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Wollaston - Wartime

Rushden Argus, 4th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Farmer’s SonsTrooper Leonard John (“Dick”) Hallett, son of Mr. F. J. Hallett, farmer, Wollaston, was one of the wounded aboard the hospital ship Donegal, sunk in the Channel a few days ago. Fortunately he was saved from drowning, and is now in East Leigh Hospital. Another of Mr. Hallett’s sons—Keith F. Hallett, of the Suffolks—is in hospital at Gloucester, suffering severly from shell-shock; and a third—Pte. F. Stanley Hallett, of the Canadians—is invalided with trench feet.

Rushden Echo, Friday 26th October 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Honour for NurseMiss K Sanders, daughter of Mr J N Sanders, farmer, has been honoured by the King of the Belgians, who have conferred upon her the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Leopold II. Miss Sanders has been for two years on the nursing staff of the Queen of the Belgians’ Hospital at La Panne.

A Verse written by Charles Rivett in 1918

Rushden Argus, 15th February 1918

Ambulance Item—The call having come for more men for active service and the young ones gone, Pte. J. S. Partridge leaves on Saturday for duty at Burleigh House. Pte. Partridge, who is close to 60 years of age, has already done about 18 months’ service, but had come home owing to the illness of his wife, who is now better. His only son is a prisoner of war. [Ebenezer] Pte. Partridge’s action in again joining up is very patriotic and commendable.

Rushden Echo, 13th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Milk PricesAt a meeting of the Rural District Food Control Committee, the Executive Officer stated that dairymen from Wilby, Wollaston, and Irchester had forwarded letters complaining that they were paying 2s. 3d. per gallon for milk and were selling at 8d. per quart, whereas at Rushden, Higham Ferrers, and Wellingborough the retailers were paying 2s. 3d. per gallon and were allowed to sell at 9d. per quart. They wished to be put on the same footing. It was decided to recommend to the Joint Area Committee that those paying 2s. 3d. per gallon be allowed to sell at 9d. per quart.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th April 1941, transcribed by Kay Collins

Parcels Fund.—A meeting of the Troops Parcels Fund Committee was held in the Ambulance Room on Monday. Mr. F. Green presided supported by Mr. L A. Rivett, hon. secretary. Mr G. Harris (collections committee) reported that £20 3s. 7d. was the total for March £10 4s. from the house-to-house effort and £9 19s. 7d. from the factory collections Mrs. E. Humphrey (entertainments committee) reported that the recent concert realised £13, and the whist drive £3 10s. Mr. F. Brown (treasurer) stated that last month's gifts cost £46 8s., and the present balance was £84. It was decided to send a further gift of 7s. 6d. to each man serving on March 31st.

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