Soldiers quartered at the Luton Union House, Dunstable Road, had a sing-song on Friday evening that might be called a jam session. Jam, which had such a prominent place in military catering, was the subject of a song which the whole company would break in to. Here are the lyrics.
With so many troops stationed in the Luton area, it was inevitable there would be some problems involving drink. And letters began appearing in the Press complaining about behaviour and urging a need for restrictions on licensed premises.
Stories from The Luton News: Thurday, September 10th, 1914.
Mr Walter Horace Jeffs, of 33 Manor Road, Luton, is a prisoner of war at Baden. He and four friends were in Lucerne, Switzerland, when they were told they were unlikely to get away for six months due to the outbreak of hostilities.
They were true prophets who told us that the battle between the Allies and the Germans on the Western front of the war would prove to be not only the greatest of history, but the slowest to result in a decisive victory for either side. It is now more than a month since hostilities began and still the fate of Europe - the fate of France, of Belgium and of our own Empire - is undecided.
People whose names appeared in The Luton News of September 10th, 1914, in connection with military service.
A private in the Bedfordshire Regiment, writing from Mandora Barracks, Aldershot, where he is at present in training, says his battalion is nearly 1,000 strong and nearly all of them come from Bedfordshire, including many from Luton.
Appended to the letter are the names of Privates H. Barber, New Town Street; H. Taylor, Hitchin Road; R. Evans, 25 Alfred Street; C. Woodfield, 76 Wenlock Street; W. Mingay, Bailey Street; and L. Lovell.
Every one of the officers and about 650 men of the 1,000 in the 5th Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment have volunteered for foreign service unconditionally. That means that they can be sent anywhere, and are as likely to go to France as to Egypt or any of the other foreign countries that one hears so frequently mentioned as the destination of the Territorials who have offered themselves for foreign work.
Stories from The Luton News: Thursday, September 3rd, 1914.
The first case in Luton under the Aliens Restrictions Act 1914 was heard at the Borough Sessions yesterday when before the Mayor (Councillor W. J. Primett), John Griem, of 75 Salisbury Road, Luton, was charged that he, being an alien enemy, did travel on August 31st for more than five miles from his registered place of residence in Luton without having been furnished with a permit from Chief Constable Teale, the registration officer for the district.
An unnamed Territorial billeted in Luton had some very kind words for the town and its people that were reported back home in the Midlands and then picked up by The Luton News in its September 3rd, 1914, edition. He writes:
From The Luton News: Thursday, September 3rd, 1914
The dark shadow of the war cloud that hangs over the country has impressed itself upon the course of the chief local industry. Ladies' hats may be classed with the luxuries of life, and many an economical woman has asked herself such questions as these: "How few hats can I do with?" instead of "How many hats can I afford?"