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National Federation of
Discharged and Demobilised
Sailors and Soldiers
(Rushden Branch)

Rushden Echo, 265th April 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Casualty List - Mrs. Samuel Dawson, of 4, South-terrace, Rushden, has received news that her eldest son, Corpl. William Dawson, Australian Contingent, has been severely wounded. He has three wounds, the worst being in the shoulders and back. This is the second time he has been wounded, and he was in Rushden on leave early this year. Corpl. Dawson, who is now in hospital at Devonport, is a brother of Mrs F. Elmer, of 88, Cromwell-road, Rushden whose husband, Mr. F. Elmer, is the secretary of the local branch of the Discharged and Demobilised Sailors' and Soldiers' Federation On Wednesday morning Mrs. Elmer received a letter from her brother in which he says: "I am progressing fairly-well, but some days I am a great deal better than others, but there is nothing serious now." He further inquires after his brother-in-law (Mr. Frank Elmer), and adds: "I saw his name mentioned in the 'Rushden Echo' and his interest in the discharged heroes. I wish him every success." Corpl. Dawson, who enlisted in Australia, had been in the Commonwealth five years prior to the date of his enlistment.

The Rushden Argus, 10th January 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Maimed—Men who have lost a leg in the war will be measured for new legs on Saturday at the Victoria Hotel, as announced in our advertisement columns.

Rushden Echo, 7th November 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Life Guards Band at Rushden
Demobilised Sailors & Soldiers Federation – A Musical Treat

High-class concerts were given in the Theatre Royal on Sunday afternoon and evening in aid of the Rushden Branch of the Discharged and Demobilised Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Federation. The Committee were extremely fortunate in engaging the Band of H.M. 1st Life Guards, by the permission of Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. E. S. Wyndham, the conductor being Lieut. G. Miller, L.R.A.M. Madam Gleeson-White, prima donna, was so popular that the audiences, with much enthusiasm, demanded encore after encore. The Cecilia Quartette Party were also very highly appreciated, each of their items being encored. The Theatre at the evening performance was crowded.

During an interval, Mr. Fred Knight, J.P., Chairman of the Rushden Urban Council, and one of the vice-presidents of the Rushden Branch of the Federation, thanked the directors of the theatre for kindly placing the building at the disposal of the branch free of cost; to Miss G. Clayton (manageress) and the Staff for the ready assistance they had given; to the Band and Lieut. Miller, Madam Gleeson-White, and the Cecilia Quartette Party, for the musical treat they had given; and to all who had given financial support to the effort. He assured them that the branch was doing excellent work and such support as that would encourage them to do better. (Applause.) [a long list of the programme follows]

Rushden Echo, 29th October 1920, transcribed by Kay Collins

National Federation of
Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers
(Rushden Branch)

CORRESPONDING NUMBER for the Benefit of Mr. Chas. Bailey (a cripple in need of a pair of irons) and Mr. J. Marriott (a discharged soldier). Winning numbers:

1st— 15016. 2nd—13374. 3rd—20087. 4th—2399.

All Prizes to be claimed within 7 days from the secretary, F. NOBLE. 5, Moor-rd., Rushden.

We certify that the above draw was carried satisfactorily.


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