Sgt Arthur Percy Wilson DCM, 9492, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on December 8th, 1917. He was aged 29 and single.
In a letter to his mother Emily at 30 Queen Street, Luton, Capt J. Coe wrote that her son was killed on the night of December 8th while out wiring.
"I have known your son since 1911, when the regiment was stationed in Bermuda and South Africa," wrote Capt Coe. "He was always a keen soldier. I must say that since I have been in command of this company he has proved himself a brave man on several occasions during the war."
Sgt William Ellingham, one of the first Lutonians to be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was killed in action on the Somme on August 18th, 1916. He was a son of Arthur and Annie Ellingham, of 8 Jubilee Street, Luton, and served in the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers.
In November 1915 Sgt Ellingham, then a lance corporal, came to England on leave and married Mabel Louisa Ward from Castleford in the Yorkshire town on November 5th. He had been stationed at Pontefract, Yorks, in 1911 and it was while there he probably met Mabel.