8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

Formed at Bedford in October 1914 as part of K3 and came under orders of 71st Brigade, 24th Division.
11 October 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 6th Division.
17 November 1915 : transferred to 16th Brigade in same Division.
16 February 1918 : disbanded in France.

Private Walter Henman


Pte Walter Henman, 19546, 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on September 15th, 1916. He was aged 21 and the second son of William and Alice Henman, of Breachwood Green, to die in France in 11 days.

Born on April 24th, 1895, Walter Henman had undergone 11 months of training at Ampthill before going to the Front in January 1916. Prior to enlistment he worked as a farm labourer for Mr W. Ivory at Winch Hill Farm, near Luton.

Private Frederick Thomas Sharp


Pte Frederick Thomas Sharp, 3/8705, 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on April 19th, 1916. He was aged 29 and the father of six children.

Pte Sharp, of 21 Essex Street, Luton, joined the colours in October 1914 and was drafted to the Western Front in October 1915. He fought at Ypres, Messines and Vimy Ridge and was gassed in December 1915. On recovery he returned to the trenches.

He formerly worked as an iron moulder at the Diamond Foundry in Dallow Road. He was also well-known in athletics circles and was a harrier.

Private Walter Ernest Gore


Pte Walter Ernest Gore, 22505, 8th Battalion Beds Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on April 19th, 1916, after just nine weeks of active service on the Western Front. He was aged 27.

The second son of Albert and Elizabeth Gore, of 32 St Ann's Road, Luton, he had worked at the Hubbard works in Princess Street before joining up in September 1915.

He left a widow, Florence May, and young daughter, Grace Florence. At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at 30 St Ann's Road.


Private Albert George Cox


Pte Albert George Cox, 20172, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on April 19th, 1916. He enlisted on April 7th, 1915, and was trained at the Duke of Bedford's training camp at Ampthill. He was aged 33.

Born in Sundon, he was the son of Charles and Jane Cox. Like his father, George (as he appears to have been generally known) had been an agricultural labourer on Henry Gates' farm at Sundon. They lived in a farm cottage.

Pte Cox is commemorated on the Sundon Village War Memorial.


Private Thomas Leveritt


Pte Thomas Everitt, 3/8430, 8th Battalion Beds Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on March 1st, 1916. His younger brother, Frederick, 15432, Essex Regiment, was killed at Loos on September 26th, 1915.

The brothers' parents, Thomas and Rhoda Everitt, of 12 Harcourt Street, Luton, heard of the second tragedy to hit their family shortly after the death of 35-year-old Thomas.

Thomas Everitt had lived in Luton until 15 years previously. He married Rosa Smith in 1897 and went to work in the paper mills at Hemel Hempstead, He left a widow and six children.

Captain Edward Emil Simeons


Captain Edward Emil Simeons, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, died on February 17th, 1916, from shell wounds sustained in action near Ypres the previous day. He was aged 22.

Although the second son of Carl and Edith Simeons, of Blyth Road, Bromley, Kent, he had since 1910 lived with his uncle, Thomas Arthur Cawley, principal of the British Gelatine Works in New Bedford Road, Luton, and lived at Lea Dale, New Bedford Road. Edward was an apprentice at the Gelatine Works and there seems to have been a a further family link in that his father was a gelatine merchant.

Private Edward Horsler

Edward was the second son of George and Ann Horsler of Great Bramingham who had seven sons serving on the Western Front. Three brothers, including Edward, were killed and two were wounded.

Edward was married with five children and when he was drafted to France two of his brothers who were with him at the Ampthill training camp offered unsuccessfully to take his place. He was killed in action on the Somme in September 1916 and is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery in France. He is named on the Sundon Village War Memorial.


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