12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

Private Cecil Moore Coombs

Pte Cecil Moore Coombs, 45788, 12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action in France. He was reported missing on January 6th, 1918, and was still so listed by his mother when the Book of Life was created at Luton Parish Church in 1919. He had enlisted on March 31st, 1917, and trained at Felixstowe before proceeding overseas in September 1917.

Private Henry Kightley

Pte Henry (Harry) Kightley, 50167, 12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action in France on June 16th, 1917. He was aged 37. Press mention of his death appears to have been confined to a brief family announcement.

His name appears on the Luton Roll of Honour without an address, but the 1911 Census reveals that he was a house decorator then living with his widowed mother Charlotte at The Firs, Hazelbury Crescent, Luton, and that he was born in 1880.

Private William Fensome


Pte William Fensome, 21426, 12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, died at a casualty clearing station in France on September 20th, 1916, from wounds sustained on the battlefield the previous day.

The Battalion was a 'Bantam' unit to which William was able to join in September 1915 after failing a height test to enlist in other regiments earlier. He was therefore below the regulation 5ft 3in in height.

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