11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Sapper Walter George White

Sapper Walter George White, 60334, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on August 6th, 1918. He was married, had resided at 86 Cromwell Road, Luton, and had been wounded twice previously on the battlefield.

Born in 1889, he was at the time of the 1911 Census one of ten surviving children of George and Betsy White, of 83 Cromwell Road. Walter was then a straw hat warehouseman. He was employed by hat manufacturer Mr E. G. Bryant, of 39 Cheapside, until joining the Colours.

Private Percy Oliver

Pte Percy Oliver, 60380, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in Flanders on August 10th, 1917.

He was the son of Amos and Eleanor Oliver, of 311 Hitchin Road, Luton. The 1911 Census records him as a 15-year-old general store assistant.

In January 1918 his mother was still appealing for any information about her son, and Percy was included on the 1918 Absent Voters' List.

Private Herbert Horace Read

Pte Herbert Horace Read, 60076, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in Flanders on October 17th, 1917.

His death was not notified to his family at 11 Back Street, Luton, at the time, and two months later, having received no communication from him for several weeks, his mother Emily appealed for information. A letter from the Front compounded her uncertainty in saying it was thought Pte Read had been sent to hospital on October 28th suffering from concussion of the brain, but it was not known to which hospital he had been sent.

Private Herbert Thomas Oliver


Pte Herbert Thomas Oliver, 60378, 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, died on February 19th, 1917, from wounds received in action on the Somme two days previously. He was aged 27 and died at the 47th Casualty Clearing Station in France.

The captain commanding his company wrote to widow Mrs Agnes Oliver at 1 Moreton Road, Round Green, saying that at the time her husband was wounded he was doing his duty coolly and steadily under heavy fire. All the officers and many of the NCOs had become casualties.

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