Football and well-tended graves

It will of interest to many Luton people who are mourning over relatives who have fallen during the fighting in the East to know that the graves of our soldiers are not forgotten. Many of our readers will remember Edgar Hall, the old Luton Town full-back whose home is at Harpenden. He is now an air mechanic and is in the East. In the course of a letter to a member of the Luton News/Saturday Telegraph staff he says:

A photographer and his conscience

Charles Crawlley advert

Among the cases dealt with by the Appeals Tribunal on Thursday was that in which the National Service Representative (Mr Gardner) appealed against the exemption of Charles R. Crawley, 36, married, Grade 1 (a photographer and picture framer and conscientious objector), which had been given by the Local Tribunal for both his principles and domestic circumstances.

Luton munition workers reject strike call

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, August 1st, 1918.

An important meeting of local trades unionists was attended by a large audience at the Town Hall on Sunday evening, to consider the position locally as a result of the strike in other towns, consequent upon the dissatisfaction caused by the Government's embargo.

There had been little fear of a stoppage in Luton, but when the Government issued the calling-up proclamation it was thought possible there might be a “sympathetic strike”.

Exemption for widow's last son

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, July 25th, 1918.

Following the application for exemption from military service by Joseph Hawkes, of Baker Street, Luton, the case was subsequently taken up by Mr Tom Smith, Secretary of the Luton Trades and Labour Council, who is a member of the Local Tribunal. He wrote to Mr Anderson MP, and last Thursday in the House of Commons that gentleman asked the following question of the Director of National Service:

RAF hero in Zeppelin sheds raid

Luton will be particularly interested in the news that Capt Bernard Arthur Smart, son of Mr and Mrs Charles Smart, of Carlton House, London Road, has again brought credit to his native town by a brilliant feat while working in conjunction with the Royal Air Force in the North Sea.

He participated in the recent bombing expedition to Tondern, Schleswig, [July 19th, 1918] when Zeppelin sheds were destroyed. The first intimation Mr and Mrs Smart had came in the shape of a telegram received on Tuesday afternoon stating that he had again been awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Comrades club formally opened

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: July 20, 1918.

This afternoon the extensive and well-fitted premises in Upper George Street adapted as a club by the Luton branch of the Comrades of the Great War were opened by Capt Towse, the blind VC. He is on the Comrades' executive at headquarters.

At 2.30 he went straight to the club and formally opened the building. He wore the uniform of the old Scottish Regiment. Accompanied by Mr William Austin and the branch officials he went over the spacious premises.

King and Queen visit Luton Hoo

Luton Hoo pre-WW1

  • Their Majesties the King and Queen and her Royal Highness Princess Mary honoured Lady Wernher by visiting Luton Hoo on Sunday afternoon and inspecting her hospital for wounded officers, going through the wards and speaking to each of the patients. The Royal visitors arrived at three o'clock, remaining to tea with Lady Wernher, and left for London shortly after 6pm. [Picture of Luton Hoo published in 1914].

POW 'hell hole of the world' stories

The news that Cpl Sydney Eads, a Lutonian with the Australians, son of Mr William John Richardson Eads and his wife Minnie Beatrice, of 24 Rothesay Road and Dunstable Road, Luton, has been released from captivity has been a source of great relief to his relatives. They live in the hope from day to day that he will soon be back home amongst them.

Tank Week excitement

Digest of stories from the Luton News: Thursday, July 11th, 1918.

Tank Egbert on Market Hill

'Egbert' is the name of the tank which arrived in Luton from Wales on Monday morning, and is now stationed under the shadow of the Corn Exchange, as a guardian of Britain's genius and resource, and not less as a token of her need.

Town Clerk wanted by Army Council

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, July 4th, 1918.

It was the unanimous opinion of the Luton Town Council at their meeting on Tuesday night that the last item on the agenda was the most momentous they have ever had to deal with. It concerned the application by that august body, the Army Council, for the loan of the Town Clerk (Mr William Smith) for the purpose of carrying through an immensely important scheme.

Volunteers off to camp

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: June 29th, 1918.

“Goodbye-ee! Goodbye-ee! Wipe a tear, people dear, from your eye-ee!” So sand the light-hearted members of Luton's Special Service Volunteer Company as they swung up Park Street shortly after 8 o'clock this morning, one their way to the Great Northern Station, where they entrained for what must vaguely be described as a war station on the East Coast.


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