October 1, 1914, Luton News

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Lord Kitchener, the War Minister, paid a visit to Luton Hoo, the Luton News reported in October 1914.

He inspected the bulk of the North Midland Division and the paper described how “the weather was glorious for such an event.”

Casualty lists for the Bedfordshire Regiment were also being printed. On October 1 it was reported that 12 men had been killed and more than 30 injured in fighting at the Western Front.

A number of soldiers wounded in the battle of Mons were recuperating at Wrest Park and it was reported they had travelled to see a game between Luton Reserves and Gillingham Reserves.

Forst Class Petty Officer George Dolman and Albe Seaman James Clarke, both of Dunstable, were on board one of three cruisers torpedoed in the North Sea.

Mr Dolan arrived home on Sunday but so far there was no word of Mr Clarke.

“When seen on Tuesday by a representative of the Luton news, Mr Dolman had no desire to talk of his experiences,” said the paper.

But it did report he had been in the water for around four hours and had been treated in hospital before his return home.

The bowling season in Luton was brought to a close on Saturday with the final gane played between the Wardown and Davies Clubs.

The neccessity of providing school meals in Luton was to be discussed by the education committee.

Henry Mardle of Luton was charged with stealing a glass jar containing £4 15s from the Lea Bridge Inn at Luton magistrates. He was committed to the quarter sessions for sentencing after pleading guilty.

A further charge of deserting his wife and children and leaving them charitable to the Luton Union was withdrawn for the time being.