Friday 8 August 2014

A Reason to Join Up

William Ephraim Gore in 1898 [X550/1/108/10]

Saturday 8th August 1914: At the Luton Borough Sessions on Saturday, Ephraim Gore, of Waller Street, was summoned for having used obscene language in New Town Street on August 4th. He did not appear, and it was stated that he had enlisted. The Chairman said he thought the Army was the best place for him and the case was adjourned sine die*

Source: Luton News 13th August 1914

William Ephraim Gore was a well-known trouble-maker. He had served in 2nd Bedfords between 1893 and 1903. On 19th and 20th July 1919 there was rioting in Luton around the treatment of veterans. Gore was prominent in this riot, during which the Town Hall was burned down, and was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for his part in it.

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