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.
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.
There are WW1 postcards, and some amusing photographs of soldiers in costume within the album, clearly having fun despite the horrors of war.
The small sketch inside this album, showing men cooking, is by Ernest Mills and is contemporary with his time in the trenches. The album also contains photographs from WW2.
Just a few lines hoping to find you quite well as it leaves me the same at present. I received those 3 parcels what you sent me in Palestine, but my address is Pte. PW Coleman 33859: 14 Platoon D coy, 1/5 Highland L Inf. B.E.F. France. Note Address.