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LUTON WAR MEMORIAL
WORLD WAR 1 - SURNAMES R

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.

RADFORD John
Private 23496, 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 14 November 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Luton, enlisted Ampthill. Unmarried. Resident 9, Windsor Street, Luton. Son of Harry and Julia Radford, of 9, Windsor St., Luton, Bedfordshire. Buried in PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 26.
RAE Frederick
Private 158522, Labour Corps formerly G/17850, 13th Battalion, The Queen's (The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)). Died in United Kingdom 2 October 1918. Aged 39. Enlisted Luton. Married. Husband of Sarah Rae, of 51, Duke Street, Luton. Buried in LUTON CHURCH BURIAL GROUND, Bedfordshire. Plot Y. Row I. Grave 39.
RAINSDEN John
Lance Corporal 18526, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 July 1916. Aged 33. Resident and enlisted St. Albans. Married Annie Shaw in the April to June Quarter 1906 in St. Albans. Son of Mrs. Dinah Rainsden, of 17, Charterhouse Road, Coventry; husband of Annie Rainsden, of 61, Beech Road, Luton, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 17, born Sandridge, Hertfordshire, a Domestic Gardener, son of Dinah Rainsden, resident 176, Fishpool Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Sandridge, Hertfordshire, a Stoker, married to Annie Rainsden with one duaghter and one son, resident 23, St. Michaels Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C. See also St. Alban's.
RALLEY Frank Percy
Private 18444, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died in Luton 5 March 1919. Aged 33. Unmarried. Son of Thomas and Mary Ralley, of 10, Hartley Road, Luton. Buried in LUTON CHURCH BURIAL GROUND, Bedfordshire. Plot Y. Row O. Grave 38.
RALPH Victor James
Private 12138, 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers formerly 28220, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died on service in Turkey 16 September 1917. Born Christchurch, Dorset, enlisted Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Unmarried. Resident Farley Home Farm, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 16 and 62.
RANCE James
Private 241786, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment formerly 32174, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Born Tring, Herts, enlisted Bedford. the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Tring, Hertfordshire, a Whitesmith's Labourer, son of James and Maria Rance, resident Longfield Road, Tring. In the 1911 census he was aged 27, born Tring, Hertfordshire, a General Labourer, married to Charlotte Rance, resident 67, Boyle Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.

According to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton note difference in battalion:

RANCE, J., Private, 1/5th Suffolk Regiment.
He volunteered in June 1915, and after his training served at various stations with his unit until drafted to the Western Front in January 1917. During his brief service in this theatre of war he took part in the heavy fighting at Ypres, Vimy Ridge, on the Somme, and was reported missing during the Battle of Arms on April 28th of the same year, and was later presentee' to have been killed in action on that date. tie was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
67, Boyle Street, Luton.
4221.
RANDALL Herbert
Private 30788, 12th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 28. Born Leicester, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Husband of Elsie Maud Randall, of 62, Westbourne St., Belgrave Rd., Leicester. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.
RANDALL Stanley [George]
Private 69187, 1st/6th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died on service 11 April 1918. Aged 18. Born and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Son of Walter and Elizabeth Randall, of 220, Wellington Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 2.

According to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton:

RANDALL, S. G., Private, Northumberland Fusiliers.
Joining in May 1917, he underwent a course of training and proceeded to France in the renewing April, and in the same month was reported missing, and later was presumed to have been killed in action during the German Offensive. lie was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
220, Wellington Street, Luton.
4224.
RASH Clement Philip [Ernest]
[Listed on Luton RoH as Suffolk Regiment] Private 51377, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment formerly 33949, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 1 October 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Haverhill, Suffolk, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Son of Walter and Miriam Rash, of 32, Vine Cottages, Haverhill, Suffolk. Married. Resident 19, Liverpool Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 9.
RATCLIFFE William Ernest
Rifleman S/11035, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 18 August 1916. Born Walthamstow, Essex, resident Notting Hill, Middlesex, enlisted London. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
RATTLE Ernest David
Lance Corporal 40902, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment formerly 39383, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 March 1918. Aged 30. Born Little Blakenham, Suffolk, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Son of Edmund and Ann Rattle, of Ipswich; husband of Alice Mary Rattle, of 12, Nasebv Road, Luton. Buried in STE. EMILIE VALLEY CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 10.
READ Frederick Charles
Lance Corporal 47734, "B" Company, 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 30 April 1917. Aged 21. Born Holloway, Middlesex, resident Luton, enlisted St. Albans, hertfordshire. Unmarried. Resident 13, Naseby Road, Luton. Son of Harold Edward and Emily Maud Read, of 38, Harcourt St., Luton; brother of Stanley (below). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.
READ Herbert Horace
Private 60076 [Luton RoH and SDGW] or G/60077 [CWGC], 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) formerly 4075, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 October 1917. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1888 in Luton. Unmarried. Resident 11, Back Street, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 2, son of William and Emily Read, resident Back Street, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 12, born Luton, son of William and Emily Read, resident 11, Back Street, Luton. In th 1911 census he was aged 22, born Luton, a Labourer, son of William and Emily Read, resident 11, Back Street, Luton. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row E. Grave 27.
READ Stanley William
Lance Corporal 47767, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds 5 May 1918. Aged 21. Born Regents Park, Middlesex, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Unmarried. Resident 13, Naseby Road, Luton. Son of Harold Edward and Emily Maud Read, of 38, Harcourt St., Luton, Beds; brother of Frederick (above). Buried in ARNEKE BRITISH CEMETERY, Noprd, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 1.
READER Charles Frederick
Corporal M2/202679, Base Mechanical Transport Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 14 November 1918. Unmarried. Resident 8, Selbourne Road, Luton. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row S. Grave 4.
REED Charles Edward
Gunner 124882, 505th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 25 March 1918. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Chelsea, London S.W. Married. Resident 38, George Street, Luton. Husband of Mary Reed, of 40, "E" Block, Sutton Model Dwellings, Chelsea, London. Buried in ST. PIERRE CEMETERY, AMIENS, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row G. Grave 5.
REED Claude Walter
Lance Corporal G/43599, 17th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 13 November 1916. Aged 29. Born Dullington (sic - Dullingham?), Cambridgeshire, resident Luton, Beds, enlisted Bedford. Son of the late Walter and Mary Jane Reed. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Dullingham, Cambridgeshire, son of Mary jane Reed (a widow), resident Exning Road, Newmarket St Mary, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire & Suffolk. IN the 1`901 census he wasn aged 13, born Dullingham Ley, Cambridgeshire, a Halter & Clothier's Assistant, son of Mary Jane Reed (a widow), resident 23, Denmark Street, Watford. IN the 1911 census he wass aged 23, born Dullingham, Cambs, an Outfitter, baording at 18, Market Street, Watford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.
RHODES Henry William
Sapper 524537, 233rd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died on service from influenza complicated by pneumonia, from which jaundice set in, at 3 Canadian General Hospital at 03:05am 10 November 1918. Born and enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Married. Son of William and Edith Rhodes, of 20, Reginald Street, Luton; husband of May Louisa (nee Evans) Rhodes, of High Street, Toddington, Bedfordshire, married 25 December 1915 at Toddington, one son; brother of William (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Luton, son of William and Edith Rhodes, resident 10, Dudley Street, Luton. Attested 15 December 1915 as 3487, 3rd/2nd East Anligan Field Company, Royal Engineers, resident 20, Reginald Street, Luton. Enlisted aged 26 years 1 month, height 6 feet, chest 35 inches, a Painter by trade. Transferred to general base Depot 27 May 1917 then 233rd Field Company 11 July 1917. With British Expeditionary Force to France from 27 May 1917. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row E. Grave 4.
RHODES William
Pioneer 528165, 488th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action when shell landed in front line trench 20 July 1917. Unmarried. Resident Luton, enlisted Bedford. Son of William and Edith Rhodes, of 20, Reginald Street, Luton; brother of Henry William (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of William and Edith Rhodes, resident 10, Dudley Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Luton, at shool, son of William and Edith Rhodes, resident 10A, Dudley Street, Luton. Attested 4 May 1915 in Luton, as Pioneer 2331, 3rd/1st East Anligan Field Company, Royal Engineers, aged 19 years 4 months, resident 20, Reginald Street, Luton, height 5 feet 7 inches, chest 34 inches, religious denomination Church of England. With Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 15 November 1915. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XXXI. Row G. Grave 12.
RICHARDS Thomas [William]
Private 6684. 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12 March 1915. Aged 33. Born and resident Luton, enlisted Bedford. Married. Resident 178, Park Street, Luton. Son of the late Charles and Sarah Elizabeth Richards, of 147, Hitchin Rd., Luton; husband of Emma (nee Worsley) Richards, of 178, Park St., Luton, married 3 October 1913 in Luton. Served in the South African Campaign. In the 1881 census he was newborn, born Luton, son of Sarah Richards, resident 94, Albert Road, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 10, born Luton, at school, son of Sarah Richards, resident Albert Road, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 30, born Luton, a Turner, son of Charles and Srah Richards, resident 147, Hitchin Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11. See also J. W. Green Brewery
RICHARDSON Ernest William
Private 39791, 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment formerly 241849, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 30 November 1917. Aged 40. Born and enlisted Luton. Baptised 19 March 1879 in Luton, son of Thomas Parkes and Bertha Richardson. Married. Son of Thomas Parks Richardson and Bertha Lavinia Richardson; husband of Jeannie Richardson, of 23, Russell Rise, Luton. In the 1881 census he was aged 2, born Luton, a scholar, son of Thomas and bertha Richardson, resident 60, John Street, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 13, born Luton, a scholar, son of Berthas Richardson, resident Windsor Street, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 22, born Luton, a Journey Man Printer, son of Bertha Richardson, resident 165, Wellington Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 8.
RICHARDSON Harry
Lance Corporal G/1262, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 3 January 1916. Aged 26. Born Hoxton, Middlesex, resident Luton, Beds, enlisted Hampstead, Middlesex. Resident 89, Cromwell Road, Luton. Son of William Charles and Julia Anne Richardson, of London. Attested 7 September 1914 in Hampstead, aged 24, parents dead, unmarried, a Boxmaker Guillotine Cutter by trade, height 5 feet 6½ inches, weigth 119 lbs, chest 34 inches, religious denomination Church of England, resident Luton. Joined 9th Battalion 7 September 1914. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 77.
RICKARD Alfred

Driver 528334, No. 2 Section, 69th (East Anglian) Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Hospitalised at Farm Road, 1st Northern Division General Hospital (Aux.), Darlington, with a fractured skull after being dragged and kicked by a bolting mule 8 May 1918, died 03:45 p.m. 9 May 1918. Aged 19. Resident Luton, Beds, enlisted Bedford. Unmarried. Son of Thomas Ernest and Charlotte Eliza Rickard, of 34, North Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 11, born Luton, at school, son of Thomas Ernest and Charlotte Eliza Rickard, resident 34, North Street, Luton. Suffered from Bronchial Catarrah and sent to 69th (east Anglian) Division Reception Hospital 19 to 30 July 1917, suffered from influenza 6 to 16 April 1918. Served in United Kingdom 12 March 1915 to 9 May 1918. Buried in LUTON CHURCH BURIAL GROUND, Bedfordshire. Row S. Grave 22.

Report of incident dated 11 May 1918:

C O P Y .
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Guisboro Camp,
Yorks.

On Wednesday 8th, inst: the following accident occurred No.528334 Driver Rickard, A. No.2 Section ,69th.Divisional Signal Co R.E. was leading his pair of mules to water. The animals shied and attempted to bolt. Driver Rickard had in some way his arm entangled in the chain by which he was leading one and was dragged for some distance, and severely kicked on the head. A Medical Officer of the 322nd Field Ambulance was at once fetched and Driver Rickard was removed to the 1st. Northern General Hospital (Aux) Darlington immediately. He died there at 3.45 p.m. an the 9th.

An inquest was held in the workhouse, Darlington by the Coroner on the 10th. inst: at 4.30 p.m. Mrs. Rickard, the Mother of the deceased, gave evidence as to the accident, which he witnessed. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.


11-5-1918
 

(Signed) . W.H. WALKER. Lieut, R.E.
Signal Officer, 206th.Brigade.

RICKARD Percy Edward
Sergeant 3/8141, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 23. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Son of William and Lucy Rickard, of 45, Crawley Road, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Luton, a Manager, son of William and Lucky Rickard, resident 6 Victoria Street Luton. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row V. Grave 3.
RIMMER Frank [Cowper]

Private 4085, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 16 August 1915. Born 4 February 1895. Resident and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Resident 153, Tennyson Road, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Horwich, Lancashire, son of Edmund and Dorothy Rimmer, resident 21, Cardiff Grove, Luton. Admitted to Luton, Modern School as a Day Scholar 18 September 1906, son of Edmund Rimmer, resident "Rivington", West Hill Road, Luton, left 28 July 1909, further educated Luton Technical Institute (Engineering) and took up occupation as Warehouseman, Straw Trade, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Horwich, Lancashire, a Straw Hat Warehouseman, son of Edmund and Emily Hargreaves Rimmer (appears his mother had died and father remarried), resident "Rimmington", 11, Westhill Road, Luton. See 1st/5th Bedfordshires in Gallipoli. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 55 and 218.

RITCHIE Douglas
Company Quartermaster Sergeant M1/08359, Motor Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in Fulham Military Hospital due to Diabetes Milletus, Double Lobar Pneumonia, Pericarditis and Pleurisy 15 January 1916. Aged 30. Born Kirkcaldy, resident Leslie, Fife, enlisted London. Resident Russell Rise, Luton. Nedxt of kin Harry Ritchie, of Mansfield, Leslie, Fifeshire. In the 1909, 1912 and 1913 Electoral Registers he was resident in a bedroom, first floor, furnished, belonging to Charles Cameron, resident 51, Belmont Road, Luton. Attested 24 October 1914, aged 29 years 3 months, a Motor Fitter and Driver, born Kirkclady, Fife, unmarried, Buried in LESLIE CEMETERY, Fifeshire. Grave 102.
ROBINSON - Arthur
[Luton RoH list him as Royal Irish Fusiliers] Rifleman 42129, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles formerly King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 7 June 1917. Born Luton, Beds, enlisted Hammersmith, Middlesex. Married. Resident 238, Ridgway Road, Luton. Buried in WULVERGHEM-LINDENHOEK ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row F. Grave 20.
ROBINSON Cecil Clement
Lance Corporal 16318, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 March 1917. Born St. Alban's, Herts, resident and enlisted Luton. Married Aline (sic - s/b Alice) Louisa Godfrey in the April to Jubne Quarter 1904 in Luton. Resident 96, Spencer Road, Luton. Attending Luton, Queen's Square Boys' School in 1892. In the 1901 census he was aged 21, born St. Albans. Hertfordshire, son of Gustavus D and Mary Robinson, resident 33, Hibbert Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Flamstead, hertfordshire, a Straw Hat Blocker, married to Alice Robinson with one son, resident 44, Pondwicks Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C.

According to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton:

ROBINSON, C. C., L/Corporal, 7th Bedfordshire Regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following June was drafted to the Western Front. Whilst in this theatre of war he fought in several notable engagements, including the Rattles of Loos and the Somme. He was killed in action at Achiet-le-Grand on March 15th, 1917 and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
96, Spencer Road, Luton.
4346.
ROBINSON Charles Harold
[Listed as Harold Charles Robinson in the 1911 census] Private 51669, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 16 April 1918. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Unmarried. Son of Mrs. Fanny Wellard, of 54, Langley Road, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Luton, Bedfordshire, son of Fanny Robison, resident 46, Lea Road, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Luton, stepson of David and Fanny Wellard, resident 54, Langley Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37.
ROBINSON Ernest
Sapper 522390, 486th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 27 March 1917. Resident Hammersmith, Middlesex, enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Foster mother Mrs Sarah Bent, of 54, Boyle Street, Luton and next of kin his brother Mr. A. Robinson, of 20, Albion Road, Hammersmith, London W. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Luton, son of Jane Robinson, lodging at 4, Gaitskill Terrace, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Luton, an Errand Boy, foster son of Joseph and Sarah Bent, resident 54, Boyle Street, Luton. Attested 19 January 1915 in Luton, aged 19 years 2 months, as Sapper 522390, 1st East Anglian Division, Royal Engineers transferred to 486th Company, Royal Engineers, a Burner Moulder by trade. With Egyptian Expeditionary Force 28 July 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panel 9.
ROBINSON Joseph Alfred
[Listed as A J ROBINSON on CWGC and on marriage record as Alfred Joseph Robinson] Private 26605, 9th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died 19 September 1918. Married Annie Elizabeth Smith 24 gfebruary 1906 in Luton. Resident 123, New Town Street, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Luton, a Straw Plait Bleacher and Dyer, son of Joshua and Mary A Robinson, resident 34, Boyle Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Luton, a Dyer's Labourer, married to Annie Robinson with three daughters, resident 123, New Town Street, Luton. Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot F. Grave 1229.
RODELL Ernest
Private G/14864, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1917. Born St.Paul's, Bedfordshire, enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Resident 3, Surrey Street, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Luton, son of Ernst and Mary Rodell, resident 32, Chase Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Luton, a Labourer Corn Works, son of Ernest and Mary Rodell, resident 3, Surrey Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88.

According to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton:

RODELL. E., Private, 13th Royal Sussex Regt.
He volunteered in August 1914, and was engaged with his unit on important duties at various stations for two years. Sent to the Western Front in August tete. he fought in many engagements during the Somme Offensive, and at Arras and Vimy Ridge. He was killed in action•. on October 18th, 1917, in the vicinity of Cambrai, and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
3, Surrey Street, Luton.
4367/A.
ROE Percy Edward
[Listed as Edward Percy in 1901 census] Private 203850, 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 25 September 1917. Aged 21. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Son of Henry James and Annie Roe, of 27, Cambridge Street, Luton; husband of Maud Mary Brightman (formerly Roe), of Athol Cottage, Church End, Flitwick, Bedfordshire.In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Luton, son of Henry James and Annie Roe, resident 11, Dorset Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Luton, a Foundry Worker, son of Henry James and Annie Roe, resident 27, Cambridge Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 153.
ROE Stanley John
Private 32254, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 September 1917. Aged 22. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Resident 6, Talbot Road, Luton. Son of the late David and Kate Roe; brother of William Roe (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of David and Kate Roe, resident 13, North Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 15m biorn Bedfordshire, a Brass Worker in Foundry, son of Kate Roe (a widow), resident 98, Hitchin Road, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50.
ROE William
Private 27967, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 October 1917. Born and resident Luton, enlisted Bedford. Resident 6, Talbot Road, Luton. Son of the late David and Kate Roe; brother of Stanley John Roe (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Luton, son of David and Kate Roe, resident 13, North Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Luton, at school, boarding at 11, North Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50.
ROGERS Frederick Warren
Private 233554, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment formerly 2933, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Unmarried. Killed in action 17 September 1918. Aged 24. Born Doncaster, resident Clophill, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Frederick and Lily Sarah Frances Rogers, of The Volunteer Inn, Bailey Street, Luton. Buried in WINDMILL BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 24.
ROGERS John Frederick
Private 128958, 30th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 36088, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 22 April 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Son of Mr. G. T. and Mrs. L. Rogers, of 3, Kenilworth Road, Luton. in the 1901 census he is listed as Frederick J, aged 2, born Luton, son of George T and Louisa Rohers, resident 49, Cardigan Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he is listed as Frederck John, aged 12, born Luton, at school, son of George Thomas and Louisa Rogers, resident The Laurels, 3, Kenilworth Road, Luton. Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row CC. Grave 31.
ROGERS William John
Quartermaster Sergeant 29424, 166th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps. Died 25 February 1919. Married Mabel Victoria Willis in the October to December Quarter 1899 in Luton. Resident 25, Wimbourne Road, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 33, born Egg, Buckland, Devon, a Clerk, married to Mabel Rogers with two sons and a daughter, resident 25, Wimborne Road, Luton. Buried in LUTON GENERAL CEMETERY, Bedfordshire. Grave 5042.
ROLFE Albert
Private 18312, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1 August 1916. Born Chesterton, Cambs, resident Watbridge (sic), Beds, enlisted Bedford. Resident 33, Russell Rise, Luton. Husband of Mrs. J. Rolfe, of 32, Havelock Rd., Luton, Bedfordshire. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Row J. Grave 44.
ROLPH George William
Private 18924, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 January 1916. Aged 29. Born, resident and enlisted Luton. Unmarried. Son of George William and Maria Rolph, of 51, Beech Road, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Luton, a grocer's ssistant, son of George W and Maria Rolph, resident 32, Bailey Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Luton, a Gelatine Labourer, son of George and Maria Rolph, resident 51, Beech Road, Luton. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 8.
ROLPH Harold
Private 202554, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 22 August 1917. Resident Harpenden, Hertfordshire, enlisted Hertford. Unmarried. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row H. Grave 2.
ROLT Walter John
Driver 528061, 54th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died 26 November 1918. Aged 23. Unmarried. Son of George and Elizabeth Rolt, of 87, Russell Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Pepsel (sic) End, Hertfordshire, son of Gerge and Elizabeth Rolt, resident 87, Russell Street, Luton. Buried in BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, Lebanese Republic. Grave 211.
ROOKWOOD Frederick Horace
Private 3253, 1st/7th (County of London) Battalion (Poplar and Stepney Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 1 October 1916. Resident Luton, enlisted St. Albans. Married. Resident 21, Oxen Road, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 7, born Luton, son of James A and Clara Rookwood, resident Chapel Street, Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.
ROSSON Ernest Stanley
Gunner 254727, 21st Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died on service in the United Kingdom 31 October 1918. Aged 22. Born Luton, resident and enlisted Deanshanger. Married Rhoda A Stones in the April to June Quarter 1918 in Pottersbury Registration District, Northamptonshire. . Son of Mr. A. and Mrs. H. Rosson, of 5, York Street, Luton; husband of Rhoda A. Toombs (formerly Rosson), of 2, Foundry Row, Deanshanger, Stony Stratford, Bucks. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of Albert J and Harriett Rosson, resident 6, Harcourt Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Luton, an Errand Boy, son of Albert and harriet Rosson, resident 5, York Street, Luton. Buried in LUTON CHURCH BURIAL GROUND, Bedfordshire. Plot Y. Row L. Grave 35.
ROWE Ernest George
Private G/10572, 10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 22 October 1918. Born, resident and enlisted Luton, Bedfordshire. Unmarried. Resident 25, Grange Road, Luton. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of Ebenezer and Martha Rowe, resident Cardigan Street, Luton; brother of Percy J (below). Buried in HEESTERT MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row F. Grave 3.
ROWE Percy James
Private 202236, 1st/4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 25 March 1918. Aged 32. Born Luton, Bedfordshire, enlisted London. Unmarried. Son of Mr. E. and Mrs. M. A. Rowe, of 28, Worley Rd., St. Albans. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Luton, son of Ebenezer and Martha Rowe, resident Cardigan Street, Luton, brother of Ernest G (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Luton, a Boy Messenger at General Post Office, nephew of Frank and mAry E Debbage, resident 37, Dudley Road, Ilford, Romford, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8 and 9.
ROWLEY Frank
Private G/86184 [CWGC and SDGW] or 86161 [Luton Roll], 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 18 September 1918. Aged 34. Born Leyton, resident and enlisted Luton. Married. Resident 39, Manor Road. Married. Son of William and Eliza Rowley, of Stratford; husband of Kate Elizabeth James (formerly Rowley), of 140, Chandos Rd., Stratford, London. In the 1911 censsu he was aged 27, born Stratford, Essex, married to Kate Elizabeth Rowley with one son, resident 85, Hartley Road, Luton. Buried in FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 2. See also Vauxhall Motors Memorial
ROWLEY, MM Frederick William
Serjeant 6535, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 21 August 1918. Born Luton, resident Edgware, Middlesex, enlisted Colchester. Married. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). In the 1911 census he was aged 30, born Luton, a Regular Soldier with 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, billeted in the Stanhope Lines, Aldershot. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5.
ROWLEY Harold Frank
[Listed as Frank Harold Rowley on CWGC] Private 88027, 75th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died Friday 11 October 1918. Aged 22. Born Luton, enlisted 11 September 1914 in Luton. Unmarried. Resident 67, Stanley Street. Son of Priscilla and the late William Rowley, of Luton, Bedfordshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Luton, son of William and Priscilla Rowley, resident 67, Stanley Street, Luton. In the 1911 census he is listed as Frank Harold, aged 14, born Luton, an Errand Boy, son of Priscilla Rowley (a widow), resident 67, Stanley Street, Luton. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 19.

According to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton:

ROWLEY, H. F., Private R.A.M.C.
He volunteered in September 1914, and in the following year proceeded to Prance. He served on special duties with Ins unit in many sectors and was engaged on ambulance duties in the front lines whilst operations were in progress at Hill do, Arras, the Somme, Cambrai, and Ypres, where he was wounded. He was subsequently killed in action at Cambrai on October 11th, 1918, and was buried at Abbeville three days later. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the General Service and Victory Medals.
67, Stanley Street, Luton.
4365.
RUMBLES George
Private SS/16740, "A" Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Unknown date of death. Married. Resident 221 Hitchin Road, Luton formerly 17, Back Street, Luton. Husband of Ellen (nee Sharp) Rumbles, of 221, Hitchin Road, Luton, married 28 June 1886 in Parish Church, Bedford, one son. Enlisted 15 September 1916 in London, aged 46 years, height 5 feet 3½ inches, chest 37 inches, a Labourer by trade. Discharged under King's Regulations Sickness Para 392 (xvi), chronic rheumatism, 12 April 1916, issued Silver War Badge 235675 18 September 1917.

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