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Pte Frederick John East, 3/6435, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on November 7th, 1914. He was killed by a shell during the retreat from Mons.
The 29-year-old had been in the 1st Bedfords for some years and was at Kempston Barracks at the time of the 1911 Census. On the outbreak of war he went to the Front.
Pte East was the son of Emma, who married John Ford and lived at 48 Burr Street, Luton. Before enlistment he had worked at Mr Stewart Hubbard's bleaching and dyeing factory.
Frederick East - he used his mother's maiden name and was John's stepson - is perhaps the only man to be commemorated twice on the Luton Roll of Honour - as Pte Frederick John East, 3/6435, 1st Bedfords (no address), and as Pte Frederick Ford, 3/6435, 3rd Bedfords, of 48 Burr Street, Luton. Military records show he was in the 1st Bedfords when he died.