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World War 1
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2019

Note: The Luton Roll of Honour gives military detail, martital status and an address that is noted as residence but is probably the address of the person notifying them. Addresses differ from that given on the Luton RoH, CWGC and census records. Names can vary between records and thus there may be conflicting entries by a name. Spellings differ between records. All this we have tried to indicate here.

O'BRIEN George
Ordinary Seaman J/26306, H.M.S. "St. Vincent," Royal Navy. Died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head 15 November 1914. Born 20 July 1896 in Worcester. Unmarried. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth O'Brien, of 65, Warwick Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Worcester, an Iron Founder Apprentice, son of James and Elizabeth O'Brien, resident 65, Warwick Road, Luton. Iron Moulder before enlistment. Enlisted 30 July 1914 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 34½ inches, dark brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion. Brother of Walter (below). Buried at FLOTTA PARISH CHURCHYARD, Scapa Flow, Orkney.
O'BRIEN Walter
Private 10119, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 October 1914. Aged 20. Born Stantonbury, Bucks, resident Luton, enlisted Bedford. Unmarried. Son of Edwin James and Elizabeth O'Brien, of 65, Warwick Rd., Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire, a Foundry Labourer, son of James and Elizabeth O'Brien, resident 65, Warwick Road, Luton. Brother of George (above). No known grave. Commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.
O'DELL Archibald
Private 8094, 1st/2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment formerly 4313, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 October 1916. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Resident 4, Ebenezer Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D and 16 B.
ODELL John Walter
Lance Corporal 32944, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1918. Resident and enlisted Luton. Married Lizzie Imprey in the April to June Quarter 1902 in Luton. Resident 14, Wimbourne Road. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born hemel Hempstead, a scholar, son of William and Elizabeth odell, resident Turnpike Road, Kensworth, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Hemel Hempstead, Herts, a a general Labourer at Gasworks, married to Lizzie with three sons and a duaghter, resuident 14, Wimborne Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 28 and 29.
OLIVER Herbert Thomas
Private 60378, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) formerly 4053, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 19 February 1917. Aged 27. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Son of Thomas Oliver. Husband of Agnes (nee Buckingham) Oliver, of 1, Moreton Rd., Round Green, Luton, Beds, married 5 August 1912 in Luton. Buried at VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row I. Grave 19.
OLIVER Percy
Private 60380, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) formerly 4054, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10 August 1917. Aged 22. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Son of Amos and Eleanor Oliver, of 311, Hitchin Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of A,mos and Eleanor Oliver, resident 40, Cobden Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Luton, working in General Stores, son of Amos and Eleanor oliver, resident 311, Hitchin Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
OLNEY Arthur
Signal Boy J/34158, H.M.S. "Queen Mary," Royal Navy. Killed in action at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 16. Born 26 June 1899 in Luton. Unmarried. Naval records state his mother Susan was resident 32, Hibbert Street, Luton. Son of Charles and Susan Olney, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Prior to enlisting he was a Number Taker with the Great Northern Railway Co. Enlisted 26 June 1915 for 12 years, heght 5 feet 7 inches, chest 34 inches, light brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. In the 1901 census he was aged 1, born Luton, son of Charles and Susan Olney, resident 2, Oxford Road, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Luton, son of Charles and Susan Olney, resident 80, Albert Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 15.
OLNEY John Daniel
[Listed on Luton RoH as 3rd/5th Battalion] Private, 201536, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 October 1918. Aged 31. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Resident 7, Highfield Road, Luton. Son of John Thomas Olney, of 18, Cardiff Rd., Luton; husband of Kathleen Olney, of 8, Westbourne Rd., Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Luton, a scholar, son of John T and Emma J Olney, resident Peel Street, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 13, born Luton, son of John T and Emma J Olney, resident 48, Wellington Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Luton, a Clerk Straw Hat Manufacturer, son of John Thomas and Emma Olney, resident 18, Cardiff Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.
ORCHARD Thomas
Private 6260, "C" Company, 23rd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 22 August 1918. Born Whitechurch, Dorset, resident Luton, enlisted Bedford.In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Dorset, a Milk Carrier, resident with his cousin at 10, Castle Street, Luton. Married Annie Matilda Syred, in the April to June Quarter 1906 in Luton. Resident 172, Wellington Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Whitechuch, Dorset, a Milkman, married to Annie Orchard, resident 172, Wellington Street, Luton. Previously admitted to No 34 Casualty Clearing Station 6 January 1917 with Trench Feet, transferred to 5 Ambulance Train 13 January 1917. Previously admitted to No 11 Casualty Clearing Station 1917 with shrapnel wounds to the right eye transferred after 69 days to No. 15 Casualty Clearing Station 21 September 1917, religious denomination Church of England. Admitted to 139th Feild Ambulance with Influenza 13 June 1918, discharged 23 June 1918 to unit. Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 17.
OWEN Thomas
Private 10825, 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 15 October 1915. Aged 19. Born Brighton, Sussex, resident and enlisted Luton. Son of John and Caroline Owen. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Stanmer Park, lewis, a Farm Labourer, son of John and Caroline Owen, resident Copt Hall, Hyde near Luton, East Hyde, Bedfordshire. Buried in FELIXSTOWE NEW CEMETERY, Suffolk. Plot/Row/Section/Area J. Grave 7.
OXBORROW Wallis James
[Listed as Wallace James on SDGW and census] Private T.F./238044, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) formerly 5978, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 12 November 1917. Born Whitechurch, Dorset, enlisted Bedford. Married Hilda B Lovell in the October to December Quarter 1916 in Luton. Resident 315, Hitchin Road. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Bradfield, Suffolk, a Corn and Seed Merchant, boarding at Kimberley, Old Bedford Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115.

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