Rank or Title

War time / or Pre War occupation

Hat factory warehouseman

Employer

J.C. Kershaw & Co

Service Number

41386

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

214 Dunstable Road
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

France

Grave Location

Couin New British Cemetery
France

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Luton Modern School War Memorial

L-Cpl Archibald Christopher Allwood, 41386, 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade, had been in France only a month and in the front line trenches just a day or two when he was killed by a shell which dropped into his dug-out on June 2nd, 1918. He and his comrades died instantly.

The former Luton Modern School pupil was the only son of Luton Borough Special Constabulary Inspector Walter Leonard Allwood and his wife Florence Ruth, of 214 Dunstable Road, Luton. Archibald was two months short of his 19th birthday.

sHe joined a machine gun section of the Rifle Brigade on August 28th, 1917, and, after training at Northampton, Clipstone and Colchester went to France, most of his short time there spent at base.

Prior to enlistment, Archibald was employed in the warehouse of hat manufacturer J. C. Kershaw & Co in Luton. He had also been well known in local athletics circles and was a member of Luton Town Football Club, for whom he had played several times. He had also played in goal for the Modern School for one season, and was a keen cricketer.

Archibald is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and the Luton Modern School War Memorial.

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