British War Medal and Victory Medal

Private Horace George Chapman

 

Pte Horace George Chapman, 2678, 1st/24th London Regiment, was killed in action in a charge at Givenchy on May 26th, 1915. Born in Luton, he was aged 24 and was the son of Harry and Sarah Elizabeth Chapman, of 31 Ashburnham Road.

He was at first thought to have been wounded and in hospital, but in early July he was reported missing. A friend with whom he enlisted, L-Cpl Edward Cannon, of 62 Chapel Street, Luton, was with Pte Chapman when the order was given to charge but lost sight of him in the ensuing smoke.

Rifleman James Albert Burgess

 

Rifleman James Burgess, 11650, 4th King's Royal Rifle Corps, died on March 10th, 1915, from wounds sustained in the trenches near Givenchy earlier that day.

His mother Sarah Ann at 63 Chobham Street, Luton, did not receive official War Office confirmation until July 1915, but had been informed unofficially in a letter from Rifleman F. Featherstone some weeks earlier.

Private Charles John Ambridge

 

Pte Charles John Ambridge, 3500, 1/5th Bedfords, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915. Born at Wavendon in late 1891, he was the only son of Alfred and Louisa Ambridge, who were living at 74 Dane Road, Luton, in 1915.

Charles Ambridge had been employed as an assembler at the Skefko Ball Bearing Works in Leagrave Road, Luton, for about 18 months before he enlisted.

Private Leonard Hurd

 

Pte Leonard Hurd, 3449, 1/5th Bedfords, died on August 16th from wounds sustained at Gallipoli the previous day. The only son of Charles and Elizabeth Hurd, of 32 Beech Road, Luton, he was aged 19 and had been employed at the Diamond Foundry, Dallow Road.

He had joined the Territorials about six months before the outbreak of war, and when drafted to the Front was in Capt Cumberland's Company.

Private John Stenhouse

 

Pte John (#James) Stenhouse, 3553, 1/5th Bedfords, died on a hospital ship on August 18th* from wounds sustained at Gallipoli two days previously. He was buried on "an unnamed island at which the ship called" that later was revealed as Lemnos (East Mudros Military Cemetery).

Private Horace Mardle

 

Pte Horace Mardle, 4065, 1/5th Bedfords, died on August 16th from wounds received the previous day in Gallipoli. He was aged 31 and the first employee of the English and Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Societies Ltd Cocoa Works in Dallow Road, Luton, to be killed. He enlisted a year earlier and became one of the late Lieut Shoosmith's gun team.

Private Alfred Richard Cousins

 

Pte Alfred Richard ("Tommy") Cousins, 4461, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 22nd, 1915. He was aged 20, just a few days short his 21st birthday.

The son of Richard and Susan Cousins, of 47a Chapel Street, Luton, he was an old boy of Christ Church School (where his father was caretaker ) and had been employed as a clerk at Messrs Hayward Tyler in Crawley Green Road between leaving school and enlisting.

Private Alfred Smith

 

Pte Alfred Smith, 4275, 1st Battalion Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on Sunday, August 15th*, 1915. He left a widow and two young children, one a baby he had never seen, at 29 Park Road West, Luton [now Strathmore Avenue].

Private Frederick William Thurlow

 

Pte Frederick William Thurlow, 2762, 1/5th Bedfordshires, died on August 17th, 1915, of wounds sustained at Gallipoli. He was aged 22 and, according to newspaper reports, had been a moulder at Brown and Green's in Windsor Street, Luton.

Pte Thurlow was still officially announced as wounded as late as September 9th. His mother, Harriet, said however that she had had had a presentiment that her eldest son had fallen on August 17th. News that he was wounded had cheered her, until she received the official message that he had died of wounds.

Lance Corporal Walter Dumpleton

 

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.

Private Charles Bacchus

 

Pte Charles Bacchus, 4414, A Company, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915. He was aged 28.

Little was reported about him in the local press, other than he was formerly a chemical works labourer, and that his father at 6 Bolton Road, Luton, had at first been merely informed that his son had been wounded, then was "missing, believed killed". But "father" should possibly have read "family".

Private Harry Berry

 

Pte Harry Berry, 4087, 1/5th Bedfords, was killed in action during a charge by his regiment on August 15th. He was reported missing the following day, but his body was afterwards recovered and he was buried the following Thursday night at the foot of the hill which his battalion captured at high cost.

It appeared he had been killed almost instantaneously by a shrapnel bullet which entered his heart after piercing his service pay book and a pocket diary that were in his breast pocket.

Private William Fensome

William Fensome was born on 23rd January 1883 in Luton to Henry & Matilda.

In 1900 William joined the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. He is described on his service record as 5ft 4 inches tall with a fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair. He has many scars on his body including burns to his chest. He was working as a moulder in an iron factory & living at 14 Round Green. He spent 6 years with the Bedfordshire Regiment.

On 13th April 1903 William married Rose Poulton.  

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