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Chelveston Soldiers' Notes

Rushden Echo, 4th June 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Suffering from Poison Gas
Rifleman Sidney Burgess (Fitzwilliam Arms, Chelveston), 4th Rifle Brigade, is one of the victims of German asphyxiating gas, and is at present in hospital at Cardiff.

Rushden Echo, 10th August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wounded—Mrs. H. Hinson (formerly of Chelveston), who is now residing with her mother, Mrs. Cooper, at 27 Washbrook-road, Rushden, has received a letter from her husband, Pte. Harry Hinson, of the Essex regt., to say that he has been wounded by shrapnel in the arm and face and is now in the 10th Stationary Hospital, France. The shell which caused his wounds killed two of his comrades who were standing near by at the time. Pte. Hinson, who enlisted in January last, has been in France eleven weeks. Before joining up he was employed by Messrs. Adams Bros., boot manufacturers, Raunds.

Rushden Echo, 20th September 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

WoundedPte. Frank Wagstaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Wagstaff, of Water-yard, has been wounded in both legs during the recent battle, and he is now in hospital at Reading. Pte. Wagstaff had only returned from his leave a fortnight.

Rushden Echo, 31st October 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Chelveston - GallantryMr. P. Barker, late corporal in the Royal Engineers, has received a certificate showing that he is mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatches for gallantry and devotion to duty on November 8th 1918.


Rushden Echo & Argus, 21st August 1942, transcribed by Kay Collins

Chelveston Stoker is Eagle Survivor
Mrs. O. J. Barrett, of Water-lane, Chelveston, has received a cablegram from her husband, Leading Stoker Oliver James Barrett, who was serving on the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Eagle, stating that he is safe and well. Stoker Barrett who is the eldest son of Mrs. F. Beeby, of 64 Hill-street, Raunds, recently passed examinations in diving. He joined the Navy in January 1940, and has served on board the Eagle since January of this year.

Stoker Barrett was educated at Raunds Council School.




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