Objects and Places

This page contains a list of Objects and Places that are associated with Luton's Great War 1914-1918. They have been scanned/photographed and uploaded by project volunteers and members of the public. Many of these objects are linked to individuals and/or events, and form part of a larger story.

Front cover of 1916 Diary of WE Owen

Attached is the war diary of William Edward Owen.

The full and frank recollections of war within are fascinating to read. W.E. Owen's relatives now live in Luton, but he was originally from Anglesey in Wales.

Postcard from WWI WE Owen Collection

Complete Postcard album of Driver William Edward Owen. A fantastic resource containing roughly 90 postcards, offering a wonderful insight into the life of a soldier during WWI.

Page of YMCA guestbook

Biscot Camp, the large Royal Field Artillery Camp located on Biscot Road, closed in November 1919.

This guestbook contains the final fond farewells of soldiers to both the hut, where they had spent many happy hours relaxing, and Mr. and Mrs. Crichton who ran the hut so successfully.

Page from Guestbook showing Royal Field Artillery crest

A family member found this book online from their home in Sydney Australia and contributed lots of new material.

Page from Guestbook showing sketch

20 Collingdon Street was used as a billet during WWI, by soldiers stationed in the area.

A billet is an ordinary private house that is being used to house (billet) service personnel.

The programme of events detailing Menu, Toast List and Concert and Performers

C A Coutts

The programme for a Victory Outing for the employees of C A Coutts, Boxmakers from Luton to the Grays Hotel, Bricket Wood, Woodside on Saturday August 23 1919.

Ernie Mills

This album has been donated to the WW1 Project by a Lutonian of many years standing, and shows members of her family, including her mother, father (Ernest Charles Mills, seen above) and uncles; who lived through the Great War years.

The picture shows the names of the boys who attended Luton Grammar School that lost their lives in the Great War.

The plaque can be found in Stockwood Discovery Centre.

Officers of North Midland Divison at Stockwood House

Stockwood has many historical associations. The land was once owned by the Rotheram family, but in 1708 the estate was purchased by Richard Crawley.

Wardown Park Museum, formerly the Luton Museum & Art Gallery in Luton, is housed in a large Victorian mansion in Wardown Pa

Ernest Groom's Pocket Bible

This bible belonged to Ernest Groom, who was tragically killed in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme, as part of the 2nd Battallion Bedfordshire Regiment, during the attack on Trones Wood.

Hewlett & Blondeau factory, Leagrave, 1918

As printed in the Luton News, January 3, 1957

Luton’s first aircraft factory

A locket shaped photograph of a woman

An interesting find in the museum collection...What appears to be a collection of 21 locket sized photographs of women in seductive poses (nothing too seductive). The label on the acid free paper packet they were found in simply reads 'WW1 models.' 

Front cover of programme for unveiling of Luton war memorial

Luton War Memorial was unveiled in a grand public ceremony on Sunday 10th December 1922.

Download a copy of the programme via the link on this page.

 

The Link POW Magazine Front Cover

This ‘souvenir book’ is the work of British prisoners of war interned at Döberitz near Berlin. Download and/or read it via the link on this page.

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