Armistice Day in Luton coincided with incidents of hooliganism in the town. When the Armistice announcement was made, several people were scorched by fireworks thrown indiscriminately into the crowd by youths.
That was followed by a letter published in the Luton News (November 28) from 'Dora' complaining about other incidents of hooliganism. She wrote: “May I be permitted to protest against the disgraceful conduct of gangs of youths that parade certain thoroughfares of the town at night, generally between the hours of 7 and 9pm.
The success attending an audacious attempt of a party of 47 English prisoners of war to escape from their confinement in Germany was described by Pte Frank Woodfield, brother of Mrs Naomi Blackabey, whose husband keeps a stationery and hairdressing business in High Town Road.
Under the heading Peace Week Brevities, the Luton News of November 14th, 1918, listed the following:
Several people were scorched by the heavier type of fireworks which were thrown indiscriminately among the crowds on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Fireworks throwing and one of two cases of intoxication were the only unwise methods of celebration.
A party of soldiers from Biscot were frustrated just in time as they were possessing themselves of the Luton News motor-van.
With the heralding of peace, the Luton Civil Liberties Committee has been resurrected. A meeting was held on the Moor on Tuesday afternoon [November 12th, 1918] with various objects, the chief of which was to congratulate the German people on having overthrown the evil of militarism.
The most impressive ceremony ever held in the Old Parish Church, Luton, was on Tuesday morning [November 12th, 1918] when the Mayor and Corporation attended in state, with representatives of every public body in the town, to render thanks for the victory of the Allied armies over the foes of human liberty.
Extracts from letters sent to his parents at 40 Havelock Road, High Town, by Cpl William Henry Wooding (528195 Royal Engineers) about his experiences in Palestine were reproduced in the Saturday Telegraph of November 9th, 1918. He had been a motorcycle dispatch rider in the East for about three years.
The former Luton Modern School student had met many Luton men during his serving, including, he found after a football match, seven who had played for Luton Town.
Gunner William Church, 951406, 42nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was wounded in both knees on November 8th, 1918 - three days before the Armistice. As a result his right leg was amputated above the knee.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: November 9th, 1918.
Mayoral Day was celebrated in Luton today in an atmosphere of expectation. The possibility of a peace proclamation or the signing of the armistice by Germany attracted even a larger crowd than usual, and the ceremony was performed with due solemnity.
On Saturday [November 9th, 1918] there were laid to rest in the Luton Church Cemetery the mortal remains of Nurse Catherine Clegg. Trained as a hospital nurse in the early years of her life, she has devoted her time and skill to the care of the sick and infirm.
Henry Impey and Mayor's Sergeant Frederick Rignall.
Mayoral Day [Saturday, November 9th, 1918] was celebrated in Luton in an atmosphere of expectation. The possibility of a peace proclamation or the signing of the armistice by Germany attracted even a larger crowd than usual, and the ceremony was performed with due solemnity.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, November 7th, 1918.
A copy of the DS&S Journal with the new club with its logo over the door on the cover.
The progress of the Luton branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors was reported on Saturday evening, when a meeting was held in the newly-acquired Ivy Leaf Club, Park Street. Mr F. Rudd presided.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: November 2nd, 1918.
The medical men of Luton have had the busiest week of their lives, and today they are of the opinion that the fiend is at its worst. That is devoutly to be wished, for every street has its quotum of victims and not within living memory has there been such an epidemic in this town and neighbourhood.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: October 26th, 1918.
The influenza epidemic in Luton continues to spread. Although the town, in comparison with some other places, has been let down fairly lightly so far, unhappily there have been several deaths and, unfortunately, one or two of the doctors have themselves been temporarily incapacitated.