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.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.
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
Ampthill’s Fallen (John Hele, 2014)
Content & photographs copyright Stephen Hartley (2015-)