‘Un­known’ sol­dier had won a medal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

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.”

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