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Date of Birth
Date of Death
17 Aug 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Frederick William Thurlow, 2762, 1/5th Bedfordshires, died on August 17th, 1915, of wounds sustained at Gallipoli. He was aged 22 and, according to newspaper reports, had been a moulder at Brown and Green's in Windsor Street, Luton.
Pte Thurlow was still officially announced as wounded as late as September 9th. His mother, Harriet, said however that she had had had a presentiment that her eldest son had fallen on August 17th. News that he was wounded had cheered her, until she received the official message that he had died of wounds.
The son of Sapper Arthur Rufus and Harriet Thurlow, Frederick was born in Greenwich, near Sydney, Australia, as was his older sister Florence. The much-travelled family had returned to England within a year of Frederick's birth and second son Percy was born in Oxford, his mother's home city. Their next three children, Arthur, Mary and Dolly, were born in Southport, Lancs; youngest daughter Mabel at Oxford, and youngest child Horace in Luton.
At the time of the 1911 Census the family were living at 216 Wellington Street, Luton, and Frederick was described as a Vauxhall worker.
Brother Percy would also die in uniform - in Egypt on July 20th, 1917. He was buried at Gaza War Cemetery.