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Wartime - Wymington

Rushden Argus, 9th October, 1914, transcribed by John Collins

Making Socks and Mufflers for the Troops

A Labour of Love - Photo by C F Chapman

Wymington is but a small village, but every woman and lassie in the place is doing her best to fight the enemy by providing our own soldiers with socks and mufflers. For long hours the nimble fingers of all the fair workers shown in the above photograph have been busily employed in knitting those comforts, which count so much in keeping the men in the best of health.

Rushden Echo, 25th December 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Wymington Gift

A scarf knitted by Phyllis Mason, aged 11, was sent to the front with some other scarves and socks by Mrs. J. W. Reynolds, of Wymington. Miss Mason enclosed a packet of cigarettes and a letter asking the recipient to reply to her. She has received a cordial letter of thanks from Company Quarter-Master-Sergt. J. E. McArd, of the Black Watch, now in France.

Rushden Argus, 18th May 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wymington “War Shrine”—The Rector, the Rev. C. L. Drew, with the assistance of some of the inhabitants, have collected money for the erection of a “War Shrine” for Wymington. Some inhabitants considered there should be a box for collecting funds, but this was not in accord with the Rector’s opinion. Consequently a meeting is to be held with the idea of raising money in some way for the Wymington lads who are serving.

Rushden Echo, 27th July 1917

Wymington - Mr. W. W. Smith has this week taken up his residence at the Poplars Farm, Wymington, for the duration of harvest.

Poplars Farm
Poplars Farm
Rushden Echo, Friday 28th September 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

The children attending Wymington school commenced this week to gather blackberries for jam for the sailor’s and soldiers. The result of their efforts was 1cwt. 1qr. 17¾lbs. of the fruit. Many thanks are due to Mr C G Ward, grocer, Rushden, for providing many of the receptacles for the fruit, and to Mr Arthur Stratton, of Wymington, for conveying the fruit to the district centre.

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

Wymington - Motor Ploughing, by lamplight was a war-time novelty to be seen on Tuesday night from the Bedford-road, the driver being Mr. Jack Smith, son of Mr. W. W. Smith, farmer, Wymington and Rushden.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 17th May 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Sum collected in Wymington for the Hospital Collection Fund realised £4 12s 2d. Miss Avery and Miss Rutter made the collection and Mr Fred Houghton is the secretary.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 19th July 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Collection—A collection has been made during the week by the Wymington school children in aid of the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Fund. The children were most indefatigable in their efforts. They themselves contributed and were most kindly helped by their parents, brothers and sisters, and many friends. Miss Rutter, head teacher, has forwarded to Sir Arthur Pearson, on behalf of the fund, the sum of £8 and takes this opportunity of thanking all who so kindly helped.

Rushden Echo, 20th June 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Huge Gun, mounted on two railway wagons, passed through the village on the Midland Railway goods line towards London on Tuesday afternoon.

Rushden Echo, 10th October 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Railway Strike—Wymington’s fortunes are wrapped up in those of Rushden, and as the strike affects the latter town so are Wymington people directly affected. Every householder in the village gas to get supplies of food and coal from Rushden, although Wymington is in Bedfordshire for most administrative purposes. Rationed foods are not sold in Wymington. During the whole time of food and fuel rationing, Wymington has felt the pinch of hand-to-mouth living through being so far away from supplies. Consequently the present stocks of coal in the village are in a seriously low state. A good many of the villagers are factory hands working at Rushden. Therefore general unemployment is not likely to prevail at Wymington as long as Rushden boot manufacturers can keep going. Two or three trains—mixed passenger and goods—passed through Wymington on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on the passenger line. In normal times trains go in both directions every few minutes.

Peace Day 1919


Rushden Echo & Argus, 19th December 1941

Soldier Absentees
Two Found in Field by Wymington Constable

Two young soldiers of the Welch Regiment, Albert Harwood and James Jones, appeared at Sharnbrook Court on Monday charged with being absent from their unit without leave.  They were remanded to await an escort.

P.C. Duncan said he saw the men in Mr. Mitchell's field at Wvmington on Sunday morning.  Noticing Harwood's rough and down at heel appearance, he asked for his pass, and Harwood produced one on which the date had been altered from September 22nd to December 22nd. ''We are trying to get home,'' he said. ''We are fed up."

The constable added that Jones, who had no pass, told him: "We have a week-end after so many guards. We are going back to-night.''

Rushden Echo & Argus, 9th June 1944, transcribed by Kay Collins

Pennies—The Red Cross "Rural Pennies" collection for amounted to £6 18s. 10d.
Salute Week — The Home Guard took over the arrangements for Thursday evening, and a shooting competition (.22) was won by F. Wagstaff. A contingent from Harrold, under Sergt. Warren, gave a demonstration of trench mortar fire with practice anti-tank and anti-personnel bombs, explanatory comments being given by Sergt. Warren. Lt. Fisher and Sergt. Phillips made the arrangements, and a good crowd watched the proceedings with interest. Thanks were accorded to the Home Guard for their assistance during the week, and to the visiting squads. On Friday evening a largely attended "beetle drive" was held in the Scout Hut. Mrs. Reynolds acted as M.C. and later presented the prizes of Savings Stamps which were won by Miss Cave, Mrs. Hadley, Miss M. White, Master D. White, P. Cory and D. Coleman. Competitions were won by Mrs. White and Mrs. Reynolds and bouquets of flowers sent by Mrs. Tate realised a goodly sum for the expenses. Refreshments were served by the group secretaries and helpers. The final phase was reached on Monday evening, when the result of the campaign was announced in the Wesleyan Schoolroom. Before the figures were announced Mr. J. W. Reynolds, J.P., C.C., as Chairman of the committee paid a warm tribute of thanks to the general secretary, Mrs. George, and to the Group secretaries and other helpers. Reference was also made to the great help given by Dr. and Mrs. Davies in judging the baby show and by Councillor and Mrs. A. F. Weale in judging the fancy dress parade. The total for the week was £2,552 11s. 6d., and the Chairman pointed out that, although less than "Wings" Week it was actually greater in straight saving investment. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was proposed by Mrs. George and warmly accorded. During the evening a fine set of official war pictures was on view and created much interest. The Group secretaries who did such excellent work were Mesdames Abbott, Robinson, Coleman, Sawford, Lewis and Brightwell (Bedford-road) and Miss M White.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 8th September 1944

Wymington’s Fame Reaches Italy
Air Crash Rescue Story - In Forces Newspaper

As a local lad, born and bred at 127 Newton-road, Rushden, Cpl. K. Ambridge, R.A.F., from the Central Mediterranean, "I felt just a little moved this morning to read in the 'Union Jack' the doings of some of our neighbours at Wymington."

He sends a copy of "Union Jack" for Saturday, August 26th, containing under a prominent heading, "English Village in Spotlight of Fame," the story of eight Wymington men and a Czechoslovakian soldier who rescued American airmen from the blazing wreckage of a Flying Fortress.

Cpl. Ambridge adds "I think you will be interested to find that our locality is making itself known even here in Italy." He sends best wishes to Rushden, and hopes to see the old town soon.

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