Beds Regt

Private Walter OBrien

Pte Walter O'Brien, 10119, A Company, 2nd Battalion, Beds Regt, was killed in action at Ypres on October 26th, 1914. He was aged 20.

The eldest of (Edwin) James and Elizabeth O'Brien's six children, he belonged to a much-travelled family that lived at 65 Warwick Road, Luton, in 1914. His father was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, his mother came from Pembrokeshire and he was born at Stantonbury, Bucks, in 1894. His two brothers and three sisters were born variously in Worcester, Birmingham, Rugby, Leicester and Yiewsley, Middlesex.

Private Alfred Hankin

Pte Alfred Hankin, 8143, B Company, 1st Battalion, Beds Regt, died on October 30th, 1914, in the No. 6 Clearing Hospital, Bethune, France, from wounds received in action. He was aged 28.

He had served eight years with the colours and had 17 months to serve in the Reserve when war broke out. He was called up on August 5th.

His mother and invalid father lived at 64 Ivy Road, Luton. While on the Reserve list Pte Hankin, who formerly lived in Dunstable, had been working at the bleaching and dying works of Mr J. L. Frenay-Pirotte in Leagrave Road.

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.

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