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Date of Birth
Date of Death
26 May 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Percy Frank Linger, 2833, 1/24th Battalion London Regiment, was killed in action in a charge by his regiment near Givenchy on May 26th, 1915, an engagement in which several Lutonians were killed or wounded. He was aged 21.
It was not until early August that his father, Mr Thomas Linger, of 6 Lyndhurst Road, Luton, was officially notified of his son's death, although Pte Aylott, of the same regiment had said unofficially shortly after the death that Pte Linger had been wounded and was missing.
Pte Linger had joined several Lutonians in enlisting in the Londons at St Albans early in the war. He had been an assistant in a straw hat factory owned by Mr Tearle, of Williamson Street.
As a schoolboy he had played in goal for Dunstable Road School when the team won a trophy at Watford. He was also a member of the Chapel Street Brotherhood.
At the time of the 1911 Census he was the youngest of six children (four daughters and two sons) living with parents Thomas and Emily Jane at 6 Lyndhurst Road. Most were involved in the straw hat trade, and had previously lived at 59 Adelaide Street, Luton.