|The Rushden Echo Friday 27 April 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Dead - Parents' Double Bereavement - Pte Percy Laughton Killed
We regret to report that Mr A E Laughton, of 213 Wellingborough-road, Rushden, has received official news of the death in action on April 5th of his second son, Pte Percy Laughton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Deceased enlisted on Nov. 17th, 1916, and went to France early in February this year. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs. Skeeles and Sons, boot manufacturer, Rushden, and he was amongst the first to join the Rushden Company of the 2nd Battalion Northants Volunteers. He was 27 years of age at the time of his death.
This is the second son Mr Laughton has lost to the war, his youngest son, the late Private Walter Laughton, being killed in action on February 17th this year. Two other sons are still serving - Pte William Laughton, Beds Regt, and A Laughton, Scottish Rifles. The former is in hospital in Liverpool suffering from pneumonia, and the latter is also sick in hospital somewhere in France.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 15 June 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Memorial Service at Rushden - The Late Private Ernest Selwood 'Greater Love Hath No Man Than This'
A memorial service for the late Pte Ernest Selwood of the Northamptonshire Regt, who was killed in action and other war victims, of the neighbourhood, was held at the Wellingborough-road war shrine, Rushden, on Sunday last at 1.15 p.m. A large congregation assembled. Hymn sheets were distributed amongst the people gathered together, and hymns extremely appropriate for the occasion and sung with deep emotion, comprised he following: "A few more years shall roll", "Thy will de done" (by request of the relations of the late Pte Selwood), "For all the saints who from their labours rest", and "O God, our help in ages past."
The surplices choir with the Rev P J Richards (Vicar of St Peter's), proceeded from St Peter's Church, the processional hymn "Hark, hark my soul" being sung. The Rev P E Robinson (Rector of St Mary's), there joined the assembly. Owing to other engagements the Revs C J Keeler (Independent Wesleyan) and E F Walker (Congregational) were unable to be present. The service was conducted by the Rev P Richards. After the opening hymn a brief lesson was read from the scriptures.
The Rev P E Robson gave an impressive address on the words "Greater love hath no may than this that lay down his life", and read the manes of those of the district who had made the great sacrifice viz., Ernest Selwood, Arthur Page, Walter Laughton, Percy Laughton, Arthur Ward, Reginald Mole, F A Magee, J Spencer, Asa Rawlins, and Frank Rawlins. The Rev P J Richards also gave an address, the service closing with the first verse of the National Anthem.