Who serves the King? More names of those who have joined the colours.
HARPER: Mr S. J., of 32 Brook Street, Luton, who is now serving with the 4th Battn, Beds Regt on the East Coast, is the third officer from the Board of Trade Labour Exchange at Luton to enlist. At present Mr Harper is on the sick list and in the Great Eastern Hospital, Harwich.
WHITTEMORE: Pte E. W., 4764, C Coy, 5th Battn, Beds Regt, Newmarket - 42 King's Road, Luton.
Stories from The Luton News, Thursday, March 4th, 1915.
Wooden blocks from the floor of Wardown House had been used as firewood during its use as a military hospital. Luton Town Council's Parks Committee reported that the military authorities were to pay £29 19s 1d for damage to Wardown Mansion and a further £118 1s for damage caused by the military occupation of recreation grounds in Luton.
The presence of so many troops stationed in Luton and St Albans was having a knock-on effect on the straw hat trade locally. Women who had devoted their time to producing hats were now spending that time catering for soldiers billeted in their homes.
Stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph, February 27th, 1915
The Waller Street Plait Hall is now open as a YMCA recreation centre for soldiers. The official opening does not take place until Monday evening, but soldiers who wanted to spend a pleasant hour or two last night soon found they were welcome despite the fact that the hall was officially not open, and tonight they will be welcomed just as cordially.
Two cousins - one serving with the Royal Sussex Regiment and the other with Royal Scots - had met by chance in Luton while on Christmas leave in 1908 and were surprised to discover they were both in the Army. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Jack, from Toddington, and Edward Hobbs, from Luton, again acted in tandem, receiving commissions as second-lieutenants with a few weeks.
The season is now so far advanced that the general character of the classes of hat that will be in demand this spring may be accurately indicated. The economic conditions of the country necessitate a general reduction in the prices of the hats, that may in some measure correspond with the diminishing purchasing power of the community.
Businessman Stewart Butler Hubbard, recently returned from a trip to France, Switzerland and Italy on behalf of the Luton dyeing industry, gave The Luton News an interview outlining his experiences and explaining the difficulties of travelling through Europe in a time of war. Here are extracts.