Private Bert Euinton
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29 May 1915
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Pte Bert (Bertie) Euinton, 2720, B Company, 24th Battalion County of London Regiment ("The Queen's"), died on May 29th, 1915, from wounds sustained in action three days earlier.
The son of Henry and Lizzie Euinton, of 48 Park Road West [now Strathmore Avenue], Luton, he was the third of three cousins to die on the battlefield in just over six weeks.
Pte Arthur Euinton, 2731, 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action at Hill 60 on April 14th, 1915. A Luton lad, his parents lived in London.
Then on May 26th, the day Pte Bert Euington was wounded, Pte Hedley Euinton, 2726, 1/24th Battalion London Regiment, was also killed in action. He had joined the Londons with Bert and was the son of Mr Alfred Euinton, of 19 Bailey Street, Luton.
Both Bert and Hedley are included on the Luton Roll of Honour.
Before enlisting in early September, 1914, Bert Euinton worked for straw hat manufacturer Mr Pope. He had also achieved distinction as an athlete. In 1901 the Euinton family, including Bert's three brothers and four sisters, were living at 13 Gloucester Road, Luton.
In a letter to Bert Euington's family, Pte Frank Gilder wrote: "I have found out as far as possible what happened to your brother after I left him. We were together in the morning after the charge very early, about 2 o'clock, and he was shot in the head. Although it was a bad wound I didn't think it would be serious. I bandaged him up and laid him down and he said he was comfortable. I was beside him for about four hours, and he fell asleep and then we were shelled and I was separated from him.
"I now gather from another Luton lad (Dan Summerfield) who came up at night to the place where the wounded were that he had brought him [Bert] out all right. I have best reasons to believe he was brought out all right because I only bandaged up one lad who had a wound in his head, and that was Bert, and Dan also found him in the exact place where I had left him."
But Mrs Euinton was later to receive official notification of her son's death, together with his service number.