Servicemen – Randall

Daniel Randall

Daniel Randall was the third of six sons of Joseph Randall and Martha Bull, and was born in Wing in late 1894. In the 1911 census he’s a 16-year-old shepherd living with his parents, brothers, and three cousins. Daniel married Ethel Lambourne on 18 April 1915 at All Saints (occupation labourer), and their only child Walter was born in Wing towards the end of that year (at the time of writing Wally is 103, a WWII veteran, and Britain’s oldest poppy seller).

In September 1916 Daniel enlisted at Watford and was serving as a gunner in D Bty 160th Bde of the Royal Field Artillery, number 168715, in France from January 1917. He had written his will for his Active Service Pay Book in May 1917:

“In the event of my death I leave all my property and accounts due to me to my wife Mrs E Randall Vicarage Lane Wing Bucks nr Leighton Buzzard Beds. D Randall, Gr RFA, 12/5/17”

Daniel returned home on leave in 1918, then returned to France, contracted influenza and died there on 10 November 1918, sadly just one day before Armistice Day. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery in Wimille in France with the inscription “The path of duty was the way to glory, from his loving wife and son”. At that time, the cemetery was used chiefly for burials from the base hospitals in Boulogne.