Battle’s Over – Commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis was delighted to support the international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One. On Sunday, 11 November 2018, the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants across the County of Bedfordshire attended and laid poppy wreaths at 23 Remembrance Services in the morning.

On the same day, in the evening, Battle’s Over events took place in many towns and parishes in Bedfordshire, with the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants attending at least 11 events.

 HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis at the Remembrance Service, Bedford

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, the Battles Over events took place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and in many overseas countries.

Events began nationally at 6:00am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.

At 6.55pm buglers sounded the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, and at 7:00pm WW1 Beacons of Light were lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Then at 7.05pm over 1,000 churches and cathedrals rang their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace, which represented 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas. Finally, at 7:05pm, more than 140 town criers performed a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis and Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson at the Lighting of the Beacon event in Bedford

Locally other activities were happening throughout the County of Bedfordshire such as poetry, local bands, the reading of The Tribute to the Millions and the unveiling of a new war memorial.

Mrs Nellis said “I and so many others were overwhelmed by the respect and huge support that was shown for the Fallen by the large crowds of people who turned out to support ceremonies of Remembrance across the villages and towns of Bedfordshire. My particular gratitude to the Royal British Legion who worked so hard to ensure that each event had the dignity it deserved. We will remember them”.

A Few Words by Jimmy William Carroll, 10 November at 16:34

On the eve of the centenary of the Armistice which ended the first world war I would like to say a few words regarding our Town and it's part in this and other conflicts

The people's of Houghton Regis have a proud history of being prepared to serve this country. One of its Saxon rights was to lead the kings Army into battle which they did right up to the attack on Kimbolton Castle in the 13th Century many Houghtonians died in this siege.

So as the living memories of the First World War have passed its now for us to take up the gauntlet to continue remembrance. I therefore ask the people's of Houghton Regis to unite on Sunday 11th November 2018 to carry one the gauntlet of remembrance on behalf of the following:


Frank Adams.
Harry Ballard.
Leonard Ballard.
Thomas Bliss.
Stanley B. Bright.
William Chandler.
Bertie Chappell.
Walter J Cook.
Bertie W. Crew.
Percy F. Cumberland.
Francis W. Duncombe.
Reginald T. Franklin.
Harry Hack.
Charles Hickinbottom.
Fredrick W. Holliman.
Jack Holliman.
Percy Holliman.
Gilbert Horsler.
Henry King.
Thomas King.
William Mobley.
Frank Parkins.
Fredrick Parkins.
Alfred Peach.
Arthur Peach.
Edwin H. Randall.
Francis E. Smith.
Thomas Tavenor.
John Thompson.
Bertie Turner.
Cyril Welford.
Joseph W. Wilson.

Not on memorials buried Houghton Regis Churchyard.

Charles Francis Hipperson.

Not on Houghton Regis Memorials but on George Kent Ltd Memorial Stockwood Park Museum Luton.

Lillian G. Harris.

Munition factory worker from Bedford Road Houghton Regis. Died on 5th March 1918 from wounds from an explosion at George Kent Ltd. Chaulend Lane Luton on Friday March 1st 1918.

Those buried in Houghton Regis Churchyard not on memorials.

Hugh Anthony Bertlin.
George William Nye.
C.J. Simpson.
T.J.W. Hubbard.


William J. Allen.
Cecil J. Ashdown.
Alan Crawley.
Hedley V. Day.
Reginald Denton.
James Gosbell.
Frederick G. Read.
Paul Richards.
William Stephenson.
Raymond A. Warner.
Jack E. Woolley.


Memory of Lance Bombardier Wayne W. Cosentino.
Royal Regiment of Artillery 2012.

The Town will commemorate those above who gave the greatest sacrifice that can be given.

If possible attend the ceremony at the Memorial Stone on the Village Green at 10.45 am. Afterwards refreshments and more commemorations will take place in the Memorial Hall.