Private John Feetham


Pte John Feetham, 15868, 6th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, was killed in action in France on October 27th, 1916. He was aged 36.

His commanding officer wrote to Mrs Feetham that her husband was killed at 9.40 in the morning by a German shell which burst over him while he was in a trench, killing him instantly.

John Feetham had married Soiphia May Ann Taylor in Hatfield in 1908 and they had three daughters. They had lived at Pepperstock for several years and he was a woodman on the Luton Hoo Estate.

Lance Corporal Joshua Dyer


L-Cpl Joshua Dyer, G/14527, 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, died in Netley Hospital, near Southampton, on September 22nd, 1916, after being severely wounded on the Western Front. He had transferred from the Bedfordshire Regiment.

The 19-year-old son of Frederick Henry and Mary Jane Dyer, of the White House, Pepperstock, had been lying wounded in the back by a shell on the battlefield a day and a night before a compassionate Scotsman got him into a dressing station. He was transferred to Netley, where he died three days later.

Private Horace Charles Day


Pte Horace Charles Day, 15086, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on January 21st, 1916. He was aged about 21.

Born in Slip End, he was listed in the 1911 Census as a boot shop assistant living with his twice-widowed mother Sophia at Pepperstock. His parents were married in October 1892, but his father Charles died around 1899.

Little was written in the Press about Horace at the time of his death, but he is commemorated on both the Flamstead and Luton war memorials.

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