Royal Air Force

Aircraftsman 3rd Class Sidney Wilfred Clark

Air Mechanic 3rd Class Sidney Wilfred Clark, 161824, Royal Air Force, died in the 1st Eastern Central Hospital at Cambridge on July 15th, 1918, but his death and the cause appears to have gone unrecorded in local newspapers. He was aged 20.

Sidney is, however, commemorated on the Leagrave War Memorial in Marsh Road, near where he, his father Robert Henry, mother Florence Mary and three brothers and a sister had resided at the time. The family address was Carlton House, 35 Marsh Road. Sidney's name was also included in the Leagrave and Limbury Peace Day programme.

2nd Lieutenant Joseph Arthur Freeman

Joseph Arthur Freeman was born in 1894 in Luton, only son of Joseph and Rose.

In 1911 he is 17 years old and assisting in the family business and living with his parents at 'Elvaston' No 33 London Road. His mother Rose is 37 and his 52-year-old father is a straw hat manufacturer employing workers. Also at the address are 18-year-old Frank Henry Clegg and a sick nurse, 34-year-old Ann Mabel Adshead.

Joseph joined the Royal Air Force and it was on 29th July, 1918, whilst flying at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire that he was killed.

Lieutenant Frederick Charles Cook

Lieut Frederick Charles Cook, RAF, died in the Empire Hospital, Victoria, London, on October 9th, 1919, as a result of wounds sustained in action over a year earlier. He was aged 21.

After being transferred from the 2nd Beds Regiment he gained a reputation in the RAF as being an expert bomber and the crack shot of his squadron, responsible for 'winging' several German machines.

Cadet Ronald Cunningham

Ronald Cunningham was born in Luton in October 1899.

In 1901 aged just 1 year old he is living with his family at no 16 Gladstone Avenue.

His father John Christopher is 39 & a travelling drapery & clothing retailer, his mother Clara is 40 & at home looking after Ronald & his siblings, 12 year old Christopher Angus, 9 year old Margaret Eva, 8 year old Alice Jean & John Crawford who is 6.

Private Edward John Huckle

Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and National Roll of the Great War (Section V)

The National Roll (mostly submitted by families) describes his service as follows: 1st Air Mechanic Royal Air Force ( late RNAS) - he volunteered in June 1915 and after his training served on important duties with a Handley Page Bombing Squadron until 1917 when he was sent to France where he served until the end of the war and rendered valuable services. He was demobilised in October 1919 and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

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