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Quorn supporting the war effort WW1 newspaper cuttings

The three newspaper cuttings below all come from the Quorn News section in1916 and 1917. They help to build up a picture of Quorn during WW1 and show how people were committed to the war effort.

Loughborough Monitor - 14th December 1916
Soldiers' and Sailors' parcel fund

The committee have during the past week despatched over 200 parcels to the men from this village who are serving with the Forces. The committee endeavoured successfully to purchase the whole of the contents of the parcels in the village, and the whole of the fund, with the exception of the cost of the boxes, has been spent locally. Every care has been taken to see that every man should receive a parcel. Since this fund has been in existence, something like 1000 parcels have been provided and despatched.

Loughborough Herald - 18th January 1917
Quorn concert

On Wednesday evening a concert, arranged by the local Corps of the Volunteers, was given in the Village Hall in aid of the funds of the war working party. Mr Chiltern, commandant of the corps, stated that the working party was formed in August, 1914, and had made 973 shirts and other garments, 109 pairs of socks, 50 pairs of mittens, and 274 emergency bags, for the Lady Smith Dorrien fund. The programme was contributed to by Mr J A Hartopp, Mr L North, the Loughborough Prize Male Quartet (Messrs H Simpson, G H Lilley, H W Ward and O Parry), Miss Lettie Nourish, Miss Ida Kennington, Miss A Cook, and Mr J H Goddard. Master L North was the accompanist.

Note: Early in the war Lady Smith-Dorrien, who was the Principal of the Royal School of Needlework, became aware that the possessions of men in field hospitals often went astray. Their uniforms were usually cut off, either due to wounds or lice, and the personal contents of their pockets were just put under their beds on the ground, and frequently got trodden on or lost. Lady Smith-Dorrien started a charity which made drawstring bags, 12 inches by 14 inches, to contain and preserve the possessions of any man admitted to a casualty clearing station. The importance of these bags cannot be underestimated and more than 5,000,000 were made. The material used varied from the preferred plain calico to rich brocades from unwanted furnishings. The drawstring of the bag would was put round the neck of the soldier for his return journey to England.

Loughborough Herald - 30th August 1917
Cadets' Garden Party

C.L.B.K.R.R. Cadets - On Saturday, Captain Le M Hayward gave a garden party at Quorn Place to the lads and their parents, when occasion was taken to present Sergeant Horace Waling with his cadet discharge certificate, and an indent for enlistment in the King's Royal Rifle Corps together with a C.L.B long service medal (5 years). These were respectively handed over by the O.C (Major C H Adams), the Chaplain (Rev H H Rumsey), and the captain of the company, who wished Sergeant Waling every success on his joining the army.

The good "send-off", and an enjoyable evening was spent. On Sunday afternoon, being within the Octave of St Bartholomew's Day, the patron Saint of the Church, a church parade of the Loughborough, Barrow and Quorn Companies took place at Quorn, where the service was conducted and the address given by the Chaplain (Rev H H Rumsey), who drew some inspiring lessons from the motto of the King's Royal Rifle Corps "Celer et Audax".

The officers on parade were Major C H Adams, Captain and Adjutant Carter, Captain Le M Hayward and Lieutenant Hickling (Quorn). Captain Everard (Barrow), Acting Captain Nash (Emmanuel, Loughborough).

 Submitted on: 2015-01-03
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1877
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