Private William Souster

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

2 May 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat factory foreman


Gilbert Brown & Co, Victoria Street, Luton

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

446 Hitchin Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Bucquoy Road Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 17th May 1917
Pte William Souster

Pte William Souster, 25633, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment (ex-3455 Middlesex Regiment), died on May 2nd, 1917, from wounds sustained near Arras earlier the same day. He was aged 33.

William married Emily Hatton, from Dorking, Surrey, at St Cuthbert's Church, Kensington, on August 6th, 1908. The couple lived at 446 Hitchin Road, Luton, and they had five children.

Before enlistment, William was employed as a straw hat factory foreman by Gilbert Brown & Co, 28 Victoria Street, Luton.

William was born and raised near Pepperstock, the son of late brick maker George Souster and his wife Eliza. He was a member of the Park Street Baptist Church branch chapel at Pepperstock, where he was a Sunday school worker and an organist. Moving from Pepperstock to Hitchin Road, he took up similar work at Stopsley Baptist Church, where he was organist and one of the principal officers.


Individual Location

Pte William Souster

Author: Deejaya

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