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Wollaston - Soldiers Notes
Notes and News and Letters
Rushden Echo, 15th December 1899, transcribed by Kay Collins

Private Green, of the Wollaston Ambulance Corps, has been selected for service in South Africa. Private Green is well known as goalkeeper for the Rushden Town Football Club. He left Wollaston on Wednesday. Just before he departed the members of the corps assembled at the Co-operative Hall, where Staff-sergeant Watts, addressing the men, congratulated Private Green who said his aim would be to do his duty. He was presented with a Bible, diary, and fountain pen by the corps, and ambulance kit, and three books on ambulance work, by Chief Supt. Hilton. The employees of Mr Pratt Walker on Wednesday also presented Private Green with a silver-mounted cigar case and a box of cigars, and wished him a safe journey, and a speedy return.


The Argus, 30th March 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston Man Missing
Pte. Horace Loakes, Northants Regiment, husband of Mrs. Loakes, Hinwick-road, Wollaston, was officially reported missing on Sunday. He was formerly in the Northants Militia, joining up last autumn. He was at home at Christmas. He was formerly in the employ of Mr. W. J. Cooke, Nag’s Head Hotel.

Rushden Argus, 11th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston Prisoner of War
Pte. Horace Loakes, of the Northants Regt., husband of Mrs. Loakes, Hinwick-road, Wollaston, has been missing for nearly three months, and his wife has now received information that he is a prisoner of war, having been taken on Feb. 17th. He is 38 years of age, and was formerly in the employ of Mr. W. J. Cooke, Nag’s Head Hotel.

Rushden Argus, 18th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston Man WoundedPte. Wm. L. Walker, Northants Regiment, son of the late Mr. Alfred Walker, and brother to Mrs. Ralph Ward, Fox and Hounds Inn, Wollaston, was wounded in Palestine on April 19th. He was formerly a shoe operative in the employ of Mr. Luther Austin.

Rushden Echo, 27th July 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston
Pte. Fred S. Whyman, Northants Regt., has won the Military Medal.

KilledPte. Alfred Holmes, Northants Regt., missing since August 17th 1916, is now assumed by the War Office to have been killed at that time.

Pte. R. F. Murdin, R.G.A., son of Mr. F. A. Murdin, baker, was wounded and gassed on July 16th.

Rushden Echo, 24th August 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Trench FeverPte. W. J. Matthews, of the Northants regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Matthews, of Wollaston, and who before enlisting was in the employ of Messrs. William Green & Sons, boot manufacturers, Rushden, is in the General Hospital, Rouen, suffering with trench fever. He enlisted nearly two years ago, and he is 25 years of age. The illness is of a serious type.

Rushden Argus, 7th December 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wollaston South African Wounded
Pte. George Cherry, of the Black Watch, and eldest son of Mr. J. Cherry, Sherpherd’s Hill, Wollaston, has been wounded in the leg, and is in a base hospital in France. He enlisted at the beginning of the war, and before joining up was a groom in the employ of the late Sir George Farrer, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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