Three Prisoner Brothers

Event date

27th February 1919


Entity info.

It was reported in the Luton News on 27th February 1919 of one family's unusual experience.

In 1911 Lutonian Albert Barton & his Scottish wife Mary Ann were living at 13 Henry Street.

Their 6 children were also living with them, Susan, 23, was a hat finisher, Daisy was 18 and a hat machinist, both were working in a factory in the town. William, 17, was a brass finisher and 16 year old Edward was assisting in brass moulding. 14 year old twins Albert & Walter were not working.

When the war started Albert & Edward were working as brass core makers at Hayward Tyler but all four brothers enlisted. William joined the 2nd Middlesex regiment, Walter joined the 2nd Essex, his twin Albert joined the North Staffs while Edward enlisted into the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Edward received a GSW to the right arm in April of 1918 was treated at the 10th general hospital in Rouen then was sent back to Britain to a hospital in Reading to recover.

But the previous month during a huge offensive by the Germans in Amiens, his three brothers were taken as prisoners of war. William & Walter were repatriated at the time the story was reported in the Luton News, but sadly Albert had died shortly after capture from an intestinal problem. He is buried at the Roye New British cemetery in France.


Author: KarenC

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