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Date of Birth
Date of Death
15 Feb 1919
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Soldier or Civilian
Guardsman Thomas Lawrence Letting, 31944, 5th Reserve Battalion Grenadier Guards, died in the Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, on February 15th, 1919, after an illness lasting six weeks. He was buried at Biscot churchyard six days later. He was aged 19.
At the time of Thomas's death, parents James and Elizabeth Letting were living in Waller Avenue, Leagrave. Thomas was born in Harlington in 1900, and the family moved to Leagrave around two years before the loss of a second son. Older son Pte George William Letting (27373, 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment) was reported missing, presumed killed, at Grandcourt in France on November 18th, 1916.
Thomas had been home on leave and in good health at Christmas 1918, but a few days after returning to his regiment he was admitted to hospital.
Prior to enlisting in April 1918 and undergoing training at Caterham and Aldershot, Thomas was employed at Commercial Cars in Biscot Road, Luton. He had previously been a member of the Harlington Church choir and the village Boys Scouts Brigade.
Like his brother, Thomas is commemorated on the war memorials at both Leagrave and Harlington.