Bethune Town Cemetery

Corporal Sydney Arthur Smart


Cpl Sydney Arthur Smart, 33269, 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died on April 6th, 1917, from wounds sustained in France. He was aged 24 and left a widow, Bertha May (nee Harper), living at 46 St Saviours Crescent Luton.

A Chaplain wrote to Mrs Smart to inform her that her husband had been brought into a Casualty Clearing Station at about midnight very badly wounded and, although everything possible was done for him, he passed peacefully away at 5.30am.

Private John Crew


Pte John Crew, 10479, 2nd* Battalion Beds Regiment, died on May 17th, 1915, from wounds sustained at the battle of Festubert.

He was included on a list of men who had enlisted from the Luton Hoo mansion and estate compiled by Lady Wernher's agent, James Baker. It was published in The Luton News on July 8th, 1915, by which time two were listed as wounded and Pte Crew as killed.

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.

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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