A start has been made with the erection of huts for military purposes in the Luton district, but whether there is likely to be a scheme on any large scale is not known. At present the huts are being put up in small batches to meet immediate requirements in different parts of the district.
With the imminent departure of men of the Leicestershire Regiment from Luton after their spell of training here, an unnamed member of the Leicesters wrote an article of appreciation to the the town and its people that was published in The Luton News.
On the eve of our departure from Luton, an appreciation of treatment by Lutonians is not only courtesy, but a positive duty. And as one who has been abundantly blessed by good treatment by everybody I have come in contact with, I felt that this article as a small thank offering would not come amiss.
Council elections took place in only one of Luton's three wards on Monday. Earlier in the year it had been hoped that there would be no need for a wartime election, but the Labour Party insisted on fielding a candidate. And with a low turnout the result was declared at about quarter past nine.
The Luton News invited readers to supply details of relatives on military service and periodically published its latest list. This one appeared on November 5th, 1914, but due to the delay in receiving up-to-date information it included men not known at that stage to have been killed on the battlefield or to have died from wounds.
Lieut-Commander C. S. BENNING: Submarine E5 - West Street, Dunstable.
Lieut WORMELL: HMS Faulkenor (late of Amphion) - 117 Ashburnham Road, Luton.
Private Harold De Frain, of the 12th Lancers, whose home address is 112 Leagrave Road, Luton, has sent home some very interesting letters from the fighting line. He left Norwich in the early days of the war, and since then has been through some stirring experiences. Of the four letters which have been kindly loaned to us, the first is dated September 21st. In this he says:
A serious charge against the conduct of soldiers billeted in some of the public buildings of Luton was made at a special meeting of the Town Council on Friday evening. Town Clerk Mr William Smith said that in some places "absolutely wanton damage" had been done.
The magnificent sum of £111 18s 5d was raised as the result of Luton's "Loyalty Day" last Saturday. The idea was one which Lady Wernher originated and its purpose was, by the sale of little red, white and blue badges, to raise money for the local War Materials Fund.
A Luton family was mourning the death of a second son killed in France within the first three months of the outbreak of war - and a third son who had died at home.
Mr and Mrs John Weedon, of 53 Wimbourne Road, had learned in October that their son, Private 14903 Horace Weedon, aged 22, serving with No. 1 Company of the 2nd Grenadier Guards, had been killed in action in France on September 14th.
The work of 600 unpaid special constables sworn in in Bedfordshire was proving extremely valuable both to the police and the military authorities, Major Stevens, the county's Chief Constable, reported to the Standing Joint Committee on Saturday.
Lieut-General Sir William Edmund Franklin, K.C.B., commanding the Third Army, Central Force, died suddenly on the evening of October 27th at Luton Hoo, the residence of Lady Wernher, which has been in use as military headquarters since mobilisation took place early in August.
What should be done in the case of Luton wives and children of aliens who found themselves in difficulties through the arrest of their menfolk? Should they be helped - or allowed to starve?
They proved to be vexed questions at a meeting of Luton War Relief Committee. There was sympathy for the children but the attitude to aliens' wives ranged from sympathetic to "they shouldn't have married a foreigner".
The horrors of war have been accentuated by the terrible downpour of rain on the Continent, and it is not surprising that some of the soldiers are being affected by rheumatism. Some graphic descriptions of the war have been given in letters sent by Corporal Bird to his wife at 8 Oak Road [now Oakley Road], Leagrave.