From The Luton News 27th July 1916. ANOTHER HERO GONE. Well known both in his native Luton and in Ampthill and district, Pte Joseph Payne, son of Mrs E Payne of 15 Inkerman Street, Luton, has met his death in France after being nearly twelve months in the fighting line, joining the Army soon after war broke out. He trained at Ampthill, where he made many friends and was drafted to a battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. On July 1st, just after the commencement of the big advance, he was wounded and a notification has now been received that he died from his wounds on July 16th. Privat
From The Luton News 13.7.1916. SAVED BY HIS HELMET. Well known Luton Footballer's Experience. How the British Soldier Goes into Action. Despite his wounds, Pte H C Preece, 2nd Battalion, Beds Regt., writes us a very cheery letter from a V.A.D. hospital at Broadstairs. Before joining the colours, Pte Preece was well known among footballers in Luton as secretary of the Ivydale F.C his home being at 207 North Street.