Royal Field Artillery Cap BadgeGunner ("Gnr") is a rank equivalent to private in the British Army Royal Artillery and the artillery corps of other Commonwealth armies. The next highest rank is usually lance-bombardier, although in the Royal Canadian Artillery it is bombardier.

Gunner Frank Price

Gunner Frank Price, 124840, 379 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was fatally wounded in action in Palestine on February 22nd, 1918. He was aged 31, married and had two children.

The former member of the local Volunteer Battalion had joined up two years earlier. Prior to that he was manager of the Messrs Saxby Bros cooked meat branch in Dunstable Road, Luton.

Gunner John Barrow Dunmill

Gunner John Barrow Dunmill, 163556, 110th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died from wounds in the No 5 Casualty Clearing Station, France, on February 2nd, 1918. He was aged 32.

Unlike most other men commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour, John Dunmill had little connection with the town other than as a visitor during the seven years his father had been manager of the London County & Westminster Bank on the corner of George Street and Chapel Street.

Gunner Albert Snoxell

Gunner Albert Snoxell, 286028, 65th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, died in Flanders on December 15th, 1917, from gunshot wounds. He was aged 36.

He had previously served 12 years in the Regular Army, joining the R.G.A. in January 1902. He served eight years with the Colours and four years with the Reserve, to which he was called up again on July 20th, 1917. He was drafted to France on November 9th and met his death after only five weeks.

Gunner Thomas Williamson

Gunner Thomas Williamson, 39307, 180th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action on September 21st, 1917. He had first arrived in France on August 20th, 1914.

Capt S. W. Harvey, in a letter to parents Lewin and Ellen Williamson, of 9 Alfred Street, Luton, said: "Our position was so far forward that we could shoot into Boche batteries that no one else could reach. Knowing this, the Boche shelled us heavily. It was while we were moving into another position that you son was killed."

Gunner George Hill

Gunner George Hill, 111632, signaller and telephonist with the 253rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres on October 4th, 1917. A shell which exploded near him killed him instantly.

Letters from the Front included one from Major Gray, who wrote to widow Olive at 17 King's Road, Luton, to express his sympathy, with the added comment: "He was a telephonist, and only the best men volunteer to be telephonists."

Gunner Edwin Ernest Jeffs

Gunner Edwin Ernest Jeffs, 144354, 'C' Battery, 74th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action in Flanders on October 4th, 1917, "serving his gun like a hero". But in Luton he would be remembered as a founder and conductor of the Luton Orchestral Society, "a man who had just begun to develop those glimmerings of an outstanding exponent and interpreter of the profession he was so well fitted to adorn".

Gunner William James Bass

Gunner William James Bass, 111890, 238th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, in the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, France, on the evening of September 27th, 1917, from wounds received on the battlefield the previous day.

A sister at the hospital wrote that Gunner Bass had been admitted with a severe fracture of the skull and a fractured arm. All possible was done for him, but to no avail and he passed peacefully away without regaining consciousness.

Gunner Frederick Charles Smith

Gunner Frederick Charles Smith, 81322, 65th Howitzer Battery Royal Field Artillery, died on August 10th, 1917, from wounds sustained earlier in the day in action near Armentieres.

In a letter to widowed mother Eleanor Florence Smith at 15 Cowper Street, Luton, Major C. F. Forestier Walker said he had dressed her son's wounds in the afternoon, but Frederick passed away in the late evening after he had been taken to hospital in a motor-car. Before leaving for hospital her son was almost cheerful and expecting to get well again.

Gunner Arthur William Loney

Gunner Arthur William Loney, 163241, 32nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, died accidentally in France from a gunshot wound on August 11th*, 1917. He was aged 25 and left a widow and a year-old child.

A chaplain wrote to Mrs Edith May Loney at 169 Wellington Street, Luton, to say he had laid her husband to rest. Gunner Loney was accidentally killed on Sunday night (August 12th*). No further details of the incident were included.

Gunner Herbert Butterfield

Gunner Herbert Butterfield, 101907, 217th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action in France on June 5th, 1917. He was aged 34.

He had joined up in July 1916 and went to France the following January after nerly seven months of training. The last that his widow Rose Ellen, of 109 Cowper Street, Luton, had heard from him was in May 1917 while his battery was resting.

Gunner Frederick George Charge

Gunner Frederick George Charge, 102343, 212th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was one of six men killed by a single German shell in Flanders on June 8th, 1917.

Gunner Charge, who had served through the Boer War and wore the South African medals, had been in France for six months. He joined up again on July 10th, 1916,

He had married Millie Cooper at Christ Church, Luton, on April 3rd, 1915, and the couple were living at 109 Maple Road, Luton. They had no children.

Gunner Frederick Charles Mead

Gunner Frederick Charles Mead, 315376, 1st (Wessex) Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds in France on May 6th, 1917. He was aged 23.

 Leighton Buzzard-born Gunner Mead, the son of William and Fanny Mead, of 54 Dallow Road, Luton, enlisted in the R.G.A. in October 1915 and went to the Front at Easter 1916. Prior to joining up he was employed at the Cocoa Works in Dallow Road, Luton.


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