11th Battalion Essex Regiment

Private Charles Barker

Pte Charles Barker, 42539, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on May 28th, 1918. He was a second son of the last James Barker and Mrs Sarah Barker, of 26 Back Street, Luton, to die on the battlefield. Pte Ernest Barker (Beds Regiment) was killed in the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914.

Charles, aged 19, had joined the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot a year before his death and later transferred to the Essex Regiment. Before joining the Army he had been a coal carter employed by Newbold & Martell in Luton.

Private Arthur William Biggs

Pte Arthur William Biggs, 46000, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 21st, 1918. He was single and just approaching his 20th birthday.

Parents William and Sarah Elizabeth Biggs, of 23 Vicarage Street, Luton, were informed that their only son was wounded and missing but were unable to find out more at the time, and no messages had arrived from his comrades.

Private Walter Alfred Horwood

Pte Walter Alfred Horwood, 202801, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in France on December 3rd, 1917. He was aged 39.

At the time that widow Martha received notification of her husband's death she was expecting him home on delayed Christmas leave after two years of service. Walter had married Martha Ellen Lawrence in Luton in 1898 and they had a son, Horace, who was himself in uniform, and a daughter, Eva. They lived at 48 Stanley Street, Luton.

Private Frederick Charles Everitt


Pte Frederick Charles Everitt, 15432, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in the battle of Loos in Flanders on September 26th, 1915.

The third son of Mr Thomas Everitt, of 12 Harcourt Street, Luton, he had been transferred to the Essex Regiment from the 8th Bedfords and had gone out to the front shortly before his death. Initially he was reported missing.

A comrade wrote to Mr Everitt to say they went into action on the Saturday night [September 25th], and early the next morning they left the trenches to attack the German position.

Private Stanley Alfred Barton

Pte Stanley Alfred Barton, 14196, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was reported missing during heavy fighting on the Somme in France on March 22nd, 1918. But it was not until the following February that parents Alfred and Victoria Elizabeth Barton at 2 Guildford Street, Luton, were informed officially that their son was killed or died of wounds on that date.

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