Judge praises police and firemen

Judge Greer commendations

At the close of the riot trails at Beds Assizes on October 24th, 1919, Judge Sir Justice Greer made the following statements praising the work of police and firemen.

To Mr Charles Griffin, Chief Constable of the Borough of Luton: “I desire to congratulate you as Chief Constable on the admirable way in which you tackled this extremely difficult problem which so suddenly presented itself to you on July 19. I wish you to tender to your Inspectors and all the members of your Force, who so admirably and courageously seconded your efforts, my sincere congratulations, not perhaps to them as to the town of Luton for having the protection of the ratepayers such admirable men in their service. I think they deserve the very best that can be said of them.”

To Mr Alexander Andrew, Chief Officer of the Luton Fire Brigade: “I desire also to convey through Chief Officer Andrew my appreciation of the admirable and courageous service which he gave to the public on this occasion, and also to ask him to convey to his men my very deep sense of the admirable and courageous way in which they performed their duties on this terrible night in July.”

Copies of the Judge's commendations are among Peace Day items on display at Wardown House Museum.