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Date of Birth
Date of Death
15 Aug 1915
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
L-Cpl Walter Dumpleton, 3715, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915. Newspaper reports said he was aged 23 and the son of Frederick and Thirza Dumpleton, of 33 Burr Street, Luton. Census and other records suggest he was born in early 1890 and was therefore aged 25.
His parents had not heard from him for three weeks prior to receipt of the War Office notification on September 8th, 1915, of him being missing and believed to have been killed. In his last letter home, written before the 1/5th Bedfords went into action, he spoke of the hot climate and said he was well.
He had been with the 5th Beds for four years and, although his time was up about month before the war broke out, he rejoined his comrades when the battalion was mobilised. He was employed at the Diamond Foundry at the time.
His brother-in-law, Mr George Doughty, of 14 Ebenezer Street, had his arm blown off fighting on the Western Front and was going into hospital to have an artificial limb fitted.
At the time of the 1891 Census, Walter was one year old, the son a hawker father. The family, including two older daughters, lived at the time at 22 Burr Street. Ten years later they were living at 57 Dukes Street, Luton, with a younger daughter also as a member of the family.
Walter was serving with the Bedfords at the time of the 1911 Census and his mother was living with married daughter Thirza and husband George Doughty [mentioned previously] at the rear of 26 High Town Road.
The Luton Roll of Honour, records Walter's address as 7 Adelaide Terrace. Adelaide Terrace has now vanished from the Luton map, but was a small alley that ran from George Street, and was located approx' halfway between George Street West and Chapel Street.