Lance Corporal

Lanc Corporal StripeJunior to a Corporal. From lancepesade "officer of lowest rank, from obsolete French lancepessade, from Old Italian lancia spezzata, superior soldier, literally "broken lance". Originally referred to as a "chosen man" who would take control of the section if the Corporal was to be killed or wounded

Lance Corporal Rowland Abbott

Lance Corporal Rowland Abbott served in 1/5th Btn of the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Before the outbreak of war the father of 6 was a straw hat blocker & was living with his wife Lizzie Louise and children at 27 May Street.

He was fighting in Gallipoli when he was wounded. He later died of his wounds on 21st August 1915. His final resting place is unknown, but he is remembered on the Helles Memorial panel 54 & 218


Lance Corporal Arthur Roe

Arthur Roe was a professional footballer for Luton Town who signed for the club at the start of  the 1914-15 season. He enlisted in the Footballers' Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment at Kingsway on 16th December 1914 with his Luton team mates Simms, Wileman, Frith, Dunn and Wilson.

He survived the war and returned to play for Luton Town in the 1919-20 season.


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