Mons Star man crushed in rail accident

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: May 27th, 1919]

An inquest was held at Hitchin on Monday touching the death of John Edward Phillips, aged 25, an ex-Beds Yeoman and a Mons Star soldier, who was fatally crushed at the Great Northern goods siding, Hitchin, on Saturday morning.

The deceased, after being demobilised about a month ago, returned to work at Luton G.N. Station as a porter, and had only been working at Hitchin about a week as a horse shunter when the accident occurred.

DS&S propose Wardown memorial service

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph and Luton Reporter: May 27th, 1919]

There was a large attendance of members at the general meeting of the Discharged Sailors' and Soldiers' Federation on Saturday afternoon (May 24th, 1919) at the headquarters in Park Street.

It was reported that a committee had been in communication with the Mayor and Town Clerk with regard to what part the discharged soldiers are to have in the forthcoming peace celebrations.

Rival ex-servicemen groups play cricket

Despite bitter and on-going verbal rivalry between them, local ex-servicemen's groups the Discharged Sailors and Soldiers (DS&S) and the Comrades of the Great War did meet each other twice on the cricket field in the summer of 1919 as members of a local league. Both matches were played at Stockwood Park, and in both instances the DS&S won easily.

Cemetery 'scandal' of an open grave

Cemetery scandal headline

Having taken up the cause of retaining Wardown Mansion for public use rather than as a maternity hospital and the case of a meagre pension agreed by the Board of Guardians for a widow with several children, the Saturday Telegraph (May 24th, 1919) turned its attention to a widow whose husband remained unburied because she could not afford to meet funeral expenses.

Brown and Green moulders on strike

Former Brown & Green factory

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 24th, 1919]

There is still no sign of a satisfactory settlement of the strike of the moulders at Messrs Brown & Green, Windsor Street, which commenced on Monday of last week. The origin of the dispute was a change from time shifts to piece work, and the refusal of two men to agree to this.

Horrific violence in Russell Rise

The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph (May 24th) reported a "sensational affair" in Russell Rise, Luton, in which a woman was lying in the Bute Hospital with her throat cut, and her husband was in the Union Infirmary in a similar condition. They were visitors who had come down from London on the previous Thursday evening to stay with the woman's relatives.

Valuation deadlock over housing plans

[The Luton News: Thursday, May 22nd, 1919]

For some time past, the Luton Corporation's Housing and Town Planning Committee have been congratulating the borough (and themselves) upon the fact that they were among the most advanced authorities in regard to the present-day housing problem – that they had presented their scheme and had secured their sites with commendable promptitude.

£2,000 improvements for Town Hall

Old Town Hal c1914

[The Luton News: Thursday, May 22nd, 1919]

The Tolls and Municipal Buildings Committee reported to Luton Town Council on Tuesday evening that they had further considered the plan prepared by the Borough Engineer for the following improvements of the Town Hall:

(1) Reconstruction of the Town Clerk's and Borough Assistant's offices;

Stopsley Vicar leaving

[Luton News: Thursday, May 15th, 1919]

The Rev George Herbert Cobbold Shorting, who has been Vicar of Stopsley since the latter part of 1914, has been appointed by the Bishop of St Albans as Vicar of Kempston, near Bedford.

Before coming to Stopsley, Mr Shorting was Vicar of Kimpton. He concluded his vicariate there with the harvest festival services in 1914, and after coming to Stopsley quickly made his presence felt.

Riot Act rumour at Beech Hill Depot

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 10th, 1919]

There was a rumour in the town this afternoon that the Riot Act was read at the parade of the men of the Remount Depot, Dunstable Road, this morning – but it is quite untrue.

It is well known that many men serving have been urged by agitators up and down the country to demobilise themselves on the ground that this weekend completed the “six months after war” - that vague term under which so many men enlisted.

Hat training for disabled 'satisfactory'

Hat training for disabled

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: May 10th, 1919]

That the most sanguine hopes had been more than realised was the gratifying statement made at the first annual meeting in connection with the Luton Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Straw Hat Institution held at the offices of the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon. Mr Percy Currant presided.


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