|Rushden Echo, 16th March 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis
The dedication of a Roll of Honour for Essex-road took place on Saturday afternoon. The Rector (Rev. P. Robson), in the course of an address, said he was glad to know that these street rolls of honour had comforted some – in how large measure he did not know, but in a measure a great deal larger than he had ever dreamed of. Not only from the point of view of those at home, but from a point of view of those who were on active service, the street rolls of honour had a useful purpose. It would be photographed, and postcards of it would be sent to the men at the Front. When the lads on active service received these postcards and saw what had been done in their honour, when they saw the street in which they had played all their lies, the one spot in all the world which was dear to them, and the one house which meant the best and truest place on earth, when they saw their old friends standing round at the dedication service and remembered that it was done in their honour, he was sure it would comfort them. And if anything would give two or three seconds comfort and gladness in the heart of a lad in the trenches it was worth any amount of money and any amount of trouble. If they came to the practical purpose of it, there was the little box in which they might place their gifts, and from those contributions the boys on active service would receive a gift in money or an acceptable present of chocolate, cigarettes, etc., not from the people in the home, not from the mother, because they would get that separately, but from the people in the street. For that reason he thought it was worthwhile placing these rolls of honour in the streets of the town. The Rector then read the names on the roll, and offered a dedicatory prayer. The roll was given by Mr. Clayton.