Serving the King: November 26th, 1914

Latest names to be added to the Luton News list of local men serving in the Army and Navy.


R. BURLEY: Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Warwick Road, Luton.

Leslie R. HYDE: 1st Class Boy, HMS Powerful - School House, Caddington.

John WALKER: 2nd Class Boy, HMS Powerful - Caddington.


S. W. ALLIN: Pte (6183), B Company, 7th Battn, East Surrey Regt.

A. J. BROWN: Pte, 3rd Battn, Beds Regt, E Company, Expeditionary Force - 27 Cobden Street, Luton.

Saturday Telegraph: November 21st, 1914

Stories from the Saturday Telegraph - November 21st, 1914

The first edition of Luton's new Saturday evening newspaper appeared on the streets carrying war news from around Europe and the Persian Gulf and the latest official reports from the War Office. One of its four pages was largely devoted to local sport, including a full report of Luton's 15-0 drubbing of visitors Great Yarmouth in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in front of a c rowd of about 4,000.

Launch of a new Luton newspaper

November 21st, 1914: The Beds and Herts Saturday Telegraph, a sister paper of The Luton News, was launched with the day's sport as one of its major selling points, especially Luton Town's progress in the Southern League. And the Town gave the debut paper a stunning first result with a 15-0 Cup win at home over Great Yarmouth.

Bedfords 'prove their fighting qualities'

Sgt T. W. Andrews, of the Bedfordshires, has written the following letter to the Officer Commanding, Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment.

"Our regiment is proving its fighting qualities. Our losses are heavy, but nothing compared with those of the enemy. Our machine guns of the Batteries have done some deadly work, and our officers, NCOs and men are perfect heroes, especially in our advances under artillery fire.

'Be brave and break the news to mother'

Tragic news was becoming more commonplace in letters from the front - either involving fellow soldiers or even a brother.

Pte H. Huckle, of the 2nd Beds, did not have the heart to tell his mother that he was lying wounded in Netley Hospital, less so that his brother Alfred had been killed. In a letter sent to his sister instead, he wrote: "I was hit in the chest - just missed the heart by an inch. That was a fortnight ago but I was unable to let you know before. Am leaving Netley on Friday - going somewhere to recruit my health.

1914 recipe for the perfect Christmas pud

For the benefit of our lady readers we give them the best recipe we know of for their Christmas pudding.

¾ lb of flour

2 heaped-up teaspoons of Borwick's Baking Powder

2 ounces of bread crumbs

1½ lb of suet

2 lb of raisins

1 lb of currants

10 oz of sugar

2 oz of almonds

1 lb of mixed candied peel

Salt and spice to taste

Mix the ingredients well together and add six eggs well beaten and three-quarters of a pint of milk. Divide in two and boil for eight hours.

North Midlanders depart at night

The order was given to the North Midland Division late on Sunday night to move, and before most people were about on Monday morning the town had been practically emptied of its soldier visitors.

All through the early hours of the morning preparations for the move were being made with great rapidity, and the men started moving out at an early hour. To where they have moved no information can be given, as the publication of details in regard to the movement and destination of troops is strongly objected to by the military authorities.


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