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Luton men with the North Midland Division

 

The Mayor of Luton, Councillor W. J. Primett, desires to obtain a complete list of Luton men who are serving with the division. The first names sent in are:

ALLEN: 1353 Driver H.Allen, 1st North Midland Brigade, R.F.A. Ammunition Column - 13 Dorset Street, Luton.

ALLEN: 1469 Driver Victor J. Allen, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column - 73 Warwick Road, Luton.

BARRETT: 1467 Driver Bert Barrett, 5th Lincoln, 1st North Midland Brigade, R.F.A. - 23 Holly Walk, Luton.

Diary: Newly widowed mum loses her son

 

From The Luton News, April 1st, 1915

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.

Narrow escapes from death at Ypres

 

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.

Casualties and prisoners: March 25 - 27th, 1915

The following casualties among the Bedfordshire Regiment were reported on March 25th, 1915.

KILLED IN ACTION

Pte Charles Alfred SMITH: 3/8456, 1st Battalion, February 27th, 1915 (Menin Gate Memorial)

DIED OF WOUNDS

Sgt James Henry BARLOW (28): 9198, 1st Battalion, February 28th, 1915 (Bailleul Communal Cemetery)

WOUNDED

Pte A. LEWIS, 7111

Pte H. LOVEDAY, 8702

Pte H. PHILLIPS, 8344

Pte E. SMITH, 14677

Cpl E. C. STONE, 8758

 

Soldiers warned about fortune tellers

 

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.

Mongrel becomes a golden retriever

 

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.

Diary: Recruiting Sunday heralded by snow

 

Stories from The Luton News, March 25th, 1915.

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.

Just another day in the trenches

 

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.

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