East Surrey Regiment

Private Murray Walter Harrison


Pte Murray Walter Harrison, 2797, 2nd Battalion East Surrey Regiment, was killed in action on April 11th, 1915, about five weeks after going into the firing line. He was aged 22.

The son of Mr and Mrs James Harrison, of 46 Maple Road, Luton, he had enlisted in September 1914 and went to the front during the first week in March. Before the war he had been employed by a Bedford firm.

Lieutenant John Wilfrid Staddon

Lieutenant John Wilfrid Staddon of the East Surrey Regiment was the eldest son of John Henry Staddon, the Mayor of Luton & his wife Kate Elizabeth.

During an evening sitting of the local Tribunal at the Town Hall on 20th September 1916 the Mayor received some news. This was reported in the Luton News the next day. (see attached pdf)

On 29th November 1910 John was accepted as a student of civil engineering working in the Borough Engineers Dept, Town Hall, Catford.

Private Charles Billington

Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and National Roll of the Great War (Section V). Killed in Action August 1917 aged 19.

The National Roll (mostly submitted by families) describes his service as follows: He joined in February 1916 and in the following July was drafted to France where he fought in the Battles of the Somme, Arras and Ypres and was killed in action on 10th August 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.

The Commonwealth War Graves records show that Charles was the son of Thomas and Ellen Billington of Sundon, Bedfordshire.

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