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Higham Ferrers - Boer War

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.

For the Front—Mr. A. Grant, carter, North End, Higham Ferrers, will leave for South Africa on or before the 26th of this month. He is a reserve of the Manchester regiment, and in the ordinary course of things his return of service would have expired in February, but he was called up last week and left for Ashton-under-Lyne on Saturday for a few days’ drill. Mr. Grant has now got back from Ashton, where he was passed by the doctor for active service.

Rushden Echo, 1st February 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Going Back AgainPrivate A. Quincey left Higham on Tuesday for a further term of ambulance work in South Africa.—Private E. Cowley, who returned home with Private A. Qunicey, is dangerously ill with fever.

Welcome HomePrivate A. Grant, of the Manchester regiment, returned home to Higham on Tuesday after over 12 months’ service in South Africa.—His safe return was celebrated on Wednesday night by a dinner and a social gathering at Mr. J. Miller’s, North-end. Songs were given and several speeches were made congratulating Private Grant on his return.

Rushden Echo, 24th May 1901, transcribed by Kay Collins

Back AgainMr. Silas P. Houghton, a reservist in the Northamptonshire Regiment, who went to South Africa 18 months ago, returned to Higham on Monday night and had a hearty reception from his friends. He has seen a good deal of active service at the front, in spite of which he is looking very well.

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