Newspaper's first Roll of Honour

Stories about individual casualties of war had already begun to be published in The Luton News. But by October 29th, 1914, a first Roll of Honour was printed. This was by no means up to date as information from the front could take weeks to arrive but it was the best available information the newspaper had at that time. Sadly it would be added to at future dates and the updated lists published periodically.

The list includes men from throughout the newspaper's circulation area, which included Dunstable and villages in South Beds and Mid Beds.

ANSELL - Charles: Beechwood Road, Leagrave, missing from HMS Aboukir, sunk in the North Sea, September 22nd*.

CLARKE - James: 5 Tavistock Street, Dunstable, missing from HMS Hogue, sunk in the North Sea, Sept 22nd*.

DOWNES - Lieut Villiers Chernocke (1st Battalion, Beds Regt): Died on Oct 18th at No 1 Clearing Hospital, Saint Omer, France, from wounds received in action; elder son of the late Lieut-Col C. Villiers Downes and of Mrs Downes, of Aspley House, Aspley Guise.

HOLMES - Pte Albert W. (Royal Fusiliers): Late of Cranford, Middlesex, grandson of the late Mr Samuel Brewer, of Toddington, and nephew of Mr and Mrs James Tilcock, also of Toddington, died of wounds received in action in France, September 23rd.

JONES - John C.: Formerly of Dunstable, assistant paymaster, HMS Hawke, sunk by a German submarine in the North Sea, Oct 15th, included in list of missing.

MILLER - Edward, RN: Of Eversholt, also missing from HMS Aboukir.

PINNOCK - Percy James: 29 Boyle Street, Luton, missing from HMS Amphion, sunk in the North Sea by a German mine, August 6th.

ROBERY - W., RN: Of Husbourne Crawley, missing from HMS Cressy, sunk in the North Sea, September 22nd*.

SEABROOK - Pte Benjamin Headley (5th Battalion, Beds Regt): 34 West Street, Dunstable, killed on the railway at Cattawade, Suffolk, while doing sentry duty. August 27th.

SILVESTER - John, AB RFR: 35 St Saviour's Crescent, Luton, missing from HMS Hawke, sunk in the North Sea, October 15th.

STOKES - Pte George (R.M.L.I): Son of Mr William Stokes, 4 Front Row, New Town Street, Luton, missing from HMS Amphion,sunk in the North Sea, August 6th.

WEEDON - Pte 14903 Horace (No 1 Company, Grenadier Guards): 53 Wimbourne Road, Luton, killed in action in France, September 14th.

[* Date now known to be September 22nd and amended above accordingly, although the original printed list said September 24th.]