Jam session

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.Three jam jars


There is a happy land

Far, far away

MP Harmsworth: Year or more of war?

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.

For King and country: September 10th, 1914

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.

5th Beds prepare for foreign service

From The Luton News, September 10th, 1914

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.

Luton WW1 diary: September 3rd, 1914

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.

Wartime crises in the hat trade: Work, fashions and cash flow

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?"



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