Friday, 29 May 2015

Appeal for Sandbags

High Street, Leighton Buzzard, 1913 (Jackson and Co. on the left) [X291/376]

Tuesday 25th May 1915: Mrs. Ella M. Fenwick of Tilsworth has appealed for people in the Leighton Buzzard area to help in providing sandbags for the Front. The appeal originated with Miss M. L. Tyler of Linden House, Highgate Road, London at the encouragement of her soldier brother. Although Miss Tyler is already receiving thousands every day, the “supply required is endless”. Mrs. Fenwick has published instructions for making the bags, which must be made from hessian and of a uniform size of 33 inches by 14 inches. She has pattern sandbags which she can lend to anyone who wishes to make them and will send the finished items on to Miss Tyler. Hessian is available for 4¾d to 5¾d per yard and Mrs. Fenwick would also be happy to receive donations to purchase this material for others to make up. The Leighton Buzzard Observer has arranged for a sample sandbag to be on view at H. Jackson and Co., Leighton Buzzard.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette, 25th May 1915.

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