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Date of Birth
Date of Death
4 Dec 1916
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Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Thomas Northwood, 26295, 122nd Company Machine Gun Corps(Infantry), was killed in action in Flanders on December 4th, 1916. He was aged 25, single, and the son of Francis and Elizabeth Northwood, of 118 Wellington Street, Luton.
A letter to Mrs Northwood from the Rev F. Leslin Hilditch, a Church of England Chaplain to the Forces, said a 4.2 shell hit the dug-out Thomas was in, killing him instantly. He was buried in a military cemetery not far from the spot where he fell.
Prior to joining up in November 1915, Thomas was employed by Mr Seymour at Brache Farm, near Luton. After a period of training at Devonport, he was drafted out to France in May 1916.
Pte Northwood had two brothers - Sidney and William - also then serving. A younger third brother who enlisted later, Pte Arthur George Northwood, 41061, 1/4th Lancaster Regiment, would be killed in action on April 26th, 1918 (Loos Memorial).