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Temperance Band - Bandsmen

Service 1899 - 1949
Member of Rushden
Temperance Band
since his father enrolled
him at the age of five,

Mr E B Smith

has retired from
playing service after
nearly 50 years
. [1949]

Bansman E B Smith

Rushden Echo, 30th April 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Musician’s Departure—Mr. Alec West, who has been a member of the Rushden Temperance Band for considerably over 20 years, left Rushden yesterday to take the position of solo tenor horn player in Foden’s Waggon Works Band, Sandbach, Cheshire. Mr. West’s ability as a tenor horn soloist is well-known in band circles and secured him the appointment from among fifty applicants. His departure is a serious loss to the “Temps,” but good wishes go with him to his future home. Foden’s Band includes a number of able musicians, and under the direction of Mr. W. Rimmer a bold bid is this year to be made for honours in the contesting world.


Extract from a longer article 1916:- Mr. Wills, cornet player at the Palace, Rushden, has received an interesting letter from Bandsman Harry Rice, ---- Garrison Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Bandsman Rice, was formerly drummer at the Palace, Rushden, and a member of the Rushden Military Band, was previously in the Rushden Temperance Band.

The Rushden Echo, 21st July, 1916, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Bandsman - Wounded by Shrapnel
News has been received that Lance-Corpl J. G. Cowley, of the Northants Regiment, has undergone an operation, and had a piece of shrapnel extracted from his chest. He is a brother of Mrs. W. Edwards (nee Nellie Cowley), of 42 Moor-road, Rushden, and was a former member of the Rushden Temperance and Town Bands. He is now in hospital at Cambridge, we understand, and making satisfactory progress.


The Rushden Argus 16th May 1919, transcribed by Susan Manton

Bandsmen’s Tour

Three members of the Rushden Temperance Band (Messrs. Smith junior, Cyril Topham and B. Hinde) late of H.M. Forces will shortly join a band party form all over England to tour America for six months.


Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th April 1941

In Hospital — The baritone player of the Rushden Temperance Band, Pte. C. Tew (29), of 37, Victoria-street, Irthlingborough, who is serving with the Leicestershire Regiment, is seriously ill in hospital with meningitis. He joined up last December.


Clarrie Griggs at his machine.
Extract from Horrell's magazine "Oracle" Summer 1961


Mr. C. Griggs

Mr. ‘Clarrie’ Griggs, who joined the firm 36 years ago, is employed in the Lasting Room and does all the seat lasting. He has always been interested in music and at the tender age of nine was quite well known as a comic entertainer. Joining the local 'Temps' at 15 he had his own dance band when he was 17 ‘The Astorians’. He played with the 'Temps' for 22 years and during his 5½ years’ service with the Leicestershire Regiment was the principal cornet in the Regimental Band.



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