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Postcard to a POW finally finds him

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: April 5th, 1919]

A postcard with a travel history during the past few months has been handed to us by Mrs Attwood, wife of Councillor A. Attwood.

She did much good work for the prisoners of war, and last July wrote a postcard to Pte Leonard Frankham, 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment, a Luton man imprisoned in Germany, giving him news of his home.

Lutonian pilot for Prince of Wales

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

Lieut Andrew Carruthers, RAF, son of the late Mr George Carruthers, of Luton, yesterday had the honour of piloting the Prince of Wales in an aerial trip over London. The weather was ideal, and in an 'O 400' Handley-Page machine, the Heir Apparent enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the Metropolis.

Lutonian mechanic in air crash

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

On Wednesday afternoon last a Vickers twin-engined aeroplane, flying from Leighton Buzzard to Norwich, whilst attempting to land near Fornham All Saints School, Bury St Edmunds, suddenly 'span' when a few yards from the ground, owing to engine trouble, crashing badly.

Belgian refugees on the way home

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 5th, 1919]

Yesterday morning, at 7.30, about 80 Belgians bade farewell to Luton after several years' refuge in the town and district. They left the Midland Railway station en route for Hull, and there were some affecting scenes.

They were seen off by Councillor W. J. Primett, Chairman of the local relief committee. Mr Grice, the Midland Railway Stationmaster, gave great help and made special arrangements for the luggage.

Welcome home, hero - here's your rates bill

“To all these the town owes a debt of undying gratitude.” Percy Blundell's tribute to Lutonians who had fought in the Great War was published in The Luton News (April 3rd, 1919) as a preface to a poem that offered a very different light on a Corporation approach to an ex-serviceman. The poem, bearing the name Arthur R. Child and reproduced here, is entitled The Payment:


Broken in war, the lad came back,

One of many of Army's wrack,

To his home, and bed of sickness sore,

Back from the welter of ruin and gore.


Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim MM

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 3rd, 1919]

Among the Military Medals gazetted this week is one to WR/250750 Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim, 111th Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, of Chiltern Green.

The Military Medal is awarded to him for distinguished service on August 8th, 1918, in assisting to unload an ammunition train which was on fire.

School a possibility for maternity home

In the ongoing issue of the Maternity Home and Child Welfare scheme that had raised controversy over the future use of Wardown House, a committee report to a meeting of Luton Town Council on April 1st, 1919, said Messrs J. Cumberland & Sons had promised to give certain particulars in relation to St Dominic's School in time for the next meeting of the committee.

'Formidable enemies of freedom'

The only formidable enemies of freedom in Europe at the present time are extremists who invariably begin by describing themselves as democrats, said The Luton Reporter in its leading article on April 1st, 1919. They say they want the people to rule and, as the population of a country is never of one mind, they mean that they want the majority to rule.

Sgt Bertie Farrow DCM

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: April 5th, 1919]

Another presentation took place at Biscot Camp on Sunday morning [March 30th] when a visiting officer of high rank bestowed upon Sgt Bertie Farrow, of 15 Winsdon Road, Luton, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Sgt Farrow was formerly with the Davis Gas Stove Company, and on his demobilisation has returned to the foundry. He joined the 6th Bedfords (13089) in September 1914, and went to France in July 1915. He served with that unit until April 1918, when he was attached to the 1st Herts Regiment.

Luton hero receives his Military Medal

Ex-Bombardier Sidney Morris, 80999, Royal Field Artillery, was presented with his Military Medal by Mayor Henry Impey at a meeting of Luton Town Council on March 18th, 1919.

Bdr Morris (pictured), of 30 New Town Street, Luton, had been awarded the medal for gallantry in the field in April 1918. The Mayor read a letter written by Bdr Morris describing how he had won the medal.

Luton Police Force promotions

Inspector Herbert Hunt (pictured) was promoted by Luton Watch Committee from the rank of sergeant in March 1919 as part of Police Force restructuring following the retirement of Inspector Walter James Hagley, 'father' of the Force.

Police Insp Herbert HuntA Hampshire man, he was appointed a constable at Luton on May 15th, 1900, and was promoted to sergeant on November 1st, 1909.


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