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Beds Regt casualty lists: April 30th-May 4th, 1915


On Friday, April 30th, 1915, Second Lieut Ronald Marmaduke Dawnay Harvey, 4th North Staffs, who was attached to the 1st Bedfords, was reported believed to have been killed after earlier being reported wounded. [CWGC records show he was killed on April 20th at Hill 60 (Sanctuary Wood Cemetery)].

On the same day, L-Cpl J. Eames, 8132, Pte R. Hornett, 8068,and Pte C. H. White, 8625, all Bedfordshire Regiment, were reported missing and unofficially reported to be prisoners.

Planning for Peace Day 1919


Plans for Peace Day celebrations in Luton were first considered in February 1919, three months after the end of hostilities, when the Town Council voted a halfpenny rate (£545) towards meeting the cost, with the hope that there would be other financial contributions from within the community.

Diary: Football 'bomb' fools Germans

From The Luton News, April 29th, 1915.

Many Luton lads in the recruiting rush shortly after the outbreak of war joined the 24th Battalion County of London Regiment then stationed at St Albans and later at Hatfield. The battalion was now at the front, among their number Pte H. Webb, 2898, son of Mr and Mrs George Webb, of 70 Princess Street, Luton.

Beds Regt casualty lists: April 26th-28th, 1915


In the Beds Regt casualty lists published on April 26th, 1915, it was reported that Second Lieut E. L. Kelly and Second Lieut C. S. Kirch, of the 1st Battalion, were killed on April 20th, while Second Lieut J. T. T. Darbishire, 4th Battalion (attached to the 1st) and Second Lieut W. Ramsay, 2nd Battalion, were wounded on the same day. Casualties in the ranks in the same lists included:


*Pte A. C. Cook, 7866, 1st Battalion

*Pte H. Feary, 7549, 1st Battalion

MP Harmsworth: Civilisation v barbarianism


During the last few days the Germans have developed another attack on the lines of the Allies north of Ypres. The fortunes of the great battle have swayed this way and that. Villages have been taken and retaken and occasions have been given for the display of of many splendid acts of heroism on the part of our troops.

Protecting the railway


Luton men called up for railway duties with the National Reserve were inspected by the Brigadier-General Goldsmith and Headquarters Staff on April 9th, 1915. They are at present doing duty on the Midland Railway at Irchester, Northants.

Sgt A. Stimpson - 55 May Street, Luton

Cpl W. Hooker - 17 St Paul's Road, Luton

Cpl T. Waters - 59 Ash Road, Luton

L-Cpl W. Croft - 17 Warwick Road, Luton

L-Cpl G. Powell - 4 Granville Road, Luton

Pte A. Applebee - 19 Oak Road, Luton

Pte A. Brown - 48 Hitchin Road, Luton

Recruits to the Royal Engineers at Biscot


Since the Luton headquarters of the East Anglian Royal Engineers were moved to Biscot Road, recruiting has gone on very briskly and now a 3/2nd Field Company is rapidly approaching completion. The latest recruits up to April 1915 are:


W. Astling

R. Ambridge

E. Andrews

T. Ashby

S. E. Barton

E. Bates

E. Blunt

F. Buss

W. J. Butt

H. Chalkley

H. W. Church

S. J. Clarke

H. Crick

F. W. Crowe

A. Darton

R. Ebden

F. Field

Beds Regt casualty lists: April 23rd, 1915


The following casualties among the Bedfordshire Regiment were reported on April 23rd, 1915.


Drmr William Charles Horne (27), 8840, 2nd Battalion, March 31, 1915 (Le Touret Memorial)

Pte Frederick Lawrence, 3/6115, 32 Duke Street, Luton, 1st Battalion, March 29th, 1915 (Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres)

Acting-Sgt Joseph John Smith (29), 9232, 1st Battalion, March 30th, 1915 (Le Touret Memorial)




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