Meet the Biscot Camp Pierrot Troupe. They had become one of the most popular entertainment groups in Luton during 1916, appearing at halls around the town to raise money for comforts for their fighting comrades at the Front.
Luton photographer W. Harold Cox took the above picture, which was published in The Luton News on November 23rd ahead of the Troupe's biggest concert to date, at the Winter Assembly Hall, Waller Street, on the following Saturday, by permission of Col C. H. Alexander.
Pictured were: Back row, left to right - Cpl Jessett (treasurer), Brigade Sgt-Major Rann (manager), Gunner Albert Edward White (secretary). Middle row - Saddler J. Owen, Gunner Wilson, Gunner E. E. Jeffs, Driver W. C. Vallins. Front row - Sgt J. Royston, Sgt J. Rowson, Major Fitch, Sgt R. Potter, Cpl L. E. Withers.
The Winter Assembly Hall was also the venue for a December 6th concert by the Pierrot Troupe in aid of the Luton News/Saturday Telegraph Christmas Pudding Fund for soldiers on active service. In the interval Major Fitch said the local fund was now in position to assure that all the Bedfordshire Regular and Territorial forces abroad would have their 1916 Christmas pudding.