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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
North Bedfordshire
Town
Kempston
County
Bedfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 1950
    Attended by: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (Colonel in Chief of the Regiment) unveiled the memorial, after its remodelling to incorporate the WW2 obelisk.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 11 November 1950
    Attended by: The Bishop of St Albans (the Right Reverend Michael Gresford Jones) dedicated the memorial
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 1921
    Attended by: Mrs S. H. Whitbread, wife of the then Lord Lieutenant of the County.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 11 November 1921
    Attended by: The Bishop of St Albans (the Right Reverend Michael Furse) dedicated the memorial
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7634

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Current location

North side of Bedford Road
28
Kempston Barracks (now The Keep)
Bedford Road
Kempston
North Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
MK42 8AJ
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 03931 48473
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Concave wall with central temple. The temple, of Portland Stone, has a domed roof and four columns, and has bronze doors at the front and stained glass windows at the rear. In front of the temple stand two obelisks: the one on the left is to the First World War; the one on the right is to the Second World War. Both obelisks have a sword of sacrifice mounted to the front face and bear carved regimental crests in relief. The inscriptions they bear are in black lettering. There are decorated pillars on each end of the curved wall: one has a rose & garland, wreath & Lewis gun, entrenching tool, grenades, mortar; the other has a rose & garland, wreath, Vickers gun, pick, haversack, tin helmet and grenades. Each side of the wall has four stone pillars set into the wall. Behind the memorial is a garden of remembrance.
Inscription
Temple: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Left Obelisk, 6 o'clock face: 1914 - 1919/ TO THE SACRED/ AND/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE OFFICERS/ WARRANT OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS/ AND MEN OF THE/ BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT/ WHO FELL IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED/ BY THEIR COMRADES AND THE FRIENDS/ OF THE REGIMENT. Left obelisk, 3 o'clock face: THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO/ FELL IN THE WAR OVERSEAS/ WHILE THEIR NAMES WERE/ ON THE ROLLS OF THE/ BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT/ WAS 336 OFFICERS AND/ 5745 OTHER RANKS, BUT/ THE ROLL OF HONOUR/ INCLUDES HUNDREDS MORE/ NAMES OF THOSE WHO HAVING/ SERVED IN THE REGIMENT/ DURING THE WAR WERE/ TRANSFERRED TO OTHER/ REGIMENTS IN WHICH THEY/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING/ AND COUNTRY. Left obelisk, 9 o'clock face: THE BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT DURING THE GREAT WAR/ CONSISTED OF TWENTY-TWO UNITS, NAMELY/ 1ST BATTALION/ 2ND BATTALION/ 3RD RESERVE BATTALION/ 4TH EXTRA SPECIAL RESERVE BATTALION/ 5TH TERRITORIAL FORCE BATTALION/ 6TH SERVICE BATTALION/ 7TH SERVICE BATTALION/ 8TH SERVICE BATTALION/ 9TH SERVICE BATTALION/ 10TH SERVICE BATTALION/ BEDFORDSHIRE TRAINING DEPOT/ 2/5TH TERRITORIAL FORCE BATTALION/ 3/5TH TERRITORIAL FORCE BATTALION/ 1ST GARRISON (F.S.) BATTALION/ 2ND GARRISON (F.S.) BATTALION/ 3RD GARRISON (F.S.) BATTALION/ 11TH TERRITORIAL FORCE BATTALION/ 12TH TRANSPORT WORKERS BATTALION/ 13TH TRANSPORT WORKERS BATTALION/ 51ST GRADUATED BATTALION/ 52ND GRADUATED BATTALION/ 53RD YOUNG SOLDIERS BATTALION Left obelisk, upper section of three faces are inscribed with the names and dates of the battles in which the Regiment served in WW1. Right Obelisk, 6 o'clock face: 1939 - 1945/ TO THE SACRED/ AND/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS,/ NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN/ OF THE BEDFORDSHIRE AND/ HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT, AND/ THE HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT,/ WHO DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR./ THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED BY/ THEIR COMRADES, AND BY THE MEN AND/ WOMEN LIVING IN THE COUNTIES OF/ BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE. Right obelisk, 9 o'clock face: THE NUMBER OF THOSE WHO/ WERE KILLED IN ACTION/ OR WHO DIED OF TERRIBLE/ PRIVATIONS IN ENEMY HANDS/ WAS 1074 ALL RANKS. Right obelisk, 3 o'clock face: THE BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT/ 1ST BATTALION/ 2ND BATTALION/ 5TH BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY)/ 6TH BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY)/ 7TH BATTALION/ 8TH BATTALION (BECAME 14TH BEDFS HERTS MEDIUM REGT RA)/ 9TH BATTALION/ 30TH BATTALION/ 70TH BATTALION/ 71ST BATTALION/ THE HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT/ 1ST BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY)/ 2ND BATTALION (TERRITORIAL ARMY) Right obelisk. 12 o'clock face of plinth: UNVEILED BY/ HER MAJESTY/ QUEEN ELIZABETH/ COLONEL IN CHIEF OF THE REGIMENT/ ON/ 11TH NOVEMBER 1950. Right obelisk, upper section of two faces are inscribed with the names and dates of battles in which the Regiments served in WW2. A rectangular plaque on the inside of the wall reads: This wall was erected in 1958 through the generosity of the late Brigadier J.S. Davenport. C.B.E., M.C. and surrounds the Garden of Remembrance in which are scattered the ashes of the following members of the regiment. (Names) A further rectangular plaque in the Remembrance Garden reads: In memory of those men of the/ Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment/who gave their lives/in the service of their country/1945-1958.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: No names are recorded on the memorial
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: No names recorded on the memorial
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regimental War Memorial
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
On 17/5/1984 the memorial was Grade II* listed (List Entry Number 1114178).// In 1958 the concave wall was erected, and two plaques were added to it:one re the Garden of Remembrance, and the other commemorating the Regiments' casualties 1945-1958.// When originally constructed in 1921, the WW1 obelisk was centrally placed in front of the temple doors; it was moved in 1950 to enable a matching obelisk to be erected, bearing the WW2 inscriptions.
Costs

Comments: The site of the memorial was given by Mr & Mrs Harold Howard of Kempston Grange in memory of their son Lieutenant Addison J Howard. The wall was erected in 1958 "through the generosity of the late Brigadier J.S. Davenport. C.B.E., M.C. ".
Memorial: Free

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Responsibility
The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Association
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/115675
  • Roll of Honour www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/ KempstonWarMemorialBarracks.html
  • bedsarchives.bedford.gov.uk/CommunityHistories/Kempston/TheBedfordshireRegimentWarMemorial.aspx
  • historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1114178?section=official-list-entry
  • Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle Thursday 16/11/1950 reported the unveiling by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of the revised memorial, in an article that opened: 'Luton Saw The Queen. PEOPLE from Luton and district look part in the service at Kempston Barracks on Saturday attended by the Queen. As Colonel in-Chief of the Hertfordshire Regiment, Her Majesty unveiled a memorial to the members of the Regiment who laid down their lives during the 1939-45 War. Among the general company invited to the service were the Mayor and Mayoress of Luton. Cllr and Mrs. R. Colin Large, the Mayor and Mayoress of Dunstable. Ald. and Mrs. T. Sandland, Luton's M.P. Dr Charles Hill, and Mrs. Hill. Sir Thomas and Lady Keens, and Sir Harold and Lady Zia Wernher. Officers of local companies and their wives were among those presented to Her Majesty, and among Luton personnel at the wreath-laying ceremony were Mr H. D. Woods, M.C.. representing Veterans of the 1914-18 war, and 14-years-old L/Cpl. Glyn Taylor, representing the Soldier of the Future PROMPT ARRIVAL Promptly at 2.30 pm., accompanied the Lord Lieutenant, Lt.-Col D.C. Part, her Majesty alighted at the Officers Mess where she was received by the Colonel of the Regiment Lt. Gen. Sir Reginald F S Denning...' www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000658/19501116/223/0007
  • Luton Reporter Tuesday 15/11/1921 printed a lengthy account of the unveiling, which opened: 'COUNTY REGIMENT MEMORIAL. IMPRESSIVE UNVEILING CEREMONY. A spectacle never to be forgotten by those privileged to witness it marked the unveiling by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and Mrs. S. H. Whitbread and dedication by the Lord Bishop of St. Albans. on Friday, of the simple yet stately obelisk and shrine which has been erected as a war memorial to the Bedfordshire Regiment by the roadside opposite to the entrance to the barracks at Kempton...' www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002208/19211115/045/0004
  • Luton Reporter Tuesday 1/11/1921 reported: 'WAR MEMORIAL TO THE COUNTY REGIMENT TO BE UNVEILED BY LORD AND LADY HORNE. General Lord Horne of Stirkoke, Commander in Chief of the Eastern Command, has consented to unveil the war memorial to the Bedfordshire Regiment outside Kempston Barracks on the Day of Remembrance, Friday November 11th, at 2.30. The distinguished General. who commanded the First Army in France. will unveil the obelisk which represents the martial side of the memorial, and Lady Horne will unveil and open the shrine. which betokens the religious aspect of the tribute to the memory of the heroic dead of the County Regiment, while the Lord Bishop of St. Albans has consented to perform 'the dedication. Lieut.-General the Earl of Cavan. of the Aldershot. Command. was in the first instance asked to perform the unveiling, it being considered that nobody could more fitly represent public opinion in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Huntingdonshire on such an occasion than the great soldier whom we are proud to claim as a resident in our midst Lord Cavan's presence would have been as welcome to the residents in general of the two counties with which he has so long been associated, and in a letter to Lord Ampthill the general wrote that he would have been proud to have paid his tribute to the men of Beds. and Herts. with whom he served. but the fact that he has been ordered to go to Washington as head of the Military Mission the conference makes it impossible to comply with the request. "Nothing but absence from England would have prevented me from accepting the invitation," Lord Cavan wrote. "I am indeed much gratified at the request. for I can never forget what the men of my own county and my own Hunt did for me and for their homes in the early days of the war."' www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002208/19211101/054/0004
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 42 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

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