Pozieres Memorial

Gunner Edward Joseph Asbury

Gunner Edward Joseph Asbury, 153810, Royal Field Artillery, was listed killed in action on March 25th, 1918, after he had initially been reported wounded and missing on that date.

Born in 1890 to John and Mary Ann Asbury, of 4 Midland Cottages, Harlington, he had joined up in September 1916. Previously he was in business in the milk trade and resided at West View, Old Bedford Road, Luton.

Private Llewelyn Cadwaller Lamb

Pte Llewelyn Cadwaller Lamb, 29669, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was reported missing in France on July 1st, 1918, later assumed to have been killed in action on that date.

Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, he was working at the Diamond Foundry in Luton before he joined up.

He is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial but without an address. A Luton News report at the time merely referred to his friend - a Miss Taylor residing at 2 Ivy Road, Luton - having received the report that Llewelyn was missing and seeking information about his whereabouts.

Lance Corporal George Hale

L-Cpl George Hale, 235558, 2/4th East Lancs Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 21st, 1918, the opening day of the German spring offensive of that year. He was reported missing, and parents Richard and Sarah were still awaiting news of him four months later.

George and his family were residing at 43 Wimbourne Road, Luton, when he joined up. He had been in France for about a year.

Born in Luton in 1893, George had previously worked for hat manufacturer Mr Stokes, of Collingdon Street.

Private Edwin Frederick Thompson

Pte Eddie (Edwin Frederick) Thompson, 307504, 2/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was reported missing, later presumed killed in action, near St Quentin in France, on March 22nd, 1918.

Born in Luton in 1892, the son of rate collector Mr Fred Thompson and his wife Julia, he had enlisted late in 1915 with three friends from the Union Chapel, Luton. They trained with the 3/1 Signal Co at Bedford. He transferred to the Royal Warwicks in December 1916.

Private Frederick Leonard Marshall

Pte Frederick Leonard Marshall, 51742, C Company, 61st Battalion Machine Gun Corps, was presumed killed in action on March 22nd, 1918. His Red Cross record lists him as missing near St Quentin in France from that date, although a comrade had reported him to have been killed.

Born in Luton in 1893, Frederick was the only son of Frederick Tarrant Marshall and Edith Marshall, of 18 Langley Street, Luton. He had joined the Beds Yeomanry in October 1914 and later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

Private John Walter Harrison

Pte John Walter Harrison, 48035, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was presumed killed in action in France on May 25th, 1918. He left a widow and five children living at 106 North Street, Luton.

A son of Walter and Fanny Harrison, of Wenlock Street, he was born in 1884. On June 11th, 1908, he married Rose Eames at St Matthew's Church, High Town. Their five children were Ruth Ella (born 1908), Robert Rex (1910), Percy Claud (1912), Kenneth (1915) and Marjorie (1917).

Private Arthur Lane

Pte Arthur Lane, 57871, 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 27th during the German Spring Offensive of 1918. His mother Rose at 36 Chobham Street, Luton, was first informed he was missing on that date. Joining up in July 1915, Arthur trained with the Royal Engineers, but on going to France in December 1916 he was drafted to the Cheshires. Born in St Albans in 1896, he came to Luton at around the time of the outbreak of war and became a machinist with hat firm Clydesdale & Sinfield, of 5 Williamson Street, Luton.

Private Albert Joseph Tompkins

Pte Albert Joseph Tompkins, 203540, 2/4th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, was reported missing and later confirmed killed in action in France on March 21st, 1918.

He was the son of Albert Edward and Mary Jane Tompkins, of Crutchmore Farm, Mangrove. He had been in France for 18 months, having joined up in 1915 at the age of 17. He was last on home leave four months earlier.

Lance Corporal John Walter Odell

L-Cpl John Walter Odell, 32944, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on April 24th, 1918. His death seems not to have been reported in the local Press.

Born in Hemel Hempstead in 1883, he had married Lizzie Impey in Luton in 1902 and lived at 14 Wimbourne Road, Luton. Records suggest the couple had six children.

At the time of the 1911 Census he was a general labourer at the Luton Gas Works in Dunstable Road.

Corporal George Thomas Hunt

Cpl George Thomas Hunt, 14574, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on April 24th, 1918. He was aged 28 and single.

The news was contained in a letter to his widowed mother Elizabeth at 13 May Street from Sgt Walby in Cpl Hunt's company. He wrote that her son was hit by a machine gun bullet while they were going over the top on the night of April 24th, and he died a few minutes afterwards.

Lance Corporal John Robert Eames

L-Cpl John Robert ('Jack') Eames, 32217, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on April 7th, 1918. He was the second son of William and Harriet Eames, of 107 Cambridge Street, Luton, to die on the battlefield - Gus Eames was killed in February 1916.

As was often the case, the parents were informed that their son, aged 33, had died instantly and painlessly. Widow Gertrude (nee Warren), whom Jack had married at St Paul's Church, Luton, on January 9th, 1909, was informed separately of his death. The couple had two children.

Private Walter George Dillingham

Pte Walter George Dillingham, 26572, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was presumed killed in action in France on March 28th, 1918.

Although born in Luton, a son of Daniel and Sarah Dillingham, of 4a Essex Street, Luton, he had spent most of his adult life living in Bedford. In the 1901 Census he was working as a fishmonger living in Tavistock Place, Bedford, with two visitors - sisters Fanny and Eliza Stokes. On August 12th, 1906, he married Fanny and they were to have three children. In the 1911 Census he was described as a flower hawker.

Private Frederick George Fleckney

Pte Frederick George Fleckney, 14538, 9th Royal West Surrey Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 21st, 1918, at the opening of the German spring offensive.

Born on August 11th, 1895, he was the son of the late George (died 1915) and Hannah (died 1906) Fleckney, of Mangrove Green, and he had been living with his married sister Elizabeth Henman at Mangrove, near Luton.


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