Who’s Hoo at Heritage Day

Nurses at Luton Hoo during World War One
Nurses at Luton Hoo during World War One
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A special exhibition about Luton Hoo during World War One will be part of Heritage Open Days at Luton Hoo Walled Garden on Saturday (September 13).

There will be four illustrated talks in the estate’s new Education Room as well as guided tours of the garden, children’s activities and home made cakes, tea and coffee.

In addition Artist Network Bedfordshire are putting on an exhibition and there will be a plant and produce stall.

Heritage director Charlotte Phillips said: “Come and find out what was going on here during that time and discover the fascinating stories behind some of the 99 men from the estate who appear on the Luton Hoo Roll of Honour.”

The men who left their jobs and went to war joined 34 different regiments while some ventured even further afield – one signed up for the French Army and two enrolled in the French Red Cross.

The Roll includes the name of each man, his rank, regiment and place of work at Luton Hoo and details whether he died, was wounded, went missing in action, became a prisoner of war or met another fate.

The first of the 19 who made the ultimate sacrife was owner Sir Julius Wernher’s French chef Henri Jules Hippolyte Faucheux. He joined the French Army and was killed in December 1914, leaving a wife and daughter in England.

The Hoo research team would love to hear from anyone with any information about people who worked at Luton Hoo before or during World War One.

> Gates open at 11am and entrance is free.