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Date of Birth
Date of Death
10 Oct 1918
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 James Costin, 52084, 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, died of wounds sustained in action in France on October 10th, 1918. He was aged 20 and single.
In a letter to parents James and Annie Costin at 78 Queen Street, Luton, an officer in the Middlesex Regiment said: “He was a runner, and was killed whilst showing great devotion to duty. He suffered no pain.”
Pte Costin joined up in July 1916 and saw considerable service. He was wounded in the arm in October 1917 and went to France again in March 1918 after recovery.
Born in Luton in 1898, he had previously worked at Mr E. W. Hart's dyeworks in Windmill Road, Luton. His brother, Stanley, aged 18, was a lance-corporal serving in the King's Royal Rifles in England.
He is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church.