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Peace Day trial: Husband and wife fined

Ellen Louisa Goodridge, aged 34, a cleaner, and her husband Edgar Cecil Goodridge, aged 39, an electrician, of 63 Collingdon Street, Luton, appeared before magistrates on July 25th, 1919, jointly charged with stealing a gramophone, value £8 8s, the property of S. Farmer & Co, between 19th and 20th July. They were bailed jointly in the sum of £20 to appear again the following Wednesday.

Peace Day trial: Ellen Gilbert

Ellen Gilbert, aged 37, married, hat machinist, of 11 New Street, Luton, first appeared before magistrates on Wednesday, July 23rd, 1919, and was remanded in custody for a week charged with receiving toilet requisites valued at 4s 3d, the property of Carl Caspers [Bute Street], from Amos Gooch, who had been charged with stealing them.

Peace Day trial: Rose Winifred Bacon

Rose Winifred Bacon, aged 21, of 28 New Street, Luton, and an employee at Hubbard's dye works, first appeared before magistrates on Wednesday, July 23rd, 1919, and was remanded in custody for a week charged with larceny of scent and books, value 10s 6d, the property of Walter Clark [chemist, 83 George Street] and perfume, value 12s 6d, the property of Carl Caspers [hairdresser, 4 Bute Street].

Peace Day trial: Ada Andrews

Ada Andrews, aged 23, wife of a Portsmouth gun wharf engineer but whose mother lived at 45 Cobden Street, Luton, first appeared before magistrates on Friday, July 25th, 1919, and was remanded in custody until the following Wednesday, charged with rioting stealing toilet requisites, value 32s 6d, the property of chemist Mr Walter S. Clark.

Eleven sentenced by Luton magistrates

Riot charges heading - ST 2-8-1919

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: August 2nd, 1919]

Yesterday morning [August 1st, 1919] the Bench decided to deal with the larceny cases, and it was understood at the opening of the day's proceedings that the Justices might see their way to dealing with those charges without committing the persons concerned to the Assizes.

'The mutiny on HMS Luton'

A correspondent writing under the name 'Wireless' took a satirical look at the Peace Day riots in an article headlined 'The mutiny on HMS Luton'.

Information is to hand, he wrote in the Saturday Telegraph of August 9th, 1919, that a serious mutiny broke out on board HMS Luton on the 19th of last month. The details at present are rather meagre, but so far as can be ascertained, a section of the crew who, with others, had rendered great help to the whole of the fleet at a critical period, desired to hold a church parade on the quarter deck.

Riot defence lawyer condemns 'lack of tact'

Mr H. W. Lathom, representing some of the riot accused, said in court during the remand hearing on July 30th, 1919, that all were impressed with the great sense of degradation which had fallen over the town, and the great sorrow that “to live in Luton” should now be a byword in England, simply because they did not know how to conduct themselves on a day when everybody should have acted with sobriety and quietness.

Mace bearer's riot evidence

[From The Luton News: Thusday, July 31st, 1919]

Frederick John Rignall, mace bearer and manager of the Luton Town Hall, gave formal evidence at the Borough Court on Wednesday, July 30th, 1919, about the Peace Day arrangements and the passage of the Peace Day procession to Wardown.

After the procession had gone, he said, the Mayor and others entered into the Town Hall and the crowd, which had been kept back by the procession, assembled in front of the Town Hall.

Chief Constable's riot evidence

Chief Constable Charles Griffin's evidence to the Borough Court on July 30th, 1919, was reported in The Luton News, as follows:

The Chief Constable said that until the procession left the Town Hall, everything was orderly and, as far as he knew, everyone was in good humour. He went to Wardown, and between the Town Hall and the Park saw not the least sign of disorder.

Town Clerk puts prosecution case

[From The Luton News: Thursday, July 31st, 1919]

In his opening statement which took about an hour [at the Borough Court on July 30th], the Town Clerk [Mr William Smith] said that on the day appointed for the official celebration of peace Luton desired to show its appreciation of the blessings of peace, and made ample arrangement for the enjoyment, at a reasonable expense, of all classes of the community, and especially the poor and the children.

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