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The Great War News from Lancaster in 1914
19th September 1914
There are about 50 vacancies in the Mayor’s Civic Guard, which is
continuing its defensive duties.
Gifts for the Front
The Mayor of Lancaster has this week despatched to the Front, for the use of the King’s Own Royal Lancasters, 200 briar pipes and 200 ounces of tobacco, funds for which had been collected by Mr Fred Huntingdon.
Homes for Refugees
Homes are required for the large number of Belgians who have been drive out of their own country, as the result of the German invasion, and are finding refuge in England. The Mayor of Lancaster requests that anyone in the town or district who is prepared to provide accommodation for Belgian refugees will communicate with him at the Town Hall.
The Wagon Works Prison
There have been further drafts of prisoners to the Lancaster Wagon
Works compound this week, from as far south as Hanley, and as far north
as Newcastle and Carlisle. The aggregate is about 1,700. Arrangements
are being made for religious services to be conducted on Sundays for
various groups according to their different beliefs. Last Sunday a
sacred concert was given by a number of Lancaster vocalists.
King’s Own Departures
On Tuesday night, 1,100 recruits for Kitchener’s Army, who have enlisted in the King’s Own K Battalion, left Bowerham Barracks for Seaford, Sussex. Captain Maloney was in charge. The men had a hearty send off as they proceeded through the town to the station about 9 pm. Recruiting has been restricted by the new height standard of 5ft 6in, but a fine type of man is coming forward.
Lancaster a Prohibited Area
On Thursday morning an order was received from the War Office
extending the regulations regarding “prohibited areas” to Lancaster and
the surrounding district. The order applies not only to the Borough of
Lancaster, but practically to the whole of the South Lonsdale
Constabulary Division. No German of Austrian alien can enter or reside
in the district without a special permit from the Chief of Police (in
the Borough Chief Constable Harriss), and no German or Austrian alien
now resident in the district will be allowed to leave it without special
permission. It is essential that all aliens, what-ever their
nationality, should be registered.
Germans Glad to be Captured
Lance Sergeant John Davis, of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal
Lancasters, writing to his mother in Lancaster, under the date Sept 4th
(the letter was delivered on Thursday) says:
No Credit to Lancaster
A deplorable case illustrating the seamy side of life in Lancaster
came before the Borough Court on Thursday, when Hannah Mary Morland, 24,
wife of a Territorial, living at 3 James Street, was charged with
keeping a brothel, and Annie Hall, 26, barmaid, was charged with aiding
and abetting in the offence. The magistrates present were Mayor (Coun.
Briggs) J Heald, W Hamer, R Gregons, and E G Smith Esqrs. Chief
Constable Harris prosecuted and the case was watched by Captain
Fairclough of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, now guarding German prisoners
at the Wagon Works. Mr Harris said Morland’s husband was away with the
5th Battalion King’s Own, and since he had been away she had been
carrying out this business, and during the last three or four weeks she
had been assisted by the other woman. During that period they had
occupied two of three houses, and had been seen with different men very
late at night. The house, 3 James Street, had been under observation for
some time, but the immediate cause for the present proceedings was that
on Wednesday morning there was a disturbance in James Street. Some
soldiers of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers had spent the night in the house,
and the neighbourhood was up in arms about it.
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