L-Cpl Walter Dumpleton, 3715, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915. Newspaper reports said he was aged 23 and the son of Frederick and Thirza Dumpleton, of 33 Burr Street, Luton. Census and other records suggest he was born in early 1890 and was therefore aged 25.
Luton was responding to the plight of Belgian refugees displaced as their homes became swallowed up and often destroyed by the German advance.
"These are the times when you find out the folk who have hearts in the right place," said Luton Mayoress Mrs Primett in The Luton News of October 22nd, 1914. And more and more Lutonians were opening up their hearts and their homes to the refugees.
Acting medical officer of health Dr Sworder offered a furnished house in Park Street West rent free;
Luton councillor Murry Barford wrote an article in The Luton News (October 15th, 1914) about an encounter with a Belgian refugee on the 12.15 train from St Pancras on Tuesday.
"It is not war, it is massacre," said the man. He, his brother, a man servant, with two boys of the tenderest years, were on their way to Derby to receive from some kind-hearted householder asylum and a home, the only gift we Britishers can offer these noble people, bereft of all they once possessed.
From the Luton News 13th July 1916. DEATH OF PRIVATE CUSTANCE. Escaped in Battle - succumbed to Illness. The sad news has just been received of the death in Egypt of Private Henry Custance, of the 1/5th Bedfords, aged 21 years, and son of Mr and Mrs Custance of 15 Kings Road. Luton.
Miss Clark of Collingdon St, Luton, is listed in the National Roll of the Great War as a Special War Worker at Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton.
This lady was engaged for two years during the war at the Chaul End Filling Factory where she did most important work. Afterwards she went to Messrs Kent's Munitions Factory, Luton and for a further period of nearly a year was engaged on shell-work which she carried out in a highly satisfactory manner.