|Rushden Echo & Argus, 28th August 1942, transcribed by Kay Collins
Irchester Soldier War Prisoner
Reported missing a few weeks ago after fighting in the Middle East, William Arthur Litchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Litchfield, of Alfred-street, Irchester, is now officially stated to be a prisoner of war in Italian hands. His camp number is not yet known.
Pte. Litchfield is a Sherwood Forester and worked for Messrs Clark and Co., boot manufacturers, Rushden, before joining the Army. He attended school at Irchester, though a native of Coventry, and for some time kept goal for Wellingborough ...-street Sunday School F.C.
|Rushden Echo, 14th July 1944, transcribed by Peter Brown
Irchester Man Wounded - Action in Burma
An Irchester soldierPte. Leslie Carr, Northamptonshire Regiment, has been wounded in Burma, His parents. Mr and Mrs A. H. Carr of 51, Farndish-road, received the news on Saturday but no further details are given.
Pte. Carr, 20 years of age, joined the Army in November, 1942 and went abroad last October. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs. Edward Parsons and Sons, Irchester and was a member of the N F S. As a boy he was educated at the Irchester Council School. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs Carr who have a daughter in the N.F.S.
|Rushden Echo & Argus, 21st July 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins
Irchester Soldier Wounded
Mrs S Brudnell, of 16 Edward-rd., Irchester, has received news that her husband, Pte Stanley Brudnell, is now in an English hospital suffering from severe wounds which he received while fighting in Normandy. Aged 25, Pte Brudnell joined the Territorials a few months prior to the outbreak of war, and came safely through the Dunkirk evacuation. Before enlisting he was a member of Irchester Boys’ Brigade, and was employed by Messrs Denbros Ltd., boot manufacturers.
|Rushden Echo & Argus, 27th October 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins
Irchester Man Wins M. M. in Italy
The King has been pleased to approve the following award for gallantry and distinguished services in Italy:
M.M. No 5886002 Private Leslie Robert Ernest Savage, the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, Irchester.
|Rushden Echo and Argus, 27th April 1945, transcribed by Peter Brown
Rifleman Reported Missing
Rifleman George Thomas Hunt, second son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hunt of 2, Cattle-lane, Irchester, has been reported missing, believed a prisoner of war in Western Europe. Rfmn Hunt is 18 and joined the Army in July last. He was transferred from the Northamptonshire Regiment on going abroad in February. Formerly employed by the Parker Construction Co., Rfmn Hunt came to Irchester in 1940, being evacuated from London. He has a brother and sister in the Forces.
Rushden Echo & Argus, 27th April 1945
What Nazis Give Our Men to Eat
Seven ounces of black bread, four potatoes, swede soup and black coffee. Nourishing? Hardly, but that has been the daily ration of Dvr. Donald Ernest Dean, R.A.S.C., of 7, Alfred-street, Irchester, a prisoner freed by the British on Monday of last week.
"I certainly have no love for the Germans," Dvr. Dean told us.
He was taken prisoner in Libya and was subsequently moved to Italy, where he remained until September, 1943, when he was moved to Stalag VIII in Germany.
Aged 29, he joined up in March, 1940. A native of Wellingborough, his father, Mr H H Dean, was killed in the Great War. He was formerly employed by Messrs. Edward Parsons and Son Ltd., Irchester, and was educated at Irchester Council School.
Dvr. Dean has two elder brothers, one, L/Cpl. Albert Dean, serving with the R.A.S.C. in Germany.
Dvr. and Mrs Dean have one daughter, Shirley, who is six years old. Since the beginning of the war she has collected more than 3,000 "ship" halfpennies for the Red Cross.
Rifleman Reported Missing
Rifleman George Thomas Hunt, second son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hunt, of 2 Cattle-lane, Irchester, has been reported missing, believed a prisoner of war, in Western Europe. Rfmn. Hunt is 18 and joined the Army in July last. He was transferred from the Northamptonshire Regiment on going abroad in February. Formerly employed by the Parker Construction Co., Rfmn. Hunt came to Irchester in 1940, being evacuated from London. He has a brother and a sister in the Forces.