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November 7, 2011 by Tom n Harry in forum Genealogy / History

#1054 Tom n Harry, 7 November 2011, 14:29

Looking to start a new project for the site on service personal from the two wars.Have access to information from some web sites but am unable to find any photographs of anyone born or resident of Eaton Bray from these times.If anyone can help please contact us...Thank you.

#1078 Tom n Harry, 11 November 2011, 16:03

First one done.

Small biography photo and documents: Corporal William Henley DCM, MM

#1092 Tom n Harry, 14 November 2011, 19:28

Next one now added: Private Arthur Jackson

#1111 Tom n Harry, 20 November 2011, 20:24

#1112 Tom n Harry, 20 November 2011, 20:42

Builder Hugh Loughton

Private Uriah Francis Loughton 14552 Lincolnshire Regiment

If anyone has another photo of Hugh they are willing to share , please contact us.

#1113 Vanessa Evans, 23 November 2011, 04:22

Hey Tom n Harry

As you know from me writing a short story on my great grandparents, Peter and Ethel Pieraccini, that my Gr. Grandfather was with the Bedfordshire Regiment and was from the area... happy to send information and photo's if you are interested.  Let me know, also it would be easier to send pictures to an email. :)

Thank you


#1114 Tom n Harry, 23 November 2011, 08:16

Thanks Vanessa..

Have emailed you

#1126 Tom n Harry, 18 December 2011, 17:07

Lots of info and pictures.

Thank you Vanessa.

Private Peter Pieraccini 19744 Bedfordshire Regiment

#1127 Vanessa Evans, 19 December 2011, 07:57

Thank you, lovely to see up and read.

Would be nice, if anyone is able to recognise one or more of the other soldiers in the 5th Battalion photo's.  Knowing the names of the fellow soldiers that stood beside my great grandfather, would be wonderful.

Again thank you, it's lovely all that you do here and the help you all give. :)

#1136 Tom n Harry, 2 February 2012, 08:57

There are 3 ladies on the Home-Coming fund from WW2.
Miss Lillian Line and Miss Violet Sharratt serving with the Army and Miss Vera Howlett with the RAF.
Does anyone have information or photo's please.
Would be nice to do a page for the ladies.

#1249 Tom n Harry, 23 June 2012, 09:19

Old village family

Private Jesse Pipkin Northamptonshire Regiment

From Grandaughter Nicky Lewis

#1359 Tom n Harry, 18 September 2012, 16:43

More Documents added for Jesse Pipkin.

#1362 Tom n Harry, 24 September 2012, 08:05

#1381 Tom n Harry, 25 October 2012, 09:17

There is now a file with short biographys of serving soldiers during the wars in St Marys Church Eaton Bray.
This is a work in progress.

#1396 Tom n Harry, 3 November 2012, 10:22

9 new bio's.

#1397 Vanessa Evans, 3 November 2012, 14:19

I have noticed a few of the biographies you've been putting up, the men were a part of the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.  I'm wondering if any relatives of these men, might go through the pictures I have on my gr. grandfather, Peter Pieraccini's biography profile and see if they recognise any of the soldiers as being their ancestors.  

#1398 Tom n Harry, 4 November 2012, 08:17

Try this site for the Bedfordshire Regiment,

Great site.

#1399 Vanessa Evans, 4 November 2012, 09:58

Thanks, I've actually been on the site a few times, looking through all the information.  I also contacted the gentleman that runs the site, telling him about my gr. grandfather and he said when he gets some time in the future, he will get back to me and do a bio up on him.   I was just hoping that maybe someone might recognise a face of an ancestor in the photo's I have of the 2nd Battalion.

#1400 Tom n Harry, 5 November 2012, 07:44

#1543 Tom n Harry, 26 January 2013, 08:06

#1551 Tom n Harry, 7 February 2013, 07:55

#1643 Linda Wilcockson, 6 April 2013, 19:04

First World War Soldiers.

My Grandad William George Neville from Summerleys. Was also a P.O.W. Served Bedfordshire Reg. 12840

#1644 Tom n Harry, 7 April 2013, 08:06

Hi Linda
have found William on census 1901 and 1911 living in Northall Road.
He is on the absent voters list of 1918 and 1919 also living in Northall road as :

21597 Lance Corporal 21st Bd Machine Gun Corps.

He is also in the Dunstable yearbook for 1916 but I can find no other records for him on Ancestry.

#1645 Tom n Harry, 7 April 2013, 08:26


There is a photo of your Grandad in the 1924 Eaton Bray cricket team on our photo's page.

#1647 Linda Wilcockson, 7 April 2013, 15:01

Grandad married Annie Mead and went to live at Summerleys.  I have managed to trace him back to his Father & Grandfather. One of which was a master tailor.  Grandad's full name is William George Neville. I have via Ancestry obtain Birth/marriage certificates.  

#1664 Tom n Harry, 4 May 2013, 08:18

Emailed Steve Fuller at Bedfordshire Regiment and got this reply.


He initially enlisted as 12840 in the Bedfordshires – his number suggests enlistment in the last day or two of August 1914 so he joined up before Kitchener’s call went out and was almost certainly attested as a Regular or Reservist. He went to France 1/5/1915 and later became 21597 in the MGC which sounds like a very early number – check the MGC website and ask them when it was issued to build a picture of his transfer date.

If he was 21st Brigade MGC and moved across in 1915, it would suggest he initially served in the 2nd Bedfordshires unless it was a sheer coincidence that he ended up with them. The 2nd Beds were in that brigade and MGC candidates for ‘Regular’ Brigades often came from the machine gun experts in the infantry battalions within that brigade. Not always but often.

#1672 Linda Wilcockson, 9 May 2013, 19:16

Thank you very much.

#1689 Veronika, 22 May 2013, 11:58

Thank you for your army project. Edward Joseph Asbury married one of my 5th cousins, Maggie Proctor. I had wondered why I couldn't find a record of his death in Bedfordshire. I have found out the names of his children, but I don't know if that's of interest to you

#1690 lscott, 22 May 2013, 13:10

If you are still looking for Photographs, I think at least five men named on the war memorial appear in the 1907 Football team photograph ( Fred (Dick) Lugsden, Arthur Janes, Ernest Weedon, Johny Pratt & Cyril Meakins.

#1755 Mrs.C. Wilsher, 6 July 2013, 17:47

My aunt Vera Howlett is living with her husband and family in Altringham.

#1756 Mrs.C. Wilsher, 6 July 2013, 17:51

My aunt Vera Howlett is living with her husband and family in Altringham.   I would like to know any info on her father, my grandfather Horace Howlett, served in France.

#1763 Tom n Harry, 8 July 2013, 16:53

Having trouble finding anything apart from census for Horace.
He is not listed on any parish lists for the war years.
Did he leave the village after 1911 census which is the last I can see him.

#1766 Tom n Harry, 10 July 2013, 09:21

#1899 Tom n Harry, 31 October 2013, 05:42

#2131 john plested, 20 August 2014, 10:52

william and Frederick Henley were my maternal great uncles Rose Hoar nee Henley being my grandmother.Any further information would be greatly appreciated, as i am currently researching family history.
                   Many thanks John

#2134 Tom n Harry, 21 August 2014, 08:32

Hi John
Have emailed you.

#2143 Valerie Humphreys, 30 August 2014, 10:10

I have a photo and details verified by my mother of Reginald Snoxall son of "Jinnie" (who was a Janes originally) of Bower Lane.I can send it if it is useful to the project.

#2145 Tom n Harry, 30 August 2014, 10:40

Hi Valerie
Have emailed you.

#2176 Tom n Harry, 17 October 2014, 11:40

There is now a folder housed in Eaton Bray Church of small Biographies of soldiers on the War Memorial from WW1.

There is also one for Edlesborough and Dagnall which I think will be housed in Edlesborough Church following the Poppy Prom on November 8th.

#2178 Tom n Harry, 21 October 2014, 07:21

All bios now done from the War Memorial on site.
The 10 done for WW2 are very sketchy.
If anyone has any info we will be pleased to add.

#2194 Tom n Harry, 18 November 2014, 10:05

I am working on a soldier named Fred Simmons Tooley born Eaton Bray 1896.
Have found lots on his war record and info on his marriage but can find nothing for him after 1919.
Does anyone have any info on him please.
Believe he moved to the Kilburn area of London c1920s.

#2197 Scoop, 27 November 2014, 19:43

After a brief search...
I guess you have the Gazette entry for his MC in 1917 (Royal Irish Rifles).
Transferred RAF (Observer?) 1918.
Transferred to unemployed list Mar 1919.
David F Tooley (son) b Q2 1930 Willesden.
1930/40/50's Living Dollis Hill Lane NW2.
Enlisted Royal Artillery (TA) Dec-1939.
Commissioned to Queens Regiment 15 Jun 1940.  
Likely death 2Q 1964 Surrey South West.

May have been separated from his wife after WW2 as she appears alone (or just with son) on electoral registers after about 1947.  Hope it helps.

#2201 Tom n Harry, 1 December 2014, 10:31

Hi Scoop
Thanks for the reply.
Do have most of the above. Mainly looking for his occupation between the wars and up to his death in 1964.

#2203 Scoop, 1 December 2014, 18:12

The Surrey Infantry Museum, Guildford holds a copy of an obituary for him published in a regimental journal Nov 1964. He seems to have been promoted to Captain some time before his death. -

Tooley  F S  Capt MC
Obituary of Capt F S Tooley of The Queen’s Royal Regiment.
QRSRJ Nov 1964 p144.

#2259 Tom n Harry, 4 March 2015, 09:10

#3528 Frank Tooley, 21 April 2018, 20:38

Fred Simmons Tooley is my grandfather. I am very interested in this thread and it would be great to learn more about him

#3541 Michael Broadbent, 18 July 2018, 15:48

I think I may be able to shed some light on your grandfather. I am just finishing my a
memoirs and he features heavily.
May I ask what must seem an odd question. Di Have you  visited PENRITH   in the last 10 years and does 3 May 1954 mean anything significant to you?

#3542 Michael Broadbent, 31 July 2018, 09:55

RE Fred Simmons Tooley  I have some information that            i would be happy to share with you.

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