5th Bedfordshire Regiment

Private Amos Godbeer Coleman

Amos Godbeer Coleman was born in 1884.

In 1905 Amos married Alice Louisa Cheshire in Luton & in 1911 they are living with their 2 year old daughter Lillian Maud Francis in Summer Street, Slip End, Luton. Alice was pregnant with their first son Stanley William Edward. Amos is 27 years old & working as a gardener's labourer.

Private Albert Edward Marsh

Albert Edward Marsh was born in Luton in 1899.

In 1911 he is a 12 year old school boy & living with his family at 30 St Ann's Road.

There are 12 people living in this 4 roomed house. His father Charles George is 38 years old & working as a bricklayer's labourer & his mother Lily 38, is a straw hat worker. Lily & Charles George met when they were lodged with Lily's aunt Mary Else & her brother Frank Spacey at 102 New Town Street in 1891.

Private Walter Tottingham

Walter Tottingham was born in 1867 in Luton.

His parents Isaac & Caroline were also born in Luton & were working in the straw hat trade as a blocker & a sewer. In 1871 Walter is 5 years old & living with his parents & 8 year old sister Sarah at 36 Spring Place.

In October 1891 Walter married Sarah Ann Day.

Private Frederick James Young

Frederick James Young was born about 1880 in Luton.

He was 5ft 5 inches tall, had a fair complexion, sandy coloured hair, blue eyes & a scar on his left eyebrow.

In September 1895 he joined the 1st Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). During his 12 years with the colours he served in India & in South Africa, taking part in the relief of Ladysmith in 1902 for which he received the South Africa Medal. In 1906 he spent time in hospital  recovering from  a heart problem, then was passed fit for service in February 1907.

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