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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.