24th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Private Ernest Arthur Godfrey

It was nearly 12 months before the family of Pte Ernest Arthur Godfrey, 60808, 24th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, learned that he had probably been killed in action in France on April 29th, 1917. In August 1917 an appeal was published for any information about him after he had been reported missing on April 29th.

Pte Godfrey, a son of Arthur Frederick and Kitty Godfrey, of 21 Stockwood Crescent, Luton, had married Daisy Emily Going in Luton in the early summer of 1906. The couple has a son, Leslie Gilbert, born later in 1906, and a daughter Daphne Phyllis, born two years later.

Gunner Horace George Dunham


Gunner Horace George Dunham, 2783, 24th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action on November 13th, 1916. He was aged 24.

Horace was the son of baker and confectioner Alfred Dunham and his wife Mary, of 1 North Street, Luton. He and his two brothers had worked in the family bakery.

Officially, Gunner Dunham is recorded as having been killed in action on November 13th. A letter to his parents from the Front from Capt W. S. Green, however, said his death occurred on November 14th. The machine gunner had suffered no pain and had been buried.

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