Mr William Smith

William Smith was the Town Clerk of Luton during World War 1. He was appointed on September 3rd, 1912, and held the office until his death on January 7th, 1932 - just three days after his 63rd birthday.

Born in Liverpool, his municipal career began in Cardiff in 1890. In 1893 he was appointed assistant Town Clerk of Colchester and then for five years from May 1907 was Town Clerk of the Essex town. He was chosen as Town Clerk of Luton from among 70 candidates.

Dr Francis Seymour Lloyd

Doctor Lloyd was the Commandant and Medical Superintendent of the Wardown Voluntary Aid Detachment (Red Cross) Hospital in Wardown Park, Luton and the Medical Officer to Lady Wernher's Hospital at Luton Hoo, which received wounded officers from Sister Agnes's Home in London.  In addition to this were his local duties as physician on the staff of the Luton Bute Hosp­ital, a cottage hospital later superseded by the large newly built Luton and Dunstable Hospital and physician on the staff of the Luton Sick and Convalescent Home for children in London

Mr Cecil Harmsworth

Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth represented the Liberal Party as MP for South Beds, including Luton, from 1911 until he retired from the House of Commons in 1922.

At the 1910 General Election, he lost his Droitwich seat in Worcestershire to which he was elected in 1906. But he was quickly returned to the Commons at a by-election in Luton and South Beds on July 20th, 1911, that was caused by the elevation to the peerage of Thomas Gair Ashton, also a Liberal, who had held the seat since 1895.


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