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Podington & Hinwick - Soldiers Notes
Notes from the Newspapers
In date order

Rushden Echo, 19th March 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington Man Wounded - Smashed Hand
Private R Bass (Podington), of the Northamptonshire regt., has been wounded, having sustained a smashed hand. He is in hospital at Woburn Abbey, and hopes shortly to be able to pay a visit home. Private Bass enlisted about two months after the outbreak of war.

Rushden Echo, 4th February 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington - WoundedActing-Corporal H. Clement Brown, 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Brown, is wounded and is in hospital at Leicester. Having been at the front a year, he was expecting to get his leave on Jan. 24 but unfortunately was brought wounded on that date.

Pte Brown in EgyptRushden Echo, 22nd September 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington Soldier Recovering from Wounds
Pte Frank E Brown, of the — Battalion Australian Light Infantry, son of Mr Charles Brown, of Podington, was wounded at the Western front on July 29th. He is now making good progress towards recovery, and is about to leave the hospital.

Pte Brown spent about five years in Australia. He joined the Colours as soon as war broke out. After training he was sent to Egypt, and thence to Gallipoli, being afterwards sent back to Egypt. Later he was transferred to France, where he was wounded.

Rushden Echo, 23rd February 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Letter was received this morning from Seaman Alfred Norman, stating that he is quite well. The letter was 20 days in coming.

The Army—Two more lads have joined up, Alfred A Wildman and Dennis Pettitt. Mrs R Pettitt has now five sons serving, three in France.

The Rushden Echo, 30th November 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Hinwick - Died of Wounds—Mr and Mrs C Bailey, of Hinwick, have received official news that their youngest son, Pte. L Bailey, has died of wounds in France.

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

InjuredPte. E Bradley, Hinwick, is in hospital at Devonport, suffering with a badly fractured ankle. He has been at the front twelve months, and been in some severe battles. Pte. Bradley has three brothers in the Army, one taking part in the great victory in Palestine, another in France, and one in hospital suffering from severe wounds received 18 months ago. Last week he underwent another operation, but his arms are still useless.

Seaman Alfred NormanRushden Echo, 13th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Podington Youth in Constantinople
Seaman Alfred Norman in the Dardanelles
Seaman Alfred Norman, of the Royal Navy, formerly of the “Rushden Echo” printing office staff has had some interesting experiences during the war. Seaman Norman, who is the son of Mr and Mrs L Norman, of Podington, was on the first warship to pass through the Dardanelles and to reach Constantinople, and it was on his vessel that the armistice with Turkey was signed.

Rushden Echo and Argus, 29th October 1943

Postcard Found in Ireland
First Message from Podington Prisoner of Japs

In strange circumstances a message from Driver Donald H Woods Driver Woodsbringing the first news of him since the fall of Malaya, has reached his parents., Mr and Mrs Horace Woods, of 1 Fairview, Podington. It was on a Japanese postcard which was found in Ireland, sent with others by the finder to a Mrs. Stevenson of Leicester (to whom one of the cards was addressed), and finally reposted by her.

Written on a corner of the postcard was: “Found and sent on by Tom Kennedy, Brandon Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Hope you will receive card all right. It is a lucky one.”

A few months ago it was announced that mail from British prisoners in Japanese hands had been destroyed in a ’plane crash in Ireland. It seems more than likely that the cards found by Kennedy fell from that ’plane.

Driver Woods wrote: “I am a prisoner of war. I am fit and well and unwounded. Hope you are all well. Best love to all at home. Keep smiling. Don Woods.” The last time his parents had heard from him was in November 1941. After the fall of Malaya he was officially reported as missing.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 10th March 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins

Radio Message—Speaking in a recorded programme from Australia on Sunday morning, Gnr Herbert Robinson, younger son of Mr and Mrs H Robinson, of 37, Vicarage-lane, Podington, sent a brief message to “Mum and Dad and Nancy (his fiancée), all at Irchester and Ted, wherever you may be.” Gnr Robinson is serving aboard a ship and used to be employed by Messrs Edward Parsons and Son Ltd., of Irchester. His brother, Ted, is now known to be in Italy.

Rushden Echo, 4th August 1944, transcribed by Peter Brown

Hospital Cook
Pte. E G Robinson, of 37, Vicarage-lane, Podington, who is serving as a cook at a general hospital in Italy, has written home to his parents, Mr and Mrs H. Robinson, to say that he has won a Diploma Merit and 3rd prize in a cookery exhibition and competition, held by the, Eighth Army Catering Corps during June. Before joining up 3½ years ago he was employed by Rushden Co-operative Society.

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