UXB kills soldier and injures children

Sheep grazing near Ivinghow Beacon (1961)

The Luton News of January 2, 1919, told the distressing story of how a soldier was killed an four children injured by an unexploded bomb lost during earlier tests at Ivinghoe Beacon.

The Christmas festival, said the report, was tragically marred for a family at Ivinghoe by the sudden explosion of a bomb found in a field, causing the death of a soldier and seriously injuring four children.

Military Medal won in Palestine

It was announced in the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph on December 14th, 1918, that L-Cpl Leonard Henry Slough, 25903, 1/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, had been awarded the Military Medal for bravery.

His military record shows that he gained the medal at Umbrella Hill on July 27th, 1917, during the Palestine Campaign. He had joined the colours in February 1915 and trained at Landguard, Felixstowe, before being drafted to Egypt with the Beds Regiment in March 1916.

Quietest election on record

It had been seven years since Luton and South Beds went to the polls in a Parliamentary election – in that case for a by-election won by Liberal Cecil Harmsworth. The Harmsworth majority was just 613 over a Conservative opponent. Would the participation of the Labour Party and women voting for the first time have a dramatic effect over past elections on December 14, 1918, or would the Lib-Con Coalition vote swell the Harmsworth majority?


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