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King George V visits Factories in Town

On Tuesday 13th November 1917. King George V, visited Luton to inspect the Thermo munitions works off Hitchin Road, the George Kents works in Biscot Road, and to meet local dignitaries.

It was the first official function of the then new Mayor of Luton Charles Dillingham, and the local press reported that he performed admirably.


His Majesty the King in Bedfordshire

In the course of a tour of some of the Home Counties on Tuesday, H.M. the King visited as important industrial centre in Bedfordshire.

British Declaration of War against Germany

Britain, led by Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, had given Germany an ultimatum to remove their troops from Belgium by midnight of August 3rd.

Germany's invasion of Belgium occured as part of their plan to knock France out of the war quickly, before switching to attack Russia. This plan, known as the schlieffen plan, had challenged the 1839 treaty signed by the UK, that guaranteed Belgian soverignty.


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