Ploegsteert Memorial - Belgium

Private George Jack Bacchus

Pte George Jack Bacchus, 57178, 12th North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on September 12th, 1918. He left a widow and four children at 3 Burr Street, Luton.

Pte Bacchus had been in hospital for six months prior to his death, suffering from shell shock. He underwent an operation, and was subsequently discharged from hospital and went again up to the line. He had been serving for only a day or two when he met his death.

Lance Corporal Charles Horace West

L-Cpl Charles Horace West, 40645, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers, was killed in action in Flanders on April 11th, 1918. He was aged 30, married and had a son.

Charles, eldest son of Charles and Amy Jane West, of 47 Ivy Road, Luton, had been reported missing since April 11th, and his fate was still unknown when brother Fred, 881989, Royal Field Artillery, was confirmed kill in France on July 29th, 1918.

Private William Glenister

Pte William Glenister, 25053, 11th Suffolk Regiment, was reported missing, believe killed, on April 9th, 1918. He was the 29-year-old son of William and Ellen Glenister, of 74 Saxon Road, Luton.

A report in the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph on June 3rd, 1919, said Pte Glenister had in fact been officially reported to have died in a German field hospital on July 5th, 1918.

One of 11 children, William was born at Leagrave in 1888 and in 1911 was working as a milkman for Mr Cartwright, Dunstable Road.

Private Stanley George Randall

Pte Stanley George Randall, 69187, 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers, had been in Flanders only a week when he was posted missing, presumed killed, on April 11th, 1918.

The 19-year-old's last letter to parents Walter and Elizabeth at 220 Wellington Street, Luton, was dated four days previously, on April 7th.

In 1911 Stanley was a schoolboy living at 220 Wellington Street with his parents, two sisters and two brothers. He joined the Army in May 1917 by which time he was working for hat trade blockmakers F. Oakley & Son, of 11 Williamson Street.

Private Herbert Thomas Chambers

Pte Herbert Thomas Chambers, 130271, 59th Machine Gun Corps, was reported missing in Flanders on April 15th, 1918. But it was 11 months later before parents Herbert and Maggie Chambers, of 75 Wimbourne Road, Luton, learned that he had been killed in action on that date.

Herbert was 19 at the time of his death, but had enlisted in the 1/5th Bedfords just before the war, in May 1914. Following the outbreak of war, the regiment was drafted to Gallipoli, but although Pte Chambers volunteered twice to go with them he had to remain in England because of his age.

Private Alexander Penman


Pte Alexander Penman, 9385, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died on September 22nd, 1915, of wounds sustained in action at Bois Grenier in Belgium. He was aged 24 and single.

Born in West Carron, Stirlingshire, Scotland, he had been lodging at 35 Burr Street, Luton, the address of Pte Albert Newbury, who was to be killed in action three days later.

In 1911 Pte Penman was lodging at 10 Butlin Road, Luton, and was an assistant iron moulder at the Diamond Foundry in Dallow Road.

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