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Sergeant Matthew Little

Matthew Millar Little was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1889.  At the outbreak of the First World War he was a coal miner but joined the Scottish Rifles (Reserves).  This is a photograph taken in 1914, with Matthew's wife, Elizabeth, and eldest son, Alexander.  Private Little's Great Granddaughter is a Lutonian and has worked for Luton Libraries for the past 12 years.

Private Sidney Hoar

Sidney Hoar was a professional footballer for Luton Town FC who played for several local teams and the the Luton youth team before signing professionally  in January 1914 aged 18. He served in the Bedford Regiment and the Royal Field Artillery and was gassed in August 1917 in France. He recovered and returned to play for Luton Town in 1919-20.

Corporal Sydney Ewart Cannon

Sydney was born in 1885 to John Thomas and Eliza. He was living at 6 Crawley Green Road in 1911 with his mother, a straw hat machinist, four sisters, Olive, a milliner aged 19, Doris 12, Marjorie 10, Elsie 7 and his 4 year old brother Leslie. Sydney was working in the hat factory warehouse. He had attended Luton Grammar School & is remembered on the Roll Of Honour plaque found at Stockwood Park.


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