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Horrific violence in Russell Rise

The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph (May 24th) reported a "sensational affair" in Russell Rise, Luton, in which a woman was lying in the Bute Hospital with her throat cut, and her husband was in the Union Infirmary in a similar condition. They were visitors who had come down from London on the previous Thursday evening to stay with the woman's relatives.

Valuation deadlock over housing plans

[The Luton News: Thursday, May 22nd, 1919]

For some time past, the Luton Corporation's Housing and Town Planning Committee have been congratulating the borough (and themselves) upon the fact that they were among the most advanced authorities in regard to the present-day housing problem – that they had presented their scheme and had secured their sites with commendable promptitude.

£2,000 improvements for Town Hall

Old Town Hal c1914

[The Luton News: Thursday, May 22nd, 1919]

The Tolls and Municipal Buildings Committee reported to Luton Town Council on Tuesday evening that they had further considered the plan prepared by the Borough Engineer for the following improvements of the Town Hall:

(1) Reconstruction of the Town Clerk's and Borough Assistant's offices;

Stopsley Vicar leaving

[Luton News: Thursday, May 15th, 1919]

The Rev George Herbert Cobbold Shorting, who has been Vicar of Stopsley since the latter part of 1914, has been appointed by the Bishop of St Albans as Vicar of Kempston, near Bedford.

Before coming to Stopsley, Mr Shorting was Vicar of Kimpton. He concluded his vicariate there with the harvest festival services in 1914, and after coming to Stopsley quickly made his presence felt.

Riot Act rumour at Beech Hill Depot

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 10th, 1919]

There was a rumour in the town this afternoon that the Riot Act was read at the parade of the men of the Remount Depot, Dunstable Road, this morning – but it is quite untrue.

It is well known that many men serving have been urged by agitators up and down the country to demobilise themselves on the ground that this weekend completed the “six months after war” - that vague term under which so many men enlisted.

Hat training for disabled 'satisfactory'

Hat training for disabled

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 10th, 1919]

That the most sanguine hopes had been more than realised was the gratifying statement made at the first annual meeting in connection with the Luton Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Straw Hat Institution held at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. Mr Percy Currant presided.

DS&S demands more representation

[Luton News: Thursday, May 8th, 1919]

From the Discharged Sailors and Soldiers Association there was a letter informing Luton Town Council that a resolution had been passed calling for a greater representation of discharged and demobilised men on the Pensions Committee. The Tuesday, May 6th, meeting of the Council was told that the resolution, passed unanimously at a representative meeting of the Association, had been forwarded to the Ministry of Pensions, and was in the following terms:

Unemployed juveniles

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 3rd, 1919]

As the result of discharges from the munition works, there were 330 unemployed juveniles in Luton in February. Since that date, as the result of the activities of the Juvenile Employment Committee, this number has been reduced to 227, and instructional classes have been organised for those who are still awaiting new employment.

Frustration over demob delay

Delayed demobilisation caused anger among long-serving soldiers held to serve for another 12 months, while those enlisted at towards the end of the war were released without even having even left England. 'Disgusted Tommy,' an unnamed soldier who pointed out that he had enlisted for the duration of the now-ended hostilities, voiced his frustrations at facing not being able to return home for another year to be spent in India. His letter in the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph (May 3rd, 1919) read:


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