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Wartime Quorn

This section contains extracts and accounts relating to Quorn in both world wars. It includes many photographs of Quorn service men and women, information about the American 82nd Airborne Division who were based in Quorn in WW2, transcriptions of names from the war memorial (including when and where they died) ,and many other pieces of interesting information relating to life in Quorn during wartime.

There are also references to the Boer and Crimea wars. As with so many other towns and villages, Quorn had its quota of war heroes and tales of courage, valour and self-sacrifice which should not be forgotten.


 Quorn and the Spanish flu epidemic  Quorn and the Spanish flu epidemic
The worldwide ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 hit the UK in waves and it is estimated that ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1917  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1917
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1917  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1917
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1917  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1917
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1917  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1917
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1916  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1916
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1916  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1916
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1916  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1916
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1916  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1916
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1915  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1915
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1915  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1915
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1915  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1915
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1915  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1915
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1914  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1914
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1914  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1914
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Mizpah brooch – Arthur and Doris Green, WW2  Mizpah brooch – Arthur and Doris Green, WW2
Arthur Green from Quorn and Doris Ada Crowsley from Bedford, would never have met had it ...... cont.
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 Home Guard, Quorn WW2  Home Guard, Quorn WW2
This photograph was supplied by the family of the late Elsie Bishop who lived with her ...... cont.
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 82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944  82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944
Francis X. Schweikert, was an American paratrooper based at Quorn Camp from July to ...... cont.
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 82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944  82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944
Francis X. Schweikert, was an American paratrooper based at Quorn Camp from July to ...... cont.
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 82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944  82nd Airborne Paratroopers at Quorn Camp 1944
Francis X. Schweikert, was an American paratrooper based at Quorn Camp from July to ...... cont.
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 Quorn Camp, Wood Lane  Quorn Camp, Wood Lane
Quorn Camp was situated off Wood Lane, on land belonging to Quorn House, which used to be ...... cont.
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 WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons  WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons
This advert appeared regularly in the Tatler between 1917 and 1919. It is advertising ...... cont.
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 A wartime wedding in Quorn, 1945  A wartime wedding in Quorn, 1945
This is the wedding of Barbara Spoor from Soar Road in Quorn, to William Murray (an ...... cont.
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 WW2, Quorn Camp, off Wood Lane – TV Programme!  WW2, Quorn Camp, off Wood Lane – TV Programme!
On Wednesday and Thursday, 28th and 29th June 2017, the cameras rolled into Quorn to film ...... cont.
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 Quorn war memorial, early 1920s  Quorn war memorial, early 1920s
The permanent Quorn War Memorial was opened in 1921. This photograph was taken shortly ...... cont.
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 Robert Hudson – The experience of an evacuee  Robert Hudson – The experience of an evacuee
In February 2017 Robert Hudson left a brief comment on one of the posts, on Quorn Village ...... cont.
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 William Edward Hallam 1898 to 1984  William Edward Hallam 1898 to 1984
William Hallam lived in Quorn at 32 Wood Lane, all his life. He fought in WW1 and was ...... cont.
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 Hidden heroes, Frank Hearn – a story of one man’s WW2  Hidden heroes, Frank Hearn – a story of one man’s WW2
Frank Hearn from Barrow Road in Quorn, was in the 64th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery ...... cont.
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 Letter from HMS Quorn, 1941  Letter from HMS Quorn, 1941
During WW2, early in 1941, young Betty Morley from the Quorn Hunt Pony Club wrote to the ...... cont.
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 Letter from HMS Quorn during WW2  Letter from HMS Quorn during WW2
During WW2 Quorn Hunt Pony Club sent gifts and letters to the crew of HMS Quorn. The ...... cont.
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 Quorn in WW2 – The girls who listened  Quorn in WW2 – The girls who listened
Beaumanor Hall at Old Woodhouse was one of the largest Y stations, or listening stations ...... cont.
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 Card from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp to Germany, 3rd June 1946  Card from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp to Germany, 3rd June 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985  Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985
Vena Grain was born in Leicester on 21st February 1895, and the family moved to Quorn in ...... cont.
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 Two photographs from Quorn in WW2  Two photographs from Quorn in WW2
These two photographs were taken during WW2 in 1942, in the back garden of 7 Mansfield ...... cont.
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 Quorn supporting the war effort – WW1 newspaper cuttings  Quorn supporting the war effort – WW1 newspaper cuttings
The three newspaper cuttings below all come from the Quorn News section in1916 and 1917. ...... cont.
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 Food rationing in Quorn in WW1  Food rationing in Quorn in WW1
Loughborough Herald - 31st January 1918 Quorn News - Food Control The local Food ...... cont.
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 Food production from allotments and rabbits - WW1  Food production from allotments and rabbits - WW1
The two newspaper cuttings below reflect the efforts being made in Quorn during WW1, to ...... cont.
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 Quorn Wood Tragedy - Gamekeeper found shot - March 1917  Quorn Wood Tragedy - Gamekeeper found shot - March 1917
Loughborough Herald - March 15th 1917 A sad tragedy was discovered in Quorn Wood on ...... cont.
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 Belgian Refugees' Committee - WW1  Belgian Refugees' Committee - WW1
Loughborough Herald - 10th June 1915 Belgian Refugees' Committee The subscribers to ...... cont.
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 Quorn Voluntary Training Corps - WW1  Quorn Voluntary Training Corps - WW1
Loughborough Herald - 11th March 1915 Citizens' Training Corps A meeting was held at ...... cont.
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 Walter Giles – Leaving Quorn Station, WW1  Walter Giles – Leaving Quorn Station, WW1
Walter Giles was born in Quorn in 1888. During WW1 he was a signaller and fought in the ...... cont.
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 Men from Quorn who died in WW1, 1914 to 1919 - Details  Men from Quorn who died in WW1, 1914 to 1919 - Details
The PDF document attached to this item provides the details, as listed below, for the 78 ...... cont.
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 Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties  Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties
Charles Kirbell White and his younger brother Frank Cuthbert White lived with their ...... cont.
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 Dolls sale in aid of WW1  Dolls sale in aid of WW1
The White family from Rose Cottage on Loughborough Road in Quorn, were always involved in ...... cont.
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 Walter Giles – Born Quorn 1888, died 1973  Walter Giles – Born Quorn 1888, died 1973
Walter George Giles was born in Quorn in 1888. He was one of six children of George and ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 fundraising event, Saturday 26th September 1915  Quorn WW1 fundraising event, Saturday 26th September 1915
These two postcards were acquired several years ago, but it was only recently that they ...... cont.
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 WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge  WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge
During WW1 Wrights factory in Quorn was employing over 2,000 people and working round the ...... cont.
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 The 82nd Airborne in Quorn - memories from Clifford Newton  The 82nd Airborne in Quorn - memories from Clifford Newton
Clifford Newton, who was brought up in Quorn, kindly contacted Quorn Village On-line ...... cont.
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 The Ashby Volunteers - Death of the Sergeant Instructor  The Ashby Volunteers - Death of the Sergeant Instructor
Derby Mercury - 16th February 1870 It is with deep regret that we have to announce the ...... cont.
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 WW1 postcard sent to Quorn  WW1 postcard sent to Quorn
This postcard was sent during WW1 on 20th September 1915, by Bandsman Harry Rowland ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, Christmas 1945  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, Christmas 1945
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1946  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1947  Letter from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, March 1947
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Letters from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, February/March 1946  Letters from Quorn Prisoner of War Camp, February/March 1946
Quorn POW camp was based in the grounds of Quorn House and the entrance was on Wood Lane, ...... cont.
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 Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties  Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties
Charles Kirbell White and his younger brother Frank Cuthbert White, lived with their ...... cont.
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 Quorn Soldiers who died in WW1  Quorn Soldiers who died in WW1
2014 marks one hundred years since the start of the First World War. Quorn lost 79 of its ...... cont.
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 Bernhard Wenke - a German prisoner of war in Quorn  Bernhard Wenke - a German prisoner of war in Quorn
Bernhard Wenke was a prisoner of war at Quorn POW Camp. His grandson Jürgen Schneider, ...... cont.
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 American 82nd Airborne men revisit Quorn and Loughborough  American 82nd Airborne men revisit Quorn and Loughborough
Loughborough Echo - 7th June 1974 Thirty years after the invasion of Normandy, which ...... cont.
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 Quorn Grammar School - Pupils' patriotic spirit 1915  Quorn Grammar School - Pupils' patriotic spirit 1915
Loughborough Herald - 16th December 1915 The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has ...... cont.
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 Quorn’s Oldest Soldier -  “Warrior” Burton  Quorn’s Oldest Soldier - “Warrior” Burton
26th November 1948 – Loughborough Echo Mr Joseph Burton (“Warrior Burton”), who was 86 ...... cont.
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 Wartime Quorn - 1940  Wartime Quorn - 1940
These miscellaneous notes from the Loughborough Echo offer a snapshot in time of when ...... cont.
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 Parcels Fund concert - 1939  Parcels Fund concert - 1939
Loughborough Echo - 1st December 1939 The Village Hall was well filled on Wednesday ...... cont.
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 Urban District Council meeting - September 1915  Urban District Council meeting - September 1915
The reports of the UDC meetings offer us an insight as to how life on the home front ...... cont.
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 Evacuated to Quorn during WW2 – one boy’s story  Evacuated to Quorn during WW2 – one boy’s story
Barry Bradley from London got in touch with Quorn On-line Museum early in 2012. He was ...... cont.
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 The Williams family, Church Lane, Quorn  The Williams family, Church Lane, Quorn
Loughborough Herald - September 1917 A Quorn Soldier Family Portraits of Mr and Mrs ...... cont.
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 Outside Quorn Rawlins School gate, 1914  Outside Quorn Rawlins School gate, 1914
This unique photograph was taken outside Rawlins school gate. The year is almost ...... cont.
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 Quorn brothers meet in Italy - 1944  Quorn brothers meet in Italy - 1944
Loughborough Herald - 4th February 1944 The above, Driver A W Brown, RASC., and Gunner ...... cont.
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 Quorn Soldiers die in India - 1944  Quorn Soldiers die in India - 1944
Loughborough Herald - 28th July 1944 Mrs Allen, of Verandah Cottage, Quorn, has ...... cont.
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 A Quorn Soldier's Lucky Escapes - 1918  A Quorn Soldier's Lucky Escapes - 1918
Loughborough Herald - 3rd January 1918 Private Frank Bunney, writing to his parents at ...... cont.
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 Quorn Military Medallist - 1917  Quorn Military Medallist - 1917
Loughborough Herald - 4th January 1917 Details are to hand of the deeds for which ...... cont.
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 Wrights evacuation practice - 1940  Wrights evacuation practice - 1940
Loughborough Echo - 10th May 1940 An evacuation practice was held at Messrs Wright ...... cont.
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 Quorn British Legion – a flourishing branch  Quorn British Legion – a flourishing branch
Loughborough Echo - 27th January 1939 Annual Dinner The second annual dinner of ...... cont.
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 Bombardier George Whitehouse - 1942  Bombardier George Whitehouse - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 2nd October 1942 The above picture of Bdr. George Whitehouse has ...... cont.
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 Funeral of George Draper - 1925  Funeral of George Draper - 1925
Loughborough Monitor and Herald - 3rd December 1925 On Friday Mr George Draper, who ...... cont.
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 Soldiers fined for taking army truck - 1953  Soldiers fined for taking army truck - 1953
Loughborough Monitor - 26th June 1953 Two Quorn soldiers who drove away an Army truck ...... cont.
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 Donald Towell - home on leave 1942  Donald Towell - home on leave 1942
Loughborough Echo - 27th March 1942 Chief Petty Officer Donald Towell, who is at home ...... cont.
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 George Holmes  George Holmes
George Holmes was born in Quorn in 1896, the son of George and Georgina Holmes. He was ...... cont.
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 William John Steer, 1886 to 1915  William John Steer, 1886 to 1915
William Steer (Leicestershire Yeomanry, Trooper 2144), was killed in action at ...... cont.
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 Captain Harold Wright  Captain Harold Wright
Harold Wright was a Captain in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Battalion. He was ...... cont.
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 A German prisoner of war settles in the Quorn area  A German prisoner of war settles in the Quorn area
Joachim Claaus Fritz Berger was a German U-Boat sailor, who was captured in World War II ...... cont.
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 Quorn Warship Week - 1942  Quorn Warship Week - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 20th February 1942 A group taken at the formal opening of Quorn ...... cont.
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 Brothers meet on returning troop ship in 1945 - Charlie and Danny Smith from Barrow Road  Brothers meet on returning troop ship in 1945 - Charlie and Danny Smith from Barrow Road
This press cutting was supplied by Elaine Woodhams whose father, Edwin Smith (always ...... cont.
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 Quorn House during WW2  Quorn House during WW2
This photograph was donated by Sheila Brewer who was a nurse at Quorn House when it was a ...... cont.
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 William Shirley Northcote Toller, DSO, TD, JP, DL of Quorn  William Shirley Northcote Toller, DSO, TD, JP, DL of Quorn
William Shirley Northcote Toller was born in 1878 and came to live in Quorn from ...... cont.
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 VE day parties in Quorn - 1945  VE day parties in Quorn - 1945
Loughborough Echo - 18th May 1945 Last week abounded in Victory teas for children, ...... cont.
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 Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires  Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires
Loughborough Echo - 4th February 1977 50 years in the Mason's trade A career ...... cont.
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 Remembrance Sunday in the Early 1970s  Remembrance Sunday in the Early 1970s
This photograph was taken on Remembrance Sunday in the Memorial Gardens in the early ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Tell-tale letters - 1919  Tell-tale letters - 1919
Loughborough Herald - 12th June 1919 Thomas William Smith, labourer, Great Casterton, ...... cont.
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 Private Haywood - 1942  Private Haywood - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 11th September 1942 Pte. P J Haywood (centre), whose wife and ...... cont.
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 Gunner Hammond safe - 1942  Gunner Hammond safe - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 4th September 1942 Gunner J Hammond, son of Mr and Mrs F Hammond, ...... cont.
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 Quorn driver missing - 1942  Quorn driver missing - 1942
Loughborough Echo - 27th March 1942 Driver Dick Bumpus, R.A.S.C., whose parents live ...... cont.
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 Golden Wedding anniversary - 1922  Golden Wedding anniversary - 1922
Loughborough Monitor and Herald - April 27th 1922 Mr and Mrs E Bunney of Quorn, who ...... cont.
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 Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent arriving at Quorn House  Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent arriving at Quorn House
During the Second World war, Quorn House on Meeting Street was used as a nursing station. ...... cont.
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