“Apparently ordinary attack of influenza – developed bronchitis 28/10/18. Bronchopneumonia 29/10/18. Rapidly became unconscious and died 31/10/18″The body of 2005068 Private Avard L. DIMOCK (*21yrs) was brought back to Ampthill for burial at St. Andrew’s Church on 4th November 1918, where he rests. The gravestone – a stone cross – was made by Thomas Wildman of Church Street, Ampthill and is signed. *Avard’s year of birth is recorded as 1897 and 1898. Age appears as 24yrs on the headstone Avard’s Will of 14th May 1917 bequeathed his personal estate to his father, George Dimock. Mrs Rose Ellen Dimock received a widow’s war gratuity of $180. Records show that in 1922 Rose Ellen Dimock and Avard’s mother, Mrs Jennie Dimock (1866-1948), were each issued with the Memorial Cross – a sterling silver Greek cross (engraved) on a purple ribbon for wearing around the neck. As the next-of-kin, Rose Ellen also received the phosphor bronze memorial plaque and the scroll. Avard Dimock is remembered on The Alameda Cenotaph and on a memorial in Ampthill Methodist Church – 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 and restored in 2019 Commonwealth War Graves Commission RBL Roll of Honour Ancestry.com The National Archives Library and Archives Canada British Newspaper Archive Ampthill’s Fallen – by John Hele (2014) Www.bedfordshireregiment.co.uk #IWMSTORIES Text and images copyright S.Hartley (2015-)
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 and remembers 22 chaps.
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
The Memorial Plate was removed in 2019 for restoration work, and a copy of the Order of Service was found secreted behind.
Ampthill’s Fallen (John Hele, 2014)
Content & photographs copyright Stephen Hartley (2015-)