1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Driver Henry William Wilkinson

Pte Henry (Harry) William Wilkinson, 60108, 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on November 5th, 1918, while serving in a machine gun section. Born in Luton, he was aged 23 and single.

In a letter to widowed mother Ruth Wilkinson at 29 Butlin Road, Luton, an officer said: “I am writing to tell you how sorry I am that your son was killed in action on the 5th. He was buried by the padre just outside a little village with several others of the regiment.”

Private Joseph Bunker

Pte Joseph Bunker, 60856, 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in Belgium on July 31st, 1917. He was aged 24 and left a widow, Lydia Emily.

He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in May 1916 and was invalided home with trench foot in February 1917. The following June he returned to the front,

Born in South Normanton, Derbyshire, he had spent much of his life at Flitwick, where his father Richard was a stockman on a farm. At the time of the 1911 Census, Joseph was also working on the farm, as a labourer.

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