Pte George Jack Bacchus, 57178, 12th North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on September 12th, 1918. He left a widow and four children at 3 Burr Street, Luton.
Pte Bacchus had been in hospital for six months prior to his death, suffering from shell shock. He underwent an operation, and was subsequently discharged from hospital and went again up to the line. He had been serving for only a day or two when he met his death.
L-Cpl Charles Horace West, 40645, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, was presumed killed in action on April 11th, 1918. Six months later his widow was still appealing for any news of him, after last hearing that he was in France suffering from trench fever and he had been reported missing on April 11th.
L-Cpl Charles Horace West, 40645, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, was killed in action in Flanders on April 11th, 1918. He was aged 30, married and had a son.
Charles, eldest son of Charles and Amy Jane West, of 47 Ivy Road, Luton, had been reported missing since April 11th, and his fate was still unknown when brother Fred, 881989, Royal Field Artillery, was confirmed kill in France on July 29th, 1918.
Pte Stanley George Randall, 69187, 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers, had been in Flanders only a week when he was posted missing, presumed killed, on April 11th, 1918.
The 19-year-old's last letter to parents Walter and Elizabeth at 220 Wellington Street, Luton, was dated four days previously, on April 7th.
In 1911 Stanley was a schoolboy living at 220 Wellington Street with his parents, two sisters and two brothers. He joined the Army in May 1917 by which time he was working for hat trade blockmakers F. Oakley & Son, of 11 Williamson Street.
Pte Herbert Thomas Chambers, 130271, 59th Machine Gun Corps, was reported missing in Flanders on April 15th, 1918. But it was 11 months later before parents Herbert and Maggie Chambers, of 75 Wimbourne Road, Luton, learned that he had been killed in action on that date.
Herbert was 19 at the time of his death, but had enlisted in the 1/5th Bedfords just before the war, in May 1914. Following the outbreak of war, the regiment was drafted to Gallipoli, but although Pte Chambers volunteered twice to go with them he had to remain in England because of his age.