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Flu closes schools and hits industry

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: October 26th, 1918.

The influenza epidemic in Luton continues to spread. Although the town, in comparison with some other places, has been let down fairly lightly so far, unhappily there have been several deaths and, unfortunately, one or two of the doctors have themselves been temporarily incapacitated.

Flu epidemic overwhelms doctors

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, October 24th, 1918.

Luton is having its fair share of the world-wide influenza epidemic. The doctors, already overwhelmed with work, have been at their wit's end to cope with the unseen enemy. The most they can do it to provide medicine and give general instructions on a wholesale method, for it is found impossible to see all patients individually. One or two of the practitioners are themselves victims.

Appalling hardships at training camp

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: October 19th, 1918.

The risk of sending into the services men who are not physically capable of withstanding the transition from comfortable homes to the hardship of camp life is instanced in the sad death of Pte Harold Charles Brightman, whose home is at 25a Langley Street, Luton.

'Let peace avoid mistakes of the past'

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: October 12th, 1918.

Aware that hostilities seemed to be nearing an end, the Telegraph in its leading article nevertheless thought it was time to think of the consequences of peace on Luton and urged the powers that be to avoid the mistakes of the past. It said:

Ostend raid sailor honoured

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, October 3rd, 1918.

A Lutonian Jack Tar was fittingly honoured at Dover last week when he received the Distinguished Conduct Medal at the hands of Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes for a splendid act during the raid on Ostend*. This hero is Seaman Cyril George Slough (pictured right), son of Mr William Slough, hat manufacturer, of 6 Dudley Street, Luton.

Dilemma over the price of milk

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, September 26th, 1918.

An anxious time was spent by the Luton Food Committee on Tuesday evening at the Town Hall, especially on the question of the milk prices and supply. Under protest the Committee agreed to fix the maximum prices in the latest Order (three shillings per gallon, 9d per quart from October 1st to November 31st, and 3s 4d, or 10p per quart from November 22nd to April 30th, 1919).

POW: 'We give pigs better food'

Draper letter heading

The Saturday Telegraph of July 13th, 1918, carried a report of a letter that 10429 L/Cpl Henry William Draper (South African Scottish Infantry) wrote to his widowed mother, Nellie Draper, at 12 Shirley Road, Luton, to let her know he was a wounded prisoner of war at Alten Grabow in Germany, having been captured on April 9th.

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