Friday, 18 September 2015

Luton Men Absent Without Leave

Training Camp, Ampthill Park c.1914 [Z1306/1/34/2]

Saturday 18th September 1915: Two soldiers who went absent without leave have been remanded at the Luton Borough Sessions to await an escort back to their units. Private Sidney Taylor was found in bed at his house in Hitchin Road last night. He had been absent for two days from the Duke of Bedford’s training camp at Ampthill. Private Taylor told the police that he “met an old chum and got on the booze”. He admitted this to the court and said he would go back with a good heart.

Frederick Baker of the 6th Royal Fusiliers had been found at 15, King’s Road. He admitted being an absentee, having failed to return after six days’ leave a fortnight ago. He told the court he had been ill since – he had suffered a nervous breakdown and had something wrong with his side. The Clerk told him “You don’t look well at the present moment”. Baker said the doctor had said he was not in a fit state to go back, but as there was no medical evidence presented the Bench remanded him to await an escort.

Source: Luton News, 23 September 1915

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