Private Charles Whelpton Few
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19 Oct 1915
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Pte Charles Whelpton Few, 1889, 1/1st Eastern Mounted Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, died on October 19th, 1915, from dysentery while on board ship in the Mediterranean.
He was one of three sons of Great Northern Railway stationmaster Thomas Henry Few [born in Montreal, Canada], of Station House, Bute Street, and Hyde House, Hart Hill, Luton. He joined the Eastern Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, RAMC, after the outbreak of war.
Holbeach, Lincolnshire-born Pte Few was aged 21, and since leaving Christ Church School, Luton, had been employed by hat manufacturers Messrs Welch and Sons Ltd, 20 Upper George Street, as a straw hat warehouseman.
He joined the second line unit of the Eastern Mounted Brigade in September 1914, but was soon transferred to the first line.
The Luton Reporter said: "On The Friday previous to the receipt of the official notification of his death a letter was received intimating that the unit had arrived at their destination, so it would appear that Pte Few passed away on board a hospital ship."