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L-Cpl Joshua Dyer, G/14527, 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, died in Netley Hospital, near Southampton, on September 22nd, 1916, after being severely wounded on the Western Front. He had transferred from the Bedfordshire Regiment.
The 19-year-old son of Frederick Henry and Mary Jane Dyer, of the White House, Pepperstock, had been lying wounded in the back by a shell on the battlefield a day and a night before a compassionate Scotsman got him into a dressing station. He was transferred to Netley, where he died three days later.
The funeral of the former Pepperstock Baptist Church Sunday school boy was held at St Leonard's Churchyard, Flamstead, the village where he was born in 1897, on September 27th. Sunday school teachers and pupils followed the hearse to the churchyard. Wreaths included one from Lady Wernher and another from staff at Luton Hoo, where Pte Dyer had been employed before enlisting.