'A terrible story and a disgrace'

Peace Day crowd (Thurston)

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: July 22nd, 1919]

It is a terrible story, and a disgrace which the town will never forget. For the moment we do not intend to enter into the astonishing series of happenings of the past week or more, or to ascribe the blame; all that, we take it, will be the subject of later inquiry or debate.

Final function at the old Town Hall


Luton old Town Hall in 1914

The last formal event held before the burning down of Luton Town Hall was a public dance, admission two shillings. An advert appeared in the Luton News of July 10th, 1919, to publicise the weekly Saturday dance at the Town Hall - the next on July 12th - and explaining that the following dance would be brought forward to the Friday [July 18th].

Reunion for Luton 'Yellow Devils'

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: July 19th, 1919]

A meeting was held at the Corn Exchange, Luton, on Wednesday evening (July 16th, 1919), presided over by the Mayor (Councillor H. Impey), when the question of formulating some scheme to recognise the gallantry of the 1/5th Beds Regiment was discussed.

The day is long past when there was any need to print in glowing colours the wonder deeds of the famous 'Yellow Devils.' and their claim to a proportionate share in the celebration of peace was freely recognised.

Labour urges action on housing

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: July 19th, 1919]

At the meeting of the Luton Trades and Labour Council on Thursday [July 17th], reference was made to the Luton Corporation housing scheme. The Council's committee, which is dealing with the housing question and fighting on behalf of tenants who are compelled to leave their houses under legal process, recommended that the Town Council be addressed as follows:

That on the general question we suggest the employment of direct labour in the building of the 1,000 houses.

Comrades withdraw from Peace celebrations

[The Luton News: Thursday, July 17th, 1919]

The Comrades Club at Luton has withdrawn from participating in the Peace Celebrations as a consequence of the attitude of the Town Council in refusing the use of Wardown for the memorial service to those who have fallen. The decision has been conveyed in the following letter to the Town Clerk:

Corporate 'lack of tact and sympathy'

Lady Wernher's offer

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: July 15th, 1919]

The broad view taken by Lady Wernher – the result of the wide vision which might well have been anticipated – has provided the solution to what looked perilously like an impasse with regard to the Discharged Sailors and Soldiers Federation memorial service in tribute to their fallen comrades.


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