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Lest We Forget


 

Lest We Forget

The work on this publication was started a number of years ago, it was my aim to study the lives of all the men of Betley, who fought in, and died in both the 1914-18 and the 1939-45 world wars, these men are named on the Roll of Honour which is situated along side the war memorial window in Betley church.  As long as these men were born in, or lived in the village at some time in their short lives, that is all that is necessary for them to be included in this volume.

There are fifteen men named on the war memorial in the church, ten who died during WW1 and five during WW2. Of these men I knew nothing, some information was available from the families of the five men who died during the second world war,  very little was known about the ten men who died during the first world war.

The first step was to obtain a list of village men who went to war and died, this was done by checking the volumes of "Soldiers who died in the great war" which is now available on CD-ROM, this covers only the first world war and gave a total of sixteen men with Betley connections who died in the early conflict, six more than were recorded on the war memorial.  These men were born in Betley but moved away in the early part of their lives to different parts of the country, I still class all these men as children of Betley, and if they should be mentioned on other war memorials in other  parts of the country then that is to their credit. These men gave their lives for the people of not only this country but for the world.  They maybe among those men who are honoured by other people in cities and towns around the world for the sacrifice that they made, and if this book helps to keep the memory of these men alive then they will not have made that sacrifice for nothing, they will be remembered. If you can help in any way to research these men then please let me know.  Thank you

NOT all War Memorials are cared for, some have to be rescued .

 

   We will remember them 

Discription of the War Memorial Window. To be found by the windowBetley War Memorial Window. Installed in 1919Betley Roll of Honour. This is placed by the War Memorial Window

Roll of Honour

 
The following are the names of the men of this village who gave their
lives during the 1914-1918 and the 1939-1945 war.
 
 
FRANK ALBERT BAILEY
GEORGE BAILEY
 BERTRAM BEECH
FRANK THOMAS BEESTON
HARRY BOOTH
 ARTHUR BRASSINGTON
 ARTHUR BULL
SAMUEL BUTTERS
SYDNEY JOHN CORNES
 JAMES DUNN
EDWIN FARRINGTON
 GEORGE PERCY GINDERS
 JOSEPH EDGAR GINDERS
 THOMAS ERNEST HARDERN
 FREDERICK WILLIAM HOLDSWORTH
 ARTHUR CECIL HOUCHIN
HAROLD HUGHES
 HARRY MOSS
 THOMAS MURRAY
 ALFRED PLATT
 WALTER ROSCOE
 FRANK GEORGE STUBBS
 BASIL OWEN TATHAM
 THOMAS HENRY TAYLOR
 RAYMOND SAMUEL THICKNESSE
 DEREK ARTHUR GROSE TOMLINSON
 CYRIL TURNER
 ELISHA EDWARD WAGSTAFF
 WILFRED WRIGHT  
 
 

Roll of Honour