Friday, January 9, 2015

Tring at War: 9th January, 1915

Extracts from the Bucks Herald of 9th January, 1915
Edited from British Newspaper Archive
Previous week ~~~~ Tring News Index 

While the Headquarters of the 21st Division was in Tring, most of the Division was stationed in Bucks and that the Bucks Herald was based in Aylesbury and that most of its readership lived in Bucks.  As a result general news, which affects Tring, is often reported under the Aylesbury section or as general news.
For instance the section "The Troops at Aylesbury" describes accounts of troop training, and changes affecting the 21st Division, almost certainly apply to Tring. Agricultural Notes discusses problems caused by the weather, rail transport, and labour shortages which would have affected all the farms in the area. Gardening in War Time is also of general interest - and appears to be publicity for Sutton's Seeds. However it would seem that the plans for Entertaining the Troops in Aylesbury were went further that any New Year events in Tring although the National British Women's Temperance Association opened rooms next to the Post Office which were appreciated by soldiers billeted in the town.
Much of the local news was related to the Day of National Intercession, and other church news, with the Rev C. Pearce being asked by the army to act for soldiers of the Wesleyan and Congregational churches. Miss Phoebe Lyndhurst was singing at the Gem Picture House (which also showed some films!) while the International Stores (then in the shop now occupied by Lloyds Pharmacy in the High Street) has a large general advert which changed every week. The Parish Council at Wigginton thanked Mr Rowe for building a new post office.
And finally, on New Years Eve, Alec Charlton, a private in the 12 Northumberland Fusiliers, billeted at Tring stole a bicycle lamp, valued at 1s. 6d., belonging Ernest Blake, platelayer, of Pitstone, from a bicycle at the Duke of Wellington at Marsworth. He pleaded guilty saying he was a fool to take the lamp and in consideration of good character from his officer, was sentenced one day’s imprisonment.

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