Selbourne Road

Private William Dovaston


Pte William Dovaston, 3848, 9th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on September 11th, 1916. He was aged 19.

Born at Islington, London, he was the son of Robert William and Caroline Dovaston, of 18 Selbourne Road, Luton. He enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment at the age of 17 and had served in Gibraltar and Egypt before being transferred to the Middlesex Regiment and sent to France.

William was formerly employed by Commercial Cars Ltd and was a member of All Saints Church choir. He played football for the church club.

Sapper William Edwin Abrahams


Sapper William Edwin Abrahams, 1379, No 2 Section, 1/2nd Field Company, East Anglian Royal Engineers, died on September 2nd, 1915, from wounds sustained the previous day at Gallipoli. He had celebrated his 20th birthday on August 27th.

News of his death was sent to his remarried mother, Lilian Harrison at 6 Selbourne Road, Luton, in a letter dated September 2nd from Lieut G. M. Michaelis, commanding No 2 section.

Private Ernest Allin

Pte Ernest Allin, 2421, 24th Battalion County of London Regiment (The Queen's), died on May 1st, 1915, of wounds sustained in action near Bethune in France. He was aged 22, born on April 10th, 1893.

The former Luton Modern School scholar had been employed for three years as an apprentice technician at Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Company before he enlisted at the outbreak of war. He lived with his sister, Miss C. Allin, a well-known vocalist, at 104 Selbourne Road, Luton.

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