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17 Feb 1917
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Pte Bert Lathwell, 43154, 6th Battalion Northants Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on February 17th, 1917. He was aged 24.
Chum Pte Hanby wrote to parents John and Clara Lathwell at 3 Clifton Road, Luton, saying their son was killed by a sniper's bullet that struck him just above the heart. He lived for only four minutes, but "died a hero".
Bert Lathwell had been employed in the straw trade since leaving school, having worked for his brother.
He had joined the Beds Regiment (26963) a year earlier and was transferred to the Northants Regiment. He had been in France since July 1916, serving in the Machine Gun Section.
Bert had an older brother, Christopher Joseph Lathwell, then serving in the Cheshire Regiment (6658). He, too, was to die in action, while serving in France with the South Lancs Regiment on March 15th, 1918.