British War Medal and Victory Medal

Private Amos Godbeer Coleman

Amos Godbeer Coleman was born in 1884.

In 1905 Amos married Alice Louisa Cheshire in Luton & in 1911 they are living with their 2 year old daughter Lillian Maud Francis in Summer Street, Slip End, Luton. Alice was pregnant with their first son Stanley William Edward. Amos is 27 years old & working as a gardener's labourer.

Sapper Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke was born in Bromley, London in 1886.

On 8th October 1905 he married Nellie Elizabeth Ennever in St Andrew's Church, Bromley.

In 1911 he is 25 years old & living with his family at No 2 Maple Road Luton & is working as an iron moulder at the gas stove factory. His wife Nellie is at home looking after their 2 sons Henry 5 & 2 year old Alfred. Harry's 66 year old mother Selina is living with them & working as a charwoman. They also have a boarder, 23 year old Bernard McDade who is an iron moulder for rain water pipes.

Private Percival Edward Clark

Percival Edward Clark was born in Luton in January 1891, the youngest of 3 sons born to Charles & Eliza.

In 1911 he is 20 years old & working as a clerk in a warehouse & living at 63a Inkerman Street. His father Charles Alfred is 55 & a foreman at a timber sawmill, his mother Eliza is 57 & one of his older brothers, Sidney William is a joiner.

Percival married Ellen Sole on the 24th April 1915 at the Baptist Meeting House, Park Street & on the 24th June 1916 their daughter Vera was born.

Private Ewart Alfred Mouse

Ewart Alfred Mouse was born in July 1895.

In 1911 He is 15 years old & working as a block maker. He is living at No 7 Hazelbury Crescent with his family. His father Edward is 44 & also working as a block maker, his mother Amelia is 43. Ewart's 2 brothers are living here too, Percy is 24 & a clothes & draper's shop assistant & Edward James is 3 years old.

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.

Private William Brooks

William Brooks was born in Nottingham in 1881. 1 of 13 children born to Albert & Emma.

On 11th December 1899, aged 18 years old William married Clara Smith in Luton.

In 1901 he is working as a milkman, Clara is working as a straw hat finisher & they are living with their 1 year old son Baden William at 42 Arthur Street.

In 1908 William married Annie Frost, because in January 1905 Clara had died.

Private Stanley Bell

Stanley Bell was born in Barton le Clay on 22 April 1887.

He married Hephzibah Powell on 11th May 1904 at St Matthews Church.

In 1911 they are living with their 2 year old daughter Lily May at No 8 Havelock Road. Stanley is working as a domestic coachman & Hephzibah is working at home as a straw hat finisher.

In September 1915 Stanley enlisted into the Army Service Corps. He was working as a motor driver & living at 87 Frederick Street at the time.

Private Arthur Walter Aylott

Arthur Walter Aylott was born in September 1897 to Bransom Aylott & Elizabeth (ne Cook). He had an older sister Lily who was also born in Luton, in 1890.

In 1901 Bransom died & the family was split up. 11 year old Lily went to live with one of her father's sisters, Annie Toyer at 11 New Town Street & 3 year old Arthur went with his mother to live with her parents, Thomas 70 & 71 year old Mary Ann Cook at 10 Upper George Street. Elizabeth is 30 years old & working as a straw hat sewer.

Private Herbert John Clarke


Father-of-ten Pte Herbert John Clarke, 3/8664, 2nd Bedfords, was killed in action at Loos in France on September 27th*, 1915. He was aged 39 and a labourer at White Hill Farm, Stopsley.

A native of Offley born in the summer of 1876, he worked at the farm for Mr Allingham and lived in a cottage opposite Lilley Church.

Private Ernest Wright

Ernest Wright was born in Luton in October 1894.

In 1911 he was 16 years old & working as a straw hat finisher. He was living with his family at 98 Midland Road. His father Sidney 59 is an employer in the straw hat manufacturing trade working from home with some members of the family. Ernest's mother Jane 52, sister Ethel 21 & boarder Agnes Waller 24 are machinists. Twin brother Walter is a general engineer, whilst Beatrice 14 is assisting at home with their invalid sister 28 year old Edith Emma.

Private William Henry Shaw

William Henry Shaw was born in 1884.

On 12 April 1909 he married Rosa Ada Fensome.

On 11 December 1915 he joined the 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He is working as a labourer in the straw hat trade for T Lye & sons of New Bedford Road & living at 53 Ash Road with Rosa & their 2 sons, 8 year old Leonard Collier Fensome Shaw & 5 year old William Henry.

William was sent to France on 1 November 1916 & served there until 26th April 1917 as on 15th April 1917 he was wounded by a shell in the head & jaw.


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