‘Unknown’ soldier had won a medal
ONE of six ‘unknown’ servicemen on Beaconsfield’s war memorial has been revealed as a medal-winning army officer. People have responded to an appeal for details about one of the men, with information discovered about war victim B Pell.
The town’s First World War centenary working group has found out that he was Lieutenant Colonel Beauchamp Tyndall Pell – a career officer who had won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) medal, which is awarded for outstanding service in active combat.
Lt Col Beauchamp died from his wounds after being captured by the Germans during the First Battle of Ypres on November 14, 1914.
The temporary commander of his battalion of The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, he was aged 48. He is buried at Zantvoorde British Cemetery in Belgium.
Lt Col Pell was a Beaconsfield resident educated at Wellington College in Crowthorne who went on to train at Sandhurst Military College.
The committee has also discovered information about another of the six unknowns, Daniel Snapes, the son of parents who lived in Shepherds Lane, Beaconsfield.
A 26-year-old private in the Worcestershire Regiment, he died of his wounds in 1917 and is buried in Perth War Cemetery at Leper in Belgium.
So far, little is known about the other four men – WE Clarke, W Dods, S Smith and E Webb.
The 80 names on the war memorial in Windsor End will be read out during an act of remembrance in St Mary and All Saints Church on Sunday.
The service will be preceded by a parade involving scouts and army and air cadets and a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, and will be followed by a picnic on Windsor End Green – see page 27 for times.
Kari Dorme, one of the event organisers, said: “Many of the men were born and lived in Beaconsfield, and it is poignant indeed to read the road names that we know today in their addresses.
“These heroes came from Aylesbury End, Shepherds Lane, Baring Road, Curzon Avenue, Hedgerley Lane, Lakes Lane, Candlemas Lane and many others too numerous to list.”
The Reverend Dr Jeremy Brooks, team rector of St Mary’s and All Saints, said: “The names on the war memorial are a testament to those who served our country in war. I find it very moving that many of the men who served still have relatives in the town.
“At our commemoration service, we will light a candle to represent each of the 80 names listed. It would be wonderful if we knew more about each of those names to make that candlelighting even more poignant.”