Corporal StripesOriginally referred to a reliable veteran called the capo de'squadra or head of the square. The title changed to caporale by the Sixteenth Century and meant the leader of a small body of soldiers. The French picked up the term in about the Sixteenth Century and pronounced it in various ways, one of them being corporal, which indicates a mixing with the Latin word corpus or French corps (body). The British adopted corporal in the Seventeenth or Eighteenth Century and it has been a part of the army ever since. The British gave the Corporal his two stripes when they started using chevrons in 1803.

Corporal Horace Tysom

Horace Tysom was born in July 1895 in Luton.

In 1911 he is living at 6 Hibbert Street with his family. His father William George is 44 & is a self employed straw hat manufacturer working at home, with wife Mary 46, assisting him. Kate Elizabeth is 21 & a straw hat machinist, William 19 is a labourer in a foundry, Olive May 10 & 7 year old George Percy, are at school. Horace is 15 years old & is a boot repairer.

Corporal Sydney Eads

FREE AT LAST. Cpl S Eads now in Holland.  The news that Cpl. Sydney Eads, a Lutonian, of the Australians, son of Mr W J R Eads of Rothesay Road and Dunstable Road, Luton, has been released from captivity has been a source of great relief to his relatives.  They live in the hope from day to day that he will soon be back home amongst them.  He was captured in the big push July 1916 and since then has been a prisoner of war in Germany,.  He has been interned in Holland since June this year. 


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