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A Hospital Romance

On 22nd February 1919 Nurse Harriett Sprowson married Staff Sergeant Edwin Alexius Lyons.

Harriet was born in Wilmslow, Cheshire in 1879. In 1911 she was boarding at the Royal Hotel in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire & working in the hospital. In 1917 she came to work at the Rosemary Military Hospital, 28 Milton Rd,  Harpenden where she had the important role of Sister-in-Charge. It is here that she met & nursed her future husband, Edwin Lyons.

Luton and the Lusitania

Luton And The Lusitania

RMS Lusitania was a steam powered British ocean liner, holder of the Blue Riband and briefly the world's biggest ship, weighing 44,060 tons. Construction started By John Brown & Company at Clydebank on 7 June1904. She was launched by the Cunard Line on 7 June 1906.

Lusitania made many voyages across the Atlantic from Liverpool to New York City, but on the outbreak of war, the admiralty decided to use her to transport large quantities of munitions to Britain from America, as well as carrying on as a passenger liner.


Gallipoli Campaign

The Gallipoli campaign is important to the town of Luton, due to the sheer number of Lutonians who were fighting there as part of the 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment. Casulties were very heavy, and it is regarded as the single largest loss of life sustained by the town in a short period of time.

Attack on Hill 60

The unnamed soldier who held a railway cutting against a German counter attack on Hill 60, turns out to be Sergt. Charles Blake, 6069,  Machine  Gun Section Of the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, whose wife and family live at 5, Chobham Street.   In a letter to his wife he says: "You will be pleased to know that i earned myself a name, and have been recommended for the D.C.M.


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