Lat. serviens servant to a knight in medieval times. The English borrowed the word sergeant from the French in about the Thirteenth Century. Meaning "non-commissioned military officer" first recorded 1548.  Originally a much more important rank than presently.

Sergeant Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks was born in Nottingham in 1879, 1 of 13 children born to Albert & Emma.

In January 1909 he married Mary Hannah Pugh in Luton.

In 1911 he is 33 years old & working as an iron foundry labourer at the gas stove makers. He is living with his wife Mary, 34 & 13 year old son Henry Cecil Pugh at 97 Ash Road. His sister-in-law Annie Pugh, 20 is living with them & working as a spreader at the gelatine factory. John Anderson 21, is boarding with them whilst working with Albert at the gas stove makers as an iron moulder.

Sergeant Herbert Bunyan


Sgt Herbert Bunyan, 11446, 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), was killed in action at Hooge in Flanders on August 9th, 1915, and was buried in Sanctuary Wood.

He enlisted in the Midland Regiment about four years earlier when his family lived at 16 Park Place, Park Street, Luton. He was born in Caddington in 1891, although Press reports gave his age as 22.

News of Sgt Bunyan's death had reached parents Hugh and Eliza Bunyan, then living at 84 Langley Road, Luton, three weeks before the official notification arrived on August 31st.

Sergeant David William Buckingham


Sgt David William Buckingham, 2911, 1/5th Bedfords, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 16th, 1915. He was aged 29.

No news had been had been heard of him when his family, who lived at 82 Warwick Road, Luton, learned that his two brothers with him in the Dardanelles had been wounded. Pte Frank Buckingham, aged 21, who was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that broke his arm, wrote from hospital in Alexandria to say that Sgt Buckingham was all right the last time he heard of him.

Sergeant William Henry Foster


Sgt William Henry Foster, 2958, 1/5th Bedfords, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 17th, 1915. He was the son of William Foster, who were living at 2 Bolton Road, Luton, at the time.

Born in late 1886 to William and Annie Foster, he had been employed by Blundell Bros (Luton) Ltd and had been in the Territorials for about two years before mobilisation. He was promoted sergeant while the battalion was at Norwich. He was in the gun section, and had qualified as a machine gun instructor.

Sergeant Albert Hinks


Sgt Albert Hinks, 2382, B Company, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 16th, 1915. It marked a double tragedy for his widow Clara Elizabeth, who lost her baby just a week before the sergeant sailed for the Dardanelles.

The only son of Frederick and Elizabeth Hinks, of 36 Windsor Street, Luton, Sgt Hinks was born in Mansfield, Notts in the early summer of 1887.

Sergeant Alfred Albert Camp


Sgt Alfred Albert Camp, 9127, 2nd Battalion Beds Regiment, died on June 19th, 1915, from wounds sustained in action. He was born in 1886 and his family home was at 61 Hastings Street, Luton.

The son of George William and Sarah Camp and one of ten children, Sgt Camp has served with the 2nd Battalion for about eight years and went to the Front in October 1914. The official notice of his death received from the Regimental Record Office said he had received gunshot wounds in the back, arm and head.

Sergeant Walter Henry Ford


Sgt Walter Henry (Harry) Ford, 9047, Rifle Brigade, was killed in action at Hill 60 on May 3rd, 1915. He lived at 11 May Street, Luton, and left a widow (Minnie Clara) and three children (Doris Emily, Beatrice Maud and Harry). The couple had married at St Paul's Church, Luton, early in 1907

Sergeant Jim Dickman

Sergeant Jim Dickman of 2/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment was born in Luton on 8th January 1895.

Aged 16 he is working as a stonemason's labourer & living with his family in the High Street, Leagrave, Luton. The 1911 census also shows that his father James is 50 years old & working as a carpenter & joiner, his mother Elizabeth Martha 40, is at home looking after Ivy, 14 & 10 year old Bill (William). Jim's older sister Daisy is 19 years old & working as in ironer in a laundry.


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