2/4th London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Private Harold Wilfred Shadbolt

Pte Harold Wilfred Shadbolt, 92960, 14 Platoon, D Company, 2/4th London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action in France on August 24th, 1918. He was aged 18 and single.

Parents John and Louisa Shadbolt lived at 87 Cromwell Road, Luton. John had been a grocer, and by 1911 was a Congregational Church caretaker. Prior to Harold's death, ten of the couple's 13 children were surviving, with Harold a schoolboy.

Corporal Ernest Walter Brooks

Cpl Ernest Walter Brooks, 295316, 2/4th Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action on September 20th, 1917. For ten weeks he had been reported missing before official confirmation of his death arrived in late November.

A son of Charles and Emily Ann Brooks, of 108 Ridgway Road, Luton, he had enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment (No. 4483) in 1914 and served in the Gallipoli campaign until he was invalided home with dysentery. He was eventually drafted to the Western Front with the London Regiment.

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