William was born in Enfield, Essex on 12 November 1894.
In 1901 he is living in Butterfield Green, Stopsley with his widowed father, William, who is a scaffold builder. He has an 11 year old brother Herbert, 5 year old sister called Topsy & a sister Edith who is 3. His father employed a housekeeper at the time called Elizabeth Smith who is living-in with her 9 month old daughter Gladys.
From The Luton News 9th January 1917. FROM THE RANKS. Another Brave Lutonian Receives a Commission. We are pleased to announce that Pte Frederick Lewis Pedley, son of Mrs Pedley of 73 Conway Road Luton, has been gazetted to a commission. Pte Pedley, it may be remembered was one of a number of young Lutonians, many of them well known in sporting, social and religious life in Luton, who enlisted in the 24th County of London Regiment (The Queen's) on September 5th 1914. They joined the British Expeditionary Force in March 1915 and have since figured conspicuously in very severe fighting.
George (jnr) Henry Webb was the son of George Webb, a dentist of Westbourne Road, Luton, and his wife Elizabeth.
At the age of 17 years and 2 months, on 5 September 1911, George Henry Webb enlisted for 4 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Army) at Harlow, and served in WW1 as a Private. He was attached to the Essex Royal Horse Artillery as part of the Field Ambulance.
Stuart John Webb was a son of George Webb, a dentist of Westbourne Road, Luton, and his wife Elizabeth.
Stuart was 21 when he was conscripted into the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1916, service number 45954. He was posted to France in 1917, where he was almost immediately transferred to the Manchester Regiment, service number 42359.
He was wounded in action on October 8 1917, and was transferred to the military hospital at Etaple where a few days later he succumbed to his wounds. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetary, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference: XXX.F.21A.
Mr Smith of Saxon Rd, Luton is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
During the war this man offered his services for work of National Importance and from June 1917 worked at Messrs Kent's Munition Works, Luton engaged on the manufacture of fuse-guages and rendered excellent services until December 1918.
Mr Dawson of Chatsworth Rd, Luton, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
Early in 1915 he was appointed manager of the mechanical fuse department at Messrs Kent's Ltd, Luton. In this capacity his exceptional abilities proved of the utmost value, and he worked with untiring energy until the conclusion of hostilities when he relinquished his position.
Mrs Burgess of Saxon Street, Luton, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
This lady was engaged at Messrs Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton for three years and was employed as an inspector of the fuses for anti-aircraft shells. Her duties which were of a dangerous and responsible nature, were carried out with great efficiency and she rendered valuable services.
Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and the National Roll of the Great War (Section V)
Charles was the son of Clara and Thomas Worker of Barton, who had two other sons killed. Charles was severely wounded on 21st March 1918. His brother Sidney was killed the following day and their brother Thomas had previously been killed on 23rd April 1917.
Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and the National Roll of the Great War (Section V). Killed in Action 1918
Sidney was the son of Clara and Thomas Worker of Barton who had two sons killed and one severely wounded. Sidney was killed on 22nd March 1918. His brother Charles lost a leg the previous day and their brother Thomas had previously been killed on April 23rd 1917.
Details imported from Luton Absent Voters list and National Roll of the Great War (Section V)
Stanley was the only one of four sons of Clara and Thomas Worker of Barton to survive the war unscathed. His brothers Thomas and Sidney were killed and his brother Charles was severely wounded and had a leg amputated.
Hugh Roberts was a professional footballer at Luton Town FC when he enlisted in the Footballers Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment at a public meeting at Fulham Town Hall on 15th December 1914.
He was one of the first 35 professional footballers who enrolled at the meeting along with his teammate from Luton, Frank Lindley. On their return to Luton they encouraged others to volunteer and a further six Luton players joined the Footballers' Battalion the next day.
This Saturday afternoon an interesting boxing tournament took place on the Luton F.C. ground, when a military boxing tournament was organised by the Number 6 Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A.) in aid of local charities. Although the sky was rather clouded, the weather throughout was excellent, and resulted in a good attendance of those interested in the noble art.
The ring was arranged in the centre of the ground, and a good number of officers occupied the nearer seats. Wounded soldiers were also accommodated.