British War Medal

Private Albert Claude Woodward

Pte Albert Claude Woodward, 41541, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on March 22nd, 1918, during the German spring offensive on the Somme. He was aged 19 and single.

At the time of enlistment at the age of 18 in February 1917, Albert was employed by cycle dealer Ernest Starke, of 44 Castle Street.

He was one of ten surviving children of Thomas Robert and Emma Woodward, of 132 Dallow Road, Luton. He was an old boy of Waller Street School, attended King Street Congregational Sunday School and had been an amateur footballer.

Sergeant Sidney Fensome

Sgt Sidney Fensome, 19789, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on March 22nd, at the start of the German spring offensive of 1918. He was aged 28.

The son of Samuel and Ellen Fensome, of Ramridge End Lane, Stopsley, he was the third of the couple's sons to die in battle. Sidney is commemorated on both the Stopsley and Luton War Memorials.

Pte Horace Fensome, of the Beds Regiment, had died on the Somme in September 1916, just days before the loss of his brother, Arthur William (Machine Gun Corps).

Private Sidney Louis Felks

Pte Sidney Louis Felks, 33000, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was posted missing, later presumed killed in action, in the German spring offensive on the Somme on March 22nd, 1918.

After joining the Bedfords in September 1914 and undergoing training at Newmarket and Darlington, he went to France in December 1916. On December 1st, 1917, he was wounded at Marcoing in the battle of Cambrai.

Prior to enlistment, Luton-born Sidney was employed by George Kent Ltd. Parents Albert and Clara Felks lived at 39 Collingdon Street, Luton.

Private Alfred Edward Draper

Pte Alfred Edward Draper, 80023, 16th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed in action in France on March 21st, 1918, the first day of the final major German offensive of the war.

He was one of six sons of Emma Clara and the late Frederick Draper, of 13 Newcombe Road, Luton, and had been employed in the warehouse of hat manufacturer Mr H. Clark, of Dumfries Street, before joining up.

Private Frederick George Sheppard

Pte Frederick George Sheppard, 31533, 55th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), was killed in action in France on March 18th, 1918. He was aged 23 and single.

In a letter to parents John and Annie Sophia Sheppard at 287 High Town Road, Luton, a lieutenant wrote: "It is with the deepest regret that I have to send you the sad news of your son's death this morning at 10 o'clock. He was walking along a communication trench with the rest of his gun team on the way to a new position.

Private Christopher Joseph Lathwell

Pte Christopher Joseph Lathwell, 235369, 1/4th Battalion South Lancs Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 15th, 1918. He left a widow and three children in Luton.

Widow Nellie, of 14 Moreton Road, Round Green, received news of her husband's death in a letter on March 16th written by Army Chaplain the Rev P. J. Fisher. He said Christopher was killed instantly by a shell while on duty just behind the trenches.

"I buried him this morning, and we were able to give him a decent Christian burial," added the Chaplain.

Rifleman John Archibald Sives

Rifleman John Archibald Sives, 209436, 21st (Midland) Battalion Rifle Brigade, died in the 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, from appendicitis on February 28th, 1918. His age is widely given as 49, although records suggest he was born in Cannock, Staffordshire, in the first quarter of 1874.

John married Luton girl Jane Hucklesby in Luton in 1895. At the time of his death his widow was living at 70 May Street, Luton.

Private Cecil Moore Coombs

Pte Cecil Moore Coombs, 45788, 12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action in France. He was reported missing on January 6th, 1918, and was still so listed by his mother when the Book of Life was created at Luton Parish Church in 1919. He had enlisted on March 31st, 1917, and trained at Felixstowe before proceeding overseas in September 1917.

Private Cyril Almond

Pte Cyril Almond, 33161, 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action in France on May 3rd, 1917. He was reported missing after the Battle of Arras, but it was nine anxious months before his parents at Chiltern Green received the official intimation of his death.

Private Horace Arthur Clark

Pte Horace Arthur ('Jack') Clark, 12427, 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died of wounds in a Canadian clearing station in Flanders on February 28th, 1918. He had previously served in the trenches for three years without injury.

A telegram on March 1st, 1918, stated that Pte Clark had been severely wounded in the legs, arms, hands and face. The following day brought news of his death and burial by a Church of England chaplain in a military cemetery.

Gunner Frank Price

Gunner Frank Price, 124840, 379 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was fatally wounded in action in Palestine on February 22nd, 1918. He was aged 31, married and had two children.

The former member of the local Volunteer Battalion had joined up two years earlier. Prior to that he was manager of the Messrs Saxby Bros cooked meat branch in Dunstable Road, Luton.

Private John Rayner

Pte John Rayner, 33874, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Cambrai on January 12th, 1918. Born at Barton Bendish, Norfolk, he was a resident of Luton before moving to live in Leighton Buzzard.

While in Luton, John was an employee of the British Gelatine Co, New Bedford Road, and lived at 64 Russell Street, Luton. He had married Florence Kate Walker in Luton in the summer of 1913 and later the couple moved to East Street, Leighton Buzzard.

Gunner John Barrow Dunmill

Gunner John Barrow Dunmill, 163556, 110th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died from wounds in the No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, France, on February 2nd, 1918. He was aged 32.

Unlike most other men commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour, John Dunmill had little connection with the town other than as a visitor during the seven years his father had been manager of the London County & Westminster Bank on the corner of George Street and Chapel Street.

Private Horace Karl Leaney

Pte Horace Karl Leaney, 30858, Bedfordshire Yeomanry, died at Shoreham-on-Sea Military Hospital in Sussex from pneumonia on February 1st, 1918. He was wounded in action in May 1917 and had been in hospital ever since. He was buried at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Biscot, on February 8th.

Private Henry Jasper Broome

Pte Henry Jasper Broome, 73133, 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was taken prisoner by the Germans at Cambrai on November 30th, 1917.

In a letter dated December 9th, 1917, to his sister Margaret [married name of Davis], at 9 Bailey Street, Luton, the former Luton Corporation Tramways employee wrote: "There is no need to worry about me, as I am quite safe and looked after well. I am not alone by many hundreds. Do not send me any parcels as I have already received one, and we often get one from the Red Cross...


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