Eight weeks after the death of her former soldier husband James, Mrs Graham, of The Harrow pub, Hitchin Road, received news of the death at the front of her son Cpl Percy William Graham, 9200, of the 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). He was aged 22.
Pte Graham was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on March 10th. He was born in Luton and attended Waller Street Schools, afterwards working at a local foundry. He also attended St Matthew's Church.
Two escapes from death for a Luton soldier at the front were revealed in an interview given by Rifleman Leonard Butcher while on leave at his home in Ashburnham Road, Luton. He had joined the 12th Batt. County of London Regiment (Territorials) at the outbreak of war, and left with the regiment for Belgium on December 24th. Some weeks afterwards (at the beginning of February) he was in the firing line at Ypres, and it was then his terrible experiences began.
With the large number of troops in the town it was extremely inadvisable that this sort of thing should be going, Town Clerk William Smith told Luton Police Court on March 27th, 1915, when a woman claiming to be a genuine relative of the Gipsy Lee family was charged with "practising palmistry to deceive and impose".
Adelaide Garrett, of 24 Church Street, Luton, denied the charge, brought under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824. She was convicted and fined 30 shillings, including costs. She could have faced three months in prison or a fine of up to £25.
Deep mystery still surrounds the ownership of gold and silver coins which were scratched out of a hole at the foot of a hedge in West Ward, Luton, last Thursday evening by a mongrel dog belonging to Mr and Mrs Joseph Janes, of 108 Maple Road.
Floss, the canine hero of the adventure, was out on a ramble at six o'clock with Reginald Janes, aged 10, and John Williamson, another Maple Road boy, and when she glued her nose to a hole, which is near a factory, the lads thought she was ratting.
Snowstorms on Saturday had raised questions over whether Recruiting Sunday - the first day of spring - the following afternoon should be postponed until after Easter. But in the event the sun shone and Park Square, Luton, was filled to overflowing with an audience brought together to hear something of the needs of the 2nd 5th Battalion Beds Regiment, the Yeomanry and the New Army in the way of recruits.
Don't play the enemy's game by striking. That was the plea from a brother serving in the 1st Battalion, Beds Regt, to a brother working as a mechanic at Commercial Cars in Luton after hearing of recent strike action at the Biscot Road factory. The firm was engaged in war work.
A Territorial who signed himself merely as "Grenade" sent The Luton News an account of his experiences during a day in the trenches, with just a few moments of excitement and tragedy amid what was mostly mud and routine. This is what he wrote:
The sergeant popped his head in at the stable door, where my section was billeted, and shouted, "No. 3 Company to parade in full marching order at 3.30 outside billets. Remember, it's our turn in the trenches tonight!" He then disappeared.