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Higham Ferrers Ambulance Corps

Rushden Echo, Friday July 15, 1898 transcribed Sue Manton

Rushden and Higham Ambulance Corps – the Higham Ferrers corps accompanied by the drum and fife band, marched to Rushden on Wednesday night, among those present being Supt. J. W. Higgins, First Officer A. O. Groome and Serg. Bettles. On reaching Rushden they were joined by the Rushden Corps and the whole of the men then proceeded to Mr. Marriott’s field where they went through a series of stretcher and other drills. The drills were executed in a very creditable manner. The Higham and Rushden Divisions will meet on Higham Ferrers Market Square for drill on Wednesday next at 7.30 sharp. All members are requested to attend. Orderly Officer, First officer A. O. Groome; orderly sergeant, Staff Sergeant J. Bettles.

Rushden Echo, 5th January 1900, transcribed by Kay Collins

Two Ambulance Men, Privates Henry Quincey and Arthur Thompson, of Higham Ferrers, left on Wednesday afternoon for London, for ambulance work in South Africa. The Town Band, under their new conductor (Mr. Joseph Pendlebury), marched to the station, playing “Soldiers of the Queen.” The Mayor (Mr. C. S. R. Palmer), Dr. Crew, and First Officer A. O. Groome were present. The Mayor addressed the men, and Dr. Crew also spoke a few words of encouragement. Thompson is a married man, and Quincey single.

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