He's not very big, but he's a smart little fellow. That's how the Beds and Herts Saturday Telegraph of November 28th, 1914, described Luton's youngest soldier, 4ft 11in tall Trumpeter Reginald George Hickman, who had enlisted in the East Anglian Royal Engineers (Reserve Unit).
During the whole of the past week the House of Commons has presented the gratifying spectacle of a happy and united family. Another of Mr Lloyd George's Budgets, a more formidable one than any other of the series, has come and well-nigh gone through without so much as an angry protest in any quarter.
Eighteen of these 25 members of D Company, 17th Battalion, County of London Regiment, worked for the Davis Gas Stove Company in Dallow Road, Luton, before going on active service. The Davis employees are indicated in the list below with an asterisk against their names.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.