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Ambulance Men Enlistments WWI - 1914/15
Notes from the Newspapers

Rushden Echo, 7th August, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden and Higham Ambulance Men
Members of the Rushden St. John Ambulance Brigade who have signed on for the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve have been called up for active service this week. Privates Kilpack, Paragreen, and Whiteman left for Portsmouth on Monday, Privates T. J. Swindall, Timpson, O’Connor, J. Wright, and Faulkner yesterday proceeded to Chatham. Others were expected to leave this morning, but a telegram was received to the effect that they will receive the necessary instructions as to destination later. Mobilisation orders have been received by Supt. H. R. Patenall, of the Higham Ferrers St. John Ambulance. Any hour is expected to bring a wire notifying the Brigade where to proceed. In addition to the Superintendent, Corps-Secretary A. O. Groome and Sergt. Church, with the whole of the men of the division, will undertake active service as members of the Military Home Hospital Reserve.

Rushden Argus, 7th August, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

Sick Berth Men—The following Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve men left Rushden on Monday for Haslar Hospital, Portsmouth: Privates E Whiteman, E Kilpatrick, and H Paragreen. This (Thursday) morning the following left for Chatham Hospital: First-Class Sergt. J C Wright and Privates T J Swindall, H Timson, J O’Connor, and J Faulkner.

Rushden Argus, 21st August, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

Ambulance Service - Rushden and Irthlingborough Men Depart

The honour of being the first member of the St John Ambulance Brigade in Irthlingborough to be called for service for the Royal Navy (Sick Berth) fell to Private William Eatly, son of Supt C E Eatly, of Manton-street, who made his departure for Chatham from Irchester Station on Sunday morning. Many friends accompanied him, or awaited on the station, to see him off. He was joined at the station by three more ambulance men from Rushden. Hearty cheers from a large assembly were given as the train steamed out of the station.

The Rushden men were First-class Sergt Prigmore, and Privates H May and G Thompson. This makes 14 Rushden men on service.

Rushden Argus, 21st August, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

DepartureDr Dudley Greenfield left Rushden for Woolwich for service in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the 10th General Hospital on Saturday morning by the 9.44 train. A number of his choir boys, with the Rev P J Richards, assembled at the station to bid him farewell. Three hearty cheers were given as the train left the station.

Rushden Argus, 18th September, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

From the Front - Rushden Soldiers Quite Well
Mrs John Dickins, of Dell-place, Rushden, wife of Private John Dickins, of the 19th Hussars, has received a letter from her husband, who is serving with the Field Ambulance in France. The epistle was fourteen days coming, and states that Private Dickins is well. It goes on: “I hope you will cheer up and not worry yourself”. He says he sent two postcards, but expects they got lost—as they really did. He gives no information about the war, stating he is not allowed to.

Rushden Argus, 16th October, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

Rushden Ambulance Men
On Tuesday morning the following Rushden members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade left for service:—Corpl. G. Ambridge, Privates B. Lincoln, E. Baxter, and C. Bradshaw. They left for Haslar Hospital.

Rushden Echo, 1st January 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

"Ambulance Children"-Upwards of 130 children of Rushden Ambulance men on active service, with the juvenile Belgian refugees, had a capital entertainment at the Church Institute on Boxing Day. Tea was provided and supervised by Mesdames G Toby, Oakins, S Clark, and D Cave. The Rector (Rev P E Robson) and the Curate (Rev W Pelham) welcomed the children. An operetta, “Dick Whittington,” was given and thoroughly appreciated by the youngsters. As the party left, each child received a box of chocolates, a banana, and an orange. Mrs Clark and Mrs Toby were the instigators of the entertainment.

Rushden Echo, 21st May 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Recruit for the Royal Army Medical Corps

Mr Arthur Stanley Knight (son of Mr J F Knight, of the White House, Rushden) has joined the R.A.M.C. as a private. Having gone through a course of ambulance training, Mr Knight is proceeding to a hospital in Birmingham for further training and will then be at the disposal of the Army authorities.

Rushden Echo, 27th August 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Promotion – For Rushden Ambulance Man
Private T. S. Attley, of Rushden, a member of the Ambulance Brigade, who joined the R.A.M.C. last autumn and has been doing good work at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, has been promoted to be full sergeant.

Rushden Echo, 17th September 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Promotions – For Rushden Ambulance Men
Rushden Ambulance men have received promotions as follow: Private H. Boyce, R.A.M.C., promoted corporal; 1st Class Sergt. J. C. Wright promoted 1st Class Petty Officer Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve.

The following Rushden Ambulance men left on Monday for Devonport Naval Hospital: Messrs. H. Skeeles, H. S. Hall, C. Bates, C. F. Fairey, and J. Gross. They are Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve men.

The Rushden Echo, 29th October, 1915, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Three Rushden Brothers
Mr. H. C. Swindall, third son of Mr. T. Swindall, J.P. (chairman of the Rushden Urban Council), has gone to Chatham to join the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserves. His two brothers are already serving their country.

Rushden Echo, 29th October 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Men – In Ambulance Work
Mr. Tom Sanders, son of Mr. W. B. Sanders, Hayway, Rushden, and Mr. Harry Selwood, only son of Mr. George Selwood, Newton-road, Rushden, left on Saturday for the Military Hospital, Millbank, London.

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