Scheme for 1,000 new houses

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 22nd, 1919]

A practical start has at last been given to the scheme for the erection in Luton of 1,000 new houses under the Housing Act now going through Parliament by a decision of the Town Council to enter into agreements for the purchase of approximately 89 acres 1 rood 4 poles of land as sites for the full number of houses required, subject to the approval of the Local Government Board.

Unemployment dilemma in the straw trade

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

Speaking of the effect of industrial unrest in trade, the local correspondent of the Hatter's Gazette said: “As far as St Albans and Luton are concerned, the action of the workmen in the trades that talk of striking is producing unemployment on an unprecedented scale.

Leagrave and Limbury seek merger with Luton

From The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, April 8th, 1919]

The first conference has taken place between eight representatives of Luton Town Council and four representatives each of Leagrave and Limbury with respect to the request that the Town Council reconsider at once the question of extending the borough boundary so as to include the two parishes.

Infants hospital amalgamation possibility

Children's hospital

[From the Luton Reporter, Tuesday, April 15th, 1919]

The possibility of amalgamating the infants hospital provided for in Luton Town Council's maternity and infant welfare scheme with the Children's Sick and Convalescent Home, London Road, was brought forward for discussion at the close of the annual meeting of the Children's Home on April 8th, 1919.

Postcard to a POW finally finds him

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: April 5th, 1919]

A postcard with a travel history during the past few months has been handed to us by Mrs Attwood, wife of Councillor A. Attwood.

She did much good work for the prisoners of war, and last July wrote a postcard to Pte Leonard Frankham, 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment, a Luton man imprisoned in Germany, giving him news of his home.

Lutonian pilot for Prince of Wales

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

Lieut Andrew Carruthers, RAF, son of the late Mr George Carruthers, of Luton, yesterday had the honour of piloting the Prince of Wales in an aerial trip over London. The weather was ideal, and in an 'O 400' Handley-Page machine, the Heir Apparent enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the Metropolis.

Belgian refugees on the way home

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 5th, 1919]

Yesterday morning, at 7.30, about 80 Belgians bade farewell to Luton after several years' refuge in the town and district. They left the Midland Railway station en route for Hull, and there were some affecting scenes.

They were seen off by Councillor W. J. Primett, Chairman of the local relief committee. Mr Grice, the Midland Railway Stationmaster, gave great help and made special arrangements for the luggage.

Welcome home, hero - here's your rates bill

“To all these the town owes a debt of undying gratitude.” Percy Blundell's tribute to Lutonians who had fought in the Great War was published in The Luton News (April 3rd, 1919) as a preface to a poem that offered a very different light on a Corporation approach to an ex-serviceman. The poem, bearing the name Arthur R. Child and reproduced here, is entitled The Payment:


Broken in war, the lad came back,

One of many of Army's wrack,

To his home, and bed of sickness sore,

Back from the welter of ruin and gore.


Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim MM

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 3rd, 1919]

Among the Military Medals gazetted this week is one to WR/250750 Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim, 111th Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, of Chiltern Green.

The Military Medal is awarded to him for distinguished service on August 8th, 1918, in assisting to unload an ammunition train which was on fire.

School a possibility for maternity home

In the ongoing issue of the Maternity Home and Child Welfare scheme that had raised controversy over the future use of Wardown House, a committee report to a meeting of Luton Town Council on April 1st, 1919, said Messrs J. Cumberland & Sons had promised to give certain particulars in relation to St Dominic's School in time for the next meeting of the committee.

'Formidable enemies of freedom'

The only formidable enemies of freedom in Europe at the present time are extremists who invariably begin by describing themselves as democrats, said The Luton Reporter in its leading article on April 1st, 1919. They say they want the people to rule and, as the population of a country is never of one mind, they mean that they want the majority to rule.

Sgt Bertie Farrow DCM

[From the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: April 5th, 1919]

Another presentation took place at Biscot Camp on Sunday morning [March 30th] when a visiting officer of high rank bestowed upon Sgt Bertie Farrow, of 15 Winsdon Road, Luton, the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Sgt Farrow was formerly with the Davis Gas Stove Company, and on his demobilisation has returned to the foundry. He joined the 6th Bedfords (13089) in September 1914, and went to France in July 1915. He served with that unit until April 1918, when he was attached to the 1st Herts Regiment.


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