Thursday, 12 March 2015

Dunstable Postman Killed

Herbert Edward Sharp

Friday 12th March 1915: News has been received that Mr Herbert Edward Sharp of Alfred Street, Dunstable was killed in action in Belgium on 22nd February. Mr Sharp was born and lived for much of his life in Kensworth and was well known in the area. After working as a farm labourer he went to London and enlisted in the Grenadier Guards about fourteen years ago. He spent three years with the regiment, during which time he served in the Boer War although it is believed he was not involved in any fighting. When he left the Guards he returned to Bedfordshire and became a postman in Dunstable, from where he took the mail to Markyate and Flamstead. As a reservist he was called up at the beginning of the war and went to Belgium with the British Expeditionary Force. He married Emma Ada Bradwin in 1909 but did not have any children. In addition to his wife he leaves a grieving mother and two sisters. As Mr Sharp was a regular correspondent his family feared the worst when his letters stopped, and their fears proved well-founded. His half-brother Arthur Hall of Kensworth is serving in France with the Army Service Corps.

Source: Luton News 18th March 1915

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