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National Roll of the Great War

The National Roll of the Great War is one of the most sought after sets of reference books of the First World War. The National Publishing Company attempted, shortly after hostilities ceased, to compile a brief biography of as many participants in the war as possible. The vast majority of entries refer to combatants who survived the Great War or Special War Workers ( such as munitions workers) and is often the only source of information available.

First Chunk of the Luton Absent Voters List uploaded.

The Absent Voters List, is an important resource when it comes to tracing WWI ancestors. We've just uploaded the first chunk to the website, with 6 more to come.

There was a General Election in Britain in 1918. Details of men in the army were listed on Absent Voters Lists (see details below). These usually recorded the man’s regiment, number and rank at the time, as well as his home address.

4 Days in The Mall Luton

On the 28th 29th 30th and 31st March, volunteers and the WWI Project Officer, will be manning a stall at Central Square in The Mall Luton.

Come along and see us, find out a little about your town during WWI, and learn about how you can contribute your WWI stories to the project.

9AM - 5PM Fri,Sat,Mon

11AM - 4PM Sun

 

Biscot Camp

Did you know that the area bounded by Kennington Road, Biscot Road, Holland Road, and Leagrave Road; used to be the home of a large camp that trained many thousands of men to be ready for service in the Royal Field Artillery? Including the author Dennis Wheatley! It was called Biscot Camp, and was extremely important in the wartime history of the town and yet, there is very little known about it.

What happened to Grandad's medals?

Do you have your grandfather’s or another relative’s medals from the First World War?  All soldiers who served in World War One were awarded campaign medals which were automatically dispatched to their last known address or to the next of kin of deceased soldiers. You can find out more about the most common medals here.

If your ancestor served in the British Expeditionary Force at the out break of the war, they will have received the Mons Star.

Do you want to add something? Here's a few tips.

This site is about splitting information up into chunks that can be used for research, to tell stories, and to build a bigger picture of Luton's war. But if you just want to talk about your family memories of WWI, and are not quite sure where to start or what to do. I hope this little guide helps.

Researching Luton Town in WW1

The previous blog entry draws attention to the fascinating story of Luton Town Football Club in the Great War which can be found on this website. It has been very satisfying to uncover this information and to add it here for others to explore. I hope it will encourage readers to research more of Luton's employers, clubs, churches or communities and how people connected to them contributed in the Great War. There must be many more such stories to tell.

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