Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Stationmaster's Son Dies in Mediterranean

Bute Street Station, Luton [Z1306/75/18/1]

Thursday 21st October 1915: Mr. Thomas Henry Few, the stationmaster at the Great Northern Railway Station at Bute Street in Luton, has received news that his youngest son, Private Charles Whelpton Few of the 1st Eastern Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps, has died of dysentery while on a ship in the Mediterranean. The “Luton Medicals” were the last of the first-line Bedfordshire Territorial Units to leave England, setting off for service abroad only last month.

All four of Mr. Few’s sons joined the Army at the beginning of the war, with three joining the same unit and the fourth the Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Charles was an old boy of Christ Church School in Luton. From the time he left school until he joined the RAMC he worked at Messrs Welch and Sons Ltd.

Source: Luton News 28th October 1915

[1] He is buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek island of Lemnos.

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