Hampton Road

Private Henry Cecil Pugh (Brooks)


Pte Henry Cecil Pugh (Brooks), 8103, 1/2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action on the Somme on October 4th, 1916. He was formerly 4403, 5th Bedfordshires.

Pal Pte Henry James wrote to Henry's mother, Mrs Mary Hannah Brooks (formerly Pugh) at her home at 7 Hampton Road, Luton, that her son was "buried by several Beds boys behind the line, with his rifle as a tombstone. He was killed instantly."

Private John Devereux


Pte John Devereux, 3071, 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment, was killed in action on August 14th, 1915. Born in Bow Brickhill in October 1887, he had come to Luton four years previously and lived with his wife Gertrude, whom he married in the summer of 1909, and three children at 63 Hampton Road.

At the time of the 1911 Census he was a brickyard labourer living in Wavendon, and at that stage had two young children, toddler Walter and eight-month-old baby Margery.

Private John Harris Conway

Pte John Harris Conway, 7869, 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on November 20th, 1914. He was born in 1891.

The eldest son of James Stephen Conway and Emma Jane Conway, of 94 Hampton Road, Luton, the 5ft 5in tall soldier had been in the Army since February 1909, joining at the age of 18 years and one month, and left for the front with the Norfolk Regiment at the end of August 1914.

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