Author’s tribute to Great War heroes

John Hele
John Hele

Ampthill’s war memorial has been re-dedicated to commemorate the sacrifice of the town’s soldiers in the First World War with their contribution detailed in the launch of a new publication.

The congregation of St Andrew’s Church remembered those who died and saluted the beginning of the First World War at a service held on Sunday, August 3.

Vaughan family from Ampthill in First World War.

Vaughan family from Ampthill in First World War.

During the service the recently restored war memorial, in the churchyard was re-dedicated.

Ampthill’s Fallen by local historian John Hele tells the story of the 67 Ampthill men who made the ultimate sacrifice for King and Country.

They were killed serving around the world including France and Flanders, Palestine, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia (now Iraq).

John said: “News of the first casualty reached Ampthill in early October 1914 and the last was due to an aeroplane crash in February 1919.”

Author John spent several years researching the topic. He also appealed for information from relatives of the 67 men and was fortunate to obtain photographs and documents from the relatives which have been used in the book. Wherever possible John visited their graves, memorials and battlefields.

Ampthill’s Fallen by John Hele is priced £10 and available from Ampthill History Forum c/o

>> The old photo shows the Vaughan men who are on the front of the book, Ampthill’s Fallen. It shows Thomas P, the father sitting down. to his right is Ernest and to his left is Thomas L.

Thomas L. was killed in March 1918 during the German Offensive while serving with the Hertfordshire Regiment.