November 19, 1914 Luton News

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The tragic sacrifice of a Luton family was one of the big stories of the week in the Luton News 100 years ago.

The paper had already reported the death of Private Horace Weedon, killed in action in France on September 14 at the age of 22.

But this week it reported: “The news published a month ago about the death atthe front of Private Horace Weedon , a Luton young man, has been supplemented by the sad intelligence that his brother Jack, a private in the 1st Beds, has been killed.

“His parents, Mr and Mrs J Weedon of Wimborne Road, Luton, received on Saturday last a communication from the War Office intimating that his death occurred at 8.30am on October 27 from a gunshot wound to the head. Where he was fighting at the time was not stated.”

Jack, aged 20, had joined the 1st Beds more than three years previously and had gone to the front with the first contingent of the British Expeditionary Force.

The paper went on to state: “The deaths of Horace and Jack do not complete the bereavement of Mr and Mrs Weedon. About five weeks ago their son Frank, aged 12 died of diptheria.

“Mr and Mrs Weedon’s family record of service for King and country is indeed a proud one.”

In 1914 the family, father Jethro a jobbing labourer, and wife Sarah, already had another sonfrom their brood of 12 children, in the firing line.

George Weedon, aged only 16 or 17, was serving in the navy on the HMS Powerful.

The paper reported 12 local men killed that week, with eight wounded and a further four missing in action.

It is believed George Weedon survived the war.

His father Jethro, died in Luton in 1925 and his mother Sarah, died in the town in 1943 at the age of 78.