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Date of Birth
Date of Death
11 Jul 1916
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Edwin Benjamin Eales, 12902, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on July 11th, 1916. He was aged 24.
Born in Hammersmith, London, in 1891, he was the son of Kate and the late Edwin Eales, who died in Luton in 1902 at the age of 42.
At the time of the 1911 Census Edwin Jnr was a straw hat blocker living at 19 South Road with his widowed mother Kate, who in 1913 married Arthur Atkins in Luton. His mother and stepfather were living at 12 Frederic Street at the time of Pte Eales' death, and later moved to 24 Boyle Street.
Older brother Pte Horace William Eales, 17866, 12th Royal Fusiliers, who enlisted in June 1915, was discharged as medically unfit in September 1916 after spending five months with the British Expeditionary Force in France. He died in June 1918.
Both brothers are commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour.