100 years War Memorial Souldrop

In light of the 100th anniversary of the end of world war 1, It seems an apt time to publish a little bit of detail about the boys and girls who sacrificed their futures for ours

The Souldrop War memorial, Lest we forget

The Souldrop War memorial, Lest we forget

1914-1918
ADAMS John Henry 20 years old
Killed in action Wednesday, 15th November 1916
Private 31464, 58th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted in Ampthill. Son of George Henry and Emma Adams, of Banktop, Souldrop.
Formerly, 23587, Bedfordshire Regiment. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C
The Battle of the Ancre 13–18 November, was the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, before winter. (After the Battle of Flers–Courcelette on 22 September, the Anglo-French armies tried to press their advantage with several smaller attacks in quick succession, rather than pause to regroup and give the German army’s time to recover.

BIRD Percy 18 years old
Private 27004 Royal Fusiliers, died 2nd April 1917
Private TR/10/27004, 31st (Training Reserve) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died at home Monday, 2nd April 1917. Born Whymington, Northants, enlisted in Bedford, Son of Frederick and Annie Bird, of Souldrop. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

EDWARDS John
Acting Corporal 23660, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday, 29th April 1917 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford. Commemorated on Arras memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive during the First World War. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, South African, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. There were major gains on the first day, followed by stalemate. The battle cost nearly 160,000 British casualties and about 125,000 German casualties.

JOHNSON Bertie Edward Malkin 25 years old
[Spelt Birty on SDGW] Private 23749, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Died at home Wednesday, 16th May 1917. Born Creaton, Northants, enlisted Ampthill, resident Souldrop. Son of Mrs. H. Johnson, The Green, Creaton, Northants. Buried in St Michael’s churchyard, South-East of church, Great Creaton, Northants.

KNIGHT Arthur Ernest
Private 23752, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 13th November 1916 in France. Born Northampton, enlisted Ampthill, resident Souldrop. Commemorated in Y Ravine cemetery, Beamont-Hamel, Somme, France. Special Memorial D. 2.
The Battle of the Ancre 13–18 November, was the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, before winter. (After the Battle of Flers–Courcelette on 22 September, the Anglo-French armies tried to press their advantage with several smaller attacks in quick succession, rather than pause to regroup and give the German armies time to recover.

PEERS Cecil Luke
Private G/14353, 1st Battalion, Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday, 19th September 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Sharnbrook, enlisted Bedford, resident Colworth (sic), Sharnbrook. Buried in Brie british cemetery on the Somme, France. Grave I. E. 3.
Cannot find much, probably involved in the attack on the Hindenburg Line after crossing the St. Quentin Canal.

PRIGMORE Edward 26 years old
Rifleman 2053, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Died of wounds Tuesday, 2nd March 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford. Son of Arthur and Sarah Jane Prigmore, of Souldrop.
Buried in Bailleul communal cemetery (NORD), Nord, France. Grave T. II.
Bailleul was occupied on 14 October 1914 by the 19th Brigade and the 4th Division. It became an important railhead, air depot and hospital centre, with the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 11th, 53rd, 1st Canadian and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Stations quartered in it for considerable periods. It was a Corps headquarters until July 1917, when it was severely bombed and shelled, and after the Battle of Bailleul (13-15 April 1918), it fell into German hands and was not retaken until 30 August 1918.

RICH Herbert
Private 23217, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday, 23rd April 1917 in France. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Mrs. S. A. Rich, of Souldrop. Co Likely involved inmmemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
Likely involved in
The Battle of Arras (also known as the Second Battle of Arras) was a British offensive during the First World War. From 9 April to 16 May 1917, British, Canadian, South African, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and Australian troops attacked German defences near the French city of Arras on the Western Front. There were major gains on the first day, followed by stalemate. The battle cost nearly 160,000 British casualties and about 125,000 German casualties.

SMITH Leonard
Private 9867, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th June 1915 in France. Born and resident Souldrop, enlisted Bedford.
Likely involved in
The Battle of Festubert (15–25 May 1915) was an attack by the British army in the Artois region of France on the western front during World War I. The offensive formed part of a series of attacks by the French Tenth Army and the British First Army in the Second Battle of Artois (3 May – 18 June 1915). After the failure of the attempted breakthrough by the First Army in the attack at Aubers Ridge (9 May 1915) tactics of a short hurricane bombardment and an infantry advance with unlimited objectives, were replaced by the French practice of slow and deliberate artillery-fire intended to prepare the way for an infantry attack. A continuous three-day bombardment by the British heavy artillery was planned, to cut wire and demolish German machine-gun posts and infantry strong-points. The German defences were to be captured by a continuous attack, by one division from Rue du Bois to Chocolat Menier Corner and by a second division 600 yards (550 m) north, which was to capture the German trenches to the left of Festubert village. The objectives were 1,000 yards (910 m) forward, rather than the 3,000 yards (2,700 m) depth of advance intended at Aubers Ridge. The battle was the first British attempt at attrition.

1939-1945

TIPPING Raymond 24 years old
Sapper 2152706 281 Field Park Coy., Royal Engineers who died on Monday, 11th October 1943. Son of William and Gwendoline Tipping. Buried in Bari war cemetery in Italy. Grave XIV. A. 33.
Not on memorial but in the churchyard

KNIGHTS Audrey 21 years old
Private W/263093, Auxilary Territorial Service. Died Sunday, 15th October 1944. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Mary Knights, of Souldrop. Sister of the below. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

KNIGHTS Dorothy 25 years old
Lance Corporal W/212611, Auxilary Territorial Service. Died Monday, 26th August 1946. Daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Mary Knights, of Souldrop. Sister of the above. Buried in All Saints churchyard, Souldrop.

There will be a Service at Souldrop’s All Saints Church Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.30am. The Service will move out to the memorial for 11am and will last until 11.30am

Sharnbrook Gospel Choir Review

Some shots from Saturday 22 April at All Saint’s Church Souldrop with Sharnbrook Gospel Choir.
Photo’s and words by Keeley Daize

“The choir were amazing and delivered a varied and beautiful concert at All Saint’s church. The audience were relaxed and mesmerised by the wonderful music and all really enjoyed the evening. The only distraction being Simon’s assistance dog trying to join in the choruses!!! We followed up with cheese, wine and a bar at the village hall where everyone got the chance to relax further, chat and catch up with friends. Overall a fantastic evening.

We would like to relay our heartfelt thanks to all members of the Sharnbrook Gospel Choir and everyone who came along or bought tickets plus Nick Wells for organised donation of our alcoholic drinks. You all helped us to raise another £502.50 towards getting our toilets upgraded and installing disabled access to the village hall.”

 

Spring 2017

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Spring gets under way in Souldrop and once again the colours return to life after the drabness of winter. We take a peek at Lenny’s hidden Eden and find that a Cricket match is in full swing. The shoots of wheat are just popping their heads above the soil in the nearby fields as the colossal new neighbours ‘Tom Dick and Harry’ turbines tower above the trees at Windmill Hill. Situated at Airfield Farm at Santa Pod these guys are as big as they get reaching some 420 foot. The Blackmere turbine also towers above the trees in the Forty Foot hedge line.
The meadows surrounding the village are returning to green and the late Kim’s Tulips bring a splash of colours to the ambience of All Saints graveyard recently recovering from a horrible break in.
It is difficult photographing the village without showing cars and wheely-bins I  had to work hard to keep them to a minimum in the shots.The village is never totally free of clutter so in a way it would be disingenuous to display otherwise, so there will be the odd bin or car lurking on the fringes!
We would like to thank Lenny for letting us get right into his ‘garden of eden’ and the wonderful folk of our village for taking the care to make Souldrop a feast for the eye’s!

All photo’s taken by Steve Andrews on April 10 2017: Copyright Steve Andrews.

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More old Steamers visit the village!

Old Steamers April 2017

Old Steamers April 2017

Last Sunday April 2nd traction engines maintained and driven by Dave Venn with his Burrell general purpose engine visited the Bedford Arms once more with Robbie Foreman ,second picture down, shown leaving Souldrop on Ted Wootton’s Fowler road locomotive.

Thanks to Jeremy Viewing for sending theses pictures in!

 

Souldrop in Autumn

The Village memorial to the fallen in two world wars basks in the autumn sunshine

The Village memorial to the fallen in two world wars basks in the autumn sunshine


The Village memorial to the fallen in two world wars basks in the autumn sunshine. Meanwhile we sent our photographers out and about in Souldrop Village, October 2016
to try and capture some of the magnificent Autumn colours. There are twenty five photos below please click on the first, then enjoy!

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Grand old steamers visit Souldrop

Old Steamers visit the Bedford Arms. Picture thanks to Jeremy Viewing

Old Steamers visit the Bedford Arms. Picture thanks to Jeremy Viewing

On Sunday September 25th Dave Venn and Robbie Foreman visited the Bedford Arms pub with Robbies 1923 Marshall S Class “Sir Philip” and Richard Pooles 1910 Allchin General purpose engine “Evedon Lad”.

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Can anyone identify this 1920’s Souldrop House?

Large Souldrop House, can anyone identify the Souldrop house in this 1920's photo?

Large Souldrop House, can anyone identify the Souldrop house in this 1920’s photo?

Here the same house but with added flower beds

Here the same house but with added flower beds

A Bedfordshire postcard archivist has asked if this 1920’s photograph of a large Souldrop house can be identified, apparently it is not the rectory.
If you do have an idea please let us know using our below comment boxes or contact us here

We will then forward the information to the archivist. Thanks!

Pig Roast 2016

The Pig Roast on the Village Green saturday July 23rd 2016.
A fine summers day greeted the villagers on Saturday for the annual Pig Roast. At 6am the fire was lit and many villagers helped turn the spit during the morning. By the afternoon the green was crowded with many villagers bringing along cakes and drinks. The afternoon was rather warm and some villagers chilled to the music which was provided outside Lamb Cottage. Later some villagers admitted they had slightly overdone the beverages and with the heat had decided to receede for a nap! Overall a great time was had by all including hero, Jeremy who had saved the pig from biting the dust during an incident. The  roasting pig had slipped of the spit and Jeremy instinctively reached out with his bare hand to save the pig from falling into the fire! Oops, we hope he is alright! Anyway Souldrop.biz and I am sure most of the villagers would like to wish a big thanks to those that provided the pig and wood and set the afternoon up.

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The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman in Doncaster

The Flying Scotsman in Doncaster

The Flying Scotsman will pass through Souldrop on the morning of the 4th June 2016, sometime in between 9am and 1pm. It’s journey starts at St Pancras and ends in York.

The Flying Scotsman recently finished it’s £4.2m restoration at the National Railway Museum in January. The Back Lane bridge is expected to be packed with enthusiasts and onlookers as The Flying Scotsman builds up a head of steam to power the 200 foot elevation to Sharnbrook Summit. If anyone gets any nice pictures, they will be welcome on our gallery!

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