17th Battalion London Regiment

Sergeant Joseph Charles Shaw

Sgt Joseph Charles Shaw, 570856, 17th Battalion London Regiment, was killed in action in East Africa on October 18th, 1917.

Parents Joseph and Mary Ann Shaw, of 1 Bolton Road, Luton, were informed of their son's death by Mr H. J. Read, on behalf of the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies. He had received a telegram from the officer administering the government of East Africa Protectorate informing him that Sgt Shaw was killed near Lindi [in present-day Tanzania].

Rifleman Frederick Horace Rookwood


Rifleman Frederick Horace Rookwood, 3253, 17th Battalion London Regiment (Poplar and Stepney Rifles), was killed in action on the Somme on October 1st, 1916. He was aged 27.

Widow Kate and parents James and Clara, of 14 Ashton Street [later Gillam Street], Luton, heard the news first from Frederick's brother-in-law, who said he had seen Frederick's grave, "which is very nicely laid out". [The grave was probably lost as Frederick is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial for soldiers with no known grave].

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