Hartley Road

Lance Corporal Thomas Frederick Brown


L-Cpl Tom Brown, 27938, 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on the Somme on November 13th, 1916. He left a widow and a young son, who received official notification of his death two months later after he had initially been reported missing.

Tom Brown had attested under the Derby scheme and joined the Royal Fusiliers in April 1916. After three months training he went to France, where he was given his first stripe for good conduct and merit.

Rifleman Arthur James Gaunt


Rifleman Arthur James Gaunt, 4173, 1/8th Battalion London Regiment (Post Office Rifles), was killed in action on the Somme on September 15th, 1916.

Born in Turvey, Beds, the 20-year-old was the son of Edward Green Gaunt and the late Lucy (nee Burr), who died in November 1915. His father lived at 12 Hartley Road, Luton, at the time of Arthur's death.

In the 1911 Census Arthur is described as a telegraph boy. He became an assistant postman in August 1912, and had transferred to Harrow as a postman before he enlisted.


Corporal William John Andrews


Cpl William John Andrews, 22020, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in an attack on the Schwaben Redoubt, near Thiepval on the Somme, on September 28th, 1916.

He was aged 17 and not legally compelled to have been on the battlefield. He was also wearing two stripes to indicate that he had previously been wounded.

Private Charles Carter


Pte Charles Carter, 142, East Anglian Division Cyclist Corps, died of dysentery on October 14th, 1915, while returning from Gallipoli on board the hospital ship HMHS Assaye.

The only son of Mrs Elizabeth Carter, of 112 Hartley Road, Luton, he had enlisted in the 1/5th Bedfords but transferred to the Cyclist Corps earlier in 1915. He sailed for the Dardanelles at the same time as the 1/5th Bedfords.

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