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Wollaston Wartime Awards

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

For Bravery – Another Wollaston man Wins the Military Medal

Pte. F. S. Whyman
Pte. F. S. Whyman
Pte. Fred S. Whyman, of the Northants Regiment, has been awarded the Military Medal. The report says: “Major-General R. P. Lee has read with great pleasure the report of the regimental commander and brigade commander regarding your gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field during the operations.” Pte. Whyman, who enlisted at the outbreak of war, had been previously wounded and gassed. He is about 30 years of age, and is a son of the late Mr. John Whytman and Mrs. Whyman, Newton-road, Wollaston. Prior to enlisting he was a boot operative in the employ of Mr. Wm. Shelton, shoe manufacturer. He has three other brothers serving in France.
Rushden Argus, 14th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Richly-Earned Honour – Another Wollaston Man Wins the Military Medal

Sgt Loakes
Sergt. F. Loakes
Segt. Fred. Loakes, R.A.M.C., has been awarded the Military Medal. The report states that the award is for gallant conduct in the field and devotion to duty. Sergt. Loakes is the husband of Mrs. Loakes, High-street, Wollaston, and son of Mr. William Loakes. He is 34 years of age and has been enlisted about two years, the last year and nine months being spent in France. An old member of the Wollaston Ambulance Corps, prior to enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs. Pickering and Co., boot makers, The Drapery, Northampton. He had a brother killed in action last year.

The following letter was sent to Sergt. Loakes:- “To Sergt. F. W. Loakes, 132nd Field Ambulance, Colonel G. W. Brazier-Creagh, C.B., C.H.G., A.D., M.S., 39th Division, wishes to heartily congratulate you on having received recognition of your gallant conduct and devotion to duty, and trusts that you may be long spared to wear the Military Medal, which you have so richly earned.
H.Q. 39th Division, 1st Sept. 1917. A E Wright, Capt., D.A., D.M.S., 39th Division.”

Rushden Argus, 26th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Pte Eaton
Pte. W. Bert Eaton
Bravery in The Field
Another Wollaston Man Wins the Military Medal

Mr. Thomas Eaton, of Holyoak-road, Wollaston, has received information that his second son, Pte. W. Bert Eaton, who is a signaller in the Northumberland Fusiliers, has been awarded the Military medal for gallant conduct in the field on September 20th. Pte. Easton, who has just been released from hospital, is 22 years of age, and has been suffering from shell shock. He enlisted 15 months ago, prior to which he was a shoe operative in the employ of Messrs. Rudlin and Co., shoe manufacturers, Wellingborough.
Rushden Argus, 26th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Belgian Decoration – A Wollaston lady Honoured

Hearty congratulations are due to Miss K. Sanders, daughter of Mr. J. N. Sanders, famer, “The Limes,” whose zeal and efficiency have been recognised by the King of the Belgians, who has conferred upon her the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Leopold II. Miss Sanders has been for the last two years on the nursing staff of the Queen of the Belgians’ Hospital at Las Panne, and is at present home on leave. Wollaston people are proud of their sons and daughters.

Pte G W BrawnThe Rushden Argus, November 22nd 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Military Medal — Another Wollaston Honour

Pte. G. Wm. Brawn, R.A.M.C., son of Mrs. T. Braw, Strixton End, Wollaston, has been awarded the Military Medal for carrying wounded from the regimental sick post to the dressing station under heavy shell fire. He joined up three years ago with his brother, Pte. W. Kilsby, all old members of the Wollaston St. John Ambulance Corps., and singular to relate, all three have won the Military Medal. This makes the fourth member of the corps to win the medal, which must be a record for such a small body.

Pte Brawn
Pte A Brawn MM
Rushden Argus, 30th November 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Brave Deeds – Wollaston Man Wins Military Medal

Information is to hand that Pte. Alfred Brawn, R.A.M.C., has been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery under shellfire. He is the son of the late Mr. Thos. Brawn and Mrs. Brawn, Strixton End, Wollaston, and is 21 years of age. He joined up two years ago, and was formerly a member of the Wollaston Ambulance Corps, and with Sergt. F. W. Loakes is the second member to gain the distinction. Prior to enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs. Nutt and Rice, shoe manufacturers, Wollaston.

QSM RogersRushden Argus, May 10th 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Military Medal - Wollaston Man Wins Distinction

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant Albert A. Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Rogers, Duck End Wollaston, has been awarded the Military Medal, being decorated on the field for bravery in February 1918. His mother has received the medal from the Canadian headquarters, London. Co. Q.M.S. Rogers joined up at Winnipeg and came over with the 2nd Contingent of Canadians, and went to France in 1915. Before going to Canada he worked as a milk boy for Mr. W.O. Sanders at Prospect Farm.

Sgt MinneyThe Rushden Argus, November 8th 1918, transcribed by Susan Manton

Wollaston Sergeant Gets Military Medal

Sergeant S. Minney, R.G.A., son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Minney, Hinwick Road, Wollaston, has been awarded the Military Medal for coolness under heavy shell fire on October 3rd. Sergeant Minney, who is 22 years of age, was in the employ of the Northants Productive Boot Society prior to enlistment.



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