Bygone news: 5th September 1914

News from the Macclesfield Courier and Herald of Saturday 5th September 1914.

Langley Farmers Show Cancelled – Industrial School Swimming Gala – White Feathers – Recruitment – Red Cross donations – Wages – Wounded Men Return

Courier TitleSUTTON
The Langley and District Farmers’ Association held a meeting on Wednesday 2nd September 1914, presided over by Mr D. B. Buxton, and unanimously decided not to hold a show this year.


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The Industrial School’s 10th annual swimming gala took place on Monday 21st August 1914 at Macclesfield Public Baths. Clearly, some activities continued to take place as normal despite the war.


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Although Britain had only been at war for one month, young women were already harrassing men who they thought should have volunteered for the forces by giving them white feathers when they were seen in the street not wearing a uniform, implying they were cowards.
This became a major problem later in the war, when white feathers were handed to soldiers invalided out of the forces and men who were employed in key industries such as coal mining or munitions. These men were given badges to wear to show they had a reason for not being in uniform.


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Mrs Legh of Adlington suggests that to help with army recruitment, male servants should be dismissed and replaced with female servants.


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The monthly meeting of the Macclesfield Town Council took place on Wednesday 2nd September 1914.
The Education Committee had recommended that half-pay should be granted to Mr Leonard Shaw, of St Paul’s School, who had gone on active service.
It was decided that employees of the Macclesfield Corporation who had left for military purposes should be paid a sum which, with the addition of their Army pay, would bring the aggregate up to their full Corporation pay.


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About twenty young men about to enlist journeyed to Manchester on Wednesday by the 9:30 a.m. train as guests of Mr. F. M. Donner of Prestbury Hall. They had a “capital” dinner, spent the afternoon in various pastimes and enjoyed an excellent tea.
W. Neil, F. Massey and F. Findlow were employed at Manchester warehouses and remained in Manchester to join the city battalions. James M. Bowers was employed as a chauffeur by a military officer at Altrincham, and so he will accompany his employer to the front.
The remainder were named as: S. Potts, F. Halewood, A. Oldham, J. Cully, F. Cully, A. Mayers, V. Pimblott, A. Jackson, F. Holt, R. Sparrow, A. Milner, A. Hough, Evans Ashley (groom from Prestbury Hall).
Other Prestbury men already bound for or in the forces: William, Thomas, Henry and Timothy Lafferty, George Walker, Ralph Broughton, John Gaskell, H. Trotter, Charles and John Thompson.


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A description of the ceremony undertaken by the new recruits when joining the army.


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The Red Cross Society has provided instructions for making kit bags for the sick and wounded to hold items needed when in hospital. The kit bags should contain the following articles: slippers, socks, pyjamas, shirt, handkerchiefs, towel, comb, toothbrush, nailbrush, soap, sponge, writing paper, envelopes, and pencil.


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A description of the injured, and how the Germans don’t play fair when at war.
“About fifty members of the Cheshire and other regiments who left Belfast on August 14th full of enthusiasm for the front have returned to this city. They had all been wounded. … Few of the men were at all eager to speak of their experiences, but in the course of a brief interview one of them gave some details which shed a lurid light on the methods of warfare used by the Germans.”


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