Elec­tions, ca­su­al­ties, flu, guns go on show and ex­tra sugar for Christ­mas

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

HERE in our reg­u­lar fea­ture we take a look back at sto­ries in the Rochdale Observer from 100 years ago:


The writ for the elec­tion in Rochdale ar­rived yes­ter­day morn­ing and was handed to the Mayor, Coun­cil­lor W. David­son, J.P., per­son­ally by the post­mas­ter.

It was in the fol­low­ing terms:

Ge­orge Vth by the Grace of God, of the United King­dom of Great Bri­tain and Ire­land and of the Bri­tish Do­min­ions be­yond the seas. King, De­fender of the Faith.

To the Mayor of the Bor­ough of Rochdale Greet­ing.

Where as by the ad­vice of our coun­cil, we have or­dered a Par­lia­ment to be holden at West­min­ster on the 21st day of Jan­uary next, we com­mand you that in­dic­tion of the time and place of elec­tion be­ing given, you do case elec­tion to be made ac­cord­ing to law of a mem­ber to serve in Par­lia­ment for the Par­lia­men­tary Bor­ough of Rochdale, and that you do cause the name of such mem­ber when elected, whether he be present or ab­sent, to be cer­ti­fied to us in our Chancery with­out de­lay.


The Mayor has re­ceived from the Na­tional War Sav­ings Com­mit­tee, a let­ter stat­ing that an im­por­tant train of heavy guns will be sent to Rochdale for pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion early in the New Year.

They are to be used in con­nec­tion with a spe­cial cam­paign week.


The in­fluenza epi­demic is caus­ing con­sid­er­able anx­i­ety to the Health Au­thor­i­ties in Rochdale on ac­count of its wide­spread and, in many in­stances, acute char­ac­ter.

Many mem­bers of the ad­min­is­tra­tive staffs of the Cor­po­ra­tion de­part­ments are suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease, and no fewer than seven mem­bers of the Food Con­trol Of­fice staff are ab­sent.

It has also claimed many suf­fer­ers in the Tramways Depart­ment, be­tween 45 and 50 driv­ers and con­duc­tors be­ing ab­sent from duty.

This has greatly ham­pered the tram ser­vices and on many of the routes, only about half the usual num­ber of cars could be run dur­ing the week­end.

A large num­ber of chil­dren are away from school through the dis­ease, and on Mon­day, it was de­cided to close Green­bank Coun­cil School for the week.

The num­ber of op­er­a­tives in the mills and work­shops who are af­fected by the epi­demic is on the in­crease.


Pri­vate Wil­lie But­ter­worth, South Lan­cashire Reg­i­ment, the son of Mr Stan­ley But­ter­worth of 121 Hud­der­s­field Road, Ne­whey, who was re­ported miss­ing on March 22, is now pre­sumed dead. He was 19 years of age.

Pri­vate E. Howarth (Lan­cashire Fusiliers) whose home was at 9 Ash­worth Street, Spot­land, has been killed in ac­tion in France. He was 28 years of age. ●●EX­TRA SUGAR FOR CHRIST­MAS

From the 16th to the 31st of De­cem­ber hold­ers of chil­dren’s ra­tion books are each to be al­lowed an ex­tra half­pound of sugar in ad­di­tion to the usual weekly ra­tion.

Pa­tients in hos­pi­tals and con­va­les­cent homes will also be en­ti­tled to an ex­tra half-pound, whilst be­tween De­cem­ber 15th and Fe­bru­ary 28th, those ar­rang­ing par­ties or en­ter­tain­ments for chil­dren or wounded sol­diers will be able to ob­tain spe­cial sup­plies.

●●Ad­ver­tise­ments from 1918 edi­tions of the Rochdale Observer

Pvt W But­ter­worth

Pvt E Howarth

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