7th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment
The letter all wives and mothers feared:-
Son of Robert Harry and Marian Alma Pestell of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, Harry Pestell was killed near Meaulte on the Somme at the age of 29 on the 20th January 1916.
The above letter from Harry's Captain was also printed in the local Luton newspaper. Sadly the cuttings are very fragile owing to their age so some parts are missing.
He is buried in Meaulte Military Cemetery.
You can see the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reference here.
Service No: 16949