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Rushden Echo, 16th March 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins
Presentation to Molly Sadler
Rushden Juvenile Heroine
Wymington Child’s Life Saved

A brave deed by a Rushden little girl, Molly Sadler, aged ten, was duly honoured at a public ceremony at the Alfred-street Council Schools, Rushden, on Wednesday. Presentations were made to the child at the end of a programme given by the scholars. Mr W W Rial, headmaster, had arranged an “Open Day,” inviting parents and friends of the scholars to see the artistic displays, hear the singing, etc., and a large number took advantage of the opportunity.

Ably directed by the teachers, the scholars assembled in the large hall, gave the following items: Dances and songs, Standard II; history play, Std VI.B; country dances, Stds. VI and VII; physical exercises (in playground), Stds. VI and VII; chorus-singing, Stds. III and IV; costume playlet, “Mr Pickwick on the Ice” Std. VI.B; physical drill (playground), Stds. V and VI; country dancing, Stds. V and VI; chorus-singing, Stds. V, VI and VII. Miss N Groome was the pianist. All the items, particularly the very humorous presentation of the skating scene, were enthusiastically received by the proud parents. At a word of command from Mr Rial, the scholars sat down, filling the main part of the floor.

Mr B Vorley, chairman of the School Managers, presided at the presentation ceremony, supported by Mrs Vorley, Mr C Cross, C.C. (vice-chairman of the Education Sub-Committee), Messrs C Claridge, W T L Flood, C White, J T Bettles, Mrs Rial, Mrs Desborough, of Wymington, Mr and Mrs Sadler, and others.

The Chairman said they were delighted to see so many parents and friends present to take part in a unique event of doing honour to a brave deed. Mr Rial had wisely arranged to invite parents and friends to see the work of the children as well as to witness that event. The School Managers tried to keep the schools up to a high level and to encourage the masters and teachers. Recently, as most of them knew, one of the little girls who attended that school did a very brave deed. For a long time it had gone unrecognised. Now it had been thought time to recognise the act, so that it might be an incentive to others. He wanted all the children to be brave like Molly Sadler when the occasion arose. Giving an account of the facts, Mr Vorley said that last summertime Mr Sadler took Molly with him to a cricket match at Wymington. While the father was with the cricketers Molly played with a little girl who, when their ball got lost, went on to the railway line to search for it. A train was noticed to be approaching, and Molly ran and rescued the little playmate and held her until the train had passed. The scholars, teachers, and managers were presenting her with an illuminated address for her bravery. (Applause) He was pleased to see Mrs Desborough, mother of the child, present from Wymington. Mrs Desborough had been kind enough to bring a photograph of her child in a silver frame and a silver chain and swastika pendant [see note at end] to present to Molly out of gratitude for the noble deed. (Applause)

Mrs Vorley, handing the

Illuminated Address

to Molly, said that that was a very pleasant duty. They were all very proud of Molly showing such bravery. They hoped that as the little girl grew older it would be a pleasant memory to her. Perhaps many of them, especially the older ones, would have been rather frightened, but Molly had shown no fear. (Applause)

Mr Cross spike of the self-sacrifice of the act, and emphasised that happiness could only come to them all by a life of unselfishness.

Mr Flood, of the Rushden “Morning Star” Tent of the I. O. Rechabites, presented Molly (one of the members of the Tent) with a gold brooch inscribed “I.O.R.” and a framed address from the members. He said there were over 100 juveniles from a week old upwards, and they were proud of their temperance principles. (Applause)

Mrs Desborough then made her presentation, which was also enthusiastically applauded.

The little girl whose life had been saved, Megan Pauline Cavell Desborough (aged three years at the time of the deed) was brought forward, much to the interest and pleasure of the company.

Mr Rial expressed thanks to the chairman, school officers, teachers, and the boys and girls who had assisted.

The large illuminated address was worded as follows: “In Commemoration. Granted to Molly Sadler, aged 10 years, In appreciation of her heroic action. Molly Sadler was playing in the neighbourhood of the railway near Wymington on Monday, 5th June 1922, when she heard the sound of an approaching train, and looking up, observed a child who had strayed on to the railway track. With great presence of mind and bravery, she realised the danger to the child and immediately hurried to the spot, dragged the little girl from its perilous position to safety.—This award is made by the scholars, staff, and managers of the Rushden Alfred-street School, in token of admiration of Molly Sadler, who is a scholar of the above-named school. Signed, Benjamin Vorley, chairman of the managers, W W Rial, headmaster.”

The address from the Rechabites is in the following terms: “Presented to Molly Sadler by the Rushden ‘Morning Star’ Tent of Rechabites as an appreciation of her courage displayed in rescuing a child from a perilous position on the railway at Wymington.—Signed, Bro. Vorley, C.R., Bro. Flood, S.J.T., Bro. White, secretary.”

At the conclusion of the above ceremony, medals for perfect attendances at school for several years were presented to Ernest Tew (four years), William Scroxton (three), Lily Chettle, Ernest King and Brenda Chettle (two).

The Rushden Argus September 15th 1922, transcribed by Susan Manton

Brave Rushden Lassie
Snatches a Little Toddler from Certain Death

Molly & Maggie
Molly Sadler & Maggie Desborough
Picture an express train thundering along at a terrific rate through the smiling countryside, and toddling gleefully along the metals, all unconcerned, a chubby three-year-old baby girl. What a scene for a cinema film. The happy unsuspecting infant, and the roaring monster every second drawing appreciably nearer. And then, just in the nick of time, a little girl playing in a nearby field sees the baby’s danger. Quick as thought she has scrambled up the bank and flinging herself upon the infant, snatches her from instant death.

No this is not a scene from a newly-released film; it is a sober fact, and it occurred but a few miles away. The chief actor in the drama was little Mollie Sadler, of Rushden and the baby whose life was so gravely imperilled was Maggie Desborough of Wymington.

Maggie’s father was umpiring at a cricket match in a field at Wymington, through which the Midland Railway main line to London runs. Mollie was playing in this field and it was here that the scene described above was enacted.

We learn that a representative of the Carnegie Trust Fund had been in the district making inquiries, so that it may well be that the fearless little maiden will receive the Carnegie Medal.

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