The medal of the Order of the British Empire has been awarded to Mr Ernest Hansell for bravery during an explosion of the Chaul End Munition Works. The intimation is contained in a letter from the Home Office which states that the Lord Lieutenant of the County will communicate with Mr Hansell with reference to the actual presentation of the medal.
Mr Hansell has been engaged in mixing and drying high explosives at Chaul End for something like three-and-a-half years, a most extraordinary man on a job highly dangerous and also injurious to health.
Last November the room in which Mr Hansell was working was suddenly blown away. He was left uninjured, however, and as soon as the debris could be cleared he immediately got on with his work again. It was at a time when the War Department were wanting all the material that could be turned out., and Mr Hansell showed great bravery in the way he went on with his work.
[The Luton News: Thursday, February 20,1919]