Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Chronicle Heroes Fund

Private Christopher Lincoln

Sunday 19th December 1915: Our military correspondent wrote recently of the young Biggleswade soldier Private Christopher Lincoln who was severely wounded in the thigh in September while performing an act of conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Loos and is now in hospital at Colchester. To show its appreciation for his actions the Biggleswade Chronicle set up the “Chronicle Heroes Fund” to raise funds to purchase a gold watch for the young man as a token of appreciation from the town. The scheme is supported by the Chairman of the Urban District Council who will make the presentation on behalf of the town if the scheme is a success. The 2,200 postcards which have been published to commemorate the young man's gallantry carry the words “With the Season’s Greetings” and can be used as Christmas and New Year’s cards. Boys and girls have been selling the cards and the number bought is already approaching 600. Gertie Jackson has raised 12s 4d and Winnie Dennis is not far behind with 9s 2d. The fund is also open for subscriptions.

Source: Biggleswade Chronicle 24th December 1915

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