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Date of Birth
Date of Death
2 May 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte William Souster, 25633, 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment (ex-3455 Middlesex Regiment), died on May 2nd, 1917, from wounds sustained near Arras earlier the same day. He was aged 33.
William married Emily Hatton, from Dorking, Surrey, at St Cuthbert's Church, Kensington, on August 6th, 1908. The couple lived at 446 Hitchin Road, Luton, and they had five children.
Before enlistment, William was employed as a straw hat factory foreman by Gilbert Brown & Co, 28 Victoria Street, Luton.
William was born and raised near Pepperstock, the son of late brick maker George Souster and his wife Eliza. He was a member of the Park Street Baptist Church branch chapel at Pepperstock, where he was a Sunday school worker and an organist. Moving from Pepperstock to Hitchin Road, he took up similar work at Stopsley Baptist Church, where he was organist and one of the principal officers.