Boy Servant Cyril George Horsler

Cyril George served aboard HMS President, an honoarary title awarded to training ships serving with the London Reserve Division. In WW1, it was this ship. According to some records he was buried at sea, and yet his grave is registered and stands in Rothesay Road Cemetery.

Cyril was the son of Harry (a baker) and Elizabeth Horseler of 37 Salisbury Road, Luton. He was youngest sibling to Hilda, Henry, Alex and Edith.

George Stood 5ft high, with a 32 inch chest; he had brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion.

Private William Ansell

William was born in Shillington in 1879.

William married Sarah Deveraux in 1899 in Ampthill.

In 1911 he is living with his wife & family, two daughters, Maud and Elizabeth, and a son, William Frank at Nomansland Cottage, Sandridge St Albans where William is working as a shepherd.




Lance Corporal Ralph Mantz

Dunstable born Ralph was the youngest son of Francis George Mantz (sign writer) and Emily Mantz; older brother to James Mantz.

Whilst employed as a house painter, he joined the forces in 1914 at Liverpool aged 21. He survied through the war years, dying on home service in April 1919.

Corporal Sydney Eads

FREE AT LAST. Cpl S Eads now in Holland.  The news that Cpl. Sydney Eads, a Lutonian, of the Australians, son of Mr W J R Eads of Rothesay Road and Dunstable Road, Luton, has been released from captivity has been a source of great relief to his relatives.  They live in the hope from day to day that he will soon be back home amongst them.  He was captured in the big push July 1916 and since then has been a prisoner of war in Germany,.  He has been interned in Holland since June this year. 

Private Ernest Charles Mills

Ernest Charles Mills joined the Bedfordshire Regiment, in 1915 and transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (M.G.C.) in 1916. The M.G.C. was known as the suicide corps, but Ernest survived and was discharged in 1919.

He never spoke of his time in France except when he was dying and then said that only two members of his platoon who fought throughout the Somme, himself and another soldier he couldn't name, survived; and they were stood up to their waist in mud and barbed wire. The drawing in the linked photograph album is by Ernest, and shows cooking in a trench dugout.

Miss D M Wood

Miss Wood is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at George Kent's factory.

During the war this lady offered her services for work of National Importance and was engaged at Messrs Kent's Factory, Luton on an engraving machine. Her duties were in connection with the manufacture of  aeroplane parts and throughout her work was carried out with every satisfaction.

Private Sidney Albert Coe

Private Sidney Albert Coe, was the eldest son of Richard and Mary-Ann Coe. He was born in 1886 in Stopsley, and worked as the Clerk for Messer’s Howe and Byfield Coal Merchants on King Street.

The nature of his death is unusual for a military casualty being that he drowned whilst swimming in the sea at 11:30 AM on 28th July 1917, at Hopton on the UK East Coast. Two men from the company tried their best to rescue him, but he was taken by the sea, and his body recovered the next day after a search by Navy inshore boats.

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