1st Bedfordshire Regiment

Private Harry Gentle


Pte Harry Gentle, 10433, 1st Bedfordshires, was killed in action in Flanders on November 15th, 1915. He was aged 18.

He had joined the Army about four months before war broke out, and prior to enlisting he had worked for Cookson and Co, straw hat manufacturers, of 7 Bute Street, Luton.

A newspaper article describing him as Pte Henry Gentle, said Mrs Gentle, of 17 Adelaide Terrace, Luton, had received letters from his company commander and a friend.

Private Jack Weedon

Pte Jack Weedon, 9840, 1st Battalion, Beds Regt, died from wounds sustained in action in France on October 27th, 1914.
The deceased soldier, who was only 21 years of age and the son of Mr and Mrs John Weedon, of 53 Wimbourne Road, Luton, joined the 1st Beds three years previously and went to the front with the first contingent of the British Expeditionary Force. He was in the firing line right from the beginning.

Private Harold Campbell Abbot 10398

Harold Campbell Abbot joined the 1st Btn Bedfordshire regiment.

He was killed in action in Flanders on 17th April 1915 aged 19.

He was a straw hat errand boy before the outbreak of war & was living at 96 Oak Road with his widowed mother Emily, a straw hat machinist, his elder brother Cyril James, a straw plait miller & his three sisters Dorothy Emily, Gladys Elsie & Constance Violet.

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