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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.