|Rushden Echo, 25th October 1918, Transcribed By Kay Collins
Rushden Prisoners of War
A Hundred Men in The Hands of The Enemy
Over £2,000 Raised Locally Last Year
The annual meeting or the Rushden Prisoners of War Fund Committee and subscribers was held on Tuesday night in the Council Buildings. Mr. C. W. Horrell presided over a large attendance, supported by the joint hon. secretaries (Mr. C. L. Bradfield and Mr. Oliver Claridge).
Mr. Bradfield said there were 110 prisoners of war who were resident in Rushden at the time of their enlistment or when rejoining the Forces. Two of these had now been sent to Holland (Sergts. Garley and Newman), and two to Switzerland (Ptes. Ekins and Harris the latter having died on reaching that country). Two others (Ptes. Whitney and Freeman) had died as prisoners of war. Four had been repatriated, all more or less wounded and maimed (Sergt. Allen, Sergt. Green, Pte. Jolley, and Pte. Groome). That left exactly 100 prisoners of war belonging to Rushden, 55 being in the Northants Regiment, and the remaining 45 in 28 other units. The ladies of the Red Cross Society in Rushden had been the sheet anchor of the local work. [part of an article]