Pte Aubrey Julian Pearce, 19182, 7th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), was killed in action on the Somme on February 26th, 1917. He was aged 20.
Although born and living in Wheatheampstead, he was an old boys of Luton Modern School and is included on the Luton Roll of Honour.
After leaving school he entered the service of the London and South-Western Bank at the Wood Green branch, from where he joined the Army on April 3rd, 1916. After a period of training in Kent, he went to the Western Front on November 27th.
Aged 23 in 1911 he was a straw hat packer and living at No 2 Cross Street in Luton. He was living with 7 other people in this little side street off High Town Road, his 58 year old widowed mother, Georgeina, brother Harry 19, and aunt Maria who is unmarried at age 64 and is a straw hat machinist. Gustavus' married brother John, 25 who is a brickmaker, has bought his family to live here too, his wife Amy Thurza Gerelda, 25 and his daughters Winifred Nora, 4 and Edith Elizabeth aged 2.