POST OFFICE WAR MEMORIAL
World War 1 & 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Wendy Harding 2007
main Post Office in Upper George Street, Luton contains two war memorials
that were moved there about 1970 when the new Post office opened. The
World War 1 memorial takes the form of a brass plate on a wood backing
board shaped in the form of a shield with a craved wreath at the top,
and on the left and right carved pillars with a roof. There are six
names for World War 1. The World War 2 memorial two memorial is formed
exactly the same as the World War 1 memorial and contains ten names.
For ease of reading and research each group of names has been ordered
THE HONOUR AND LAST MEMORY OF OUR
COMRADES WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
as CATWOOD, Edward] Private 19785, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire
Regiment. Killed in action 15 November 1917. Born and enlisted Luton,
Bedfordshire. Married. Resident 21, Cumberland Street. In the 1891
census he was aged 2, born Luton, son of George and Sarah A Gatward,
resident Albert Road, Luton. In the 1901 census he was aged 12,
born Luton, son of George and Sarah A Gatward, resident 66, Baker
Street, Luton. Married Rose Bacchus in the October to December Quarter
1909 in Luton. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Luton, an
Iron Moulder, married to Rose with two children, resident 73, Lake
Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated
on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 104 to 105.
See also Luton Town Memorial
to the National Roll of the Great War - Section V - Luton:
E., Private, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment.
He joined in March 1916, and in the following October was
drafted to the Western Front. After serving in several minor
engagements he was wounded on the Somme in February 1917.
After his recovery he again took part in the fighting near
Passchendaele Ridge, where he was killed in action on November
15th of the same year. He was entitled to the General Service
and Victory Medals.
61, Hartley Road, Luton.
79040, 1st/7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry formerly 5346, Yorkshire
Regiment. Died on service 6 September 1918. Aged 41. Born and enlisted
Luton. Married. Husband of Ada Jane (nee Walker) Janes, of 106,
Cowper Street, Luton, Beds, married 24 May 1902 in Wellington Street
Church, Luton, one daughter. Attested 9 December 1915 at Luton,
aged 38 years 11 months, resident 106, Cowper Street, Luton, a Postman,
married, height 5 feet 4 inches, weight 119 lbs, chest 35 inches.
In the 1901 census he was aged 23, born Luton, a Rural Postman,
son of John and Rebecca James, resident 127, Russell Street, Luton.
Buried in BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany.
Plot XII. Row B. Grave 11. See also Luton
2720, 3rd/2nd East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died
in United Kingdom 10 December 1915. Aged 20. Death registered October
to December Quarter 1895 in Luton, aged 20. Born and resident Marlow,
Buckinghamshire, enlisted Luton. Resident 11, Edward Street, Luton.
Son of Amos and Clara Moody, of 49, Chapel St., Marlow. In the 1901
census he was aged 6, born Marlow, Buckinghmashire, son of Amos
and Calara, resident Dean Street, Marlow. In the 1911 census he
was aged 16, born Marlow, Bucks, a Messenger, son of Amos Charles
and Clara Moody, resident Trinity Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
Buried in MARLOW CEMETERY, Buckinghamshire. Plot D. Row I. Grave
87. See also Luton Town Memorial
6019. 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire
Regiment). Killed in action 9th May 1915. Aged 32. Born Ampthill,
enlisted London, resident Luton. Husband of Emily Phillips, of 37,
Queen St., Luton. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL,
Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 7 and 8. See also Luton
238006, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
Killed in action 23rd April 1918. Aged 26. Born and resident Luton,
enlisted Bedford. Son of George and Sarah Smith, of 78, Russell
Rise, Luton, Bedfordshire. Formerly 6002, The Duke of Cambridge's
Own (Middlesex Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Panel 45 and 46. See also Luton
33856, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th
April 1917. Born King's Lynn, enlisted and resident Luton. No known
grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel
41. See also Luton Town Memorial
The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918, Section V - Luton,
private, 8th Bedfordshire Regt.
Joining in May 1916, he embarked for France in the following
January. Whilst on the Western front he was engaged on important
duties with his unit in various sectors, and took part in
several notable engagements. He was killed in action on April
18th, 1917, in the course of heavy fighting in the Arras sector,
and was entitled to the general Service and Victory medals.
Whitby Road, Luton
HONOUR OF OUR COMRADES AT LUTON AND
DUNSTABLE WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
DURING THE WORLD WAR
Officer P/J 10050, H.M.S. Ormonde, Royal Navy. Died 15th June 1942.
Buried in DURBAN (STELLAWOOD) CEMETERY, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Block F. Grave 244.
758023, 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th
December 1940. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL,
Surrey. Panel 12.
1186524, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24th July 1942. No
known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 81.
14695163, 19 Air Form Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 17th
June 1945. Aged 36. Son of Frank Abel and Emma Eggleton; husband
of Elsie Kate Eggleton, of Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. Buried in
KARACHI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan. Plot 7. Row B. Grave 8.
CH/23867, Royal Marines. Died 11th March 1941. Aged 42. Son of Joseph
and Elizabeth Hocking; husband of Millicent A. Hocking, of Bedlinog.
Buried in GRAIGFARGOED CEMETERY, GELLYGAER, Glamorganshire. Grave
Seaman C/J 65682, S.S. Beaverdale, Royal Navy. Died 1st April 1941.
Aged 39. Son of Harry and Emma Jones; husband of Amy Elizabeth Jones,
of Luton, Bedfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM
NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 41, Column 3. See also Luton
Beaverdale was torpedoed and shelled by U-48 on April 2nd, 1941.
Everyone on board made it into the ship's three lifeboats, but,
during the night one of the lifeboats with 21 men aboard disappeared
without a trace. (The date of death given is one day earlier but
in all probability this was the same incident.)
5946974, 50th Division Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died between
16th and 17th July 1943. Aged 31. Son of William and Hannah O'Dell,
of Luton, Bedfordshire. Buried in CATANIA WAR CEMETERY, SICILY,
Italy. Plot I. Row B. Grave 26. See also Luton
TITMUS on CWGC] Guardsman 2613248, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards.
Died 21st May 1940. Aged 27. Buried in ESQUELMES WAR CEMETERY, Belgium.
Plot III. Row A. Grave 3.
Officer Class II (Quartermaster Sergeant) 1858810, Royal Engineers.
Died 4th March 1943. Aged 47. Son of Alfred William and Caroline
Isobel Weatherley; husband of Ellen Weatherley, of Luton, Bedfordshire.
Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot 30A. Row A.
Grave 1. See also Luton Town Memorial
745453, 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th
July 1940. Aged 20. Son of Thomas Easton Worthington and Fannie
Marion Worthington, of Studham. No known grave. Commemorated on
RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 21.
THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN
THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
19 June, 2020