About Us

This blog and its companion are being produced by the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service. We are the County Record Office for Bedfordshire, based in Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford, where visitors are welcome to come in and use the archives for research. You can find more information about visiting us on our website.

Over 82% of our catalogues are available online and can be searched here. If you are unable to visit us in person we offer an enquiry and research service

Our Learning Officer is working with schools to produce resources to enable them to use these blogs in assemblies and lessons. These will include video conferencing sessions which allow pupils to meet a Bedfordshire housewife and a World War One war correspondent. 

We are a joint service of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. 


  1. Thank you for this wonderful blog, I read it daily. On days like this when the 2nd Bedfords lost 59 men at Loos I can imagine myself as a Bedford Modern boy right there with them.

  2. 29 November 1914 - re Sydney Whittemore. You mention Walter Spary - he was my Grandad who, as it mentions, served in South Africa and this war. He had lost his own brother, Fred Spary in September 1914, just as the hostilities started, and he is on the Luton War Memorial. I never met my Grandad as he died before I was born, but I enjoy reading posts about him.

  3. Thank you for commemorating the lives of these brave men. The details for my relative, Horace Randall Ayles are slightly incorrect. Horace (full name Horatio) was in the 1st Btn, however, the reference to regiment number 12225 Royal West Surrey Regiment, is for a different person, also with the initial H Ayles. The ages of the two men are very different.

  4. Hello,
    I'm wondering if you have any information regarding the casulaties sustained after the first world war? im researching my own family history and there is a ''liutenant Eric Chivers Wilson'' who sucumbed to wounds recieved on the 4th March 1921 in ireland, is there a photo anywhere of him or can you direct me please. ALL help greatly received.

    1. Hello. We do not have a photograph of Lt Wilson here, but we do have a copy of a Bedfordshire Regiment magazine which includes his obituary. If you would be interested in obtaining a copy, please get in touch with us. You can find a link to our online enquiry form here: http://bedsarchives.bedford.gov.uk/Enquiryandresearchservice.aspx. The reference number for the magazine is X550/1/292/0.