Beddington has been one of the most frustrating towers for which to identify the men. Initial research led to one identification that is reasonably secure, a tentative identification was been made for one, the other is more elusive. Follow up work researching wartime issues of The Ringing World has resolved most of these satisfactorily, in particular explaining why supporting official records were so had to come by: Boxall and Godin were both young conscripts towards the end of the war and would not have qualified for campaign medals. This research also uncovered a new name, clearly a ringer, who was killed in action in 1917. For reasons which remain obscure he was not included on the roll (his early death probably menat he never formally joined the association):
- Private Arthur Ernest Plowman † Missing, presumed killed, 29 April 1917 — 30th Training Reserve Battalion; 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers [the third generation of his family to ring at Beddington]
Those named on the original roll of honour:
- Albert Boxall — Suffolk Regiment [censuses show Albert Boxall living in neighbouring Wallington, but there is no evidence other than the roll to connect him with the Suffolk Regiment]
- Stephen Walter Godin — King’s Royal Rifle Corps [the only evidence to connect this man with KRRC is the roll itself]
- Corporal Thomas Arthur Talbot — Royal Engineers
Any further information on these men will be gratefully received.
Information on the current ringers can be found on the church’s own page about the bells and on the Surrey Association website. It also appears that a list of men of the parish serving in the forces was created during the war is now held by Sutton Archives. This may help shed further light on the Beddington men.
Also come to light is a brief article about the five sons of A J Perkins who have served in the army (including one killed in the Boer War). This reproduced in full below, thanks to the editor of The Ringing World for permission to use such extracts on this blog.
A son of the rector was also killed, and this was marked by halfmuffled ringing by the Beddington ringers (with assistance from Croydon ringers) in July 1917. Reported in The Ringing World of 3 August 1917.
Private Willoughby E Maulden of Framlingham also rang in a quarter peal of Grandsire Caters at Beddington on 1 July 1917 while serving with the ASC at Lee Green 9he had also been elected to the London County Association at Mortlake).