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Date of Birth
Date of Death
9 Dec 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Harry Titmus, 18602, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on December 9th, 1917. He was aged 40 and left a widow and eight children living at Sundon.
A letter to widow Mary Jane said her husband was killed in action in the front line doing his duty. Death was instantaneous and he could have felt nothing. Pte Titmus was buried where he fell as it was impossible to move him owing to the nearness of the enemy and the difficult and exposed nature of the ground. [The location of the grave was presumable later lost, as Harry Titmus is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial].
Harry Titmus had enlisted in the Bedfords in January 1915 and was trained at Ampthill. The following July he went to France and was wounded after 15 months in the trenches. He returned overseas in June 1917.
Born in Lilley, Harry was the son of Charles and the late Mary Ann Titmus. He married Mary Jane Ward at St Mary's Church, Sundon, in 1898 and they had eight children, the eldest of whom had enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment.
Before enlistment Harry was a lime burner at the Sundon Cement and Lime Works and is commemorated on the Cement Works War Memorial and the Sundon Village War Memorial.