25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


Arthur (Allen) BEDWELL

 I suspect that Arthur Bedwell is actually Allen Bedwell, and that he signed up with a false name for some reason. His service records are in the name of Arthur but his War grave is under the name Allen. The service numbers match as does the mothers name, Lucy Constable. In researching the family in the census returns and birth registrations only Allen is recorded.

Service Record

Enlisted - 3/25th County of London Cyclist Bn - 22 March 1915
Address - Aubrey Cottage, Copthorne Bank, Nr. Crawley, Sussex.
Occupation - Labourer
Transferred - Div. Cyclist Co. - Attached 8 Oct 1915, transferred 13 Feb 1916
                   - Army Cyclist Corp - 1 Nov 1916
Next of kin - Mother - Lucy Constable, address as above.
Died - of wounds - 30 Sep 1917

'Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19'  :-

Name: Arthur Bedwell
Residence: Copthorne Bank, Sussex
Death Date: 30 Sep 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Putney Bridge, London, Middx.
Rank: Private
Regiment: Army Cyclist Corps
Regimental Number: 16131
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 2193, London Regt.

[Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 -  published in 1921 by His Majesty's Stationery Office]

In Memory of

Private Allen BEDWELL

16131, Army Cyclists Corps, XV. Corps Cyclist Bn who died on 30 Sep 1917 age 29.

Son of Mrs. Lucy Constable, of Copthorne Bank, Crawley, Sussex.

emembered with honour

Zuydcoote Military Cemetery - I.D.18.

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, Nord, France
Zuydcoote is a village in the Department of the Nord about 10 kilometres north-east of Dunkirk. The Military Cemetery is west of the village and about 550 metres east of Zuydcoote Halte.
Historical Information
In the autumn of 1917, while the XV Corps was holding the Nieuport section, the 34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Zuydcoote. The Military Cemetery contains, for the most part, the graves of officers and men who died in these hospitals.
There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.
Two of the British graves were brought after the Armistice from ZUYDCOOTE CHURCHYARD FRENCH MILITARY EXTENSION.
The cemetery covers an area of 1,042 square metres and is enclosed by a wall.
On the West side of it is ZUYDCOOTE FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, made after the Armistice, and containing over 1,000 French and 170 German graves.

[Courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission]


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