South Africa Medal

Sergeant Levi Welch Gazeley

Levi Welch Gazeley was born in October 1877 in Round Green, Luton.

In 1891 he is 13 years old. He is working as a tailor & living with his family at 170 North Street. His father Frederick Welch Gazeley is 34 years old & working in the hat trade as a plait collector. Levi's sister, 18 year old Florence Butterfield is also working in the hat trade as a straw hat finisher. Their mother Rose Anna 39 is at home looking after the younger siblings, Benjamin aged 10, 8 year old Charlotte & Alice May who is 5.

Private Frederick James Young

Frederick James Young was born about 1880 in Luton.

He was 5ft 5 inches tall, had a fair complexion, sandy coloured hair, blue eyes & a scar on his left eyebrow.

In September 1895 he joined the 1st Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). During his 12 years with the colours he served in India & in South Africa, taking part in the relief of Ladysmith in 1902 for which he received the South Africa Medal. In 1906 he spent time in hospital  recovering from  a heart problem, then was passed fit for service in February 1907.

Private Frederick William Miller

Pte Frederick William Miller, 7469, 1st Battalion, Beds Regt, was killed in action near Ypres on November 7th, 1914. He was aged 35.

Born at Writtle, near Chelmsford, on November 5th, 1879, he moved from Essex to Luton shortly before the First World War and worked for about three years at the Skefko Ball Bearing Co Ltd, Leagrave Road. In 1912 he married widow Salome Annie Standbridge, who had a family of five or six children, and they lived at 70 Highbury Road, Luton.

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