Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
29 Aug 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Arthur Samuel Victor Long, 22461, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in France on August 29th, 1918.
Parents Samuel and Martha Long, of 139 North Street, Luton, were informed that their son had been shot through the heart by a sniper at Combles while crossing an open space with his captain, who had just chosen him as orderly. He died in a very few minutes, and was conscious only a few seconds. Pte Long, who was aged 20, had been expecting home leave at the time.
Prior to joining the Army, Arthur worked for engineer Mr Shepherd, of Bridge Street. He was a member of High Town Primitive Methodist Church.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Arthur was living at 139 North Street with his parents and three sisters, and was a pupil at St Matthew's School.
Arthur is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Luton Book of Life (shown above) compiled at St Mary's Church.