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BARTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Lynda Smith
additional information Barton History Society

There are two War memorials in Barton. One stands on the junction of The High Street with Luton Road and Hexton Road. The other is in the Parish Church. Both Memorials have identical names on them. In addition there is a Memorial Window in the Parish Church.

WORLD WAR ONE




Memorial Dedication
(Left and above)


Details of the memorial can be found on the
1920 brochure (left) and the dedication
of the window (above) by clicking on the
relevant image.

 

     
1914-1918
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AMBRIDGE

Arthur John
Pte 60030 Labour Corps. Formerly 31002 34th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds Sunday 19 May 1918. Aged 40. Born Barton. Lived Ampthill. Enlisted Luton. Son of Thomas & Sarah Ambridge. Brother of Horace (below). Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Ref. Q.111.K.27.
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AMBRIDGE

Horace
Pte 22674 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Dovercourt. Son of Thomas & Sarah Ambridge. Brother of Arthur John (above). No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2C
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ASHBY

Albert
Pte 22673 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 15 September 1916. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Dovercourt. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier & Face 2C
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BIRD

Arthur
Private 72071 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) Formerly 30404 Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born in Benwick, Cambridgeshire, in 1898, son of William and the late Clara Bird, but was brought up in Barton by his grandmother Hannah Willson. Lived Barton. Enlisted Bedford. Commemorated Poziers Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 52 – 54
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BURR

Alfred
Pte 10747. 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 8 May 1917. Born Barton. Enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6
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BURR

Arthur Edward
Sgt. 22671. ‘C’ Coy 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Reg. Killed in action Monday 3 June 1918 aged 20. Born Barton. Enlisted Dovercourt. Son of Lizzie Burr, Clipstone Cottages, Barton, and the late Arthur Burr. Buried in Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Ref. I.B.6.
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DAVIS

Henry
Pte 493220. 13th (County of London) Battalion (Princess Louise’s Kensington Battalion). Formerly 6012. 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action Tuesday 26th June 1917. Buried Guemappe British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. 1.A.7.
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FROST

Frederick
Pte 33724. Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (5th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment). Formerly 173999 Royal Engineers. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Aldershot. Killed in action 17 March 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7
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GUTTERIDGE

Frederick
Pte 31501. 36th Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 22675 Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 Mar 1918. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Poziers Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 90 – 93
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HILL

Arthur
L/Cpl 23268. 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 13 Nov 1916. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Ampthill. Only son of William & Florence Hill, Clipstone Cottage, Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
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HILL

Edward

Pte 20817. 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 28 September 1916. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Bedford. Buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Ref. IV.B.15

Extract from contemporary newspaper:

23rd October 1916

There was sadness in the village on Thursday and Friday at the tolling of the passing bell to the memory of Ptes. A. Ashby and E. Hill, and two others reported missing and believed killed. They were all trained at the Ampthill Camp, and the Duke of Bedford, in an autographed letter to Mrs. Hill, writes from Woburn :- "Your husband served under me so long and was so well known to me that I hope I may be allowed to express to you my sincere sympathy in the sad loss you have sustained. Your husband died a gallant death, giving his life in the cause of his country." Pte. Hill had previously belonged to the Beds. Militia, and joined the camp at Ampthill a few months after its formation.

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JANEWAY

Ernest
Pte 30841. Household Cavalry (Bedfordshire Yeomanry). Killed in action Saturday 30 March 1918. Born 1898 at Winchmore Hill, N. London, birth was registered under his mother's maiden name Anderson, and lived Barton. Enlisted Bedford. No known grave. Commemorated on Poziers Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 7.
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MARTIN

Charles
Rifleman B/200455. 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Formerly 29863 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Wednesday 27 March 1918. Son of Mr. E. Martin, High Street, Barton. Buried in Namps-au-Val British Cemetery, Somme
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MARTIN

George

Pte 23270 8th Bn. Bedfordshire Reg. Died: Fri. 15 Sept 1916 Comm: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2C

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MARTIN

John
Pte 33181 8th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Formerly 6544 Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 20 October 1917. Aged 27. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Martin, Town Yard, Barton. Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France.
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NICHOLLS

Arthur

Bandsman (Private) 9486, st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Born 1892, son of John and Ruth Nicholls. Enlisted in the regular army on 9 July 1909 at Bedford, resident Barton, a Farm Labourer, aged 18 years 3 months, unmarried, height 5 feet 6¾ inches (5 feet 9 inches on discharge), weight 138 lbs, chest 36 inches (38 inches on discharge), fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Posted 1st Battalion, bedfordshire Regiment 13 July 1909, appointed Bandsman 20 October 1911, posted Depot 1 November 1914. posted 4th Battalion 22 January 1915. He was posted to France 14 August 1914 at the outbreak of war and was severely wounded on 15 September 1914 at the Battle of the Aisne. He was hit in the head by a bullet or a shrapnel ball and was partially blinded, admitted to 14th Field Ambulance 14 September 1914, transferred same day to 15th Field Ambulance. Piece of shrapnel removed in Military Hospital, Paris. Returned to United Kingdom 31 October 1914. Discharged under para 392 (xvi) King's Regulations as no longer phycially fit for War Service on 13 May 1915. On discharge intended place of residence was 27, Milton Road, West Hendon, London N.W. He died in early 1920, being recorded in Soldiers effects but not in CWGC or SDGW records as he died out of service. For some reason he cannot be traced in civil death registrations.

Image below copyright Crown Copyright Images reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives, London, England.

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PAYNE

Albert C

Pte 204157 4th Bn. Bedfordshire Reg.. Died: Tues. 30 Oct 1917 aged 22. Son of Sabta & Louise Payne, Barton Hill Cottage, Streatley. Comm: Tyne Cot.

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SAUNDERS

Thomas

Pte 15598 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) Killed in action Friday 28 Sept 1917 aged 23. born 1894 in Camberwell, the family returning to Barton by 1897 where his parents ran a grocer's shop and tearooms. Lived Ampthill. Enlisted London. Only son of Thomas & Elizabeth Saunders of Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Extract from contemporary newspaper:

24th January 1916

Barton man’s experiences in The Dardanelles.
A Bullet across the top of his "Napper"

Mr. And Mrs. Saunders, of The Stores, High Street, have recently received some interesting letters from their only son, Tom, who has seen service with the 8th Duke of Wellington’s at the Dardanelles, but who is now at a rest camp at Cairo. In one of his letters he says:- "I would like to stop here for the duration of the war. This is the best shop I’ve had since I enlisted. All you have to do is feed and sleep, and a nice little bed-cot to sleep in; different from laying in the bottom of the trenches. By the papers here it looks as if conscription is coming in England. I think all the single men should enlist. Let them come out and have a bit of a skirmish or two; it will liven them up, especially when a shell knocks their dug-out in on top of them like it did mine a few weeks back, but to my pal’s surprise it did not hurt me a little bit, with the exception of taking a bit of skin off the top of my head. Of course, I was buried with stones and dirt, but my mate was there, luckily, and got me out. But I’ve had some near "dos". I’m wearing my cap with a bullet hole in it now, and hope to bring it home with me, and hope to keep it in remembrance of a Turkish sniper who was not a bad shot. I felt the bullet go across the top of my "napper." It was an explosive one too, and hit the wire on the back of my cap, but did not as much hurt a hair of my head, only gave me a bit of a headache. I was between the British and Turkish firing lines with a small party when it happened. There were poor fellows laying dead here and there – somebody’s sons, even if they were Turks, as I know by the dress one or two were".

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SIMPKINS

W David
Sgt 3/7044 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Saturday 19 May 1917. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Bedford. Son of James and Sarah Simpkins. Buried in Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, Pas de Calais, France. Ref 11.B.11
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STURGESS

Leonard

[Sturgiss on SDGW CD] Pte [L/Cpl on War Memorial] 242111 10th Battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died 22 June 1918. Born Barton. Lived Ampthill. Enlisted Luton. son of Isaac and Mary Ann Sturgess; husband of Elizabeth May Sturgess, from his census and pension records he lived at Barton. Before serving in the Yorkshire Regiment he had served as a Lance Corporal in the Bedfordshire Regiment No. 7404 both pre-war and from 1914 to early 1916. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Ref. II.H.3. No known grave.

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STURGESS

Wilfred
Pte 23263 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 15 Apr 1917. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Ampthill. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Sturgess. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France. Bay 5.
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WARD

Arthur Douglas
Private 39368, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment formerly 48408, Suffolk Regiment. Born 1899 in Barton. Killed in action 23 August 1918 near Achiet-Le-Petit, Son of Elizabeth Julia and the late Henry Ward (once village Postmaster) and brother of Ernest James Ward (below). No known grave. Commemorated at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 7
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WARD

Ernest James

Pte 16910. 8th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 16 Apr 1917 aged 20. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. Son of Elizabeth Julia & the late H. Ward of High Street, Barton and brother of Arthur Douglas Ward (above). Buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. Ref. 11.M.12.

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WORKER

Sidney
Pte 33148. 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Formerly 6296 Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 22nd March 1918. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. Buried at Saulcourt Churchyard Extension, Guyencourt-Saulcourt, Somme, France. Ref. D.8.
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WORKER

Thomas
Sgt 22677 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 23 Apr 1917. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
     
1939-1945
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DUNNE

Thomas

Gunner 1100598. 69 (The Denbighshire Yeomanry) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery Died Thursday 6 April 1944. Age 33. Son of Patrick & Bridget Dunne, husband of Eileen Edna Dunne of Barton. Buried in Naples War Cemetery, Italy. Ref. II.F.18

Extract from local newspaper:

27th April 1944 (P05)

Soldier Killed

Mrs. Eileen Dun has been notified that her husband, Gunner Thomas Dunn, has been killed in Italy – the first local casualty. Gunner Dunn, who was a native of Limerick, volunteered in August 1940, was called up the following November, and went overseas in July 1942. He was at the battle of El Alamein, in the advance to Tripoli, and was in Sicily before going to Italy.

Before joining the Army he was employed by Messrs. Davison on the construction of air raid shelters in Luton. He was married in 1940, and there is a son, Patrick, aged three.

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HAYNES

George

Pte 5833288 1st Bn The Cambridgeshire Reg., Suffolk Regiment. Died Monday 26 Jan 1942 Age 28. Son of Richard & Rose Haynes, husband of Ada Kate Haynes of Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial. Column 59. See also Shillington

Extracts from local newspaper:

4th November 1943

Nearly two years have elapsed since Mrs. George Haines had any news of her husband in Malaya. The Red Cross have written a very sympathetic letter, promising news immediately it can be obtained.

26th March 1946

Barton Man’s Fate at Singapore

Mrs. Haynes of Barton, has received official notification that her husband, Pte. George Haynes, was killed on January 26th 1942 at Sangjerang, Malaya. He had arrived in Singapore on January 13th and was 28. Mrs. Haynes is left with a son aged five. Pte Haynes was a native of Shillington.

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HOLMES

R

No further information currently.

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HYDE

Roland Charles

Bombardier. 148 (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died: Tuesday 12 Sept 1944. Age 24. Son of Thomas & Mary Emma Hyde of Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial. Column 36

Extract from contemporary newspaper:

3rd June 1943

Mr. and Mrs. T. Hyde of manor Road, Barton, have heard that their son, L/Bdr. Ronald Hyde is in the Malai Camp. He joined the Territorial Artillery at Luton when he was 17, and will be 23 this month. Before the war he worked for Dunstable Aircraft.

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PAINE

Keith

Sgt 1633408. Air Gnr 207 Sqdn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 19th July 1944. Buried in Margny Communal Cemetery, Marne, France. Mil. Plot, Coll. Grave 1

Extracts from contemporary newspapers:

26th July 1945

Barton Sergeant Presumed Dead

Reported missing on air operations on the night of July 18 – 19 1944, Sgt. Keith Paine, second son of Mr. and Mrs. R Paine of 140 Bedford Road, Barton, is now presumed to have lost his life.

Sgt. Paine was 21, and before joining the RAF was employed as a fitter at Barton Airport, where he had several flights. He was married in June 1943, and leaves a baby son, born last October.

A brother of Sgt. Paine is with the B.L.A., his service having taken him to Africa, Italy, France and Germany.

Undated article:

French Honour a Dead Barton Sergeant

A statement by the Maire of the French village of Margny (Marne) has given Mr. R. Paine of 140 Bedford Road, Barton, the first authentic news of the fate of his younger son, Sergt. Keith Paine RAF, who was reported missing on his first bombing raid in July 1944, and the touching description of the last honours paid.

The statement, received through the RAF Missing Personnel Inquiry Service says:- "Eyewitness reports state that the crash occurred on the night of July 18-19, one and a half miles east of Margny. After a thorough search next day by gendarmerie and villagers, a piece of a white pullover was found. (This was identified as belonging to the pilot of the plane).

The remains of the crew were buried in two coffins in a single grave on Friday July 21st and it had been a long time since this little village had seen so many at a funeral. The entire population was there. Many came from neighbouring villages, and over 50 floral tributes were brought.

Before the service in front of the church, bugles sounded Last Post, and repeated this at the Elevation during the service. For the first time, perhaps, the bells of the old church echoed their notes.

The Dean of Orbais paid tribute to the glorious memory of those who had died at the call of duty, and thanked the council and the population for coming to pay tribute. Preceded by the Tricolor of the ex-service men of Orbais, and numerous people carrying flowers, the two coffins were borne by young villagers to the cemetery, the Maire and the council leading the mourners and the local freemen followed.

After the last prayers at the cemetery, and Last Post, the Maire, in the name of the relatives, the Motherland, and all the allied countries, thanked all who had helped in these tragic circumstances, and paid his own tribute to those who had died on the Field of Honour."

Sgt. Paine was 21, was employed as a fitter at Barton Airport, and left a wife and a baby son.

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Note: This was not his usual crew

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RANDALL

Maurice Dean
Flying Officer 135274 Naval 824 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died: Friday 20 Oct 1944. Age 34. Husband of Doris Mabel Randall of Barton. No known grave. Commemorated on Ranchi War Cemetery, India. Ref. 2.H.2.
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SMITH

David Paul

Gunner 925387. 148 (The Bedfordshire Yeo.) Field Regiment Royal Artillery. Died Sat 11th Sept 1943 aged 23. The son of Matthew & Kate Smith of Barton. Buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand

Extract from contemporary newspaper:

30th November 1944

Jap Prisoner is Dead.

Gunner David Smith, whose parents are Barton people, and who was among those captured at Singapore, is now known to have died of fever and dysentery about a year ago.

This news was broken to them by Gnr. W. H. Emmett, of 147 New Bedford Road South, one of the two Luton men who recently returned home after being "recovered" from the Japanese. He also is a native of Barton, and has visited the village to give several families news of pals who joined up with him.

Gnr. David Smith joined the Territorial Field Artillery at Luton with a number of the Barton lads just before the war. He had just completed his apprenticeship with the Cundall Folding Machine Co., Luton, and played for their football and cricket teams.

 

STOTEN

Desmond Arthur Henry

Gunner 925386 148 Field Regiment Royal Artillery. Died Tuesday 12 Sept 1944. Age 23. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial. Column 38.

Extracts from contemporary newspaper:

17th June 1943

Gunner Desmond A. H. Stoten, third soldier son of a Barton "Old Contemptible" Mr. Archie Stoten, is in Malai Camp. He was mobilized with the Territorials at the outbreak of war.

7th December 1944

Gnr. Desmond A.H. Stoten R.A. one of two sons of Mr. A. Stoten, a Barton Old Contemptible, who were both prisoners in Siam, although not in the same camp, is also among those now listed as "Missing at Sea". He joined the Territorial Artillery when 17, and was 19 when he went abroad.

His brother Bernard was last known to be in No. 1 Camp, Siam, while another brother, Cecil, is in Burma.

MEN WITH BARTON CONNECTIONS WHO DO NOT APPEAR ON THE WAR MEMORIAL

 

ANSELL

George

Corporal 37195. 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 27 August 1918 . Age 30 . Born Barton. Lived Toddington. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Fredrick and Julia Ansell, of Toddington, Beds; husband of Florence George, (formerly Ansell), of Princess St., Toddington, Beds. . Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Ref. IX. G. 10.

 

KEFFORD

William

Private G/40394. 2nd Bn., Middlesex Regiment. Died Monday 23 October 1916. Born Barton. Lived Brighton. Enlisted Chichester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B

 

PECK

William

Private 31136. 2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Friday 27 July 1917. Age 24. Born Barton. Lived and enlisted Luton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peck, of Leagrave, Beds.; husband of Elizabeth Sear (formerly Peck), of 28, Regent St., Luton, Beds. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XVI.

 

ROBERTS

Herbert James

Private G/29541. 2nd Bn., Middlesex Regiment. Died Monday 30 July 1917. Age 38. Born Barton. Lived Ampthill. Enlisted Luton. Son of James and Martha Roberts, of Barton, Beds. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XXXIV. F. 17

 

WARD

Arthur Douglas

Private 39368. 1st Bn., Essex Regiment. Died on Friday 23 August 1918. Born and lived Barton. Enlisted Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7

 

WEBB

Charles

Private 13085. "B" Coy. 6th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 10 July 1916. Age 18. Born Caddington in 1898 (Barton according to SGDW). Lived Luton. Enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. E. Webb, of Farley Green, Luton, Beds. He enlisted. together with his brother Eli. in the 6th Beds in 1915 No 13084 and according to his medal card was serving overseas from 31 July 1915 and would therefore have been underage on enlistment. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row R. Grave 4. Commemorated on the Caddington memorial

 

HUTCHINS

John

Civilian. Died on Saturday 5 September 1942. Age 71. Son of John and Ann Maria Hutchins, of Clipstone Cottages, Barton; husband of Sarah Hutchins, of 26 Midland Road. Injured at 16 Midland Road; died same day at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Commemorated in the Municipal Borough of Luton Section of the Civilian War Dead Register.

Extract from contemporary newspaper:

10th September 1942

Raid Victim

Mr. John Hutchins, a 71 year old native of Barton and a member of the local Foresters’ Court, was one of those killed by enemy action in a Home counties town on Saturday.

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