January 1914 …
WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE – Considerable interest was manifested in a meeting held at the Paget Hall on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. Miss O.J. Dunlop (District Secretary) of Tuddenham presided, and explained that they had no sympathy with the violent suffragette party. They had not been able to get through a Bill yet, but they had great hopes of doing so in the near future.
Mrs E.E. Kellett, M.A., of Cambridge (Hon. Secretary of the Eastern Counties Federation), argued that the giving of the municipal vote to women was entirely for the good of the country. Nine-tenths of the sweated workers were women. She failed to understand how it was that men did not rise against women doing this kind of work and underselling men’s labour. The women could not help, but the men could. Miss Waring, B.A. (Organiser of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies), also gave an address.
TO THE NORTH POLE – Mr F.W. Gentle was happy in his choice of an evening for the delivery of a lecture on Captain Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole, for the temperature on Monday was sufficiently near freezing point to aid the audience in realising the chilly conditions of the journey about which they were hearing.
The lecture was given in connection with the Brandon Branch of the Church of England Men’s Society. Mr F Farrow presided, and the hall was well filled by members and others, who evinced a deep interest in the story unfolded by the lecturer. Amundsen’s dash to the Pole was described in what may be termed a popular style, free from unnecessary technicalities, yet full of interesting details. One could clearly see how the Norwegian was immensely favoured by almost ideal conditions, and when it was related that the return journey the expedition found they had a superabundance of food, the sad contrast of Captain Scott’s experience immediately entered one’s mind. The lecturer concluded with a brief allusion to the work of the Eastern sledge journey for the exploration of King Edward’s land. Excellent views of the expedition were projected on to a screen by a lantern, which Mr S Lingwood ably manipulated, and a few pictures of Captain Scott and the Terra Nova were also shown.
February 1914 …
FOOTBALL – A match was played in the Ouse Valley League on Saturday, when the visitors were Elveden. The game ended in a draw of 1-1.
METHODIST CHURCH DEBT REDUCTION – An effort was made by the members and friends of the George Street Primitive Methodist Church to extinguish the debt on the recent renovation. A public tea was provided in the afternoon, and Mr Talbot had generously given this. Subsequently the building was filled for an entertainment, which was given by members of the Christian Endeavour Society and other friends. The Rev S.E. Chesworth, the circuit minister, presided. At the conclusion of the programme the Chairman said they had been able to raise in a short time £55.
In addition to the thorough renovation a new lamp had been purchased and placed on the front of the church. A new bible and hymn book had been purchased for the pulpit. He would also like to mention that he had that day interviewed a gentleman with reference to a piece of land, on which in the future they hoped to erect buildings suitable for carrying on of their work at Brandon.
March 1914 …
FOOTBALL – Brandon and Weeting met at Brandon, in the Ouse Valley Junior League, on Saturday. Each side had a good team, and the game was a tough one from start to finish, and ended in a win for Brandon 2-0.
FOOTBALL – A match was played in the Ouse Valley Junior League on Saturday at Brandon, when the visitors were Lakenheath, the home team winning by 2-1.
NURSING ASSOCIATION – The 11th annual report of the Brandon Nursing Association is just issued to subscribers. The officers are –
President Lieut.-Colonel B.C.P. Hamilton,
Treasurer Dr W.O. Trotter,
Honorary Secretary Mrs F.G. Wood.
The report states –
“During the nine months Miss Pickett was with us she worked faithfully and well, and earned the respect and affection of all who came in contact with her. It was with the very greatest regret that we parted with her. She had to leave us very suddenly on account of the very serious illness of her sister, and she has since been obliged to sever her connection with the association, as she found it imperative to stay with her sister. Owing to her needing care and nursing for several months she felt it her duty to remain with her.
The nurse paid 800 visits in the nine months, and attended six maternity cases. We have been without a nurse for three or four months, but are glad to say we have now a new nurse. The subscriptions are less by £2 than last year, and the nursing fees are upwards of £2 less. Other receipts show a falling off of £2. Grateful thanks are due to Mr F.W. Gentle for his much needed help of £3 3s from his Christmas competition.
Attention is drawn to the serious financial condition of the association. Had it not been for the generous help above alluded to, and the fact that the town has been without a nurse for the period of three months there would have been a very large deficit. The prolonged but unavoidable absence of the nurse has been in every way regrettable, but has served to show how necessary such services are in the parish. It is necessary that some definite steps should be immediately taken to put the financial position of the association on a sound footing, and the most effective and satisfactory means appears to be feasible are an increase in the number and amount of subscriptions.
The balance shown is –
By subscriptions £? 11s 6d
Mr F.W. Gentle Christmas Competition, £3 3s
Nursing fees, £2 18s 6d
Balance from 1912, £5 14s 6d
Total = £55 7s 6d
Nurse’s salary (41 weeks), £41
Nurse’s uniform, 12s 6d
Nurse’s insurance, 10s 3d
Affiliation fee, 10s 1d
Cycle repairs, £2 1s 3d
Printing and stamps, 18s
Chemist and dressing, £1 14s 5d
Balance in hand, £8 0s 9d
Total = £55 7s 6d.
April 1914 …
FOOTBALL – On Saturday Brandon played their last match of the season in the Ouse Valley League, this being at Elveden. The result was a win of 2-1 for the visitors.
BRANDON PARK SOLD – The estate known as Brandon Park, owned by Sir Almeric H Paget, M.P. for Cambridge, has, it is understood, been in the market for some time. It is now reported that Sir John Aird, the head of the well-known firm of contractors, has purchased it.
FOOTBALL MATCHES AND DINNER – Two football matches were played on Saturday at Brandon. The Brandon and Weeting first eleven teams combined to meet the G.E.R. Stratford Rovers, and the united tea, were winners by 4-0.
Following this the Brandon and Weeting second elevens played Stratford second eleven, the visitors scoring one goal to nil.
Subsequently the teams, with friends (the party numbering about 40), assembled at the Ram Hotel for dinner, where, in the billiard room, Host and Hostess Holmes had prepared a capital meal. Mr Fuller, snr., of Norwich presided, and was supported by the officials of the clubs. The diner over, the company settled down for a social evening. A programme of toasts was submitted and members submitted songs. Mr S Fuller, of Norwich, acted as accompanist.
BOY SCOUTS – On Thursday, 23rd April the members of the Boy Scouts celebrated St George’s Day. They assembled on the Market hill and, by permission of the school managers; the flag was hoisted on the staff at the Council Schools and saluted. Under the command of Assistant Scoutmaster P Wilby, the boys carried out certain exercises. The event attracted a crowd of the townspeople, and many afterwards saw the boys give an exhibition at their Headquarters at the Workman’s Hall.
May 1914 …
WORKERS’ UNION – As the outcome of a meeting, held at the Ram Hotel recently, under the auspices of the Workers’ Union, a branch had been formed, which numbers about 40 members. The officers are-
President, Mr Alfred Challis,
Secretary, Mr Archibald Rolph,
Treasurer, Mr Albert Challis.
The Headquarters is the Ram Hotel, where fortnightly meetings are held.
CRICKET RESULT – The Brandon Cricket Club opened their season with a decisive win at the expense of Croxton. The match was played on the Brandon Ground. Croxton put together a total of 31, losing the first four wickets for four runs, and Brandon replied with 73 runs for four wickets. Farrow was ingreat form with both ball and bat. He captured seven wickets at a cost of only four runs, and then headed the scores for his side with a total of 24 not out.
F.Stevenson, c Grass b Farrow 0
T Wright, b W Ashley 6
F Scott, b W Ashley 0
G Smith, b C Farrow 1
K Cronshey, b C Farrow 0
A Chase, c Rought-Rought b Farrow 2
V Starling, b Farrow 0
W Bell, c Farrow b Harvey 15
E Basham, b Farrow 1
W Hazlewood, b Farrow 0
W Williamson, not out 1
A Newton, b Stevenson 17
A.W. Rought-Rought, b Scott 10
C Farrow, not out 24
F Tyzack b F Scott 1
F Ridsdale, c Smith b Scott 5,
G Grass, not out 10
Total 73 (for four wickets)
EMPIRE DAY – This year there were no public celebrations of Empire Day. Flags were flown at several houses. At St Peters Church, after the morning service, Mr A.E. Chapman played the National Anthem. In the evening he played variations of ‘God Save The King’, composed by Birch.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING – A heavy thunderstorm passed over the town at midnight on Friday 24th May. A fowl house at the farm on the Ling Heath Estate, occupied by Mr Talbot, was struck by lightning, and set on fire. The occupier set to work, and was successful in extinguishing the fire before it had done any considerable amount of damage.
SEVERE FROST – The disastrous effects of the frost on Tuesday night were visible on all sides on Wednesday. All kinds of crops in gardens and fields suffered, potatoes especially so, as in most places these were cut down to the ground. One man is reported to have lost 500 tomato plants. The fruit crop, it is feared, has in most gardens perished, and the loss is very considerable.
BOYS’ CRICKET CLUB – A successful attempt has been made to re-organise the Cricket Club connected with St Peter’s Church Choir Boys, and with it has been associated the Boy Scouts. The Rev Bartram has given the boys a cricket outfit and bag.
The officers are –
President, the Rev Bartram,
Committee the Rev J.L Wyatt, Mr W.B. Wood, and the Rev P.L. Janez.
Captain, Percy Wilby,
Vice-Captain, W Wharf,
And Hon. Secretary, E Royal
A meadow for playing has been kindly lent by Mr G Wood.
June 1914 …
CURTAILED BAND PROGRAMME – Dissatisfaction appears to have been created in Brandon and neighbourhood by the curtailment of the programme rendered by the band of the 4th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, at Brandon on Sunday, and some explanation is desirable as to how it came about.
Permission had been obtained from Colonel Harvey, commanding the Battalion, for the band to attend the church parade in the afternoon, and to play on the Market Place for about two hours in the evening. Bills announcing the latter arrangement were circulated, with the result that in addition to the townsfolk a considerable number of people from the district gladly availed themselves of the rare opportunity in this locality of hearing the fine band that the 4th Norfolks possess.
The musical programme began about 5.15pm, and in the ordinary course would have continued until 7.30pm. In order to avoid clashing with the services at the various places of worship, however, the Rector requested the band not to play after half-past six, and the request was seceded to, though it should be pointed out that Captain C.W.W. Burrell, who is in command of ‘G’ Company, and, we presume, was primarily responsible for the visit of the band, was not aware there had been any alteration of the original arrangement.
FLOODING – Instructions were given on Monday morning to the employees of the West Suffolk Council that a trench was to be opened on the Thetford Road to allow the water to escape. The water had been lying there since the middle of last week, and the residents had suffered inconvenience. The owner of the land on whose property it was proposed to drain objected, and the nuisance still exists.
BOWLS – In connection with the C.E.M.S. Bowls Club, a competition took place last week, the prize being a pair of bowls. After some interesting games, Messrs M Froud and A.E. Tyzack met in the final on Wednesday of last week. The players were well matched, and Mr Froud won by 9 points to 8. He decided to hand the prize over to Mr J Cooper, in recognition of efficient services rendered as groundsman.
WRECK OF THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND – A special service in memory of the victims of the Empress of Ireland was held at the Baptist Church, when the pastor, the Rev A .E. Tomlin, gave an address on the lessons to be learned from the sad and tragic occurrence. Speaking from the words, “Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour, wherein the son of man cometh” (Matt, 23, 13), the preacher said he could not call to mind any more fitting word, as emphasising the main lesson of the disaster, than that chosen as the text that evening. It seemed like a message from the dead, buried in the depths of the St Lawrence river. He would like to have seen the text associated with every announcement of the tragic wreck.
Gathering up the lessons in definite, pointed form, the preacher said, first of all, that he thought the sad occurrence taught the familiar truth, “life’s end might come to one with unexpected and tragical sadness.” That was how it came to the crew and passengers of the ill-fated Empress of Ireland, and, for all they knew, that was how it might come to them and to him. Consequently he urged they should “watch” and “be ready”, for when the Bridegroom came.
Secondly, he thought that the occasion also taught “life’s end might come, with little, if any, time to make ready for the life ahead.” They could never tell how brief might be the notice to depart, and he felt they had need to be prepared for when that moment drew nearer.
Finally, the preacher emphasised that the last experiences of many of the victims testified as to how calmly and triumphantly faith in God enabled man to meet death. Paying a gracious tribute to the splendid deaths of the Salvationists, the preacher thought that that fact in itself was a splendid testimony to the power of the Christian faith, in that last article men called faith. He thought if men learned only how to live, they would learn readily and easily how to die, when the moment came.
The address was listened to with close attention by the good assembly. The ‘Death March’ in ‘Saul’ was played by Miss Lily Lingwood.
SCHOOL TREAT – The scholars attending the George Street Primitive Methodist Sunday School had their treat on Wednesday. They assembled at George Street, where they were formed into procession, and, led by the Brandon Band, proceeded to Market Hill, where hymns were sung, and selections of music rendered by the band.
Mr George Wood kindly placed the Railway Meadow at the disposal of the school, and game sand sports were carried out. Tea was at the Maltings, which were kindly lent by Mr A Lee-Barber, where a public tea was also held. Colonel B.C.P. Hamilton gave a brief address to the scholars. The sports were carried out in the evening, under the direction of Mr H Snare (the Superintendent). At dusk there was a torchlight procession.
CHURCH PARADE – On the afternoon of Sunday 14th June, the townspeople were attracted in large numbers to a Church Parade consisting of Territorials, Boy Scouts, members of Brandon Red Cross Detachment, and members of the Fire Brigade. Major Mornement was in charge of the Territorials, numbering 116, were commanded by Captain C.W.W. Burrell, the eleven members of the Fire Brigade were in charge of Captain W.B. Wood, while Quartermaster Mrs F.G.W. Wood was at the head of the detachement of nurses, numbering 14, and Scoutmaster P Wilby led the Boy Scouts. Owing to illness, Major F.G.W. Wood was unfortunately not able to be present.
The units formed into a procession in High Street, and headed by the band of the 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, marched to the parish church, where a special service was held. The sermon was preached by the Rev P.L. Janez, who based his discourse on the text taken from Matthew viii, 7, 8 and 9.
After the service Major Mornement held an inspection, and complimented the various units on the satisfactory way in which they had turned out and the smartness of their appearance. He especially noted the very smart bearing of the Red Cross Nurses, who made their first appearance on an occasion of this kind. The Major expressed the hope that they would persevere with their work in Brandon, pointing out that in time of war the lives of men, would, in great measure, depend upon them. The band of the Battalion rendered an excellent programme of music on the Market Place during the evening.
CORONATION DAY – In celebration of the anniversary of Coronation Day (Monday), this being the King’s official birthday, there was a charming little ceremony on the Market Place. About ten o’clock the whole of the school children, accompanied by their teachers, assembled in front of the schools, where they were joined by Colonel and Mrs Hamilton, the Rector (the Rev J.L. Wyatt), Mr F.W. Gentle (chairman of the managers), Mr F Rissbrook, and others.
In the presence of a considerable gathering of townspeople the Union Jack was hoisted to the top of the school flagstaff by two of the boys, Bertie Lockwood and Thomas Gore, and quite an attractive programme of songs and recitations by the children followed this. The headmaster, Mr W.C. Appleby, conducted the singing and Colonel Hamilton said if they would only make up their minds to do the things they were taught they would never disgrace the flag of England. The Rector thanked the Colonel and his wife and asked the children to give them three cheers, which they did with great enthusiasm.
Mr Rissbrook also gave a brief address in which he thanked Miss Taylor for the excellent games and physical exercise that had been carried out under her direction.
Mr F.W. Gentle reminded the children that if they would try to remember what they had been singing about they need not fear the talk there was about England going down. They did not believe it. England had been great, and she still would be so if the rising generation would but do their duty. Many thanks were due to Mr and Mrs Appleby and the teachers for the splendid programme carried out in the morning.
On behalf of the teachers Mr W Appleby (headmaster) fittingly acknowledged some complimentary references to the efficiency of their work.
Here is the programme –
Hoisting of the Union Jack and song – “Here’s a health unto his Majesty”,
Saluting the flag and song – “The Empire Flag”,
Song – “What Can I Do For England”, song – Hail, Hail, King George”,
Organised games, girls’ song – “There’s a land”, “God save our King” (new arrangement),
Recitation, “Empire Day”
Ivy Mutum and Mabel Edwards, song – “Motherland” (two-part),
Girls – the National Anthem.
Also in the morning the flag was hoisted on the tower of St Peter’s Church.
SCHOOL DECORATING – At a meeting of the West Suffolk Education Committee, the tender of Mr J Bloomfield, of Brandon, for painting and repairs to Brandon school premises, for £133 11s., was accepted, the work to be carried out during the summer holidays.
July 1914 …
ST PETER’S SUNDAY SCHOOL – The scholars attending the Sunday School connected with St Peter’s Church spent a happy time on Wednesday 1st July, when they had their annual treat. With their teachers they assembled at church, and the Rev J.L. Wyatt conducted a brief service. Afterwards a procession was formed, and, headed by the school banner and the Brandon Band, proceeded through the town to the meadow adjoining the Railway Station, kindly lent by Mr George Wood, J.P., where games were indulged in until tea time. Mr Ashley kindly lent his swings for the afternoon. A bountiful meal was served at the Maltings, kindly lent by Mr A Lee-Barber. Following this was a parochial tea, which was well attended. The sports were in the evening. The energetic superintendent (Mr F Farrow) was assisted by his teachers. Prizes were given to the winners.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT – Ideal weather favoured the treat of the Town Street Primitive Methodist Sunday School on Wednesday 8th July. The scholars were formed into procession, and led by the Brandon Band, proceeded into the town to the Market Hill, where they sang hymns, and the band played selections. Returning, all proceeded to a meadow, where games and sports were held. Tea was provided at the Schoolroom, and a public tea followed.
BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL – The children attending the Baptist Sunday School had their annual treat on Wednesday 15th July. Assembling at the chapel in the afternoon, led by Mr F Rissbrook, they proceeded to the Market Place, with numerous flags and the school banner. Here they sang hymns, and the Town Band rendered a good performance of music. The children then marched in procession to Mr Georege Woods’ meadow near the station, but they had not been there many minutes before rain drove them to find shelter in Mr Lee-Barber’s Maltings. There tea was served later in the afternoon, after which finer weather enabled the children to return to the field, where swings, erected by Mr Ashley, and other paraphernalia had been provided for their amusement. Weather permitting the evening arrangements included sports and games, and finally an illuminated lantern procession back to the Market Place.
RUNAWAY HORSES – The Thetford Road was the scene of considerable excitement on Monday, when two bay horses attached to a brewer’s dray bolted an a milk cart was overturned. The dray horses, which belong to Messrs Bidwell and Co., brewers, Thetford, were standing outside the Coach and Horses public house. The milk cart is the property of Mr Clark, dairyman, of Town Street, and was in the charge of a lad named Norton, who had a little boy in the cart with him. As they were passing the dray something alarmed the bays, which started off down the road. The man in charge managed to stop them, but not before the milk cart was overturned in a collision between the two vehicles, and the body separated from the wheels. The occupants were of course thrown out, and the little boy fell underneath the cart. He was promptly rescued, and escaped injury beyond some rather nasty scratches. A young woman named Taylor had a very narrow escape from being knocked down by the dray horses.
OUTBREAK OF DIPHTHERIA – For some weeks past there have been cases of diphtheria among children, and last week these were greatly increased. The Managers of the Council Schools decided to close the schools a week earlier than usual for the summer holidays. The Sunday Schools were all closed on Sunday, and will remain so until further notice.
LIGHTER SIDE OF CAMP LIFE – Over 2,000 of the Norfolk and Suffolk Infantry Brigade are in camp at Holkham Park, including men from Brandon.
WAR IS DECLARED
August 1914 …
THE WAR – There are away in the Navy six Brandon men, Regular Army 13, Reservists 19, Yeomanry 2, Militia 1 and Terroritorials 34, making a total of 75.
BRANDON RED CROSS – The members of the Red Cross Detachment in Brandon are likely to have an early opportunity of putting into practice the valuable knowledge they have acquired during the last year or so. The scheme was enthusiastically supported, and as a result of their foresight the members are admirably prepared for emergencies. Six of their number have volunteered for service in any part of the kingdom, and the remainder will deal with cases which may be sent to the town. For this purpose a local temporary hospital will be prepared, and inquiries are being made among the townspeople by circular in order to ascertain where the necessary equipment in the way of bedding, etc., may be obtained. We understand the appeal for assistance in this direction is meting with a ready response.
BRISK RECRUITING – Recruiting has been brisk in the Brandon district, where Sergeant Edwards is in charge. It was stimulated by a public meeting on evening of Thursday 27th, when arrangements were made for Colonel Hamilton to reside, and for addresses to be delivered by Mr Ian Malcolm M.P., and Captain Kennedy. Altogether about 35 recruits from the district have been sent to the Britannia Barracks at Norwich.
TROOPS IN BRANDON PARK– Unlike those who were stationed at Thetford, the troops located at Brandon this week were not billeted on the townspeople, but were accommodated in
Brandon Park. Although billets were obtained, it was found expedient to keep troops near their horses in the Park. With regard to the conduct of the men, the experience of the inhabitants was no less happy than that of the residents in other parts of the district. By direction of Colonel Hamilton, the Paget Hall was opened to enable the men to do their correspondence, and the privilege was much appreciated. On Tuesday the whole of the troops were assembled for inspection.
MOTHER’S UNION – The members had an outing on Monday. After a service at the Parish Church the members went for a drive and had tea at North Court. They were received by Mrs Spragge. The gardens and grounds were visited.
G.F.S. – Thirty-three members of the Girls’ Friendly Society spent an enjoyable time on Saturday, when they had their summer tea. Service at St Peter’s Church, was followed by games, etc., on the rectory lawn, and later tea at the Church Institute. In the evening the party drove to Didlington Park.
September 1914 …
PRINCE OF WALES FUND – A public meeting was held at the Church Institute, the object being to form a committee to organise a house-to-house collection on behalf of the Prince of Wales’ Relief Fund. Mr A.W. Rought-Rought was Chairman.
After discussion, it was agreed to send the money secured to the West Suffolk fund. The question was raised as to what benefit parents who had been dependent on their sons would derive from the fund. Mrs Spragge said she was making enquiries on that point, but it was generally understood those cases would receive proper attention. After further discussion, Dr W.O. Trotter proposed, and the Rev J.L. Wyatt seconded, that a committee of ladies be appointed to collect. This was agreed to, and the following ladies were appointed –
Mrs Trotter, Mrs W.W. Burrell, Mrs A Hardy, Mrs F Morris, Miss Hardy, Mrs F.G.W. Wood, Miss Wood, Mrs E.H. Burton, Mrs George Clarke, Mrs H Lingwood, Miss Owles, Miss Crasp and Nurse Garnham. The Chairman of the meeting was appointed Chairman of the Committee.
CHURCH BELLS – It has been decided that during the war the bell of St Peter’s Church shall be tolled daily at noon to remind those who hear to offer a prayer for our sailors and soldiers on active service.
NORFOLK MEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE
– BRANDON DISTRICT
Except where otherwise stated the men are residents of Brandon.
William Ashley, Rifle Brigade
L Carter, 7th Dragoon Guards
W.W. Carter, Royal Field Artillery
W.R. Dixon, Suffolk Regiment
J Dyer, Suffolk Regiment
W Dyer, Suffolk Regiment
C Edwards, Northumberland Fusiliers
F Edwards, Rifle Brigade
W.H. Edwards, Northumberland Fusiliers
W Grass, Rifle Brigade
A.T. Gray, Royal Field Artillery
A Hunter, Norfolk Regiment
C Kent, York and Lancs. Infantry Corps
J Linge, Suffolk Regiment
F.J. Lingwood, Coldstream Guards
H Rolph, Norfolk Regiment
E Thompson, 13th Hussars
W.M. Tuck, Suffolk Regiment
W Vail, Rifle Brigade
W.T. Westlake Norfolk Regiment
M.C. Butcher, Norfolk Regiment
T Grass, Rifle Brigade
E.A. Whitta, 3rd Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
KITCHENER’S ARMY –
F Whitehead (Lynford)
S Causton (Lynford)
G Brock (Mundford)
R Button (Mundford)
R Newell (Weeting)
J Malt (Weeting)
W Norton (Weeting)
S Crook (Weeting)
W Beeton (Lynford)
H Fincham (Wilton)
F Green (Wilton)
F Arnold (Wilton)
F Shearwood (Mundford)
E Roper (Lynford)
H Browning (Ickburgh)
J Chilvers (Ickburgh)
A Browning (Ickburgh)
J Bly (Ickburgh)
A.J. Bly (Ickburgh)
J Dowing (Lynford)
H Plumb (Weeting)
E.J. Newell (Weeting)
H Newell (Weeting)
E Steward (Weeting)
C Dickerson (Weeting)
Harry Royal (Weeting)
Hector Royal (Weeting)
A Drake (Weeting)
4th NORFOLKS (TERRITORIALS) –
R Godbold (Feltwell)
A Malt (Wilton)
G Green (Wilton)
OTHER REGIMENTS –
W.G. Lingwood, Norfolk Regiment
H Grass, Rifle Brigade
A Halls, Norfolk Regiment
J English, R.G.A.
LOCAL NAVY MEN – In addition to the large number of its townsmen who are serving their country in various branches of the Army, it is interesting to note that Brandon is well represented in the Navy.
Harold Spragge, midshipman, (H.M.S. Audacious)
Charles H Bullock (H.M.S. Mars)
Robert Plumb (H.M.S Berwick)
Fred Thompson (H.M.S. Dido)
Harry Shaw Tuck (H.M.S. Savage)
William Carter (H.M.S. Swiftsure)
William Kent, at Shotley
October 1914 …
GIFTS FOR SOLDIERS – Previous to the departure of the recruits who had been home for the weekend, Mr and Mrs A.E. Chapman and family gave each soldier presents of fruit, tobacco, matches, etc., which were greatly appreciated. Mr Chapman is organist at St Peter’s Church, and he had the pleasure of welcoming some who were members of the choir previous to enlisting.
NATIONAL RELIEF FUND – The committee of ladies, appointed at a recent public meeting, to make a house-to-house collection in Brandon for the Prince of Wales’ Fund, have completed the collection, which it was agreed should be sent to the West Suffolk branch of the fund. The amount collected is £69 7s 10d. Various amounts previously sent to Headquarters were £19 6s 1d, thus making a total of £88 13s 11d for Brandon. The residents have also given substantial assistance to the local Red Cross Society, and arrangements have been made for receiving wounded if required.
BRIDGE – The ancient bridge which spans the Little Ouse river has recently undergone repairs. The brick and stone work has been given a coat of cement.
BRANDONIAN’S ON ACTIVE SERVICE – Richard Thompson (re-enlisted Royal Artillery Garrison), Sidney Neep, and Gilbert Daniels. This brings the total to 147.
A WEEKEND VISIT – Several young men who recently enlisted from Brandon returned from Shorncliffe on Saturday for the weekend, and were given a hearty reception. They left again on Monday afternoon.
WESLEY GUILD – The members of the Wesley Guild held their opening meeting for the winter session on Tuesday evening, Mr G.N. Colls presided, and read the S4th Psalm. A solo was sung by Miss Whitta and Rev Irving Davis. The roll call was conducted and pledges renewed. The officers were re-elected.
HARVEST FESTIVAL – The harvest festival services were continued on Sunday at St. Peter’s Church. The morning preacher was the Rev. Dr J.H. Srawley, rector of Weeting. A children’s service was held in the afternoon conducted by the rector who received offerings of books, toys, etc. for the Hunstantion Children’s Home. The preacher at the evening service was the Rev. P.L. James.
The offertories, amounting to £7 1s 2d were on behalf of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Other offerings were made by the Rev. C.W. Bartram for the sailors, Mr R Grimes for the soldiers, and for the Belgian refugees. Gifts were received from the Misses Owles, Mrs G Clarke, Mrs M.J. Murrell, Miss Davis, Mrs W Brown, Mrs Gosling and Miss W Neep.
November 1917 …
MR CHAPMAN FOUND – News has at last been received of Mr A.E. Chapman, of Beavor House, who has been missing from his home for two or three weeks. On Wednesday Mrs Chapman received a telegram from the Governor of the Brownlow Hill Institution, Liverpool, stating that her husband was there, and that his memory had failed him. Mrs Chapman left Brandon for Liverpool the same day.
BOWLS CLUB – A meeting of the C.E.M.S. Bowls Club was held at the Church Institute, Mr J Cooper presiding. The Hon Secretary and Treasurer (Mr F.J. Mount) presented the accounts which were passed as satisfactory. Suggestions were put forward for improving the green during the winter months, and it is hoped that next season the club will be in a position to arrange matches with neighbouring clubs.
TRACED BY HIS OWN MUSIC – It is a remarkable circumstance that Mr A.E. Chapman whose temporary disappearance from home was occasioned by loss of memory, was traced by means of a to the Benedicite composed by himself. As reported last week, Mrs Chapman received a wire stating that Mr Chapman was in an institute at Liverpool. She immediately went there and accompanied him back to Brandon. It appears that Mr Chapman played the Benedicite in the presence of the Chaplain of the hospital at Liverpool. By means of much questioning the Chaplain ascertained that the piece of music published by Novello and Co. He wrote to that firm, who were able to give Mr Chapman’s address. Mr Chapman states that until this was received his memory concerning Brandon was a complete blank. Both he and Mrs Chapman are very grateful to those of their friends who extended sympathy and help to the family in their trouble.
APPOINTMENT – Mr Robert Peel, late of Lucknow Villa, Brandon, Suffolk, and 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, has been appointed Captain in the 7th (Service) Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, stationed at Woking, Surrey – ‘London Gazette’.
ENTERTAINMENT – Members of the Band of Hope, connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School, gave a capital entertainment on Wednesday evening. The Rev Irving Davis presided. The programme was as follows –
Stella Presland – Recitations – “Opening Recitation”,
Ada Dyer – “Please Listen”,
Elsie Boughen – reading,
Eva Dyer – solo, “A Little Girl”,
Sarah Woolsey, Alec Parrott and Violet Gore – recitations, “They Must Be Wrong”,
Doris Casson and Stella Presland – singing, “Three Girls”, recitations,
Miss Annie Dyer – reading, “An Occasional Glass”,
Daisy Whitta – song,
Eva Dyer, Rose Shinn and Ruby Rudd – recitations,
Miss Elsie Presland – solo,
Miss Cissie Newton – recitations,
Mrs Brearley – solo,
Ruby Bennett – recitation,
Miss Ethel Goose – reading,
The Misses Read and Parrott – duet,
Miss Lily Morley – recitation.
TROOPS AT BRANDON – In common with other towns in the district, Brandon has been called upon to accommodate a considerable number of Territorials during the last few days, although in this case the stay was not long. The men arrived on Thursday week and remained until Wednesday morning, being billeted on the townspeople. The latter were in no way behind their neighbours in making the military visitors as comfortable as possible and in taking steps to provide amusements for them. To this end a committee was formed to consider what could be done in the way of supplying the troops with means for recreation, as well as literature, stationery, etc. The short stay of the men prevented much being done on the present occasion, but the committee, consisting of the following ladies and gentlemen, will be prepared to carry out their good intentions on behalf of any troops who may hereafter take up quarters in the town.
Mrs George Clarke, Mrs Oscar Lingwood, Mrs Morris, Mrs Tyzack, Mrs Teed, Miss Owles, Mrs Harry Lingwood, Mrs Hamilton, Mrs Trotter, Mrs Fred Wood, Mrs Burton, the Rector (the Rev J.L. Wyatt), the Rev P.L. Janez, the Rev Irving Davies, Colonel C.P. Hamilton, Dr W.O. Trotter, the Rev C.R. Bartram, Messrs A.W. Rought-Rought, F.W. Gentle, G.W. Gentle, F Farrow, F Brown, W Clark, W.J. Murrell, Collen, F. Rissbrook, and H Lingwood.
One Sunday afternoon the soldiers attended the C.E.M.S. service at the Parish Church. The service was taken by the Rector, and the sermon was preached by the Rev Colin A.F. Campbell (Rector of Feltwell), who made a touching allusion to the death of Lord Roberts. The service was choral, Mr C Garner Richards being at the organ. At the close the “Death March” was played by the Rev Colin Campbell.
LORD ROBERTS – The organist (Mr A.E. Chapman) played the “Dead March” in “Saul” at St Peter’s Church, in memory of the late Lord Roberts.
THE RIVER – The oldest residents of Brandon declare they have never previously seen the water so low in the river at the bridge. In places there is only a stream just sufficient to cover the mud or stones. Mr A Towler has cleared a quantity of mud away from the bridge.
SPECIAL CONSTABLE BADGES – It will be noticed that the special constable in Brandon have been supplied with small brass discs, to be continuously worn on their coats. The idea seems to be to enable the public more readily to recognise those who are authorised to act in this capacity than would perhaps be the case if the official badges were only donned when the constables were actually on duty.
THANKS – Mr W.S. Bowker, of Brandon Hall, has made gifts of rabbits to the widows and wives who have sons or husbands on active service. The numerous recipients desire to express their sincere thanks.
DEATH OF OLDEST NATIVE – The death of Mr John Royal removes the oldest native of Brandon, as had he lived four more days he would have celebrated his 95th birthday. He died at Thetford Institution on the 2nd inst., and was buried at Brandon Cemetery on the 5th. The Rev. M.A. Gathercole, rector of Santon Downham, officiated, and the remains were laid to rest in the same grave as his wife. All the family of five sons and two daughters were present, other relatives, including grandchildren, also attended. He leaves quite a number of descendants.
RED CROSS SOCIETY – The Brandon branch of the above Society in a financial statement shows that in response to their appeal the sum of £85 11s 4d, has been subscribed. The sum of £14 5s 3d was expended in Brandon for materials for making up and the balance has been sent to the West Suffolk branch of the Society. The workers have made up 15 bed jackets, 38 cotton nightshirts, 19 twill nightshirts, 3 flannel day shirts, 87 pairs men’s day socks, 56 pairs sleeping socks, 4 pairs cuffs, one sweater, 1 flannel belt, 1 knitted belt, 3 mufflers and 1 nightingale.
WHIST DRIVE – With the object of assisting the Belgian Refugees Fund a whist drive was held at Paget Hall on Wednesday evening, having been arranged by a sub-committee of the Conservative Club. The catering was carried out by Mrs Geo. Clarke, Mrs Tyzack, and Miss Crasp. There was a large attendance, and some useful prizes were offered.
December 1914 …
REMARKABLE DISCOVERY – A remarkable discovery was made in a bullock’s stomach. The animal had been killed in Mr F.W. Gentle’s slaughterhouse and a youth named T.O. Outlaws found a silver pencil case, quite intact, though the end had been bent. It has been placed in the hands of a jeweller to be restored as a memento.
WARM CLOTHING FOR THE TROOPS – On the initiation of Mrs Hamilton, an admirable scheme for providing warm clothing for the troops at the front has been put into operation in Brandon. The matter was fully considered at a meeting held at Colonel Hamilton’s residence on Wednesday of last week, and it is satisfactory to know that already 80 of the townspeople have become contributors.
The chief idea is to make the scheme as comprehensive as possible. To this end subscriptions have been restricted to not more than three pence a week. All classes of people thus have an opportunity of doing their share in providing comforts for the men in the fighting line. Thanks to the loyal co-operation of the head teachers, even the elementary school children are able to give their pence and half have in two weeks subscribed upwards of 30s. The funds will be used for providing material and articles, consisting chiefly of socks, helmets, and such things will be made at home. Once a week the billiard room at Colonel Hamilton’s house will be placed at the disposal of the contributors who will deliver the completed articles and receive the wool for making others. The finished garments will be dispatched either to the overseas base of the Expeditionary Force or to Lady French, who will presumably forward them to the front. By this means it is hoped a constant supply will be sent from Brandon throughout the winter. Mrs Hamilton received valuable assistance in the matter of organisation from Miss Owles and Miss Marjorie Wood, and Miss Taylor has undertaken the duties of secretary. Mrs Appleby, Head Mistress of the Girls’ School, and Mrs Lingwood, Head Mistress of the Infants, have also given most useful service in supervising the scheme as far as the schools are concerned.
“WAR SONGS OLD AND NEW” – This formed the subject of an extremely interesting lecture delivered by Mr Benson Heskins, in connection with the Church of England Men’s Society, at the Church Institute. The meeting was open to the townspeople generally, and the Rector (the Rev J.L. Wyatt) presided over a large gathering. Musical illustrations were supplied by a special choir, consisting of Mrs Collins, Miss Tyzack, Miss Hardy, Miss Woodrow, Messrs Ridsdale, Boughen, Tyzack, Farrow, and Mount, whose singing throughout reached a high standard and was much appreciated.
A reference to the Welsh songs offered the choir an opportunity of rendering “Aberystwyth” as sung by the Welsh soldiers at Mons. It was pointed out that many of the Irish songs use din the Army were modern, including ‘Tipperary’, stated to be the great favourite of the British Tommies.
BRANDON PARK – Sir John and Lady Aird have taken up their residence at Brandon Park. This is the first time since Sir John purchased the estate.