Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Sutton Family of Luton

British Gelatine Works, Luton 1906 [Z210/145]

Monday 9th July 1917: An old soldier from Luton has no less than seven sons and two step-sons serving in the Army. Alfred F. Sutton, who now works at the British Gelatine Works, served for 31 years in the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, including 19 years abroad in Egypt, India and South Africa. All seven of his sons joined their father’s old regiment. The longest serving is the eldest, Frederick, who has been with the Colours for 19 years and has been awarded the Military Medal. His brother William has served for nearly 17 years and is the only one of the brothers who has been wounded while serving in France; he suffered a slight wound from which he recovered at a base hospital. The younger brothers, Thomas, Sidney, Ernest, Archie and John, have served for between eight and twelve years. Mr Sutton also has two step-sons who joined up at the beginning of the war. Private Alfred Fountain of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers came home last week from hospital, where he had been recovering from a bullet wound in the thigh received last February; he has been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His brother, Driver Thomas Fountain, is with the 13th Middlesex Regiment.

Source: Luton News 12th July 1917

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