Prisoners of war anxious to let their families know they were still alive were probably not allowed to reveal the conditions under which they were being held captive in Germany and elsewhere. The intolerable conditions under which at least one Lutonian existed were to be revealed when Pte Thomas Samuels, 7572, Bedfordshire Regiment, came home as an exchange prisoner. He had spent over three years in prison camps in Germany and Russia before being transferred to Switzerland in December 1917 and finally getting home in June 1918 as Luton's first released PoW.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, June 20th, 1918.
The interest felt in the fire brigade institutions at the local works was demonstrated on Saturday by the very successful competitive afternoon arranged by the Luton & District Private Fire Brigades Association.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: June 15th, 1918.
The work of the YWCA in Luton is of ever increasing value and usefulness. Under the direction of Miss Forman the Club [in Upper George Street] has increased its power and influence in the social life of a large section of the girls of the town.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, June 13th, 1918.
We are pleased to hear that one of our old employees, Pte John Hayden Healey [102086, Notts & Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment], who was well known to people in Luton as he was on our reporting staff in connection with the publication of the Bedfordshire Advertiser, has been awarded the Military Medal for what is described in the official award as “a splendid example”.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: June 8th, 1918.
An extraordinary story of the kidnapping of a Luton schoolgirl, Winnie Bates, an intelligent child of 11 years living at 100 Hartley Road, reached us this week. The girl attends Hitchin Road School, and is in Standard 4.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, June 6th, 1918.
A Luton News representative the other day visited the straw hat factory in Langley Road [now Latimer Road] which has been taken over by the committee for the training of disabled soldiers, and was much pleased with the excellent progress being made.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, May 30th, 1918.
At Biscot on Tuesday was held a general court martial of more than usual public interest, since a number of the civilian population are concerned and the officer in the principal charge is well known and very popular in Luton – Lieut Richard Harris.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 25th, 1918.
On Thursday before his Honour Judge Scully, the sequel to a number of fatalities at the Chaul End Works of Messrs George Kent Ltd was heard in the shape of the allocation of several compensation awards.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, May 23rd, 1918.
The story of the Royal Air Force will be one of the most glorious in this war. Daily we now hear of what our magnificent airmen are doing over the German lines, and Luton takes special pride in the share taken by its own sons in the air offensive.
Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 18th, 1918.
Last night there was a terrible tragedy at Flitwick. A thunderstorm raged from 4.30 to 7.30 and was of such extreme violence that in parts the roads were like rivers. Flagg Lane was a swirling torrent, and Canadian soldiers who were cutting trees in the vicinity had to dash for shelter.
Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, May 16th, 1918.
The members of the Luton branch of the National Federation of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers made their first appearance in public on Sunday. They held a very successful church parade in aid of the widows and orphans of the men who have made the great sacrifice.