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 Percy William Stapleton

Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and the National Roll of Honour (Section V)

The National Roll (mostly submitted by families) describes his service as follows: He volunteered in 1915 and embarked for France the following year. Serving with his Battery in various sectors he was in action at Arras, Albert, Messines, Havrincourt, Cambrai and other battles and was gassed. In 1920 he returned to England for demobilisation and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Gunner Frank Thompson

Eldest son of Edwin Frank Thompson (Lithographer) and Adelaide Thompson (nee Eves), residents of 5 West View Road, St Albans, formerly of Maidstone, Kent.

Married Mary Everard on 23 October 1915 at Christ Church, St Albans. Eldest son, Douglas Frank Thompson, born on 6 January 1917 at 63 Wellington Street, Luton.

A postcard sized photograph of Frank Thompson's Confectionery & Tobacconist shop at 63 Wellington Street, Luton is held by Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service, Catalogue Reference Z1089/1

Gunner Ernest Victor Jackson

Gunner Jackson was the second son of Samuel Westlake Jackson and Florence Jackson of Romford. Gunner Jackson enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery in 1915, and served 12 months on the front before being wounded in action. He was sent back to the UK to recover, and was stationed at Biscot R.F.A camp. It was while serving here that he was killed in an unfortunate accident in December 1916.


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