Quartermaster Sergeant

Quartermaster Sergeant William John Rogers

Company Quartermaster Sergeant William John Rogers, 29424, 166th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps, died suddenly from pneumonia while doing duty at a prisoner of war camp at Brocton in Staffordshire, on February 25th, 1919.

William was born in the Devonshire town of Eggbuckland, to parents Robert (chemist) and Carolina Rogers. He moved to Luton in time to appear on the 1911 Census and lived at 25 Wimbourne Road.

He was married to Mabel Victoria Maud Willis of Kensworth, on December 23rd, 1899, and they had two sons, William and Percy, and a daughter Gladys.

Quartermaster Sergeant Ernest Bates

Ernest Bates, aged 29, of 59 Cromwell Road, Luton, died at Wardown Park V.A.D. Hospital at 2.25pm on December 29th, 1918, from double pneumonia and heart failure while on 14 days leave from France. He had been admitted to the hospital on December 21st with influenza, and is buried at Rothesay Road Cemetery Luton.

 The 1911 census shows us that Ernest was the youngest son of Joseph and Jane Bates, and was born 14 years after his sister Jane and 16 years after his brother John.

Joseph was 50 when Ernest was born, Jane was 45.

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