An order has been received from the War Office for 1,000 mattresses to be made in Luton within the next 14 days. The mattresses will be made by women and girls who were previously employed in the trade but who, owing to the war, have been unable to follow their work at their respective places.
In the October 6th casualty list Driver Percy Snoxell, of the 68th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, is given as "wounded and missing".
Driver Snoxell is the eldest son of Mr Alfred Snoxell, of 84 Grange Road, Luton, and is well known in local football circles, having played for the Granville FC. He was in his last year of service. The official information sent to Mr Snoxell does not state when or where his son was wounded. Mr Snoxell has two other sons serving the King - one in the R.A.M.C. and one in the Territorials.
Combination among manufacturers in the hat trade, which has been very difficult to secure in the past, is now developing rapidly, and from sectional reports presented to the Council of the Luton Chamber of Commerce at Monday's meeting it appears that the difficulties created by the war are playing a very important part in bringing firms not previously associated with the Chamber to see the value of united action.
With Beech Hill School already closed because of 14 confirmed cases of the contagious bacterial infection diphtheria, a special campaign was launched in Luton aimed at stopping the spread of the disease in the town.
Were penny-in-the-slot machines in pubs there as a healthy form of amusement or as an illegal type of gambling on licensed premises?
Annie Darton, licensee of The Goat pub, 182 Park Street; William G. Cooper, of The Chequers, 112 Park Street; and William Edward Foxley, of The Panama, 34 Waller Street, were summoned at Luton Borough Sessions for allowing gaming to be carried on in their respective licensed premises.
The latest casualty list shows that the Bedfordshire Regiment has suffered severely. Of the list on non-commissioned officers and men reported in the list as killed, wounded or missing, by far the greater proportion belonged to our county regiment, and even then the list only gives the casualties up to September 9th. The men of the Bedfordshire who have laid down their lives in the service of their country, or have been wounded, or becoming "missing" are:
A War Materials Fund was set up in Luton to enable working parties of women to buy material to make garments for troops. But more money was needed to carry on the work, resulting in this letter published in The Luton News on October 1st, 1914.
May we, through our kind assistance, make known the object of our War Materials Fund. It has been created to meet the urgent need for money wherewith to purchase materials for the various ladies working parties which already exist in the Luton district.
To further stimulate recruiting for the 5th (Reserve) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, a meeting was held outside the Luton Corn Exchange on Thursday evening. For some time before the commencement of the meeting a party of 11 pipers, drawn from the Highland Territorials now in training at Bedford, paraded the town accompanied by a party of Boy Scouts with bugles and drums, and the result was a very large crowd at the meeting.
The Session of 1914 is at and end. Parliament has been prorogned after what has been generally described as the most memorable sitting of half a century. I much regret that I missed the final scene, when [Labour MP] "Will"Crooks called upon the House to sing "God Save the King". I was in bed at the time with a bad cold, and I was not lucky enough to witness the historic reconciliation of the British and Irish races. The war had brought one good result anyway.