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Extracts taken from the Rushden Echo by Jim Hollis
Men from Glassbrook Road

Wartime Notes from the Rushden Echo - in date order

Rushden Echo Friday, 23rd October 1914, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Local Soldier’s Confidence - The War “Cannot Last Much Longer”
Serving on board H.M.S. Nottingham, Mr. Wm. King, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. E. King, of Glassbrook-road, Rushden, writes to say he is all right. He says his people won’t know him when he gets home as he is getting fat! “Of course,” he continues, “there is plenty of work to do with very long hours, but that is only to be expected. I have not the slightest doubt we shall get over it. It cannot last much longer if it goes on the same as at present, and you will have us both (meaning himself and his brother Pte. Harold) on leave, which I am patiently waiting for.”

A card from Private Harold King this week states that he is still in good health.

Rushden Echo Friday, 6th November 1914, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Man Under Shrapnel Fire - “In The Best Of Spirits”
A Rushden soldier, Private E. Bridgement, writes home to his mother, Mrs. Bridgement, of Glassbrook-road, who gives us permission to make the following extracts :-- “I received your parcel and letter, which were as good as five pounds to me in such times as this. The Expeditionary Forces can get anything they ask for except cigarettes, which are very scarce. I will give you a little idea later of what it is like to be under shrapnel fire, which is not very nice. We are getting on fine with the French soldiers.” Further he writes: “I am quite well and in the best of spirits. I received the parcel, which begins to make me think I am costing a great deal of money and trouble. But if I am lucky enough to return you will be repaid. But, of course, we are hear to do or die. I have got on well so far and am well treated by the French people, and their kindness will never be forgotten. P.S. Send a few ‘Woodbines’ please.” He has a brother, Private Percy Bridgement, in Kitchener’s Army. The latter came home for the past week-end.

Mrs. Bridgement has a brother, a sergeant, fighting at the front.

Rushden Echo Friday, 5th March 1915, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Man Enlists As A.S.C. Driver
Mr. Steve Dickens, of Glassbrook-road, Rushden, for six years in the employ of Mr.T. Swindall as horse driver, has joined the Army Service Corps, and left Rushden on Monday for Woolwich. He has a son at Weymouth in the Northants Regiment.
Rushden Echo Friday, 20th May 1915, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Hurt - News Wanted - Pte. James S. Campion
Mrs. Wm. Campion, of 62, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has received a postcard to say that her son Pte. James S Campion, of the 1st. Northants Regiment, has been wounded. The card was written by Pte. J. Barnes, a friend of her son, who said that Pte. Campion was all right when he was forced to leave him and that he did not think it was much.
In a letter published in this issue, Pte. Reynolds, of Rushden, says that he saw Pte. Campion’s leg shot off, but the above card from Pte. Barnes was received last Friday morning, so it is hoped that Pte. Campion’s injuries are not so serious as it first appeared.
Pte. Campion enlisted about the time of Higham Feast and was sent to the front about the beginning of January. Mrs. Campion will be grateful if any of her sons comrades at the front can send her any further particulars concerning her son’s injuries.
Rushden Echo Friday, 10th December 1915, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Family - Father And Three Sons - Serving with the Colours
Pte. E. Bridgement (Rushden), of the Scottish Rifles, son of Pte. F. Bridgement of 101, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has been home on ten days’ leave after having been at the front since the commencement of the war. He has been once wounded in the right arm and was discharged from the hospital at Rouen on October 11th.

His eldest brother, Pte. Fred Bridgement, of the 1st. Northants, was admitted into the same hospital two days later with a fractured hip and a broken leg. For some time it was feared that he would lose his leg, but we are pleased to report that he is now progressing favourably, it is hoped that he will be in an English hospital by Christmas.

Pte. and Mrs. Bridgement have one other son serving in the forces, viz., Pte. Percy Bridgement, of the 6th Northants,and he also is in France.

The father, Pte. F. Bridgement, of the 3rd. Northants, is stationed at Strood, and is in the Military Police.

It will thus be seen that all the family are serving with the colours, and Mrs. Bridgement has three brothers, Ptes. C. Bryant, F. Bryant, and H. Bryant, also on active service. Another of her brothers, Company Sergt. Major H. Bryant, was killed in action on January 16th.

Rushden Echo Friday, 7th January 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier - Sent to Hospital
Private Harold King, of the Highland Light Infantry, son of Mrs. Joseph King, of 84, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, recently came home from France to visit his mother on seven days’ leave. For several months past he has not been in good health and we are sorry to report he was sent to the County Hospital by his doctor on Saturday last, where he has been detained. He has been at the front since the commencement of the war, and took part in the battle of Mons and several other big encounters. For some months past he has had such indifferent heath that he has been kept at the base, and has therefore taken part in no recent fighting.

Mrs. King has four more sons on active service and we are glad to report that so far none have been wounded.

Rushden Echo, Friday 11th February 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Man Missing - Now Reported a Prisoner of War - Pte. George Trusler
Mr. and Mrs. Trusler, of 109, Glassbrook-rd., Rushden, have received news that their son, Pte. George Trusler, 6th Northants, is a prisoner of war at Glesson Germany.

Pte. Trusler has been reported missing since December 29, but a card has been received from him to say that he is going on all right at Glesson. He enlisted in September, 1914, and went out to France in June 1915. He was wounded in both legs and one hand in August, 1915. He was formerly employed by Messrs, William Claridge and Son, Rushden.

Rushden Echo Friday, 31st March 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier - Home On Leave
Pte. Percy Bridgment (Rushden) of the Northants Regiment, a former member of the Rushden Adult School Male Voice Choir, is at home on a few days’ leave, after about eight months at the front. Pte. Bridgment, who is looking remarkably well, has come through so far without a scratch.
Rushden Echo, 19th May 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden C.W.S. Worker – Wounded by Shrapnel
Mrs. Shipman, of 13 Glassborok-road, Rushden, has received news that her husband, Lance-Corpl. J. H. Shipman, of the Northants Regiment, was wounded by shrapnel in the left knee on April 25th.

He enlisted on April 17th 1915, and proceeded to the depot on April 25th last year, exactly 12 months prior to the date on which he received his wound. He went to the front at the end of July last year. Prior to enlistment he was employed at the C.W.S. boot factory at Rushden. He returned to this country last Monday week and is now in a Red Cross Hospital, Salisbury, where, we are pleased to report, he is making satisfactory progress.

At the time Lance-Corpl. Shipman was wounded he was having six days’ rest at the rear of the firing line. An enemy shell exploded near his section and practically every man received a wound of some description or other.

Rushden Echo Friday, 12th May 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Killed – A Victim To Poison Gas - Lance-Cpl. Arthur Bryant
We regret to report the death in action of Lance-Cpl. Arthur Bryant, Northants Regt., son of Mr. F. Bryant, 53, Glassbrook-road, Rushden.

The first news was contained in a letter to Mrs. Attley, of Pemberton-street, Rushden, whose son Pte. Ralph Attley was Pte. Bryant’s chum.

The news was confirmed in letters which the deceased soldier’s wife received from the Lieutenant in his platoon, from one of her cousins at the front, and also from Pte. Attley, and is also commented upon in several other letters received from the front by different townsfolk.

From what can be gathered of the different letters it seems that Lance-Cpl. Bryant was with a working party who were out at night. When on the return journey the party were caught in gas fumes which were being sent out of the German trenches. Lance-Cpl. Bryant was missing and was found afterwards the next morning lying with his gas helmet on. It is assumed that he was unable to put his helmet on in time to escape the asphyxiating fumes.

Lance-Cpl. Bryant joined Captain Stocken’s 8th Northants Battalion while they were in Rushden, and was drafted to an active service battalion and left for France about five weeks ago. It is believed that he was the first of Captain Stocken’s Rushden recruits to fall in action.

Before enlisting he was employed by Mr. A. Sudborough, shoe manufacturer of Higham Ferrers, in the lasting department.

This (Friday) morning Mrs. Bryant has received official news of the death of Lance-Cpl. Bryant.

Rushden Echo Friday, 19th May 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Gassed - Now In Hospital - Pte. C. Bodman
Mrs. H. Bodman of 72, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has received official news that her son Pte. C. Bodman, of the Northants Regt., is now in Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, after being badly gassed by Germans.

His farther and mother went to see him last Saturday, and found he was progressing favourably.

This is Pte. Bodman’s second time in hospital, as he was wounded at the battle of Loos.

Rushden Echo Friday, 14th July 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Injured - After Sixteen Month’s - Wounded In Big Push - Pte. Harold Hornsby
Mrs. D. Hornsby, 68, Glassbrook-road, on Wednesday morning received a field post card from his son, Pte. Harold Hornsby, 13849 Northants Regt., to say that he has been wounded in action.

Pte. Hornsby enlisted in Sept. 1914, and up to the “big push” has escaped without a scratch, having been out about 16 months.

A brother of Pte. Harold Hornsby, Pte. Sidney Hornsby, is also serving with a machine gun section of the Northants Regt., in France, and another brother, Pte. Alfred Hornsby, is on home service with the Signal Troop, Yorkshire Mounted Brigade, now at Beverley, Yorkshire.

Pte. Harold Hornsby formally worked for Messrs. Robinson and Son, shoe manufacturers, Rushden. He is 22 years old. His wound is mentioned in a letter of another wounded soldier, Pte. William Dickens.

Rushden Echo Friday, 14th July 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Nothing To Worry About - Rushden Soldier’s Cheerfulness - Wounded In The Shoulder - Pte. William Dickens
Mrs. S. Dickens, 104, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, received on Tuesday a field postcard from her son, Pte. William Dickens, 13882, Northants Regt., to say that he had been wounded and had been admitted in hospital. This was dated July 8th and on Wednesday a letter was received from the wounded soldier as follows:- “Dear Mother and All - Just a line to let you know that I have arrived in England once more, with hospital ship this time, though. I got hit with a piece of shell in the right shoulder on Friday, but it is nothing to worry about, or I should not be able to write this letter. Pte. H. Hornsby (in the same company) got hit the same day. I was told . . . . I was not sorry when I got away, - 13882 Pte. Dickens, B 10 Ward, No 1 S.G. Hospital, Dudley-road, Birmingham, July 11th.”

Pte. Dickens is 21 years old. He enlisted in Sept., 1914, and formally worked for Messrs. Nurrish and Pallett, Rushden. His father, Driver S. Dickens, is serving with the A.S.C. in France, having joined on the 25th of February 1915.

Rushden Echo Friday, 21st July 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier In Germany - A Prisoner Of War - Pte. J. T. Foreman.
In the official list of British prisoners of war in Germany occurs the name of Pte. J. T. Foreman, 18108, Northants Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Foreman 66, Glassbrook-road, Rushden.

He was reported missing on April 13th this year, and Mr. and Mrs. Forman have received several communications from Germany from their son. He gives the information that he is being treated fairly well and there is no need for worry. The name of his camp is “Baraque 2 B, Camp des Prisonniers de Guerre, Friedricksfeld (bei Wesel, Rheinland ).” The prisoners, according to one of his letters, are allowed to write four postcards and two letters a month and no more. They are made to work by the Germans, and he says any parcels of food or even money would be very welcome to them. He is 25 years old. Mrs. Foreman has another son serving in France with the Royal Engineers.

Rushden Echo Friday, 25th August 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Died For His Country - Rushden Hero Killed In Action
“A Most Willing Lad” - Company’s Sympathy And Officer’s Tribute
It is with regret that we report the death in action of Pte. E. E. Campion, 22937, Northants Regiment, son of Mrs. Campion, of 62, Glassbrook-rd. Rushden. Mrs. Campion received the news though an officer in the same battalion as her son, and we take the following extracts from the letter he sent :

“Dear madam, - I regret to inform you that your son, Pte. Ernest Edward Campion, was killed instantaneously this afternoon. Though it is but a few weeks since he joined my platoon I have found him a most willing lad, always ready to do his duty. The platoon and myself share with you in your grievous loss. He will be buried in an English soldier’s cemetery.

“To you it will be a bitter loss, yet his name will go down on the list of those who came forward willingly, dying a noble death for his country. From officers and men of the --- company, please accept deepest sympathy. ---Second Lieut. C.R. Handsley.”

Pte. E.E. Campion is the second son of Mrs. Campion to be killed in the war, Jim Campion being killed in May 1915. Another son, Driver Bert Campion R.H.A. who is married, is now serving in the Balkan theatre of war.

Pte. E.E. Campion enlisted just after last Christmas, being employed by his brother, of Messers. Asford and Campion, heel-makers, Newton-road, Rushden. He went out to France shortly afterwards, but stayed at the base a few weeks, the doctor declaring him not quite fit for trench services. Eventually the doctor reported him fit and he took his place with a Northants battalion in the firing line, but not with the battalion in which he enlisted.

Mrs. Campion received two letters from her son Ernest as late as last Thursday, one dated Aug. 11th and the other dated Aug. 13th both stating that he was quite well so evidently he was killed last Friday (or possibly Thursday afternoon) as Mrs. Campion received the officer’s letter on Sunday.

Rushden Echo Friday, 22nd September 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Victim - Killed In Action - Drummer J. W. Sears - Formerly of the Mission Band
We regret to report that Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sears, of 18, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have received news from unofficial sources that their son, Drummer J. W. Sears, of the Northants Regt., has been killed in action. The news is sent by two of his comrades-Ptes. A. Collett and W.T. Gibson.

The former writes :- “Just a few lines to you to let you know that I am Bill’s pal, and I am sorry over your son because he was killed by a sniper on Sept. 9th I could not write before as we were in the trenches, and never got relieved till Sept.11th As soon as I heard the news I was done and I was bad for two or three days.”

Pte. Gibson writes :-“ I am very sorry to say that I was with your son on the night of Sept. 9th We had just advanced towards the German trenches but were compelled to take cover in a shell hole because of the heavy firing. We had lain there for just over two hours together. At about 7-15pm the same night a German sniper shot him, and hit him in the head. He was killed instantly and I had to stay there till 3 o’clock the next morning before I got back to our trenches. I am very sorry for both you and him as he was liked by most of the chaps in the regiment. If you would like to hear any more about him I will try and do my best to tell you as I was the last to see him alive. I got through safely except for a slight shrapnel wound in the chest, which I got as soon as I got out of the trench, but I have not gone into hospital. I am still with the regiment.”

The late Pte. Sears had only been at the front three weeks when he got killed. He was employed by the Maypole Dairy Co. at Rushden prior to enlisting in November 1914. He was for several years a drummer in the Wellingborough-road Mission Band. He was only 17 years of age when he enlisted, so that he has given his life for his King and country at the early age of 19 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Sears and family desire to express sincere thanks to those kind friends who expressed sympathy in their bereavement.

Rushden Echo Friday, 27th October 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Glorious Armies Of The Allies -Avenging the Loss of their Gallant Sons
Bereaved Parents At Rushden - Receive a Message of Sympathy
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bozet, of 42, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have received the following letter from Co.Qr-mr. Sergt. A.G. Wix, B Co, Northants Regt. in reply to inquiries made regarding the death of their son, Pte. Edward (Ted) Bozet, whose death has been recorded in the “Rushden Echo”;

"I am in receipt of your letter inquiring for particulars of the death of your son, who was killed in action. I very much regret that I cannot give you the details of how he died, as one cannot notice particularly the fate of other men when the rush is made in the trenches, for if we hesitated on these occasions undoubtedly we should all have been annihilated. I can only learn that your son was mortally wounded in going over, and when the stretcher bearers found him he was dead."

“I hope you will find consolation in knowing that your son died fighting for his country and the nation, who, with their Allies, are fighting for right and justice”.

“You may not know that the Regiment went over and made an attack on the German trenches in the afternoon, and they did all that was asked of them, viz., drove the Germans out of this particular trench and consolidated and firmly held it against counter-attack. I have heard it said by other independent individuals that the companies in question went over the top just as if they were marching on parade”.

“It must seem very hard for you and his wife to lose him on this third occasion of his coming out here, and I wish to express my deep sympathy with you and yours in your bereavement. May it be some little satisfaction for you to know that the glorious Armies of the Allies are abundantly avenging the loss of their gallant sons. The papers tell us how our armies are completely overwhelming the Germans and that our soldiers are still imbued with the spirit of our forefathers, and are upholding the reputation of the British Armies. I shall miss your son from the Company, for he was always a good soldier, very willing, and liked by his comrades.

Rushden Echo Friday, 22nd December 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Missing - of The East Yorkshires - Private G. W. Ireson
We regret to report that Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Ireson, of 94, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have received official news that their only son, 27973, Pte. George William Ireson, of the East Yorks Regiment, has been missing from his regiment since the action of November 13th. The official news is confirmed by a letter from Pte. A. Ager, of Northampton, one of the missing soldier’s comrades.

Pte. Ireson enlisted in the County Regiment twelve months ago under Lient. L. Perkins, but was subsequently transferred to the East Yorks. and was drafted to the western front about two months ago. Up to the time of enlisting he was employed by Messrs. Robinson Bros. boot manufacturers, Rushden. Pte. Ager writes:- “I am very sorry to inform you that your son George has been missing since November 13th after an attack on the German line, but I cannot say exactly what became of him. He may be wounded or he may be a prisoner, as they took just a few who were unfortunate enough to advance too far. Being one of his best pals, having come from Northampton with him, I think it my duty to tell you, hoping for the best. He was a good pal and I miss him very much, and I offer you my deepest sympathy in your anxiety.”

Mr. and Mrs. Ireson will be grateful to any of their son’s comrades who can send them further information concerning him that will relieve their trepidation of mind.

Rushden Echo Friday, 29th December 1916, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Killed - Succumbs To Wounds - Athletic Club’s Sympathy - Pte. George Knightall
News has been received from official sources that 14569 Pte. George Knightall, of the Northants Regt., second son of Mr. William Knightall, of 119, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, died of wounds on July 14th 1916. His father had previously received news that he was missing, and doubtless the official news of his death, which has just come to hand, has been sent in response to his numerous enquires.

The late Pte. Knightall, who was 25 years of age, enlisted in Kitchener’s Army at the outbreak of the war, and he had been at the front twelve months when he met his death. He had not previously been wounded. Prior to enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs. Duncan and Davidson, Sartoris-road, Rushden. The late Pte. Knightall was a member of the Rushden Athletic Club, and was connected with the club’s gymnasium class for many years.

Mr. Knightall has received a very nice letter of sympathy from the committee of the club.

Rushden Echo, Friday 1917, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Man Reported Killed - News From Army Chaplain - Private Aubrey Baker
Mr. William Baker, of 20 Glassbrook road, Rushden, has received unofficial news that his fourth son. Pte. James Ely Aubrey Baker, has been killed in action in France. The only news to hand is contained in a letter from an army chaplain to Pte. Baker’s fiancée, and this letter states that Pte. Aubrey Baker, 26747 Royal Sussex Regt., was killed in action on April 1st and buried on April 2nd in a military cemetery behind the lines.

Pte. Baker enlisted in the Essex Regt. twelve months ago, and up to the time of receiving this news his relatives and friends understood that he was in the Hampshires having been transferred to that regiment from the Essex Regt. There is therefore an element of uncertainty about the chaplain’s letter and though the chaplain gives Pte. Baker’s right number, the soldier’s relatives and friends have found in it a ray of hope, and think it may be possible that the chaplain has made a mistake.

Pte. Baker went out to France last August. Previous to enlistment he worked at Marlow’s shoe factory, Rushden. For seven months after reaching France he was engaged in a military shoe shop, and then went into the trenches, having been five weeks there when he was killed.

Rushden Echo, Friday 29th June 1917, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Brothers In Arms - One Killed And One Wounded By The Same Shell - Parent’s Second Bereavement
The sad news has reached Mr. William Baker 20, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, that one of his sons, Pte. Clarence Baker, of the Suffolk Regt., was killed by a shell on Sunday last while serving in France, and that the same shell also wounded another son, Pte. Edgar Baker, who was in the same regiment – and in the same company – as the deceased soldier. The bereavement is all the heavier because Mr. Baker lost another son on April 1st, viz., Pte. Aubrey Baker, of the Hampshires, as reported at the time in the “Rushden Echo.”

The late Pte. Clarence Baker who was 19 years of age last April, and his brother Edgar, who is 29 years of age, joined the Colours on the same day—in January last–prior to which they both worked at the shoe factory of Mr. William Claridge.

Pte. Clarence Baker’s death is referred to in several letters which have reached Rushden from comrades, including one which was written at the request of Pte. Edgar Baker by a chum.

Additional sadness is added to the event by the fact that Mr. William Baker is a widower, his wife having died about 18 years ago, leaving nine children, who were brought up by the father.

A letter sent by Pte. Burgess, of Rushden, to Miss Robinson gives the information that he and Mr. Baker's two sons were in a sand-bag shelter, which was struck by a shell and blown in. Pte. Burgess was uninjured, although buried, but Pte. C. Baker was killed instantly by a shell splinter in the heart, and Pte. Edgar Baker was wounded in the left hand.

This morning Mr. Baker received a card from this son Edgar addressed from the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, to say that he had arrived in England.

Rushden Echo Friday, August 24th 1917, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Missing Rushden Soldier - Death Assumed - Private Charles Cooke
Mrs. Haddon, wife of Mr. A. E. Haddon, of Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has had an official communication from the War Office regarding her brother, Pte. Charles Cooke, 6160, --- Suffolk Regiment, who has been missing since July 20th 1916. The Army Council state that, as no further news has been received concerning Pte. Cooke, they are regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on or since the date named. The Army Council express their sympathy with Mrs. Haddon on the death of her brother, and also forward an expression of sympathy from the King and Queen.

The late soldier, who was at one time in the employ of Mr. Fred Corby, currier, of Rushden, was called up when war broke out.

The Rushden Echo, 21st December 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Fighting Family at Rushden — Private Harry King Wounded – Five Other Brothers with the Colours
Mrs J King, of 42 Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has received official news that her son Pte. Harry King, of the Northants regiment, in Egypt, was wounded on November 27th.

Pte. King, who joined the Colours about 2½ years ago, fought through the Dardanelles campaign, and subsequently went to Egypt with his battalion. He has once previously been wounded, viz., on April 19th 1916, when he was injured in the thigh, but he was not sent home; in fact, he has not seen his mother since he went abroad. Before enlistment he was in the employ of Messrs Jaques & Clarke, boot manufacturers, Rushden.

Mrs King has five other sons serving their country, viz., Pte. George King, of the Canadian Contingent, who was seriously wounded on February 3rd, 1916, and who is now stationed at Bramshott; Pte. J E King, of the Beds regiment, who is in France; Pte. Arthur King, Northants Regiment, in Egypt; Pte. William King, of the Royal Marines, who is out with the Fleet, and Pte. Harold King, of the Highland Light Infantry, in France.

Rushden Echo Friday, 22nd March 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Missing - News Wanted of Private C. Reynolds
Pte. C. Reynolds, 37477, 5th Royal Berks Regiment, husband of Mrs. C. Reynolds, of 5, Windmill-road, Rushden, has been missing since 30th November 1917. Mrs. Reynolds would be very pleased if anyone would give her any information of her husband, as she is anxious to know what has become of him.
Rushden Echo Friday, 17th May 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Wounded
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Welch, of 57, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have received official news that their only son 28291. Pte. John Edward Welch, Northants Regiment, was wounded on March 23rd, since which time he has also been missing from his unit. Pte. Welch, who is 22 years of age, joined the Colours in January 1915, and in the following July proceeded to the Dardanelles, subsequently being invalided home from Malta hospital after having suffered with dysentery and enteric fever. On recovery he was transferred to another battalion of the County Regiment, and was drafted to the Western front in December 1916. In the following May he was wounded in the thigh, but the injury was not sufficiently serious to get him to England. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs. James Hyde, Ltd., Rushden. The parents will be grateful to any of their son’s comrades who can send them any further information concerning his fate.
The Rushden Echo, Friday 26 April 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden's Casualty List Long List This Week
Mr and Mrs R Dykes, "Rostrevor," Glassbrook road, Rushden, have received official news that their son, Sapper Bert Dykes, Royal Engineers (Signal Company), has been missing from his unit since March 24th. Sapper Dykes, who voluntarily enlisted from Northampton in November, 1914, went to France on May 10th, 1915, and has once been gassed. As a lad he was employed at the Post Office, Rushden, subsequently being transferred to Northampton Post Office, where he remained right up to the time of enlistment.
Rushden Echo Friday, 26th July 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier - Prisoner
Some weeks ago we published news that Pte. J.E. Welch, of the Northants Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Welch, of 57 Glassbrook-road, Rushden, had been missing from his regiment since March 23rd. We are now pleased to report that Mr. and Mrs. Welch have reasonable grounds for believing that their son is a prisoner of war, as the missing soldier’s wife has received a card bearing the German postmark from Lieut. McNaley, her husband’s officer, as follows : “Your husband was with me when he was taken prisoner. I am sorry to say he was rather badly wounded in the leg, but I hope he will get over the effects of the wound. I saw him myself to a German dressing station, but since then have had no news of him. If there is anything I can do for you please write to the address on the other side.
Rushden Echo Friday, 16th August 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Soldier Prisoner Has Died
A fortnight ago we published the news that Pte. J. E. Welch, Northants Regt., only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Welch, of 57, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, was a prisoner of war in Germany, the news having been sent by the soldier’s officer, who was taken at the same time. We now regret to report to Mr. and Mrs. Welch have received information from the German Government though the medium of the International Red Cross Society, via Switzerland, that their son died of his wounds on the same day that he was taken prisoner, viz, March 23rd. He was buried in Essigny le Grand Cemetery, common grave No. 6. The late Pte. Welch, who was 23 years of age, joined the colours immediately after the outbreak of war, and went to the Dardanelles with the first Expeditionary Force, being subsequently invalided home with typhoid fever. After remaining in England for 12 months whilst recovering his strength, he was sent to France in January last year. In the following June he was slightly wounded, but his injuries were not regarded as sufficiently serious to warrant his being sent home. Early this year he was home on leave, returning to France in January.
Rushden Echo Friday, 16th August 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Footballer Honoured - Cpl. F. W. Walden Wins The Military Medal - Afterwards Wounded By Shrapnel
Corpl. Fredk. William Walden, of the Northants Regt. son of Mr. and Mrs. William Walden, of 112, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, and whose wife resides at 17, Hatton Park-road, Wellingborough, has been wounded by shrapnel in the leg, and is now in hospital at Boulogne. Just a week before his relative received the news that he had been wounded they had been informed that he had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on the field.

Corpl. Walden joined His Majesty’s Forces two years ago last November, and although he has been on the western front about 18 months he had until last Monday week, August 5th, come through without a scratch. Before joining the colours he was employed at the Co-operative Boot Factory, Wellingborough. Corpl. Walden was formally well known in Rushden as a footballer, playing first for St. Peter’s F.C. and later for the Rushden Windmill F.C.

Rushden Echo Friday, 25th October 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Bombardier Ernest Edward Sears, R.F.A.
Mrs. Sears, of 13 Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has received unofficial news of the death in action on October 8th of her husband, Bombardier Ernest Edward Sears, R.F.A. The sad news is sent by the Rev. R. Spread, C.F., who wrote under date October 12th as follows: “ You may have heard by now of the very sad death of your husband, Bombr. E. E. Sears, who was killed by a bomb. He and four of his comrades were all killed together instantly while they were asleep and suffered no pain, which is some comfort. He will be very greatly missed by all the officers and men of his battery. I am afraid that this will be a very great loss to you, and I pray that God may strengthen you in this time of trial. I buried your husband near Pouchaux, and we put a cross above his grave. With every sympathy for you in your sorrow.” Deceased’s officer, Lieut. E. Thorpe, writes: “I am very very sorry indeed to inform you that your husband Bombr. Ernest. E. Sears, was killed in action on October 8th 1918. On the day of the break though, the battery went forward and took up an advanced position. Directly it was dark over came the Hun planes and bombed us as I never remember being bombed before. It was an awful night, and one of the bombs fell right into the gun-pit in which Bombr. Sears and his detachment were sleeping, killing every man. It was a great blow to the battery, as they were the finest set of men I ever knew. Bombr. Sears was a fine, keen, and reliable N.C.O., and his loss is acutely felt by us all.” The late Bombr. Sears was 28 years of age, and joined the Colours on October 6th 1915, going to France on January 6th 1916. On August 9th this year he was badly gassed, and for a few days was blind and dumb. He was not, however sent back to Blighty. Before joining the Colours he was employed by Mesrss. Nurrish and Pallett, boot manufacturers, Rushden. His brother, the late Pte. R. Sears, was killed in action on August 16th 1917, and another brother, Pte. T. Sears, is in hospital at South Ripton recovering from the effects of gas and trench fever. Mrs. Sears’ brother, Pte. L. Cox, has been reported wounded and missing since April 5th, and a brother-in-law of deceased, Pte. J. Shipman is a prisoner in Germany. In addition to his widow, the late Bombr. Sears leaves a baby girl, aged three.
Rushden Echo Friday, 15th November 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Lance. Corpl. W. P. Haddon
Mr. and Mrs. W. Partridge, of 131, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have suffered bereavement by death from wounds in France on October 9th of their grandson, Lance. Corpl. W. P. Haddon, Herts Regiment. Deceased was a son of Mrs. W. Payne, of 8, Craven-street Northampton.
Rushden Echo Friday, 22nd November 1918, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Pte. Fred Bridgment
Particularly sad is the reported death of Pte. Fred Bridgment, aged 46, husband of Mrs. Bridgment, of 101, Glassbrook-road, Rushden.The news came in a letter from the soldier’s platoon officer. The letter is dated November 10th and it is believed that that was the day–but 24 hours before the Armistice-on which Pte. Bridgment was killed. He enlisted in April 1915, as a volunteer, giving a much lower age than his actually was. After some time in the Northants Regiment he was transferred to the Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served eleven months in France,was invalided home with trench fever, sent to Egypt and Salonika for eight months, and then back to France. He had been fortunate enough to escape wounds during all that time. His son Sergt. E. Bridgment, wrote home recently to say he hoped to go and see his father in the near future. It is not known yet whether Sergt. Bridgment was in time to see his father. Another son, Pte. E. Bridgment was home on sick leave on Monday, as a result of injuries he received in France twelve months ago. A third son has been discharged from the Army. Two of Mrs. Bridgment’s brothers are in France, and one a Sargt. Major has been killed. The late Pte. Bridgment worked at Messrs. John Cave & Son’s before the war.

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