Lance Corporal William Perrins

L-Cpl William Perrins, 80174, 23rd Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action in France on September 30th, 1918. He left a widow and a child living in Luton.

He had gone to France only a month earlier, on August 28th, following 14 weeks of training in Ireland. He had previously worked for George Kent Ltd.

Born in Lewisham, London, to Frank and Lucy Perrins in 1893, he and his parents and four sisters and three brothers were living at 30 Maple Road, Luton, in 1911.

Gunner Daniel Thomas Martin

Gunner Daniel Thomas Martin, 277580, 119th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died in the 12th General Hospital at Rouen in France on September 30th, 1918. He had been severely wounded in the chest and right arm at the beginning of August.

The son of a Crimean War veteran, he had served 21 years in the R.G.A., rejoining his regiment at the age of nearly 45 on the outbreak of war. He was drafted to France, where he served for three years and ten months.

Private Bernard Andrews Bone

Pte Bernard Andrews Bone, 57804, 1/5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, died in No. 4 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in France on September 30th, 1918, the day after he was struck by an enemy shell.

A chaplain wrote to widowed mother Florence Lavinia Bone at 39 New Town Street, Luton: “He was brought down by ambulance from the front line on September 29th. He was struck by a shell from the enemy causing bad fractures of both legs, and his hands and face were slightly wounded. The fearful shock to his whole nervous system was an alarming factor.

Private Herbert John Savage

Pte Herbert John Savage, 99640, 8th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment, was killed in action on September 11th, 1918. The 30-year-old was born in Bedford and moved to Luton following his marriage in 1912.

Herbert had joined the Bedfordshire Regiment (8800) and was transferred to the 2/6th Sherwood Foresters (103028) before joining the KLR. His widow had last heard from him on September 5th.

Gunner William Ewart Waller

Gunner William Ewart Waller, 125244, 317th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on September 12th, 1918. He was aged 20.

Luton-born son of George and Mary Ann Waller, he was by 1911 living with his uncle and aunt, Elijah and Rebecca Rickard at 95 Boyle Street, Luton.

Private Harry Ford

Pte Harry Ford, 41898, 1st Battalion Northants Regiment, Machine Gun Section, became the third son lost to his family when he was killed in action in France on September 24th, 1918, a month before his 19th birthday.

An officer wrote to parents John and Emma Ford at 48 Burr Street, Luton: “Your son was killed instantaneously on the morning of September 24th. He was killed by machine gun bullets in the trench which was our final objective, and was buried with several others close by by the battalion chaplain.”

Corporal George Clarke

Cpl George Clarke, 240673, 1/5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, died of wounds in France on October 29th, 1917. He was one of three sons of widow Mary Ann Clarke, of 338 Hitchin Road, Luton to have served and the first to die. Born in Round Green in 1897, George was described as a straw worker in the 1911 Census.

Under the heading of 'Three patriotic brothers', the Saturday Telegraph carried George's photograph and address along with similar for his brother, Pte Bert Clarke (Middlesex Regt), who had been killed in France on May 27th,1918.

Gunner William Pearce

Gunner William Pearce, 956450, A Battery, 78th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (Signalling Training Centre), was serving with the Army of Occupation on the Rhine following the 1918 Armistice when he died from pneumonia in the 42nd Stationary Hospital in Germany on May 19th, 1919.

Private Benjamin McDonald

Pte Benjamin McDonald, 30131, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), was killed in action in France on September 21st, 1918. He had joined up at the age of 19 and had been in France only five weeks.

One of his comrades wrote to parents Benjamin and Susan McDonald at 64 Dallow Road, Luton, to inform them that their son and his comrades were in a dug-out on outpost duty when a shell burst on it. Pte McDonald and another man were killed outright.

Private Herbert Abrams

Pte Herbert Abrams, 14839, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed in action in France on September 18th, 1918.

Forces Chaplain, the Rev L. Walters, wrote to his mother Sarah at 99 Oak Road, Luton, informing her that her son was wounded in the abdomen by a sniper's bullet, and died immediately or soon after being hit.

Herbert was born in Harpenden on January 5th, 1897, a son of Samuel and Sarah Abrams. The family had moved to Luton by the time of the 1911 Census, when they were living at 20 Maple Road.

Private Frederick Warren Rogers

Pte Frederick Warren Rogers, 2nd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action in France on September 17th, 1918. He was a son of Frederick Rogers, licensee of the Volunteer Inn, Bailey Street, Luton, since 1911, when he, his wife Lily Sarah Frances and family moved to Luton from Kettering.

Corporal George Charles Wood

Cpl George Charles Wood, 44637, 9th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds in France on September 10th, 1918. He was married, his widow, Lilian Maud, living at 1 Pretoria Villas, Midland Road [now Mostyn Road], Leagrave.

Letters to Lilian from a captain, a chaplain and a casualty clearing station sister indicated that Cpl Wood went into action on September 9th and received a gunshot wound in the head. He immediately lost consciousness and remained in that condition until 8am the following day, when he died.

Private Edward Thomas Gooch

Pte Edward Thomas Gooch, 36023, 8th Battalion Gloucester Regiment, was killed in action while serving with a Lewis Gun team in France on September 6th, 1918. He was aged 19 and single.

A Second Lieutenant wrote to his bereaved mother Annie at 5 New Street, Luton, that her son and his pals were all together when shells came over. Only one of the team survived.

Edward had joined up on May 20th, 1917, at the age of 18, and underwent ten months' training in England. He was drafted to France at Easter 1918 and served there until his death.

Sergeant Frederick William Dawzie Rowley

Sgt Frederick William Dawzie Rowley MM, 6535, 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action during the advance on Bapaume on August 21st, 1918. Born in Luton in 1880, he had lived in the Middlesex area since serving in the Boer War and had completed almost 21 years in the Army.

Frederick had won the Military Medal for his devotion to duty at Vimy Ridge, and had been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal.


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