17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Private William Pedder

Pte William Pedder, 68552, Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in Flanders on November 30th, 1917. He had been reported wounded and missing on that date, leading to his widow Kate appealing in The Luton News in January 1918 for any information about him.

William was the son of Albert and Harriet Pedder and a member of the family saddlery business of A. Pedder & Son, 9 Hitchin Road, Luton. He had married Kate Gertrude Bairster in Luton in 1911, Kate living at 95 Cambridge Street when she issued her appeal.

Private Albert Dawson

Pte Albert Dawson, G/61108, 17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on May 28th, 1917. He was aged 40.

Born in Lilley in 1876, he was living in Marson Place, Stopsley, with Lizzie and their five children and had worked as a bricklayer's labourer. He had married Lizzie Crick in 1900 and children Frederick Albert, Gladys May, Florence Mabel, Hubert Frank and Marjorie were born between 1901 and 1911.

Albert is commemorated on the Stopsley War Memorial.

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