News had been received by Mr and Mrs Ward, of 3 East Avenue, Park Street, Luton, and until lately of 37 Bailey Street, that one of their sons, Lance Corporal Alfred Ward, 3/5697, has been killed at the Front.
Private Cyril Bunyan, who had enlisted with the North Midland Royal Field Artillery stationed in Luton after escaping from occupied Brussels, had told The Luton News about what life was like in the Belgian capital following the German occupation. In this final episode of his story he talks of his dash for liberty via Holland and the narrow squeaks along the way.
One young soldier stationed in Luton who was looking forward to getting to Belgium to do his bit in defeating the Germans had already spent three months escaping from occupied Brussels so that he could enlist in England and return to fight. This is the first part of his dramatic story.
Stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph, February 13th, 1915
The Saturday Telegraph placed the spotlight on the role brewer Mr John William Green and his family were playing in the current crisis and included photographs of eight members of the family.
Mr Green himself had never taken any military office, his work lying in preparing for the care of the sick and wounded. Two years ago he was appointed Honorary Commandant of the Men's Voluntary Aid Detachment.
This man may have been the inspiration behind the "Jack Cornwell VC" float which became a focal point of the Peace Day parade on July 19, 1919, that culminated in the notorious riot and burning of the Town Hall.
Stories from The Luton News, Thursday February 11th, 1915.
It is pretty well known that the whole of the output of Commercial Cars Ltd [Biscot Road, Luton] has been commandeered by the War Department, and letters being received from the Front speak very highly as to the behaviour of the cars.
While there was disquiet among workers in the hat trade over low wages, the local correspondent of the Hatters' Gazette painted a rosy picture of the industry.
He wrote that a tour of some of the factories of the neighbourhood was productive of several interesting results, and to the writer, who had known the straw trade for over 40 years, it was a real pleasure, filled with admiration, at the progressive enterprise of the various parties concerned in the trade.
Luton Amateur Swimming Club have 37 members with the colours, according to a preliminary roll of honours issued by the Midland District A.S.A. One member, Mr W. Brandram, a regular swimmer and helper from Letchworth, is reported to have been killed at the front.Other members:
Luton Mayor Councillor W. J. Primett said he was rather disappointed that there were only one or two replies to an appeal to churches asking what steps they had taken to offer facilities to a new batch of hundreds of soldiers who were being quartered in Luton.
Able Seaman J. H. Green, a son of Mrs Green of the Cranbourne Boarding Establishment, Brook Street, Luton, has sent home a letter giving a very interesting description of some of the work the Australian Navy has been doing since war broke out.
The appointment was officially announced on Thursday evening at 10 Downing Street of Luton and South Beds MP Mr Cecil B. Harmsworth to be Under-Secretary to the Foreign Office, in succession to Mr Francis D. Acland, who has become Financial Secretary to the Treasury.