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Ernest Bandey
A postcard layout mounted on a board
Ernest Collins Bandey was born at Rushden in 1879, the eldest child of Josiah and Mary. His parents came from Ravesden and Cotton End near Bedford, Josiah having found work here as a clicker in the shoetrade, and they also had four girls. 'Ern' worked in the shoetrade, and he was also an amateur photographer.

At Xmas 1918 he issued the postcard (above) entitled 'Peeps at Home', so perhaps it was for families to send out to their soldier sons. Ernest lived in Brookfield Road, close by the Mission Church. Other noted postcards by Ernest were taken at the dedication of the War Shrine in Wellingborough Road and the Mission church lads brigade.

In 1904 he married Lizzie Emily Eden who had come to Rushden from Bozeat and worked in the shoe trade. She and her sister Sarah were boarding in Brookfield Road, with their older married sister, Mary Lawson.

Ernest also took a photograph of the CWS factory boys when they went off to war in 1914. In 1916 he complied a display of 240 of the serving boys of the Mission Church as a Roll of Honour.

He was player/secretary for the Church cricket club in the 1920s.

He was buried in Rushden cemeterery grave F740, on October 27th 1943. Although the grave was a double plot, no further inscription was added, and no record of Lizzie's burial there.

Girls in the Rough Stuff room at CWS factory
Ernest also took this photograph of girls at the CWS factory in 1917, working in the
'Rough Stuff' department, as replacements for the men gone to war.

Rushden Echo, 18th January 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Soldiers at Hinwick Auxiliary Hospital were yesterday week entertained by the parishioners to tea in the schoolroom, Mrs. R. R. B. Orlebar and the staff being also present. Mr. E. C. Bandy’s party from Rushden gave an excellent programme, and games were also indulged in.

Rushden Echo, 28th April 1922, transcribed by Kay Collins

Presentation—On the occasion of his marriage recently, Mr. Arthur Perkins, of the Mission Cricket Club, and a cricketer for many years, was presented on Tuesday by Mr. E. C. Bandey (secretary of the Mission C.C.) on behalf of the members with a handsome arm chair. Mr. Bandey expressed the hearty good wishes of the Club for Mr. and Mrs. Perkins’s happiness and prosperity. Mr. Perkins suitably acknowledged the gift.

Rushden Echo, 1st December 1933

Ernest C Bandey begs to inform the public that he has opened his premises in Brookfield-road with a large and varied selection of Medium and High Grade Footwear: Ladies’ at 10/6, Gents' from 8/11, Youths’ and Boys' from 5/11. Repairs of all kinds undertaken: rubbers and cut stuff supplied. My motto “A Square Deal” and “Value for Money.”

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