The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War
The War Memorial in Barton Seagrave
Barton Seagrave lies just south east of Kettering on the old A6 road, just off of the new A14 dual carriageway. The memorial can be found by leaving the A6 and heading towards the church in the village centre.
The Memorial stands in front of the Church and has the following inscription; "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death neither sorrow or crying neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away."
Inside the church (which can be accessed by getting the keys from a warden) there is a lovely Roll of Honour posted high on the wall, which is shown below. Barton Seagrave was the home to the notable Hood family, one of whom are listed on the memorial itself and all of which are shown on the Roll of Honour inside the church.
The village had an especially bad year in 1916, with six of the nine men from the village who fell in the Great War losing their lives that year.
The Roll of Honour inside the Church
The plinth around the base of the War Memorial
Those who gave their lives during the Great War of 1914 to 1919:
Rear Admiral, the Honourable Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood, KCB, DSO, MVO.
Rear Admiral, the Honourable Horace Lambert Alexander Hood (1870 to 1916) was a young and highly respected admiral in British fleet before and during the Great War. He was the great, great grandson of Admiral Samuel Hood, the 1st Viscount Hood and came from a family who had been known and respected in British Military circles for almost two centuries.
Horace Hood joined the Royal Navy in 1883 serving on the Temeraire and the Hyacninth. In his younger days he had swept off all the great naval prizes - Beaufort Testimonial, Goodenough Medal, Ryder Memorial Prize - and at his examination for the rank of Lieutenant gained five firsts, being easily at the top of his year and achieving a record unsurpassed by the time of his death. In recognition he was awarded with a special promotion.
Whilst still a midshipman, he served on the Calliope during the famous Samoan Hurricane of March 1889 and was promoted to Captain in January 1903. He served in Gunboats on the Nile in 1898 and was present at the battles of Atbara and Khartoum, where he won a medal and was mentioned in dispatches. He won promotion to commander, and was awarded the fourth class of Mejidie. When captain of H.M.S. Hyacinth he landed in command of a naval brigade for the capture of the Mullah's stronghold of Illig on the 21st April 1904, for which he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O. as well as the general East African medal (Somaliland, 1902-1904). His M.V.O. came in 1906 and in 1910 he was in command of the Royal Naval College at Osborne.
By May 1913 Horace was a Rear Admiral with an extremely high reputation amongst his peers. He had been the naval secretary to the First Lord, and shortly after the beginning of the war was given command of the Dover Patrol (the miscellaneous collection of vessels of all ages and sizes which greatly helped to stop the German rush to Calais by breaking up the enemy's right flank among the Belgian sand dunes in the opening phases of the conflict and later protected the Belgian army's front with long-range guns).
The Germans were extremely aware of Admiral Hood, as he was always harassing and worrying them from the Yser front to Zeebrugge.
By 1916 he was in command of the Third Battlecruiser Squadron of Sir Jellicoe's Grand Fleet.
Sir Horace Hood was killed in action on the 31st May 1916, aged 45, at the Battle of Jutland as he commanded his Squadron from his flagship, the HMS Invincible. His Battleship was hit in the Q Turret by a shell fired from the Lutzow that blew the turret from the ship. Either a second shell or a chain reaction caused a flash which reached the magazine and a massive explosion broke the mighty ship in two.
A mere six men from the 1,021 crew survived. Horace Hood was the son of Francis Wheler Hood, 4th Viscount Hood and Viscountess Hood, the daughter of Arthur Ward Esq.
He was heir-presumptive to his brother, and left a wife - the Honourable Ellen, Lady Hood of East Sheen Lodge, Sheen in Surrey - and son who was born in 1910. Sir Horace was the second Admiral the navy had lost, the first being Rear-Admiral Sir C. Craddock who perished on board H.M.S. Good Hope, off Coronel in November 1914.
Private 37333 William A Allsopp
9th Battalion, the Prince of Wales' Own West Yorkshire Regiment
William was born in Acomb in Northumberland and enlisted from York. He was killed in action on the 21st August 1917, aged 35. Private Allsopp has no known grave but is remembered on Panels 42 to 47 and 162 of the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was the son of William and Margaret Allsopp from Barton Seagrave.
Private W Green
Private Green is shown on the Roll of Honour as having served in the Middlesex Regiment and being killed on the 20th November 1916 but I have been unable to trace who this person is.
Private G/13598 Hedley Andrew Herbert
1st Battalion, the Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
Hedley was born in Ravenstone, Bucks, a resident of Barton Seagrave and enlisted from Kettering. He was killed in action 3rd November 1916 in France, aged 22, and is buried in grave XXXIII. E. 5. at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2. Hedley was the husband of Jessie M. Herbert, of Barton Seagrave.
Gunner E Labrum
The Roll of Honour shows Gunner Labrim as serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery and dying on the 22nd May 1916. I have been unable to identify who he is.
Private 14406 Albert Pearmain
1st Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment
Albert was born in St. James, Northampton and enlisted in Northampton. The Roll of Honour shows his death on 27th February 1916, yet SDGW and the CWGC record he died of wounds 27th July 1916, aged 25. Albert was the husband of Florence Minna Pearmain of 131 Avondale Road in Kettering and is buried in grave A. 35. 8. at the St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen.
Private 13793 William Wallace Robinson
6th Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment
William was born in Barton Seagrave and enlisted from Kettering. He was killed in action 21st April 1916 in France, aged 23, and is buried in grave S.18 at the Carnoy Military Cemetery. He was the son of Job and Eliza Robinson of 4 Barton Seagrave.
Private FC Sharpe
Died 27th May 1915
Private G/11751 Edwin Thomas Stopps
9th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment
Edwin was born in Moreton Pinkeney, Northamptonshire and enlisted from Burton Latimer. He died of wounds 1st June 1918, aged 20 and is buried in grave II. E.40 at the Pernes British cemetery. Edwin was the son of William Thomas and Mary Stopps of Barton Seagrave.
Those men and women who also served during the Great War, but who returned to their families:
Private L Bailey Royal Field Artillery
Sergeant GH Bradley Hampshire Regiment
Nurse MS Bridges, VAD, SJAB
Gunner C Clarke RMA
Nurse D Everard, VAD, SJAB
Nurse M Everard, VAD, BRCS
Sergeant JF Haywood Middlesex Regiment
Lt-Colonel, the Honourable NA Hood, CMG, DSO Royal Garrison Artillery
Major, the Honourable FG Hood Royal Engineers
Lt-Colonel, Viscount Hood, OBE Grenadier Guards
Nurse Viscountess Hood VAD, SJAB
Private G Leach Royal Army Service Corps, MT
Private G Munn Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Private BW Nicholls Northamptonshire Regiment
Private E Sharpe Hertfordshire Regiment
Lieutenant GE Stringer RNAS and Captain in the RAF
Captain CH Stringer, DFC 5th Royal Irish Lancers, later Lt-Colonel in the RAF
Lieutenant S Wallis Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars
In honour and remembrance of the men of Barton Seagrave who laid their lives down so that we may enjoy the freedom their sacrifice provided for us
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