Private John Alfred Marlow

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

9 May 1898

Date of Death

19 Apr 1916

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat worker


H. Russon & Co, Collingdon Street

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

30 Spring Place
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location


War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 18th May 1916
Pte John Marlow


Pte John Alfred Marlow, 19944, 8th Battalion Beds Regiment, was killed in action near Ypres on April 19th, 1916. Initially he was reported missing and his mother asked for his picture to be published in the Luton News in the hope that comrades who read the newspaper would be able to provide positive news.

Pte Marlow was only 18 years old and lived with parents John and Louisa Marlow at 30 Spring Place, Luton. He had begun working as a nine-year-old as an errand boy for hat manufacturer H. Rosson and Co, of 90-92 Collingdon Street. He later worked in the firm's factory.

Following the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 8th Bedfords and trained at Shoreham and Blackdown before going to France in August 1915. He was at the Battle of Loos and suffered in a gas attack at Christmas but had otherwise escaped injury.


Individual Location

Pte John Marlow

Author: Deejaya

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