The programme of peace celebrations for the Borough of Luton was submitted by the committee responsible at Tuesday's meeting of the Town Council, and approved subject to the reservation of one or two matters for further consideration, reported The Luton News (June 5th, 1919).
A serious complaint was made on Monday evening (June 2nd, 1919) at a meeting of the Luton War Pensions Committee by Mr W. J. Mair, Chairman of the Disablement Sub-Committee, that discharged disabled men, trained for the straw trade, were being exploited by one or two employers.
Two interesting and forcible letters were written to his parents this month by a Lutonian, serving in the East as a despatch rider with the Royal Engineers. In the first letter, written from Tanta in Egypt, he says:
“Wish I could say that I should soon be coming home, but things are not at all promising yet. The Egyptian question has simmered down, and demobilisation on a reduced scale resumed. If we wait for the arrival of reinforcements before we are released we look like waiting a long time.
Under the headings: “Luton's Peace Day; the cry of the children, where do we come in?” the Luton News (May 29th, 1919) said it may be something of an exaggeration to suggest that the children of Luton are themselves actually asking this question in relation to the forthcoming peace celebrations, but there are many among the residents of the borough who are beginning to ask it on the kiddies' behalf.
Yesterday morning, the Officer Commanding at Biscot Camp presented the Distinguished Conduct Medal to Pte M. R. Stott, G/30785, 10th Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment, whose home is at 85 Ashton Road, Luton.
The first fatal boating accident in the history of Wardown Lake occurred last evening shortly before nine o'clock, when a young man name Edmund Victor Baden Chamberlain, who resided with his parents at the corner of Leagrave Road and Spencer Road, fell out of a canoe and was drowned.
A very interesting presentation took place last night at the Wesleyan Central Mission, Midland Road, when L-Cpl Stanley Edmund Watson (South Staffordshires) was presented with the Military Medal awarded for bravery on the field. He was gazetted on October 21st, 1918.
It was no small matter that Mr Watson had preferred to be decorated at his church rather than at a picture palace. He was in the infantry, but served with the artillery in Italy.
An inquest was held at Hitchin on Monday touching the death of John Edward Phillips, aged 25, an ex-Beds Yeoman and a Mons Star soldier, who was fatally crushed at the Great Northern goods siding, Hitchin, on Saturday morning.
The deceased, after being demobilised about a month ago, returned to work at Luton G.N. Station as a porter, and had only been working at Hitchin about a week as a horse shunter when the accident occurred.
Despite bitter and on-going verbal rivalry between them, local ex-servicemen's groups the Discharged Sailors and Soldiers (DS&S) and the Comrades of the Great War did meet each other twice on the cricket field in the summer of 1919 as members of a local league. Both matches were played at Stockwood Park, and in both instances the DS&S won easily.
Having taken up the cause of retaining Wardown Mansion for public use rather than as a maternity hospital and the case of a meagre pension agreed by the Board of Guardians for a widow with several children, the Saturday Telegraph (May 24th, 1919) turned its attention to a widow whose husband remained unburied because she could not afford to meet funeral expenses.
There is still no sign of a satisfactory settlement of the strike of the moulders at Messrs Brown & Green, Windsor Street, which commenced on Monday of last week. The origin of the dispute was a change from time shifts to piece work, and the refusal of two men to agree to this.