Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Charles Percy Boulton


Major Charles Percy Boulton, DSO, died suddenly in the Bute Hospital, Luton, on February 24th, 1916, at the age of 48. Ill health had made it necessary for him to leave the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment in 1914, and he had come to Luton in October 1915 as superintendent at a munition works.

His death was announced in The Hart, the magazine of the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. A representative party of officers and NCOs and a detachment of buglers were present at the funeral at Stanmore, and wreaths were sent by the officers and sergeants.

2nd Lieutenant John Crawford Cunningham

John Crawford Cunningham was born in Luton in 1894.

In 1901 aged 6 years old he is living with his family at no 16 Gladstone Avenue.

His father John Christopher is 39 & a travelling drapery & clothing retailer, his mother Clara is 40 & at home looking after John Crawford & his siblings, 12 year old Christopher Angus, 9 year old Margaret Eva, 8 year old Alice Jean & Ronald who is 1.

In 1911 John is living with his family at No 10 Westbourne Road, he is 16 years old & working as a junior accounts clark.

Captain John Stanhope Collings-Wells V.C. D.S.O.

Second Lieutenant Collings-Wells was commissioned into the Bedfordshire Regiment on 14th March 1904 having previously served with the Hertfordshire Militia. He became a Lieutenant in September 1904 and Captain in January 1907. On the outbreak of war he was recalled to the colours and arrived in France with the Bedfordshire Regiment on the 22nd August 1914, where he served in the 2nd Battalion once they had arrived from South Africa. By October 1916 he was promoted to acting Lieutenant-Colonel in command of the 4th Battalion and remained at that post until his death.

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