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Irchester Wartime Notes

Rushden Echo, 12th November 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Belgian baby born to a refugee at Irchester has been named Albert George after the Kings of Belgium and England.

Rushden Echo, 30th March 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Appeal—At the Rural District Tribunal on Friday last an Irchester farmer applied for the exemption of a man (19, single) his second milkman. He made 5,000 pounds of butter during the year. He had not tried to get a young lady to do the butter-making.—The military representative thought this was a case for substitution—Mr. Dunkley inquired if there were military men who could be used on farms waiting at Northampton.—Major Stockdale said this was so.—The appeal was dismissed.

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

Irchester - Mrs. Gabb and Mrs F. J. Wootton have during the past six months personally collected 1,732 eggs from the inhabitants of Irchester and neighbourhood. The V.A.D. at Hinwick received 1,061, and the others were sent to a provincial hospital through the National Egg Collection Society.

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

Aerial Visitor—Owing to petrol trouble, Lieut. G Wilson, R.F.C., had to land in a field belonging to the Grange Farm, Irchester, on Thursday week about 4.30p.m. P.C. Crisp guarded the aeroplane during the night. Mechanics arrived from Stamford on Friday, and in about half-an-hour the airman was able to continue his journey. Mr T Fox, the postmaster, entertained Lieut. Wilson for the night.

Appeal—At the Northants Tribunal on Monday, Messrs E Parsons & Son, of Irchester, food contractors for the Army, appealed for William C Cross, 27, class A, married, engine driver, slaughterman, etc.—Exemption was granted until February 1st, final.

Rushden Echo, 22nd March 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Gratitude has been expressed by the wounded soldiers at Buxton for the extra cakes and delicacies, collected and sent by Mrs. Edward Parsons. Amongst the sums collected were: Messrs. Brown and Son, £1 10s. 6d.; Messrs. Green and Sons, 15s. 6d.; and Messrs. Edward Parsons and Son, £1 8s. 6d.

Rushden Echo, 12th July 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Flax -The first batch of flax gatherers, consisting of about 20 young ladies, have taken up their quarters in readiness for gathering the flax, which starts in a few days. Some 300 more are expected next week. The catering has been secured by Messrs. E. Parsons and Son Ltd.

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

Irchester - War Weapons Week—On Saturday evening the hon. Secretary (Mr. F. C. Gray) reported that the amounts invested in War Bonds and War Savings Certificates during the week totalled £4,200. When the accounts for all the associations are received it is hoped that the £5,000 asked for will be recorded.

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

Mr. J. C. Turner of Irchester, a member of the Board of Guardians and of the Rural District Tribunal, has been appointed full-time secretary of the Plymouth and District Labour and Co-operative Representation Association. The Association have decided to contest all three local divisions at the next Parliamentary election. Mr. Turner has for some years been the secretary of the Rushden branch of the National Union of Railwaymen and also secretary of the Midland District of the same Union.

Rushden Echo, 13th September 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Exemption until February 1st was granted by the Tribunal on Tuesday to C Dodson (aged 26)m, H Green (35), and H Taylor (21), all of Irchester and all in Grade 3. The appeal of Herbert Wilkins (43), Grade 2, insurance agent, was dismissed.

Rushden Echo, 6th October 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Wellingborough Petty Sessions - Julia Neitinch and Charlotte Vanderville, Belgian refugees, of Irchester, for being drunk on the highway at Wellingborough on October 5th, were fined £1 each.
Belgian boy drowns 1918

Rushden Echo, 13th December 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

Milk PricesAt a meeting of the Rural District Food Control Committee, the Executive Officer stated that dairymen from Wilby, Wollaston, and Irchester had forwarded letters complaining that they were paying 2s. 3d. per gallon for milk and were selling at 8d. per quart, whereas at Rushden, Higham Ferrers, and Wellingborough the retailers were paying 2s. 3d. per gallon and were allowed to sell at 9d. per quart. They wished to be put on the same footing. It was decided to recommend to the Joint Area Committee that those paying 2s. 3d. per gallon be allowed to sell at 9d. per quart.

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