Victory Medal and Star

Private Stanley Walter Fensome


Pte Stanley Walter Fensome, 15296, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on July 1st, 1916. He was aged 20 and the eldest son of Luton bootmaker Mr Walter Fensome and his wife Elizabeth, of 63-65 Duke Street, High Town.

The sad news for his family was contained in a letter from the Wesleyan Chaplain to the battalion, the Rev G. Jarvis Smith. He said Stanley was killed in action on the Saturday morning and he had found his body soon after the battle was over. Stanley was given a Christian burial and the spot where he fell had been carefully marked.

Private Joseph Henry Woollard


Pte Joseph Henry Woollard, 14307, D Company, 6th Bedfordshire Regiment, died on June 26th, 1916, from wounds sustained in action the previous morning near Arras. He was aged 22.

The Stopsley-born son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Woollard, of 57 Lyndhurst Road, Luton, he had been employed as a clerk by Messrs Lye & Sons, New Bedford Road, for whom he had worked from the age of 14.

After enlisting, he went to France on August 11th, 1915, and came home on seven days leave in May 1916 before returning to his fate at the Front.

Private Albert Stratton

Pte Albert Stratton, 3/10395, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on June 2nd, 1916. He was born in High Town in 1877.

The son of the late Arthur and Sarah Stratton, of Back Street, the former iron moulder had served in the Grenadier Guards for 12 years before re-enlisting with the Northants Regiment in August 1914. He returned to serve in the firing line in France for a second time in April 1916.

Private Sidney Thomas Fleckney

Pte Sidney Thomas Fleckney, 13164, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in the front line at Arras on June 4th, 1916. He had at first been reported missing by the War Office.

Born on April 4th, 1893, he was the son of the late George (died 1915) and Hannah (died 1906) Fleckney, of Mangrove Green, and he had been living with a married sister at Mangrove, near Luton.

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