Sunday, 26 October 2014

Warm Showers for Soldiers

Plan for dye works in Dunstable Road, Luton 1895 [X843/1/26]

Monday 26th October 1914: While Bedford is congratulating itself on the sanitary facilities provided for billeted soldiers Luton is considering ways to help its soldiers keep clean. It has been suggested that an idea recently put into action in St Albans should be tried in Luton. A St Albans dyer gave the loan of a shed and allowed the use of steam from his dye works to provide warm showers for soldiers. A jet of steam was fixed into a cistern to heat the water inside, then half a dozen “roses” were attached to create warm showers. If dyers in Luton would be prepared to do the same it would be a great help to the soldiers. A shower bath can be taken very quickly and a large number of men would be able to take advantage of this facility.

Source: Luton News 29th October 1914

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