[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]
On Wednesday afternoon last a Vickers twin-engined aeroplane, flying from Leighton Buzzard to Norwich, whilst attempting to land near Fornham All Saints School, Bury St Edmunds, suddenly 'span' when a few yards from the ground, owing to engine trouble, crashing badly.
Yesterday morning, at 7.30, about 80 Belgians bade farewell to Luton after several years' refuge in the town and district. They left the Midland Railway station en route for Hull, and there were some affecting scenes.
They were seen off by Councillor W. J. Primett, Chairman of the local relief committee. Mr Grice, the Midland Railway Stationmaster, gave great help and made special arrangements for the luggage.
“To all these the town owes a debt of undying gratitude.” Percy Blundell's tribute to Lutonians who had fought in the Great War was published in The Luton News (April 3rd, 1919) as a preface to a poem that offered a very different light on a Corporation approach to an ex-serviceman. The poem, bearing the name Arthur R. Child and reproduced here, is entitled The Payment:
In the ongoing issue of the Maternity Home and Child Welfare scheme that had raised controversy over the future use of Wardown House, a committee report to a meeting of Luton Town Council on April 1st, 1919, said Messrs J. Cumberland & Sons had promised to give certain particulars in relation to St Dominic's School in time for the next meeting of the committee.
The only formidable enemies of freedom in Europe at the present time are extremists who invariably begin by describing themselves as democrats, said The Luton Reporter in its leading article on April 1st, 1919. They say they want the people to rule and, as the population of a country is never of one mind, they mean that they want the majority to rule.
[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: April 5th, 1919]
Another presentation took place at Biscot Camp on Sunday morning [March 30th] when a visiting officer of high rank bestowed upon Sgt Bertie Farrow, of 15 Winsdon Road, Luton, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Sgt Farrow was formerly with the Davis Gas Stove Company, and on his demobilisation has returned to the foundry. He joined the 6th Bedfords (13089) in September 1914, and went to France in July 1915. He served with that unit until April 1918, when he was attached to the 1st Herts Regiment.
The Luton Red Cross Band, like many other local institutions, suffered under very great difficulties during the war. Its conductor, Mr F. Mortimer, and the majority of its playing members were on active service.
Turmoil throughout Europe, wide-spread industrial unrest in Britain and much higher gas and electricity charges for Luton householders, who were also facing a shortage of coal due to miners' strikes. The crippling legacy of war was being felt everywhere.
Ex-Bombardier Sidney Morris, 80999, Royal Field Artillery, was presented with his Military Medal by Mayor Henry Impey at a meeting of Luton Town Council on March 18th, 1919.
Bdr Morris (pictured), of 30 New Town Street, Luton, had been awarded the medal for gallantry in the field in April 1918. The Mayor read a letter written by Bdr Morris describing how he had won the medal.
Inspector Herbert Hunt (pictured) was promoted by Luton Watch Committee from the rank of sergeant in March 1919 as part of Police Force restructuring following the retirement of Inspector Walter James Hagley, 'father' of the Force.
A Hampshire man, he was appointed a constable at Luton on May 15th, 1900, and was promoted to sergeant on November 1st, 1909.
The suggestion has been made to the Army Council that the title of the Bedfordshire Regiment should in future be the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, wrote The Luton Reporter (Tuesday, March 18th, 1919).