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Date of Birth
Date of Death
20 Jul 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Cecil Harold Blaydon, 200712, 1/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed instantly in a raid on enemy lines on July 20th, 1917. The 21-year-old was buried in a cemetery behind British lines.
He was the second son of Sidney and Mary Lily Blaydon, of The Knapps, Toddington Road, Leagrave, to have died in action. Youngest son Albert Edward died at Gallipoli in August 1915.
Cecil served as a stretcher-bearer with the Bedfords from the outbreak of war. Like his younger brother he had served at Gallipoli.
His older brother, Percy, was serving in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery but was in hospital suffering from a second bout of shell shock at the time of Cecil's death.
The Blaydon family had come to Luton from Cambridgeshire after the 1901 Census. By 1911 Cecil was a farm hand living in Limbury Road, Leagrave.
Both Cecil and Albert are commemorated on the Leagrave War Memorial and the Luton Roll of Honour.