.
1796-1802 Home Service.
1803-1815 America, the West Indies, Canada, Barbados, Surinam, Paramaribo, Quebec.
1815-1819 Home Service, Cork.
1820-1840 Ceylon and India, Colombo, Calcutta, Cawnpore.
1841-1845 Home Service. Ireland.
1846-1857 Gibraltar, Corfu, Jamaica, Quebec.
1858-1889 Home Service, Montreal, Halifax, Ireland.
1890-1898 Malta, India, North-West Frontier, Chitral.
1899-1902 The Boer War.
1903-1914 India, Aden, Ireland, South Africa.
1914-1918 The First World War. Mons, Le Cateau, Marne, Ypres, Suvla, Somme, Passchendaele, Palestine, Arras.
1919-1939 India, Ireland, China, Palestine.
1939-1945 The Second World War. dunkirk, Greece, Syria, Tobruk, Singapore, North Africa, Cape Bon, Chindits, Italy, Cassino, Gothic Line.
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