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The Rushden Echo 13th August 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins
National Register

Voluntary Workers Busy Distributing the Papers

On Registration Monday, August 9th, the Rushden workers, fully equipped for their work, began their task of numbering the inhabitants. The preparation had taken place a week previously under the supervision of Mr. George S. Mason, clerk to the Rushden Urban District Council. The clerical staff consists of Mr. W. W. Rial and Mr. E. L. Brightwell (assistant secretaries).

The town of Rushden has been divided into 21 registration districts, and the books of the enumerators were prepared in accordance with this arrangement. An excellent staff of enumerators have volunteered their services. The enumerators for the nine districts in the northern division of Rushden are: Misses Mason, Watson, Hollis, C. Scholes and Packer, Messrs. F. Woodward, Arthur Mantle, E. L. Brightwell and J. W. Lloyd. In the southern division there are 12 enumeration districts and the enumerators are: Mrs. Norman, Misses Madin, E. Colson, Nellie Groome, Osborne and Hanger, Messrs. W. L. Beetenson, R. Tusting, Herbert Lack, H. Hales, V. Carrington and C. W. Wing. Each enumerator take a separate district, and in some cases they are being assited by others helpers.

The Enumerators

were gathered together on Saturday last at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Mason, and an opportunity was given of considering all points of difficulty likely to occur in the process of enumeration. The party included Mr. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman of the Rushden Urban District Council), who has taken an active interest in the work of numbering Rushden’s residents.

The work of the enumerators being voluntary and the registration being, as most people will readily recognise, of national importance, the people of Rushden may be trusted to make the enumerators’ task as light as possible by taking due caution in the filling in of the form. Especially people are urged not to fold the papers, and they should put the surname first, in bold letters. For example, it should not be “John Smith,” but:

Smith, John.

The task of enumeration is proceeding apace in the urban district of Rushden. The 21 districts are large, some containing nearly 200 houses, but they are being rapidly canvassed; indeed, one of the enumerators – Mr. E. L. Brightwell – was able to report that he had completed the delivery of his papers by tea time on Monday – after 5½ hours’ hard work. Up to the time of writing, only two houses in Rushden have been found to be unoccupied. The enumerators report that on every hand they have met with a favourable reception for the most part of the inhabitants of Rushden to render the enumerators’ the assistance requisite for their work. The forms should in every case be quite ready for collection next Monday morning, when the enumerators will call.

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