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Date of Birth
23 Jul 1894
Date of Death
31 Jan 1917
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
L-Cpl Eric Arthur Grace, 2534, 24th Battalion London Regiment (The Queen's), died on January 31st, 1917, from acute bronchial pneumonia, the day after being admitted to a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in Flanders. He was aged 22.
In a letter to parents retired confectioner Arthur and Annie Grace, of 2-4 Bury Park Road, Luton, a Sister at the clearing station said their son had been admitted on the morning of January 30th in a very serious condition. He got worse rapidly and died on January 31st at 11 pm.
Eric Grace was an old boy of Dunstable Grammar School and attended St Mary's Parish Church, Luton. He had just finished an apprenticeship with the Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Works when war was declared, and was among the first batch of Luton lads to enlist.
He had been in France for two years and had taken part in many of the big charges in which the Battalion was engaged.
The above picture was taken in St Albans in 1915. L-Cpl Grace, then a private, is third from the left in the back row.