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25 Feb 1919
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Company Quartermaster Sergeant William John Rogers, 29424, 166th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps, died suddenly from pneumonia while doing duty at a prisoner of war camp at Brocton in Staffordshire, on February 25th, 1919.
William was born in the Devonshire town of Eggbuckland, to parents Robert (chemist) and Carolina Rogers. He moved to Luton in time to appear on the 1911 Census and lived at 25 Wimbourne Road.
He was married to Mabel Victoria Maud Willis of Kensworth, on December 23rd, 1899, and they had two sons, William and Percy, and a daughter Gladys.
William enlisted in September 1914, but eventually became medically unfit to serve in the regular army, so he was assigned to the Royal Defence Corps, where he rose to the rank of Quarter Master Sergeant, a position in keeping with his pre-war trade of pay clerk at the Davis Gas Stove Company's Diamond Foundry in Luton, where he had worked for 17 years.
He was buried with full military honours at the General Cemetery in Luton on March 3rd, 1919.