Elections, casualties, flu, guns go on show and extra sugar for Christmas
HERE in our regular feature we take a look back at stories in the Rochdale Observer from 100 years ago:
●●THE ELECTION. ROCHDALE WRITE ARRIVES. THE CONTEST OPENS
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.
●●GUNS FOR ROCHDALE
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.
●●STEPS TO CHECK THE EPIDEMIC IN ROCHDALE
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