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Was there a tank named after Luton?

A special sub-committee, consisting of the members of the Town Council, members of the Luton War Savings Committee and a number of other members, had been appointed to go into the arrangements for the reception of a tank which was being presented to Luton in recognition of the success of the War Savings movement in the town.

Unemployed juveniles

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 3rd, 1919]

As the result of discharges from the munition works, there were 330 unemployed juveniles in Luton in February. Since that date, as the result of the activities of the Juvenile Employment Committee, this number has been reduced to 227, and instructional classes have been organised for those who are still awaiting new employment.

Frustration over demob delay

Delayed demobilisation caused anger among long-serving soldiers held to serve for another 12 months, while those enlisted at towards the end of the war were released without even having even left England. 'Disgusted Tommy,' an unnamed soldier who pointed out that he had enlisted for the duration of the now-ended hostilities, voiced his frustrations at facing not being able to return home for another year to be spent in India. His letter in the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph (May 3rd, 1919) read:

Luton family missing in Ukraine

In November 1916, former Luton Hoo gardener Jesse William Funge, his wife Ethel and young daughter fled from Germans occupying Rumania, where they had been working for Prince and Princess Bibesco. They escaped to Russia, where they settled in February 1917, only to get caught up in the later revolution there. Nothing more had been heard from them since August 1918.

Wartime waste paper scheme wound up

[From Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 3rd, 1919]

A pleasant function took place at George Hotel on Thursday evening, when a dinner was given to mark the winding up of the Luton Waste Paper Scheme after a successful war career. In the words of Town Clerk Mr William Smith, they had seen the birth, youth and middle age of the undertaking, and now they had come to the funeral, and it was one of the happiest of interments.

Train derailed after late April snowstorm

Church Street station (Charles Smy)

  • Church Street station from which the derailed train had departed after an April snowstorm.

Luton and district was on Sunday [April 27th, 1919] “snowed under” by a storm which, for its duration, the abnormal size of snowflakes and the depth to which it laid, has not been equalled for many years so late in April.

Vauxhall foresees a rosy future

Vauxhall Motors factory 1919

A rosy future for Vauxhall Motors Ltd was painted by Chairman Mr Leslie Walton at the company's annual meeting in London on April 24th, 1919. Not only had the first post-war cars been delivered but maximum output was anticipated with America seen as a potential market, and all men demobilised from the Army had been re-engaged with the prospect of more jobs being created for skilled workers.

Light railway system for Bedfordshire?

At the first annual meeting of the recently incorporated Luton Chamber of Commerce held in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall on Friday, April 25th, 1919, Mr C. H. Osborne gave the first intimation of a scheme for a light railway from Luton to Bedford, by way of Barton and Silsoe.

The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph reported Mr Osborne said the Government proposed to put down several light railways, using the material brought back from France, with a view to encouraging agriculture and the distribution of agricultural produce throughout the country.

Leagrave and Limbury Peace Day plans

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 24th, 1919]

A long and rather discursive joint meeting of Leagrave and Limbury Parish Councils was held at Norton Road Schools last evening to consider the question of Peace celebrations. Practically the whole of the discussion, however, centred round the financial aspect.

It was reported that Messrs Hewlett & Blondeau, of the Omnia Works, had offered the use of their ground and mess-room and to provide, through their caterers, tea for the children of the two parishes.

Scheme for 1,000 new houses

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 22nd, 1919]

A practical start has at last been given to the scheme for the erection in Luton of 1,000 new houses under the Housing Act now going through Parliament by a decision of the Town Council to enter into agreements for the purchase of approximately 89 acres 1 rood 4 poles of land as sites for the full number of houses required, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board.

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