The ‘Camp Diary’ provides an insight into the Bedfordshire Training Depot (1914-16) and No.9 Command Depot (1916-1919) that followed. Based on newspaper reports of the time.
March 1918 – News of Ampthill Park recruits at the Front
Starting 1918 with just four Ampthill Camp casualties lulled a false sense of hopefulness. From March 21 a German Offensive in the Somme sector has claimed a mounting number of casualties. This month 30 men of the Ampthill Camp have been killed in action or have died of their wounds.
17741 Sergeant Walter T. HURL (27) of St. Ives Died of Wounds on March 1
25556 Private Walter F. STACEY (24) of Bassingbourne Killed in Action on March 1
23524 Lance Corporal Percy A. KEY (25) of Huntingdon Died of Wounds on March 14
27399 Private William H. WALKER (35) of Clifton Died of Wounds on March 16
31533 Private Frederick SHEPPARD (23) of Luton Killed in Action on March 21 40907 Private Edward CAPP (25) of Little Brickhill Killed in Action on March 21 23107 Private Charles CLARKE (30) of Woburn Killed in Action on March 21
50677 Private Benjamin J. CURTIS (20) of Southill Killed in Action on March 21 23133 Private James HAMMENT (31) of Ramsey Killed in Action on March 21
19016 Acting Sergeant Albert PORTER (24) of Ewerby Killed in Action on March 21
2nd Lieutenant Alfred K. SETCHELL (20) of Bedford Wounded in Action on March 21. Died after being taken prisoner – more
30925 Private Harold W. GEORGE (21) of Southend-on-Sea Killed in Action on March 22
19173 Corporal William C. GOBBY (37) of Charlton Killed in Action on March 22
23245 Private Arthur E. KENNELL (24) of Yelden Killed in Action on March 22
28441 Private Fredrick W. MEEKS (28) of Clifton Killed in Action on March 22
17692 Lance Corporal Arthur J. WORRALL (26) of Cople Missing in Action on March 22
30911 Private Tom CHARLISH (26) of Bishops Stortford Killed in Action on March 22
19064 Acting Sergeant John GOODSON (25) of Luton Killed in Action on March 22
50698 Private Matthew G. MOULD (26) of Apethorpe Killed in Action on March 23
20476 Private Leonard J. SAWFORD (20) of Sharnbrook Killed in Action on March 23
19272 Sergeant Harry GURNEY (37) of Tingrith Killed in Action on March 24
18625 Private Herbert S. HUMPHRIES of Tempsford Missing, presumed dead on March 24
23603 Private Edward G. LAWRENCE (20) of Ridgmont Died of Wounds on March 25
17688 Private Edwin COX (27) of Stevington Killed in Action on March 27
23538 Private Harry NORRIS (31) of Hatfield Killed in Action on March 27
23187 Private Bertram W. WILSON (24) of Pirton Killed in Action on March 27
22933 Private Arthur H. WORBEY (35) of Willian Killed in Action on March 27
29272 Private Thomas MITCHELL (38) of Snettisham Died of Wounds on March 28
20310 Private Frederick H. PALMER (21) of Flitwick Killed in Action on March 28 20077 Private Aubrey L. WEBB (39) of Bedford Killed in Action on March 28
29445 Private Leonard F. KEMPSTER (20) of Hemel Hempstead 29/03/1918 Died of Wounds on March 29
The Bedfordshire Standard. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.
Ampthill Parish Magazine
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RBL Roll of Honour
The National Archives
Ampthill’s Fallen – by John Hele (2014)
Report on the Activities of the 126 Company Canadian Forestry Corps. Ampthill 1917-18 (K.Fadden)
A Review of Activities with the 126th Company Canadian Forestry Corps while stationed at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, Eng. (Sgt H. Porter, 1918)
Next instalment to be published on 30 April 2018….
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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