Beds Regt casualty list: January 15th, 1915

On January 15th, 1915, the following further casualties were notified in connection with the Bedfordshire Regiment.


BALDOCK Arthur, Sgt 9602, October 31st

BARRS Wilfred John, Pte 3/6127, October 26th

BELFIELD Samuel Arthur, Pte 3/7145, October 31st

BRAZIER James, Pte 9253, October 31st

BRESNAHAN Michael, Pte 3/6308, October 31st

BURNAGE Harry, Pte 9112, October 31st

BURNS William, Pte 9046, October 31st

BUTCHER Edgar, Pte 10076, October 31st

CAIN Sidney, Pte 7393, October 31st

Diary: Is son wounded, dead or prisoner?

Stories from The Luton News, January 14th, 1915

The mystery of the whereabouts of Pte Cyril W. Worboys, of the 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars, after he was wounded at the front on October 17th has now been partly solved, thanks to unremitting inquiries by his mother, Mrs Bray, who lives at 12 Alfred Street, Luton.

Her son, who is 24 years old, enlisted in the Bedfords seven years ago, and less than a year since to transferred to the Hussars. As a boy he attended Surrey Street School.

The war through a German woman's eyes

There are two sides to every story, they say. So how did the German perception of the British compare to the British perception of Germans after the first few months of war?

One German woman who had been in Luton shortly before war broke out outlined her thoughts and experiences in a letter to Madame Hilton, of Roxbury, New Bedford Road.

Fraulein Else Asbach was a young German teacher employed by Madame Hilton. She wrote two letters to her former employer when she got home to Berlin, the second one sent via Switzerland just before Christmas.

Beds Regt casualty list: January 12th, 1915

On January 12th, 1915, the following additional casualties were officially reported.


Cogan - Sgt Alfred James, 7633, aged 33, 1st Beds, KIA November 7th, 1914 (Le Touret Memorial)

Cogan - Sgt William John, 7383, aged 29, 1st Beds, KIA November 7th, 1914 (Le Touret Memorial)



Knight - Pte Robert, 8599, aged 27, 1st Beds, d November 11th, 1914 (Le Touret Memorial)



Apling F., 7583

Byne R., 6911

Chalkley P., 9057

Messages from prisoners of war

It was not just men in the trenches whose letters were being recorded in The Luton News. Messages from prisoners of war were also being reproduced.

For instance, Sgt A. Birley, of the 1st Battalion Gloucester Regiment, who was held prisoner at Munster, Westphalia, sent a postcard to his wife, who was staying with her sister, Mrs W. O. Payne, in New Bedford Road, Luton.

Beds Regt casualty list: January 11th, 1915

On January 11th, 1915, the following casualties were notified in connection with the Bedfordshire Regiment.


Baker H. W. 8088

Henderson R., 6243

Parker J., 8125

Taft H., 9724

Tomlin W. E., 8439



Armitage C. W., 10251

Baker F., 8672

Bone G., 8091

Clark G., 7098

Clarke A. H., 10245

Coker A., 7716

Collins A., 7673

Cooper Sgt A., 6792

Cooper Dmr F., 7109

Cyster G., 8050

Belgian refugees feel at home in Luton

Among the many thousands of fugitives from Belgium not the least grateful for British hospitality are those now located at 29 Selbourne Road, Luton. The exiles are indebted to members of the Luton Liberal Club for a most comfortable home, and they voiced their appreciation in unmistakable terms to a Luton New representative who called on them.

Diary: Church Army winter hut opened

Stories from the Saturday Telegraph, January 9th, 1915

Opening the winter hut erected by the Church Army at the junction of Dunstable Road and Francis Street, Capt Whiteley, of the 23rd Battalion, County of London Regiment, said it would be very welcome to the soldiers stationed in the town as Luton was "not a very hospitable place".

Only 100 out of 1,500 answered roll call

The sterling qualities of the rank and file of the British Army are personified in Pte Ernest Mitchell, an employee of Messrs J. W. Green and Co. Pte Mitchell was called up as a reservist of the Royal Fusiliers on August 6th, and four days later sailed for Havre. After a few hours rest they were despatched to Mons, making the journey in cattle trucks.British Casualties at Le Cateaua

Serving the King: January 7th, 1915

Latest additions to the list of local men serving King and country.


Harold ARMITAGE: Stoker, HMS Vanguard - 43 Tennyson Road, Luton.

Horace BINGHAM: Stoker, HMS Vanguard - Burr Street, Luton.

Frank DAY: 1st Class signal boy, HMS Ganges - 18 Highbury Road, Luton.

William GRAHAM: RNR, HMS Queen Mary - The Harrow, Hitchin Road, Luton.

Beds Regt casualty list: January 6th, 1915

The January 6th, 1915, casualty list among men of the Bedfordshire Regiment. No further details provided, including dates and places.


Allen C., 8528

Ashpole A., 7008

Batchelor F., 9583

Brace C., 6866

Brown H., 6553

Carter H., 7480

Chennells F., 9854

Coxall H., 8762

Foreman Sgt G., 8658

Funnell Cpl J., 8501

Horner W., 9850

Howard G., 9470

Page Sgt P., 9357

Saunders B., 9350

Sheppard W., 10213

Kent's munitions factory to be built at Chaul End

A munitions factory to be built by George Kent Ltd at Chaul End within two months, Luton Council to lay the the electric mains to the site and power to to be provided from its already over-stretched electricity works - and no time to submit plans.

That was the pressure from the War Office that Luton Council faced at its first meeting of the New Year, on Tuesday, January 5th, 1915.


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