Entertaining the Troops

Whilst soldiers were recuperating in the hospital, they would recieve a regular program of entertainments and activites to lift spirits and morale. Local newspaper archives reveal that these activities were organised by a combination of the local community, and the nearby Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A.) base at Biscot.

Croquet on the lawns at WardownIn 1917 no effort was spared to make the patients as happy and comfortable as possible during their stay. Residents and the management and employees of local firms, vied with each other in offering hospitality, in the form of entertainments and teas, while whist drives and other competitions and concerts were repeatedly held in the hospital. In these functions many talented artists and amateurs took part to the great enjoyment of their audiences, The management of the Palace and Grand Theatres not only placed seats at the disposal of the patients week by week, but entertained them lavishly with refreshments and ciugarettes after the performances.


In Christmas 1916, the wards were tastefully decorated by the nurses and patients, and the Christmas dinner — at which 15 patients sat down to a splendid spread, was voted a huge success. When dessert arrived, that great military tradition of 'speeches,' began, in which the speakers excelled themselves, and gave rise to great merriment. The rest of the day was spent in various amusements and entertainments.

The same approach to wounded service personnel happens today with comedians, musicians and other entertainers regularily visiting hospitals and the injure to raise awareness, money and support for those who suffer in service.

This section contains a number of contemporary accounts of such entertainments, with the annual Regimental Sports Day being a big event that drew spectators from across the town and raised much needed money for the support of the hospital. Sports days are still held across all three services (Navy, Army, Air Force) today, with Wednesday afternoons traditionally given up for sports training. Sports is seen as a useful indicator of fitness, a way of building teamwork and discipline, and a way to let off steam in a high pressure job.

1916 Regimental Sports Day, Wardown Park

Event Start and End Date: 

24th July 1916

A regimental sports day of Number 6 Artillery Training School took place on Wardown cricket ground today. 24th July 1916.

In attendence were men and workers from the base, nurses and staff from Wardown military hospital, and others from the town.

Regimental Sports Day

One of the largest. and most interesting athletic gatherings held in Luton in recent years took place on the fine Wardown cricket ground on Saturday. It was the occasion of  the regimental sports of the No. 6 Artillery Training School at Biscot. held by permission of the Commandant (Col. C. H. Alexander, R.F.A ). All elements seemed to conspire together for the success of the sports, which were in aid of the deserving Wardown and Bute Hospitals, both of which have done great service for the Artillery Schcool. The morning was anything but promising, but about noon the clouds rolled away, and in the afternoon the sun shone upon a picturesque a scene as one would wish to see. The multitudinous arrangements had been well carried out. The site could not have been better chosen, being large and open, and allowing a full view of the camp itself, a very fitting background. There was a reserved enclosure, and here were gathered many well known people. It was pleasing to see' also the Matron and staff of the Bute Hospital and the V.A.D. nurses and Commandants of Wardown and Wheathampstead Military Hospitals. The staffs in the aggregate made an imposing display in their nice white uniforms. There was also a very large number of wounded soldiers. The attendance must have been very great, for the crowd required all the accommodation the field afforded. The Y.M.C.A. had a large tent in the corner, the busy helpers dispensing refreshments at moderate charge.

The Chief Events

As to the programme, it was lengthy and well varied, and the prizes. which were worth the winning, were presented in the evening by Mrs. C. H. Alexander. to whom Major V. F. Fitch earlier in the day had presented a beautiful bouquet on behalf of the sports committee. Very interesting races were those for the nurses, and the amusement caused was great. First, there was a heat for the Bute Hospital and then for the V.A.D. The winners of those ran in the final Here Nurse Williams carne in level with Nurse Inwards, and. running again, Nurse Williams scored. There were also open races, and athletes from other Army units in the district trict and men from the munition works entered. In the R.F.A. at Biscot are some letic circles before joining the Army. Great interest was manifested in the cross country 50 entries on the programme. A big percentage started off from the ground to the " Three Horseshoes." Leagrave, and then to Stopsley, returning by the same route. The distance was 8000 yards. When the men returned they had to do one more lap of the field. One or two of the runners finished quite fresh and were loudly applauded. The winner was Driver Hill, who did the distance in 49 minutes 42.5 sec. The half-mile No. 6 A.T.S. Championship was won by Gnr. Morley with a two yards' lead. In the one mile race 11 started. and Driver Walker, an Eastbourne the mile in just over five minutes. Bert Hay and T. Cook, both of Luton, showed up well in the open flat running, as did Sgt. J. Wells, of the R.E. at Houghton Regis. Wells is a brother of the great boxer. Bombardier Wells. Much merriment was caused by the mop-fighting, and also by the obstacle race. There were all kinds of events, including races for patients, the band, and the Boy Scouts. ' A very effective item during the afternoon was a physical drill display under C.S.M. Watkinson (of the Army Gymnastic Staff).

Prize Distribution

At the conclusion of the sports Mrs. C. H. Alexander gracefully presented the prizes, and Major E. G. L. Atlberry proposed a vote of thanks to Col. and Mrs Alexander. In doing so, he said their thanks were also due to the instructors. Six months ago the majority of the men had no idea what military life was like. The votes of thanks were carried with hearty cheers. During the afternoon the Luton Red Cross Band played many lively selections, and they played for the dancing in the evening, in which large crowds participated.

The Results

The results of the races are as follows:—

  • Throwing the cricket ball.—1, Gnr. Meadows; 2, Gnr. Johnson; 3, Gnr. Page, Distance, 97yd. 1ft.
  • Long jump.—1. Gnr. Boome: 2. Gnr. Davis ; 3. Gnr. Craik. Winner jumped 15ft. 10in.
  • Half-mile No 6. A.T.S. Championship.-1 Gnr. Morley; 2, Driver Walker; 3, Gnr. Dimmock. Time, 2min. 10sec. Won by two yards.
  • 100 yards.—Heat 1: 1, Gnr. Hubbard. Heat 2: 1, Gnr. Godley. Heat 3: 1, Gnr. Bell. Final:
  • Boot race.—1. Spr Griffiths; 2.Gnr. Haynes; 3, Shoeing Smith Wingrove.
  • 440 yards.—Heats were run on Friday. Heat: 1, Gnr. Griffiths; 2, Gnr. Dimmock, 2. Cpl. Griffiths; 8. Gnr. Williams. Time, 5s 8.5 sec.
  • Final 440 yards: 1, Gnr. Griffiths; 2, Gnr. Dimmock; 3, Gnr. Saunders.
  • Veterans' race. Handicap (open to soldiers who enlisted before 1899; 1, B.S.M. Bendelow; 2. B.S.M. Cocker: 3, Sgt. Guess.
  • Putting the shot. 1, Gnr, Oswald: 2. Gnr. Beliard; 3, Gnr. Craik.
  • One mile., 1, Driver Walker; 2. Gnr. Godley, 3. Gnr. Saunders.
  • Mop fighting tournament (pairs): — 1, Sgt. Smith and Driver Gonella: 2. Drivers Sanders and Simpson: 3. Gnrs, Worboys and Ingram.
  • V.C. race.—1. lorsey; 2, Ware; 3, Tompkins.
  • High Jump.—1, L Cpl. Ellis; 2, Gnr. McGeorge ana Gnr. Boome. Height, 3ft. 2 1/2 in.
  • Signalling pairs.—A Battery won. Gnrs. Wright. Juniper. Townson. and Horn.
  • 120 yards (Sergeants).- 1 Sgt. Goodyer; 2. Sgt. Wilford; 3. Sgt. Potter.
  • Cross country running.-1, Driver Hill: 2, Driver Ansteed; 3, Driver Pitman; 4, Cpl. Gowan; 5, Cpl. Jessett; 6, Driver Walker, 7,. Gnr. Chalmers. Eleven started
  • Half-mile (open to outsiders).-1, Bert Ray (Luton United Harriers): 2. J. Welsh (Houghton Regis) ; 3. T. Cook (Luton), Time. 2 mins 35 seconds.
  • Officers’ race (120 yards) - Capt. Colsell; Lieut. Malcolmson. 3, Lieut. Lamb.
  • Relay Race 880 yards.-1, Gnr Hubbard, Gnr Godley, Driver Watson; 2, Gnr Griffiths, Cpl. Aitken, and Gnr Townrow Time 2 mins 10 seconds.
  • Patients race (100 yards) -1, Bailey; 2, Phillips; 3, Dawson (2/4 Lincolns)
  • Nurses’ race (60 yards —1 Nurse Williams (Bute Hospital); 2, Nurse Inwards (V.A.D.); .Nurse Thompson.
  • One Mile (open) -1 Ray; 2 Cook; 3 Howard;
  • Physical drill competition.—Winners. B Battery. Instructor, Sgt. R. Potter.
  • Inter Battery tug-of-war.—Heat 1: 1, B Battery
  • Obstacle race.—1, S.S. Wingrove; 2, Gnr. Holiday; 3, Gnr. Godley
  • Boy Scouts' race-1 Caugher; 2, Pratt; 3, L.R. Weatherhead; (all 1st Luton).




  • Referee: Col. F. Griffith, V.D.
  • M.C.: Major E. G. L. Allberry;
  • Judges
    • Major R. F. L. Turner
    • Major V. F. Fitch
    • Captain F. J. Clarke
    • Captain C. R. Baker
    • Captain J. .P. E. Henery, L.A.C.
    • Second Lieutenant J. A. Markwick
    • Second Lieutenant A. J. Lamb
    • Second Lieutenants H. Exley
  • Starter: Capt. R.F.J. Colsell
  • Timekeepers
    • Lieutenant R. H Johnston
    • Lieutenant J. Northover
    • Lieutenant J. A. Stedman
    • Mr. ,J. Eaton Smith. L.A.C.
  • Stewards
    • R.S.M. French
    • B.Q.M.S. Carthow
    • C.S.M.Inst. Watkinson
    • B.S.M. Taylor
    • B.S.M. Rann
    • B.S.M. Bendelow
    • B.S.M. Simpkins
    • Sgt. Goldman
    • Gnr. A. E. White.

Great credit is due to the Sports Committee, and especially Capt. Colsell (hon. secretary), who put in a lot of hard work. At the time of going to press it is stated that £130 is to be divided between the above-named Hospitals.


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Thursday, July 26, 1917

1917 Regimental Sports Day, Wardown Park

Event Start and End Date: 

21st July 1917


Regimental Sports.

Truly it was a gala day for Biscot on Saturday, a red letter day in the career of the R.F.A. men, for it was the occasion of their regimental sports. The Wardown cricket ground presented an animated and picturesque scene with its crowds of spectators. The brilliant sunshine aiding the effect of the varied colours of the summer dresses worn by the ladies and the khaki uniform, of the men.

The arrangements were earned out on a scale typical of the excellent Biscot organisation, and no effort had been lacking on the part of the Sports Committee to make the event a success. Two field telephones for the communication of results from the finishing point to the records tent were in operation. A reserved enclosure was erected for the accommodation of officers and their friends, and special facilities were given to the wounded soldiers and the nurses from Wardown V.A.D. Hospital. To cope with the large number of spectators, the military police exercised their authority on over eager juveniles, and the Boy Scouts flitted to and fro to render assistance in needful quarters.

Mrs. C. H. Alexander (wife of the Commandant) was the recipient of a dainty bouquet of roses, tied with Artillery colours, red and blue, and in a charming little speech she thanked the Sports Committee for their thought of her, and expressed in glowing terms her appreciation of the splendid way in which the arrangements for the gathering had been

The equestrian skill of the Biscot boys had been witnessed the previous Saturday at Biscot, and so last Saturday’s display at Wardown was confined to ordinary athletics.

The programme was lengthy and well-varied. The race in which the nurses participated was enthusiastically applauded. There were also open events, in which men from various works in the town competed, and athletes from other Army units entered, too.  At Biscot are several men who were prominent in harrier and athletic circles before joining the Army, The physical drill display, under the instruction of Sgt. A. G. Walls, was especially noteworthy eliciting much admiration. There was one equestrian event, C Battery, under the capable training of Lieut. A. H.  Stannard, contributing some admirable vaulting.

The mop tournament and obstacle race evoked considerable amusement. In the latter the competitors had to go through a brushwood hedge with string entanglements, swinging barrels, crawl under scaffold poles pegged down, get through Army wagons filled with brushwood, climb a Jacob's ladder about 60ft, high, get over greasy poles over water, go up and down a greasy slide, then under a tarpaulin, under which were coloured chalks and soot, so that when the unfortunate competitors emerged from those depths they presented a very comic appearance.

The marathon race evoked keen interest, and 19 competed. The entrants started from Biscot in motor cars lent by Mrs. J. W. Green, (Commandant at Wardown), Messrs. A. Burnot. Godfrey. Colling, Martin. W. H. Horn. H. Read. F. S. Biggs, A. E. Fisher, R. Durler, and Vauxhall Motor Works; and on arrival at Harpenden were accommodated al the George Hotel, which was their starting point for the race. After running cross-country, a distance of seven and a half miles, they had to run one lap of the course at Wardown. Gunner Perferment proved an easy winner, and completed the distance in 16 mins.

The veterans' race of 120 yards was open to soldiers who enlisted before 1899, and they were allowed one yard handicap for each year of service preceding that date.

The band race was also amusing. The members of the band had to run across the course whilst playing their instruments. Drummer Charles (an old Grenadier Guardsman) had the greatest difficulty, he being encumbered with a large drum.

Mrs, C. H. Alexander gracefully presented the prizes at the conclusion of the sports.

At the close of the sports dancing was entered into heartily, for which the "Camp Orchestra" provided the music under the excellent conductorship of Bandmaster H. Alexander, and during the afternoon rendered some delightful selections.

The proceeds, which are to benefit Wardown V.A.D. Hospital and the Royal Artillery Prisoners of War Fund, are not yet in hand, but it is anticipated they will reach £290.

The Committee

Who were responsible for the arrangements and organisation.

  • President Major. A. G. Scammell, D .S O.
  • Vice President Capt. C. Lane
  • Hon' Sec' Capt J. Colbert
  • Dep' Hon' Sec' Gnr. A. E. White.
  • Clerk of the Court
    • Lieutenant R.E. Johnson
    • R.S.M. French

Judges. Capt. J. Hawkes Rueit. Lieuts. H. E. Swaning. K. Harris. A.H.D. Speirs. A. N. Stannard. M. Kerry, J. A. Markwitz. and W. Durbridge, Sec-Lieut J. E.

Starters. Capts. A. E. Shuter and J. Northover. Ast'. Starters. B.S.M. Wellard and Minor, Sgt. Broughton.

Timekeepers. Sec. Lieuts. C. G. Pearce and A. J. Lamb, Mr. J. Eaton Smith, L.A.C.: B.S M.'s Horner and Bendelow, B.Q.M.S. Hopper.

Stewards. Major J. H. Hind, Lieuts. W, H. C. Baker, A. G. Ogden, and C. T. Wilson, Sec. Lieut. A. T. Pankhurst, B.S.M. Hall, B.Q M S. Swan. Staff Sgt. Wheeler Buernel, Sgts. J. W. Rowson. C. H. Skelton, Vickers. W. G. Smith and Milligan. Cpls. Amey. Pattison. Groves. Cook, and Anderson. Bdr. Durior.

The following were the winners of the races:

  • Marathon Race.
    • 1: Gnr. Perferment
    • 2:Bdr. Bevan
    • 3: Gnr. Smith
    • 4: Gnr. Groves;
    • while the following also received small prizes. 5: Gnr. Priest. 6: Sgt. Preesfield. 7: Gnr. Cooper. 8:. Gnr. Gardner. 9: Dvr. Donaghue: 10: Cpl, Sharp. 11: Cpl. Davis. 12: Gnr. E. White.
  • Throwing the cricket ball.
    • 1. Gnr. Church   Distance, 89yds 9ins.
    • 2. S.B. Pitt
    • 3. Gnr. Spanawick.
  • Bomb Throwing.
    • 1. S.B. Pitt
    • 2. Gnr. Blowey
    • 3, Bdr. Warren.
  • Long Jump.
    • 1, Gnr. Leadbetter  Distance. 15ft.
    • 2, B.Q.M.S, Everrett
    • 3, Gnr. Unsworth.
  • Half mile No. 6 Res. Brigade. Championship.
    • 1, Gnr. Morley  2 mins 15 seconds.
    • 2. Gnr. Thorneycroft
    • 3, Bdr. Warren. Times.
  • 100 Yards (Heats).
    • Heat 1, Bdr. Willingham
    • Heat 2. Dvr. Shelmerdine
    • Heat 3, Cpl. Griffith
    • Heat 4, Sgt. Goodyer.
  • 100 Yards (Final)
    • 1. Dvr Shelmerdine
    • 2. Sgt. Goodyer
    • 3. Bdr. Willingham.
  • Sack Race.
    • 1. Gnr. Thorneycroft
    • 2. Gnr. Woolley
    • 3. Gnr. Jacobwicz.
  • 440 Yards.
    • 1. Dvr. Shelmerdine  55 seconds.
    • 2. Sec. Lieut. W. Todd
    • 3. Gnr. Ieadbetter
    • 4. Bdr. Abbot. Time.
  • Veterans' Handicap [120 Yards).
    • 1. Seymour
    • 2. Sgt. Pearson
    • 3, B.S.M. Horner
    • 4, Sgt. Saddler. Randall.
  • Putting the Shot.
    • 1, B.Q.M.S. Everett  Distance, 26ft 7in.
    • 2, Gnr. Harding
    • 3. Sgt. Smith.
  • Four-legged Race.
    • 1. Gnr. Hart. Price, and Leadbetter
    • 2. Gnr. Perry. Sgt. Serannage, and Gnr. Lewis
    • 3. Dvrs. Mills. Turner, and Strangeward
  • N.C.O.’s Race (220 Yards).
    • 1. Bdr. Willinghem  Time. 25 3.5 Seconds.
    • 2. Cpl, Griffith
    • 3. Bdr. Warren.
  • Tilting the Bucket
    • 1, Gnr. Osborne and Dvr. Reeves
    • 2. Gnrs. Tubb and Church
    • 3, Sgts, Serannage and Wilson.
  • One Mile No. 6 Res. Brigade Championship
    • 1. Gnr. Perfrement  Time 5 mins. 32 4.5 Seconds.
    • 2. Gnr. Weedon
    • 3. Dvr. Clee.
  • Gas Helmet Race.
    • 1, Gnr. Leister
    • 2, Gnr. Edwards
    • 3. Gnr. Perry.
  • Mop Tournament (pairs).
    • 1. Gnrs. Jacobwicz and Blowey
    • 2. Gnrs. Turner and Fordham
    • 3. Dvrs. Strangeward and Mills.
  • High Jump.
    • 1, Sgt. Goodyer  Height, 5ft.
    • 2. Dvr. Shelmerdine
    • 3. Dvr. Witter
  • Two Mile Cycle Race.
    • 1. Sgt Smith  Time 5mins, 15 seconds.
    • 2. Cpl. Reeve
    • 3 Gnr. Prowse.
  • Pole Fight.
    • 1, Gnr. Blowey
    • 2, Sgt. Serannage.
  • Sergeants Race (120 Yards).
    • 1. Sgt Goodyer  Time 13 seconds.
    • 2. Sgt. Aitken
    • 3. B.Q.M.S, Everitt.
  • 120 Yards (Hurdles). Heat winners:
    • Sgt. Goodyer
    • Gnr Weedon
    • Dvr. Shelmerdine
    • Gnr. Chignell
    • Gnr. Thorneycroft
    • Gnr. Leadbetter.
  • 120 Yards Hurdles (Final)
    • 1. Goodyer  16 2.5 seconds.
    • 2. Shelmerdine
    • 3. Thorneycroft. Time,
  • 120 Yard. Officers' Race (in Uniform)
    • 1. Sec. Lt. W. Todd
    • 2. Sec. Lt. A. J. Lamb.
  • Half-mile Open.
    • 1. Sgt- F. Brinkman (Ampthill command)
    • 2. Mr. A. H. Ray (George Kent's)
    • 3. Pte. Whitehouse (A.V.C., Stockwood)
    • 4. Mr. H F. Gray (Chaul End).
  • Half-mile Relay Race.
    • 1. Headquarters Biscot  Time, 1min. 45 secs.
    • 2. A Battery. Biscot
    • 3. R.E. (Halton Park)
  • 100 Yards Patient's Race.
    • 1. McNamers
    • 2. Custance
    • 3. Bailey
    • 4. Hilliard.
  • 60 Yard Nurses Race.
    • 1. Nurse M. Tomson
    • 2. Nurse D. Tomson
    • 3. Green
    • 4. Nurse Butcher
    • 5. Mrs. Durler
    • 6. Nurse Lye.
  • Boat Race.
    • 1. Headquarters
    • 2. D Battery.
  • One Mile (Open).
    • 1. Mr. A H. Ray (Kent's)
    • 2. Pte. Whitehouse (A.V.C.. Stockwood)
    • 3. Sgt. F. Blakeman (Ampthill Command)
    • 4. Gnr. Payne.
  • Inter Battery Tug of War (Heats)
    • D Battery beat Headquarters.
    • A Battery beat C Battery.
    • D Battery beat A Battery.
    • The Royal Engineers beat D Battery.
  • Officers' vs. Sergeants' Tug-of-War
    • The Sergeants won.
  • Obstacle Race.
    • 1. Gnr. Smith
    • 2, Gnr. Herbert
    • 3. Lieut. A. J. Lamb
    • 4. Sgt. Serranage
    • 5. Gnr. Chignell.
  • Band Race
    • 1. Sgt. Eastaff
    • 2. Gnr. Bennett
    • 3. Gnr. Voorzanger

Prize Donors

  • Col. Carruthers
  • A Sapwell
  • V. Sunman
  • C. Collings
  • F. S. Biggs
  • P. Ellingham
  • H. Woods
  • O. F. Small
  • S. Dunham
  • F. Burgess
  • A. Richardson
  • H. Brown
  • C. Robinson
  • H. Cook
  • H. Blundell
  • F. Godfrey
  • W. F. Mullett
  • R. Burley
  • Omar W. Sinfield
  • W. Alldor Tennant
  • H. Parsons
  • S. Toyer
  • S. Sapwell
  • C. Clarke
  • W. Bootes
  • W. Room
  • G.B. Stratton
  • W.J. Primott.
  • T. Allen
  • A. G. Baker
  • H. Buckmaster
  • F. Day (leagrave)
  • Wild. Miles. Covington
  • Dow. W. Bell
  • Harold. Barker
  • Mrs. Durler
  • C. A. Coutts and Co. per Mr. Thorogood
  • Clay and Sons
  • E. Ward and Co. per Mr. Seamark
  • Messrs Weekea. Ltd.
  • Halford Cycle Co.
  • Boots Cash Chemists
  • Messrs. Deacons (jewellers)
  • New Hudson Cycle Co.
  • Webb Bros.
  • Diamond Foundary per Mr. H. N. Davis
  • Strange and Co.
  • Sanders and Brightman
  • Wing, Arnold, and Wing.
  • A. and G. Robinson
  • Gibbs and Dandy
  • J. W. Green, Ltd.
  • Alderman A Wilkinson.
  • Mr. Sapper. Red Lion Hotel
  • Driver W. P. Parsons.

Other Donations

  • Mr. D. Stern (Bute-Street) rendered valuable assistance by motoring Gnr. White round the district in distributing bills and tickets, etc
  • The civilian public warmly responded in every way to any demands made from Biscot
  • Councillor H. Impey (Chairman Parks Committee) and Mr. West (Parks Superintendent) also ably assisted.


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Thursday, July 26, 1917

1918 Regimental Sports Day Wardown Park

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20th July 1918

Successful Day at Wardown.

One of those occasions which do so much to foster the right spirit among a large body of men WAS arranged for the R.F.A, depot from Biscot on Saturday, when the regimental sports were held at Wardown.

The organisers were kept on tenterhooks until , the last . minute, for the unfettled weather had anything but an encouraging influence upon the public, who were expected in large numbers. However, after a few showers the weather cleared up and for some time during the afternoon, the organising officers were rewarded with a large and appreciative audience.

The arrangements were on lines far from niggardly, and were carried out with military smartness and dispatch. The winning posts were connected with the signal board by telephone, and the results of the races were thus made known to the crowd within a few seconds of their completion

The military police, under Sgt. J. Saville, did good work at the ropes, their services being the more appreciated by reason of the fact that this work was voluntarily undertaken in addition to their usual duties.

A musical programme was given during the afternoon by the Middlesex Regiment Depot Band, under Bandmaster G. E. Hudson (by permission of Lieut.-Col. W. D. Ingle), and later on selections were rendered by the Biscot Orchestra, under Cpl. V. Carter.

The Races

The first races were for children of N.C.O.’s and men of the R.F.A., the following being the winners: Masters Fred and George Dimmock, and Misses Scholey (aged 6) and Morley. The Iast-named is a tiny tot who has not yet reached her third birthday, and she made her debut with a grace and simplicity which captivated all hearts.

The programme, after the children's races, WAS as follows:

  • Throwing the cricket ball.—1, Cpl. Pitt; 2, Gnr. Vials; 3, Lieut. Lowe.
  • Marathon race.—1, Bdr. Perfrement; 2, Sgt. McConnell; 3. Dvr. Waller; 4, GNR. Pressey.
  • Half-mile brigade championship.—1, Bdr. Morley (holder); 2, Gnr. Lewis; 3, Gnr. Barnes.
  • Bomb throwing.—1, Gnr. Lumley; 2, Cpl. Double; 3, Gnr. Pitt.
  • Long jump.—1, Gnr. Tucker; 2, Gnr. Blackman; 3, Sec. Lieut. McMurray.
  • Sergeant's 22 yards.-1, Sgt. Powell.
  • Sack race.—1, Gnr. Clevely; 2, Gnr. Royles.
  • Veterans' 100 yards.—1, C.S.M. Munday; 2, B.S.M. Hunt.
  • N.C.O.’s race, 220 yards.—1, Bdr. Bidewell; 2, Cpl. Maurer; 3, Bdr. Drohan.
  • Tilting the bucket.—1, Gnrs. Hardwick and Evans; 2 Gnrs. Edwards and Brooke.
  • 100 yards.—1, Sec. Lieut. McMurray; 2, Gnr. Blackman; 3, Gnr. Savage.
  • High jump.—1, Gnr. Blackman; 2, Lieut. Campbell; 3, Sec. Lieut. Bishop.
  • Nurses’ relay race.—1, Miss Cumberland; 2, Miss Jacob; 3, Miss Crewe; 4, Miss Boyd.
  • One mile brigade championship.—1, L/Bdr. Hart; 2, Bdr. Morley; 3, Gnr. Tucker.
  • Putting the shot.—1, Pte. Alibone; 2, R.S.M. Thompson.
  • Four-legged race.—1, Cpl. Maurer, Bdr. Drohan. and Bdr. License; 2, Gnrs. Wilde, Prosser, and Manship; 3, Gnrs. Hardwick, Osborne, and Evans.      
  • 440 yards race.—1, Gnr. Tucker; 2, Gnr. Saxton: 3, Gnr. Blackman.
  • Gas helmet race.—1, Gnr. Wilde; 2, Dvr. Houer; 3, Gnr. Manship.
  • Mop tournament (pairs).—1, Gnrs. Wilde and Manship; 2, Gnrs. Bouker and Austen.
  • Obstacle race.—1, Gnr. Hutchinson; 2, Gnr. Wilde; 3, Gnr. Hardwick; 4, Bdr. Street.
  • 220 yards (open).—1, Pte. J. Lindsey, "N.Z. Depot";2. Gnr C. Watson, Surrey A.C.; 3, W. T. Panter, Birchill Harriers.
  • 100 yards officers’ race (in uniform).—1, Sec. Lieut. McMurray; 2, Lieut. Lake.
  • 880 yards (open).—1, Cpl. Mason, "N.Z. Depot"; 2, Pte. Thomas, A.S.C.; 3, Gnr. Small.
  • 80 yards patients race.—1, Pte. Alson,
  • 120 yards hurdle race—1, Bdr. Morley; 2. Gnr. Saxton; 3, Gnr. Savage.
  • Half-mile inter-battery relay face.—1, A Battery; 2, Headquarters.
  • Ladies' relay race.—1, Kent’s A.C.
  • One mile open.—-1, Cp. Mason, N.Z.; 2, Pte. Thomas. A.S.C.; 3, Gnr. Small.
  • Inter-battery tug-of-war.—D. Battery.
  • Bun eating competition.—1, Gnr. Morgan; 2, Gnr. Osborne; 3, Gnr. Vials; 4, Gnr. Landsell.
  • Two mile team race.—1, "N.Z. Depot"; 1st
  • 80 yards band race—1, Painter; 2, Fardell.

Other features of the programme—in the nature of “side shows were physical displays. including fine parallel bar work by the Physical Training Staff under C.S.M. Inst. Mundy.

Prize Distribution

After the sports the prizes were distributed by Brigadier-General C. H. de la Montague Hill, C.B, C.M.G.

On receiving their prises. Bdrs. Perfrement (the marathon winner) and Morley were loudly cheered. Special applause also greeted Messrs. Kent's team, winners of the ladies’ relay race, and “ Don " Battery (to use the technical parlance), who won the inter-battery tug-o’ war. The Brigade Commander’s special trophy, given to the competitor with the most points, went to Bdr. Morley, with 15. A first place counted four points, a second three, a third, two, and a fourth, one.

The distribution over, the Brigade .Commander Lieut.Col. R. E. A. le Motte ex- pressed the hearty thanks of all to General Hill for taking such a keen interest in the sports. Three lusty cheers were given for him. The Commander also expressed thanks to Lieut.-Col. W. T. Odam, Lieut. Howell, and the Committee for their work, and to the various firms and people at Luton who had contributed to the day’s success. A vote of thanks to all helpers was passed.

The Sports Committee

  • President. Lieut.-Col. W. T. Odam, D.S.O., T.D.
  • Vice-President, Capt. J. Northover
  • Hon. Sec., Lieut. P. H. Howell
  • Assistant Hon. Secretary. Gnr. A. E. White
  • Clerks of the Course
    • Mr. G. Gibbs, C.C.A.C
    • R.S.M. Thompson
    • R.S.M. Price
  • Referee, Lieut.-Col. A. G. Scammell, D.S.O.
  • Judges
    • Captain G. H. Chubb
    • Captain C. R. de Fraine
    • Captain C. H. Sercombe
    • Captain C. Bell
    • Lieutenant E. A. Mortleman
    • Lieutenant A. Ogden
    • Lieutenant H. V. Ramsey
    • Lieutenant A. H. D. Spice
    • Lieutenant J. V. Wilshin
  • Starters
    • Capt. J. Northover
    • Lieutenant V. C. Lake
    • Lieutenant J. Colley
  • Assistant Starters
    • C.S.M. Cowles
    • Sgt. Broughton
    • B.S.M. Kirkbride
  • Timekeepers
    • Capt. E. Swanston
    • Mr. J. Eton Smith L.A.C
    • Lieutenant C. G. Pearce
    • R.Q.M.S. Holsdon
    • Q.M.S Caskin
    • Q.M.S. Slark
  • Stewards
    • Major J. W. T. Newbury
    • Captain J.S. Ridge
    • Captain G. H. Goodenough
    • Lieutenant A. J. Earl
    • Lieutenant W. Honey
    • Lieutenant A. J. Lowe
    • Lieutenant G. N. Graburn
    • Lieutenant K. H. Martin
    • Lieutenant S. A. Randolph
    • Lieutenant A. H. Stannard
    • Second Lieutenant W. C. L. Waite
    • B.S.M Cummer
    • B.S.M. Harrison
    • B.S.M. Morley
    • Staff-Sergeant Buesnel
    • Staff-Sergeant Shepherd
    • Staff-Sergeant Woods
    • Sergeant Amey
    • Sergeant Bellman
    • Sergeant Smith
    • Corporal Double
    • Bombardier Durier
    • Bombardier Richardson


Donations and articles were kindly given by the following: £100 in War Savings Certificates by the Brigade

  • Lieut.-Col. R. E. A. le Motte, the Brigade Commander, a £5 5s. prize to the man who obtained the most points during the sports:
  • Ward and Co., Ltd., per Mr. Seamark
  • Messrs. Tennant (jeweller)
  • Bailey, J. Dow, H. W. Covington, C. Barker (tobacconists)
  • J. T. Jeffs (jewellers)
  • Coutts and Co., per Mr. Thorogood
  • Mr. Robinson (Liverpool)
  • Messrs. Blundell Bros
  • Messrs. Gibbons and Son (drapers)
  • Mr. A. Smith Wellington Street
  • Messrs Chambers (jewellers)
  • Messrs Gibbs and Dandy
  • Messrs Cooper (drapers)
  • Mr. Dryden (Skefko)
  • Wild and Son, Manchester Street
  • Mr Davis (Diamond Foundry)
  • Mr Butcher (jeweller)
  • Messrs Webb Bros, George street
  • Vauxhall Motors (Mr. Pomeroy), per Mr. Edwards
  • Mr. Pledge, Wellington Street
  • Messrs Farmer and Co. Wellington Street
  • Mr. H. Stalker, Mr. Arthur Staddon (printers)
  • Messrs Brown and Thomas, Bute Street
  • Mr  Allen, Mr. H. Arnold, Hat Materials Ltd.
  • Mr. Allder (jeweller)
  • Boots. Cash Chemists
  • Commercial Cars Ltd (Mr. Underdown), per Mr. Coxhead
  • Mr. H. Pedder, Moulders Arms, Park Street
  • Mr. Ted Taylor, Albion
  • Mr. W. Dawson, Freeholders Arms, High Town.

The proceeds will be divided between Wardown V.A.D. and the Bute Hospitals and the R.A. Prisoners of War Fund.


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Wounded Soldiers Entertained

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28th July 1917

On Saturday afternoon, forty patients from the F.M.S. Military Hospital. Blackmore End. Wheathampstead, and ten patients from Wardown V.A.D. Hospital, were entertained in the large mess-room at Messrs. G. Kent's. Ltd., by the girls of No. 121 Fuse Department.

The soldiers were welcomed by Councillor C. W. Escott, and were photographed with their hostesses. While they partook of a substantial meat tea, Messrs. G. Kent’s Works Orchestra rendered selections, under the conductorship of Mr. J. J. Wellsby.

After tea, a party of Biscot boys and some lady friends gave an excellent concert, which was highly appreciated. Councillor C. W. Escott expressed thanks on behalf of the girls to the artistes, and also to the members of the orchestra, and all who had assisted in carrying out the arrangements. Thanks were also accorded to the Vauxhall Motors. Ltd.. and Messrs. G. Kent. Ltd. who conveyed the soldiers to the works in motor-cars.

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