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The Great War News from Lancaster in 1914

30th October 1914

These pages include reports from the local press in Lancaster and district from October 1914. 

Local War Items

Several members of the Canadian contingent formerly resident in Lancaster have been spending their leave in the town during the last few days.

A draft of about 80 men left Bowerham Barracks last evening week, and a further draft of about 50 left on Wednesday. Very few men are enlisting.

Lancaster people are asked to save their old newspapers, and to send a card to Mr J Hartley, Meadowside, who will have the same collected by boy scouts, and the proceeds will be handed to the Belgian refugee fund.

The amount handed over to the Mayor’s relief fund from the first performance at the Palladium on Monday night is £17 4s and 5d. On Tuesday evening next a similar performance is to be given, and the proceeds will be devoted to the local Belgian refugee fund. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and most of the Belgian refugees now in Lancaster will be present.

Infirmary Beds

The following gifts have been received or promised for the special beds at the Infirmary: sheets and pillow cases, Mrs B H Satterthwaite; bed socks, Mrs Sproat; nightingales, Miss Tomlinson, Heysham House; beef tea, the Mayoress (Mrs Briggs), Miss Leeming, Mrs Frank Storey.

5th Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment

Most of the men who were on furlough last week end rejoined the battalion on Monday. It is expected that the battalion will shortly proceed to Sevenoaks, Kent.
The Reserve Battalion is now about 848 strong, but there are nearly 200 more men required to attain full strength. It is reported that the battalion will proceed to Blackpool for special training.

Another King’s Own Man in Germany

News was received on Saturday, at Endmoor, his home, that Sergeant J Bamford, of the King’s Own, who was officially reported missing is now a prisoner of war in the British compound at Sennitager, Germany. The news came to his mother and sister in the form of a postcard in which the sergeant said he had been wounded in both legs (in the action of August 26th), but was well in health, though lame. He said the British prisoners were being treated as well as could be expected under the circumstances. A brother of the sergeant, an ex-King’s Own man, lives in Rosebery Avenue.

News from Sergeant J H Williams A Princess’s Kindness

Mr and Mrs Ellis Williams of Hanmer Place, Bowerham, have within the last few days received a postcard from their son, Sergeant John H Williams, of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, who has been missing since the fighting near Mons. On the address side of the card, which is dated 16th October, appears the following note, signed “Princess of Pless” :-
“I send you this from ----, where I saw your friend. I am a sister there. He will soon be stronger, but must wait till the war is over to come home.”
The postcard, which is addressed “To all,” states:- “I am in a large hospital in Berlin (Templehof Garrison), and arrived here on Sunday from Doberitz. I was wounded on 26th August in the right thigh at Harcourt, in France. Was, of course, taken prisoner, as I could not move, and sent back to Ligny, in Belgium, under a German guard. I remained there three weeks and then moved to Cambrai, and so by train through Germany to Doberitz, some 12 miles from Berlin. Here my wound took a turn for the worse, and I was operated upon for abscess, and, unfortunately, they struck an artery. I remained in hospital at Doberitz, but, with its only being an improvised hospital they could do me no good. Anyhow, I was taken to Berlin last Sunday (11th October) and was again operated upon on the following Tuesday, and am now doing very well. When you write, write on an open postcard. I don’t know how long I shall be here. I am dying to hear from someone. I hope all are keeping well and in the best of spirits. I have received no news whatever since the wire you sent me in Harrow.”

Mr and Mrs Williams express deep gratitude to the Princess for her kindly interest in forwarding the card.

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