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WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – the Medlock brothers of Wrestlingworth

Albert and Alfred James Medlock were brothers. Before the outbreak of war both lived in Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire where they followed the family tradition and worked as farm labour. In 1915 the brothers enlisted at Ampthill and trained at the Bedfordshire Training Depot.

Private 22099 Albert Medlock was drafted to the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Private 23539 Alfred J. Medlock joined the 4th Battalion. Both were posted to fight with the British Expeditionary Force.

Albert (29) was wounded and cleared back to England. On October 14, 1916 he died at the Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley, and is buried in the North-West corner of St. Peters Churchyard in Wrestlingworth.

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Albert (29) was wounded and cleared back to England. On October 14, 1916 he died at the Royal Victoria Military Hospital at Netley, and is buried in the North-West corner of St. Peters Churchyard in Wrestlingworth.

Six months on his younger brother Alfred (25) was killed in action (April 20, 1917) at Arras.

It is hard to imagine parents Mr & Mrs  Jonah Medlock receiving one fateful War Office telegram, let alone two. Albert and Alfred left two sisters, Clara (1886-1923) and Rosina (1888-1956).

Source:

The Bedfordshire Standard. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RBL Roll of Honour
Ancestry.com

Www.bedfordshireregiment.co.uk

Text and images copyright S.Hartley (2015-)

Care is taken to ensure accuracy – please accept my apologies if the content contains any errors.


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This 48 page book tells the story of how Tommy’s Footprints came about and notes the many people who have contributed and connected. There are just 150 individually numbered books. A unique gift.

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Proceeds will help to fund a book about the Ampthill Camp ~ profits to benefit the charity Combat Stress which was founded in 1919 to help WWI veterans deal with shell shock.

£6 (inc p&p). Please email hartleyhare135@gmail.com to order by PayPal or BACS transfer. The book is also available from Ampthill Town Council, The Hub and The Stationery Boutique in Ampthill while stocks last.

 

WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – Tommy’s Footprints twelve months on…

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5th August 2015 – it is exactly 12 months since Tommy’s Footprints was conceived. Since then a lot has happened to turn the idea into a poignant reality:

  • Ampthill Town Council has enthusiastically backed Tommy’s Footprints.
  • A small working group has done research and is developing the concept.
  • We have created a FaceBook page and this blog.
  • Tommy’s Footprints was invited to join the IWM First World War Centenary Programme.
  • An artist’s impression shows what Tommy’s Footprints will look like.
  • Local schools and community groups are starting to get involved.
  • We stenciled some ‘test’ footprints in Ampthill Park to see how they look and weather.

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25 July 2015

In November 2016 Tommy’s Footprints will become a reality. The column of 707 footprints in Ampthill Park will stretch back some 170 metre – a pair for each soldier who trained at the Depot and died in WWI. It will be interesting to see how the project develops and gathers pace over the coming months.

If you would like to be involved in Tommy’s Footprints or have a story to share about the Bedfordshire Training Depot please reply to this blog or send an email.

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An artist’s impression