WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – the memorial plate in Ampthill Methodist Church

There are four WWI memorials in Ampthill:

  • In Ampthill Park the Duke of Bedford Memorial Cross remembers the 2,235 local volunteers who trained in Ampthill Park (1914-16) and the 707 who were killed;
  • At the end of the Alameda the Cenotaph remembers the 65 Ampthill men who were killed;
  • In St.Andrew’s Church Yard a Memorial Cross remembers the parishioners who were killed;
  • Inside Ampthill Methodist Church a large, brass wall plate remembers the men connected with the Church and Sunday School who were killed.

On Monday 4, August 2014 to commemorate the outbreak of WWI I photographed three of the memorials.

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Duke of Bedford Memorial Cross, Ampthill Park

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Cenotaph, The Alameda

 

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Memorial Cross, St.Andrew’s Church

On 24, February 2016 Ampthill Methodist Church kindly allowed me to photograph the fourth memorial – a large brass plate Inside the Nave on the East wall.The Memorial Plate is inlaid with enamel and measures about a yard square. It was unveiled on 5, December 1920.

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Memorial Wall Plate, Ampthill Methodist Church

Six of the men are brothers of the Ansell, Cox and Money families. Christopher and Frank Cox were killed a few days apart in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. John Hele’s book ‘Ampthill’s Fallen‘ tells the fate of all twenty-two men. Five of the men are also remembered on the Duke of Bedford War Memorial in Ampthill Park where they trained (1914-16). The five men are:

  • Arthur Gillett
  • Thomas Money
  • George Money
  • Richard William Putman
  • George Thompson

 

Sources
Ampthill’s Fallen (John Hele, 2014)

Content & photographs copyright Stephen Hartley (2015-)

2 thoughts on “WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – the memorial plate in Ampthill Methodist Church

  1. Susan Money

    With reference to John Hele’s book, I gave him information about my late husband’s grandfather, Sergeant George Money. Sadly he is mentioned as having no issue, in fact he had a daughter, Iris White and a son, Thomas Money, my late father-in-law. There are six grandchildren of Tom’s two are my sons David and Andrew Money who live locally. I have the World War 1 medals but I regret, no photos.

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    1. Ste H Post author

      Hello Susan, thank you for sharing and setting the record straight. I know of a number of families who are hunting for lost medals. I am pleased to hear that George’s medals are where they belong. Kind regards, Stephen

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