Linton was born about September 1897 at Needingworth and his family were still living at Church St in 1901. He had an elder sister called Gladys, and 3 younger sisters – Lily, Sofia and Winifred. By 1911 the family are living in St.Ives with Linton’s grandmother Lizzie Lantaff and his mother Emma is a domestic servant at a hotel in Oldhurst. Gladys is also a domestic servant and Linton himself is a Farm Worker working for Edward Anderson at Hill Farm.
Linton enlisted at Huntingdon and was a Lance Corporal in the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He was killed in action on the 20th October 1917 in the third battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. The casualties on the British side during Passchendaele were a quarter of a million, many literally drowning in the sea of mud in Belgian Flanders. 90,000 were reported missing, never to be found.
His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Ypres, Belgium and he received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Hunts Post 9th November 1917
Pte L. W. Lantaff, Bedfordshire Regiment, son of Mrs. Lantaff, Kidmans Row, St. Ives was killed in action in France on October 20th. Lantaff was a fine young fellow, and he answered his country’s call quite early in the war, prior to which he was employed by Mr. Edward Anderson, Hill Farm. A few months ago he was on home leave from the Front.