Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Parcels for Methodist Soldiers

Hockliffe Street Wesleyan Chapel, c.1920 [Z1306/72/2/8]

Saturday 16th December 1916: Over one hundred former members of the Sunday School at Hockliffe Street Wesleyan Methodist Church are now serving in the armed forces, and each of them will be receiving a Christmas parcel from the church. Parcels have been prepared containing chocolate, butterscotch, soap and other useful items, at a cost of between seven and eight shillings each, including postage. Every package will also contain a Christmas letter and a useful wallet from the Sunday School children. Parcels for soldiers serving in France, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Salonika have already been dispatched, and those for English destinations will be sent during the next few days. The number of men from the church who have joined up has increased significantly since last Christmas, when only around seventy parcels were needed.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 12th December 1916

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