Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
17 May 1915
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte John Crew, 10479, 2nd* Battalion Beds Regiment, died on May 17th, 1915, from wounds sustained at the battle of Festubert.
He was included on a list of men who had enlisted from the Luton Hoo mansion and estate compiled by Lady Wernher's agent, James Baker. It was published in The Luton News on July 8th, 1915, by which time two were listed as wounded and Pte Crew as killed.
Pte Crew was born at Hyde, and in the 1911 Census was described as a farm labourer. The then 15-year-old son of James and Emma Crew, of 53 West Hyde [Road], had three brothers - George, Walter and Bertie - also living at home.
[* The Luton Hoo list said he had joined the 1st Bedfords]