Company Sergeant Major

Company Sergeant Major Alec Cook

Company Sgt Major Alec Cook, 9119, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action at Albert in France on August 20th, 1918, an action in which he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

The medal was eventually collected by his younger sister Elsie, of 57 Frederic Street, Luton. Lieut-Col Tighe made the presentation at Biscot Camp on January 26th, 1919.

Company Sergeant Major Arthur Fountain


Company Sgt Major Arthur Fountain, 15400, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on September 27th, 1916.

Born in Markyate in 1881, he was a son of the late William Richard and Sarah Ann Fountain,of Luton Road, Markyate. He enlisted on September 7th, 1914, and had served at the Front without a scratch for about 18 months, with just one brief spell of home leave.

Company Sergeant Major Alfred Saunders


Company Sgt-Major Alfred Saunders, 112, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifles, died of wounds sustained in action in Flanders on November 24th, 1915.

Born in Winchester, Hampshire, he spent much of his childhood in Studham, where mother Emily was still living. His sister Ellen had married Frederick G. Smith in 1912 and was living in Holly Street, Luton.

Alfred had married Linda Malin, from Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, on October 9th, 1911, in Folkestone, Kent, where his wife and young son David Malin Saunders (born July 16th, 1912) were living at the time of his death.

Company Sergeant Major Herbert William Sexton


Company Sgt-Major Herbert William Sexton, 935, 1/2nd East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers, died of enteric fever on October 30th, 1915, while serving with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He was aged 21 and was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Prior to the war he had been Booking Clerk at the Great Northern Railway station in Bute Street, Luton. His father James was a railway signalman living at Knebworth, Herts, with Elizabeth. Herbert was one of their 10 children.

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