The Rushden Argus, 3rd August 1928, transcribed by Kay Collins
Sad Quests of Many Local Members of the Party
Quartered in the French Boot and Shoe Trade Centre
On Thursday the advance guard of the great Battlefields Pilgrimage, organised by the British Legion, crossed over to France and Belgium to prepare for the 11,000 who will invade the Great War area this weekend. Below we present a few notes concerning the people from this district who are to take part in this memorable tour.
A 76-years-old Rushden fatherMr G E Denton, of Cromwell-roadis about to visit the grave of his soldier son in France for the first time. He had six sons who served in the war: three were wounded and one was killed.
Of the 20 pilgrims from the Rushden district all but four will be visiting their relatives’ graves in the land of poppies for the first time. Mrs Sherwood, of Albion-place, had six sons on service, and she has two graves to visit, while Mrs Whiting, of North-street, had three sons who gave their lives.
Twelve men and eight women will form the Rushden contingent. Four of the pilgrims will have all their expenses met by the Rushden Boot Manufacturer’s Association.
The Rushden party, in addition to those mentioned, included; Mr G W Miller and Mr H R Mead, Moor-road; Miss Whiting, North-street; Mrs S Clark, 51 Harborough-road; Mr Frederick Noble, Oval-road; Mrs Marlow, Little-street; Mr and Mrs Mepham, Robinson-road; Mr and Mrs Crouch, Newton-road; Mr Hooton, Purvis-road; and Mr Lewis, Higham Ferrers.
The Rushden group will be in three parties, some staying at Roubaix and others at Valenciennes. The first lot will leave Rushden at 9.5 on Saturday night, and then go from Wellingborough at 1.45 Sunday morning. The ladies will leave Bedford at 8.6 on Sunday morning.
Arrangements have been made for Mrs Goodband and Mr Sydney Green to take these gratis to Bedford by car. All the local arrangements have been made by Mr R F Smith, the secretary of the Rushden branch of the British Legion.