Gales at home . . . heroes at the front and on the wards
HERE in this new weekly feature, we take a look back at the Rochdale Observer from 100 years ago...
●●SMALLBRIDGE AND WARDLE
The gale of Wednesday night and Thursday morning left behind a trail of wreckage in Smallbridge and Wardle. Hen pens and a large hoarding were blown down, house roofs badly damaged, trees uprooted, and other wreckage caused. Fortunately, no personal injury was inflicted so far as we can ascertain. ●●LADIES’ GENEROUS OFFER
On the minutes of the Health Committee, Coun Edward Thomas read the following letter which, he said, he received from Miss L. P. Kemp:
Will you kindly tell the Health Committee that four ladies are prepared to offer them the services of Dr May, paying her salary for the duration of the war, though they would not pledge themselves beyond five years should the war continue longer. They propose that Dr May should work under the Medical Officer of Health, taking charge of the maternity and infant welfare work and inspecting midwives, and residing at Springfield House as soon as it is opened as a babies’ hospital. Dr May asks after the first three months, £300 a year, with board and residence, and an annual increase of £25 until £400 is reached. Dr May would expect the appointment to be continued after the war if mutually satisfactory to her and the Health Committee. She is greatly interested in the work and has had good experience. Coun Thomas said the Health Committee had passed a resolution thanking Miss Kemp and the other ladies for their generous offer, and recommending the council to accept.
PRIVATE J HOWARTH. Private Jesse Howarth (pictured) of the Royal Army Medical Corps has been awarded the Military Medal for rescuing a wounded comrade under heavy shell fire during the battle of Menin Road. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs T Howarth of Reservoir Street, Belfield.
GUNNER F PARKINSON. For firing his gun under heavy shell fire during a bombing raid by the Germans, Gunner Frank Parkinson (pictured) of the Royal Field Artillery, has been awarded the Military Medal. His parents reside at 6 Count Street, Rochdale.
SERGEANT F POOLE. Sergeant Frederick Poole (pictured) of the Machine Gun Corps (whose wife resides at Henry Street, Rochdale) has been decorated with the Military Medal for devotion to duty in the field. For a long period he resided in the Littleborough district, where he was well known.
●●LOCAL LADIES COMMENDED
In the official list of names of ladies who have been brought to the notice of the Secretary of State of War for valuable services rendered in the nursing of wounded soldiers, the following names appear:
Miss M. Ashworth (sister), Birch Hill Hospital, Dearnley.
Miss A. Lye (superintendent), Birch Hill Hospital, Dearnley.
Miss M. Morgan (sister), the Infirmary, Rochdale.
Miss A. Ormerod (superintendant), Castleton House Auxiliary Hospital, Rochdale.
Miss S. E. Scarborough (sister), the Infirmary, Rochdale.
Miss M. Stott (sister), Birch Hill Hospital, Dearnley. Miss A. Ward (sister), Birch Hill Hospital, Dearnley.
Mrs Helen Gadd, the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel W. L. Gadd, V.D., R.G.A., sister-in-law of Mrs Baxter of St James Vicarage, Rochdale. During the whole period of the war, Mrs Gadd has been commandant of the Yacht Club Auxiliary Hospital, Gravesend. ●●A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“IN the darkest hour you should keep your eye open for the dawn. We are now in the darkest stages of the war, but what is dark for us is impenetrable blackness for the enemy. All these peace kites that are flying about mean so many indications which herald the dawn which cannot be far off.” General Smuts.
●●1917 advert, Brimrod Dry Cleaning Works
●●Gunner F Parkinson
●●Private J Howarth
●●Sergeant F Poole
●●1917 advert for Hudson’s soap