Soissons Memorial - France

Private Bert Clarke

Pte Bert (Bertie) Clarke, 96779, 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was reported missing, later killed in action, in France on May 27th, 1918. He was one of three sons of widow Mary Ann Clarke, of 338 Hitchin Road, Luton to have served and the second to die.

Born in Slip End in 1899, Bert was described as a chemical labourer in the 1911 Census. He enlisted in August 1917 and was drafted to France in April 1918.

Private Edwin Henry Billingham

te Edwin Henry Billingham, 44636, 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, was killed in action in France on May 30th, 1918, just days before his 19th birthday and only weeks after being sent to France.

The son of William and Ellen Billingham, of 39 Westbourne Road, Luton, he had joined the London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles) in May 1917 and, after training at Winchester and Hounslow, was drafted overseas in April 1918 with the Gloucesters.

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