The Government proposals for dealing with the drink problem have been keenly criticised from opposite points of view. By some they are said to go beyond the needs of the case, and by others not to go far enough. It may be found on mature consideration that they contrive in a general way to strike the happy mean.
Chief Constable Teale has received a letter from the front dated April 22nd, 1915, from Bombadier A. H. Goss, 37836, Trench Mortar Battery, R.H.A., who was a member of the Borough Police Force until the outbreak of war.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
A second son of Mr and Mrs Henry Smart, of 92 Bury Park Road, Luton, has officially been reported killed in action. The War Office said Acting Corporal Henry George Smart, 7018, 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, died near Armentieres on March 21st.
The following account of the fight at famous Hill 60 is an extract from a letter received from the officer son of a well-known Luton man.
On Sunday, the 10th (April), I went into the trenches , expecting it to be for eight days. However, it was not until the 12th day that we came right back. By this time what was left deserved it, and you can imagine the relief it was to us after going through perhaps the most severe fighting and the hardest fought battle since the war started.