Medals for two Lutonians

Frank Child and Pte Wright

Two Lutonians received their military decorations on Tuesday, March 11th, 1919, at the Biscot Camp YMCA concert room. There was a good parade of officers and men and the presentations were made by Col Fitzgerald, DSO, Commandant, reported The Luton News (Thursday, March 13th).

The first recipient was Pte Frank R. Child (left, above), younger son of Mr and Mrs A. R. Child, of Downs Road, who had been awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. Now demobbed, he had been a dispatch rider attached to a Heavy Artillery Brigade.

He joined in August 1916 and had served in France and Belgium since October 1916. The news of his award was received in February 1918 and it was for service on the front in Belgium.

Before the war, Frank Child was a successful competitor in various local motor cycling competitions.

Pte J. W. Wright (14th Welsh Regiment), of 23 Malvern Road, Luton, received the Military Medal for great gallantry under fire as a stretcher bearer in Arnley Wood, on the Somme, in May 1918. He is pictured to the right.

He joined up in June 1916, first serving with the East Anglian Royal Engineers. He saw service in France and Belgium. He had been instrumental in saving many lives and had twice been wounded.

Before the war he worked for Mr Johnson, builder.