Victor Leopold Stevens Bedwell
4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
Victor Leopold Stevens Bedwell was the son of the late Thomas Bedwell and of Mary Louisa Bedwell, of 52, Beechhill Rd., Eltham, London. Born in 1894 Victor had and older brother and sister; Edward lived until he was 90 years old and Constance until she was 98. In the 1901 census his father’s occupation is given as School Master and Clergyman (Church of England) The family are living at The College, Saham Toney, Norfolk. It appears that Thomas Bedwell was in charge of a small school of eleven boys ranging in age from 16 years to 7 years. Assissting in this task was an assistant schoolmaster and two servants. Victor was aged 6 years at the time and no doubt was also educated at the college with the younger children.
No 1911 information has been found for Victor L S Bedwell. However, the online Wisden on the Great War ‘The Lives of Cricket’s Fallen 1914 – 1918’ records that he was educated at St. John’s, Leatherhead and was a member of the cricket eleven in 1912 and 1913. It is also known that he was a Craven Scholar at Oxford University in 1915 and that the Bedwell Prize was founded at Exeter College, Oxford, in memory of his brilliant learning and personality.
Victor is commemorated on the family grave of his parents and grandfather. Victor was killed in action on 18 April 1916 during the fighting around the Somme and he has no known grave. He was 22years old. His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
The entry below shows the details of his estate upon his death.