Bygone news: 21st November 1914

News from the Macclesfield Courier and Herald of Saturday 21st November 1914.

No Doctor in the Township – More money for Gasworks – Macclesfield Man returns maimed – Old Age Pensioners Interesting Wedding – A False Alarm – Fewer Christmas Turkeys – The Handforth Alien Enemies Camp – A bit too shortsighted

Dr Picton, a well known physician, of Holmes Chapel, has gone to France, to attend wounded soldiers. Holmes Chapel, where he has an extensive practice, is left without a medical man within its borders. Another resident of Holmes Chapel who is engaged in hospital work in France is Miss Doris Bolland, of Brooklands, one of the principals of the well-known firm of East India and China merchants, Messrs T.J. Bolland and Co; Dickinson Street, Manchester. Miss Bolland, who has been connected with the St. John Ambulance Co. for some time, offered her services as hospital nurse. These were accepted, and her father saw her off to the front last Friday at Folkestone. She is now assisting in one of the large base hospitals at Calais, where there is a staff of about 40 nurses. Writing home, she describes the work as very arduous. Most of the patients are wounded Belgians who have been brought in direct from the battlefield.

Matters of considerable importance were discussed at a meeting of the Corporation Gas Committee during the week. The Chairman (Alderman J.R Isherwood ) said that the gas was now of an exceedingly good quality, but the demand was so great that the committee in the near future would have to take into consideration the question of increasing the plant, so as to increase the production. Notwithstanding the competition of the Electric Supply Company, it was found that for the six months ending September last, there had been over six million cubic feet more gas supplied than during the corresponding period last year.

Private C. Clark of the 3rd Cheshires Special Reserves, returns home to Macclesfield:

P1120986 Maimed

P1120986 five days

P1120986 germans

P1120987 cheshires

On Tuesday a very interesting wedding took place at Hurdsfield Church, the parties being James Wooliscroft (75), of 21 Arbourhay Street, and Sarah Jane Early (65), of Oldham. They were accompanied by two more old age pensioners, David Moss (73) and Mrs G.A Buxton (78), who acted as best man and bridesmaid respectively. The united ages made for a total of 291 years, which is doubtless a record for the principal persons at a wedding in this district.

Considerable excitement was caused in Macclesfield and district in the early hours of Monday morning by the sounding of bugle calls in the streets…On Saturday last, the men of the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment…were granted two days special leave so that they might visit their friends before going abroad on foreign service, and it was expected that they would leave Macclesfield on Monday night…At about 1:30 on Monday morning, however, a message reached Macclefield Police Office that all the men had to be called up and ordered to rejoin their regiment at once…Buglers were first called out, and whilst some were set off on foot around the town to summons those in the immediate vicinity, others were conveyed in motor cars to the more outlying districts, and for a couple of hours the bugle calls could be heard sounding for miles…At 7:45 am about 300 had answered the roll call and they left Macclesfield for their headquarters, leaving the few stragglers to follow on by a later train.

There will be fewer turkeys for the Christmas Markets this year. The usual supplies from Serbia and Hungary, and probably those from Russia, will be cut off, while it is regarded in the trade as extremely likely that the Italian and French supplies will be to a large extent diverted owing to the war.

It was rumoured on Monday that several prisoners had escaped from the concentration camp at Handforth, where nearly a thousand men are now interned. Inquiries showed that attempts to escape had been made, and that one man had been found on the roof of the building, but that no one had got away. The camp is of course, well guarded.

William Johnson, carter, residing at 12 Rodney Street, was summoned for having ridden a bicycle without having a lighted lamp attached in Sunderland Street at 6.50pm on November 13th. P.C Didsbury said he was on duty on Friday at the stated time in Sunderland Street when he saw the accused riding a bicylce coming from the direction of Waters Green. He stopped him and felt at the lamp and it was cold. In reply to the charge defendant told the magistrate that he lit his lamp near the Slipper Mill and he did not know it was out. He was a bit shortsighted. He would have ridden home if he had not been pulled up by the constable. A fine of 2s. 6d. including costs, was imposed.

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