Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
29 Jul 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Gunner Fred Gordon West, 881989, 312th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action in France on July 29th, 1918. He was aged 28 and single.
Second son of Charles and Amy Jane West, he was born in Steppingley, Beds, in 1890. By the time of the 1911 Census, Fred was living with his parents and sister Lillian Edith and brother Jack at 47 Ivy Road. He was employed as a stiffener by hat manufacturer Mr Sidney Parker, of 47 Collingdon Street, Luton.
He joined up with the Royal Engineers in October 1915 and was afterwards transferred to the R.F.A. and went to France on April 2nd, 1918, just over three months before he was killed.
News of Fred's fate reached his parents in August 1918, at a time when they were still awaiting information about eldest son Charles Horace, 40645, 2nd South Wales Borderers, who they would later learn had been killed in action in Flanders on April 11th, 1918.
He is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church.