Royal Defence Corps

Private H Davis

H Davis was born in 1868.

He joined the 57th Protection Company of the Royal Defence Corps & on 29th April 1915 was perfoming railway duties.

He died on 7th February 1917 & was buried in the cemetery on Crawley Gren Road.

Private Frederick Pearson

Frederick Pearson was 1 of 7 children born to Alfred & Sophia in Luton in 1869.

His father was a master saddler, his older brother Charles was also in the family trade as a journeyman saddler, but Frederick did not follow in their footsteps as he joined the Army.

In 1891 aged 22 he is in the Bedfordshire Regiment & living at the Depot in Kempston.

He married Sarah Minnie Sharp in January 1892 in Luton.

Private Charles Edward Payne

Charles Edward Payne was born in Luton in 1866. He married Sarah Ann Howe in 1892.

In 1911 they are living at 98 Baker Street. Charles is 46 years old and a straw worker. Sarah is 48 and also a straw worker at home. They had been married for 19 years but had had no children. Sarah's mother, Ann, a 60-year-old widow, is also living with them.

Lance Corporal Edwin Matthews

Edwin Matthews was born in Kensworth, a village on the outskirts on Dunstable in about 1879.

In 1891 he is a 10 year old schoolboy & living in the village with his father David 38, an agricultural labourer & mother Letitia 36, a straw plaiter. His 14 year old sister Louisa is working as a live-in domestic servant for the King family at 5 Gladstone Avenue, Luton.

In January 1903 Edwin married Annie Elizabeth Nicoll in Luton.

Quartermaster Sergeant William John Rogers

Company Quartermaster Sergeant William John Rogers, 29424, 166th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps, died suddenly from pneumonia while doing duty at a prisoner of war camp at Brocton in Staffordshire, on February 25th, 1919.

William was born in the Devonshire town of Eggbuckland, to parents Robert (chemist) and Carolina Rogers. He moved to Luton in time to appear on the 1911 Census and lived at 25 Wimbourne Road.

He was married to Mabel Victoria Maud Willis of Kensworth, on December 23rd, 1899, and they had two sons, William and Percy, and a daughter Gladys.

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