World War Two casualties.
HANDS Frank Aircraftman A/C1Died 14/05/40.was on a low level photo recon in Blenheim Mk4 on 13 May 1940...the 4th day after the German invasion of Europe. They failed to return and were reported as missing on 14/5/1940 and subsequently KIA. Pilot was Croydon Jelfs Edinburgh CHAMBERLAIN. Research is being carried out by a cousin of Croydon.(Please contact me via email or guestbook if you have any further info on Frank) Frank is on the Runnymede memorial .⇔ HOLDER Robert Sergeant Pilot RNZAF. Died 26th October 1940 aged 23 Bidford-on avon cemetery.⇔ BRYAN James Harry Sergeant died 30th Oct 1943 aged 20. El Alamein war cemetery.⇔ TABNER James Henry Leading Aircraftman. Died 29th Mar 1942 aged 32 Buried Bidford-on-avon cemetery. ⇔ SHERWOOD William Edward Private. Died 30th Feb 1942 aged 26 Singapore memorial.⇔ MANSELL Leonard Able Seaman. Died 18th November 1942 aged 22 HMS Arethusa Chatham Naval base memorial. ⇔ McCRORIE Thomas Fraser Flight Lieutenant. Died 23 June 1943 aged 27 Hemelumer Oldeferd (Molkwerum) Protestant Churchyard.⇔ NASH Lewis Willoughby. Intelligence Corps. Died 30th September 1943 aged 29 Chungkai war cemetery.⇔ THOMAS Ivor Meredith Sergeant. Died 6th Mar 1943 aged 27 Salereno war cemetery. ⇔ ASHTON James Herbert Petty Officer. Died 20th August 1944 aged 20 HMS Trumpeter. Lee-on-Solent memorial.
St Laurence church Link
Inside of St Laurence church before and after ww1 memorial screen was fitted.
Bidford's Church and community during the Great war contributed to the war effort during "war weapons week" raising £4000.
Bidford's memorial day parades.
The 2014 war memorial service was well attended and a fitting tribute to our fallen led by Coventry combined ex forces pipe and drum, and lone trumpeter. Weather was dry and sunny.
The 2015 Remembrance service was again well attended. Parade was led by Coventry combined ex forces pipe and drum. Weather was a bit dull but thankfully rain stayed away.
2016 Parade weather Sunny a fine tribute to the fallen.
Site to the fallen who's names are primarily on memorials and rolls of honour in Worcestershire and surrounding counties. Link
Death plaque (death penny) awarded to next of kin.