Driver Percy Charles Perkins

Percy met a tragic end, in a house in Luton.

Billeted in town whilst serving with 6th Reserve Brigade. Royal Field Artillery; for whatever reason, he commited suicide.

He hailed from East Ham, married to Flora Perkins, father of two children

We can only guess at the mental anguish this man felt which, made him take his own life.

Percy, you are remembered.


The Luton News: Thursday, December 17th, 1918.

Rifleman Leonard Roland Donne

Rifleman Leonard Roland Donne, 37031, King's Royal Rifles, died at Dormstadt in Germany as a prisoner of war on June 23rd, 1917. He was captured after being wounded in action on April 23rd.

After twice being rejected, Rifleman Donne joined the KRR in November 1916, and went to France soon after Christmas following two months in training at Wimbledon.

Initial reports home said Rifleman Donne, aged 25, had been treated at a British dressing station, where his wounds were not considered to be serious. Trace of him had been lost after he left there.

Marriage of Wardown Nurse Eila Cumberland

Wedding bells rang out at the Parish Church yesterday (Wednesday 9th August 1916) for Miss Eila Cumberland, the only child of Mr and Mrs E. Anthony Cumberland, of 'Greenhurst', Hart Hill, Luton, and Captain James Ernest Sutcliffe Smith, of Bacup, Lancs. The bridegroom's family is prominent in the industry of Lancashire, while the bride has been a member of the Wardown Military Hospital staff, and her father is senior partner in the firm of Messrs J. Cumberland and Sons, auctioneers and estate agents.

Sapper Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke was born in Bromley, London in 1886.

On 8th October 1905 he married Nellie Elizabeth Ennever in St Andrew's Church, Bromley.

In 1911 he is 25 years old & living with his family at No 2 Maple Road Luton & is working as an iron moulder at the gas stove factory. His wife Nellie is at home looking after their 2 sons Henry 5 & 2 year old Alfred. Harry's 66 year old mother Selina is living with them & working as a charwoman. They also have a boarder, 23 year old Bernard McDade who is an iron moulder for rain water pipes.

Private Ewart Alfred Mouse

Ewart Alfred Mouse was born in July 1895.

In 1911 He is 15 years old & working as a block maker. He is living at No 7 Hazelbury Crescent with his family. His father Edward is 44 & also working as a block maker, his mother Amelia is 43. Ewart's 2 brothers are living here too, Percy is 24 & a clothes & draper's shop assistant & Edward James is 3 years old.

Private Charles Henry Carrington

Charles Henry Carrington was born in Luton in 1875.

On 15th August 1894 he married Rose Ellen Mouse in Luton.

In 1911 they are living at 44 Lyndhurst Road. Charles, 36 is working as a straw hat dyer & 38 year old Rose Ellen is at home looking after their 4 daughters, Dorothy Margot 16, Phyllis Geraldine 15, Gwendoline 13 & 10 year old Leila Beryl.

Lieutenant Stanley Burnet

Lieut Stanley Burnet, 17th Training Squadron, Royal Air Force, died in a flying accident at Yatesbury, Wiltshire, on May 31st, 1918. He had joined the Royal Flying Corps on March 4th ahead of it becoming the RAF and earned his flying certificate in a Caudron Bi-Plane at Ruffy-Baumann school in Acton.

Sergeant Albert Brooks

Albert Brooks was born in Nottingham in 1879, 1 of 13 children born to Albert & Emma.

In January 1909 he married Mary Hannah Pugh in Luton.

In 1911 he is 33 years old & working as an iron foundry labourer at the gas stove makers. He is living with his wife Mary, 34 & 13 year old son Henry Cecil Pugh at 97 Ash Road. His sister-in-law Annie Pugh, 20 is living with them & working as a spreader at the gelatine factory. John Anderson 21, is boarding with them whilst working with Albert at the gas stove makers as an iron moulder.

Sapper Bert Angel

Bert Angel was born in 1896 in Luton.

In 1911 he is living with his family at 168 Park Street. His father is 36 years old & working as a bricklayer, mother Lizzie is 37 & his 12 year old Hedley is at school. Bert is 14 years old & working as an office boy.

On 1st January 1915 Bert attested at Bedford for the 3/1st East Anglian Field Company of the Royal Engineers. He is described as being 5ft 7 1/2 inches tall & gave his address as 6 Beech Road, where is uncle Henry lived & his father as next of kin on his service record.

Dr Francis Seymour Lloyd

Doctor Lloyd was the Commandant and Medical Superintendent of the Wardown Voluntary Aid Detachment (Red Cross) Hospital in Wardown Park, Luton and the Medical Officer to Lady Wernher's Hospital at Luton Hoo, which received wounded officers from Sister Agnes's Home in London.  In addition to this were his local duties as physician on the staff of the Luton Bute Hosp­ital, a cottage hospital later superseded by the large newly built Luton and Dunstable Hospital and physician on the staff of the Luton Sick and Convalescent Home for children in London

Private Ben Carter

Son of George and Ann Carter, brother to Harry, Ann, Matilda, Timothy, Frank, Walter and Thomas Carter.

His father is noted as a widower in the 1901 census, and remarried a Phoebe Graves in 1904. Interestingly, in 1904 Ben is listed as lodging with the Graves family in Highbury Road Luton, and is employed as a Straw Hat Blocker.


Lieutenant Harold Ernest Shepherd

Harold Ernest Shepherd was a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, and was part of the teaching staff at Biscot Camp. He died in Dover Military Hospital of influenza (pneumonia) on December 30th, 1918, a week after he had been admitted. His wife had travelled from Luton to be with him.

Harold was a primary school teacher, so he was ideally suited to work in the education department at Biscot. He had been on duty at Dover in connection with the repatriation of prisoners of war.

Lance Corporal Jesse Mead


Jesse Mead enlisted in Luton, and died on August 31st, 1916, whilst on home service, and based at the Royal Engineers Signal Depot at Fenny Stratford.

He left behind his widow of 3 years, Minnie (nee Warren) whom he married in the 4th quarter of 1913. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs J. T. Warren, of 28 Granville Road, Luton.

He was the son of William (bricklayer) and Eliza Mead, from Dunstable and Houghton Regis respectively. He had two older brothers, Harry and Leonard, and lived at 83 Spencer Road, Luton.

Quartermaster Sergeant Ernest Bates

Ernest Bates, aged 29, of 59 Cromwell Road, Luton, died at Wardown Park V.A.D. Hospital at 2.25pm on December 29th, 1918, from double pneumonia and heart failure while on 14 days leave from France. He had been admitted to the hospital on December 21st with influenza, and is buried at Rothesay Road Cemetery Luton.

 The 1911 census shows us that Ernest was the youngest son of Joseph and Jane Bates, and was born 14 years after his sister Jane and 16 years after his brother John.

Joseph was 50 when Ernest was born, Jane was 45.


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