Saturday, 7 November 2015

Harvest Festival, Recruitment, Fundraising and Whooping Cough

2nd Lt. Evelyn Collisson of Gravenhurst [X550-1-81]

Sunday 7th November 1915: News from the Villages

Despite the lack of the usual celebrations the Church was crowded for the Harvest Festival services; this was despite the loss of seventy men to the Forces, including eleven who joined on October 3rd. Ten of the bell ringers have gone, along with nearly all the Band members.

The Gravenhurst Roll of Honour now includes fifteen names as follows: [1]
  • Lionel Grant Milller – killed in action
  • Walter Redman – missing
  • Cyril Parrish – at the Front
  • Percy Parrish – at the Front
  • George Redman – at the Front
  • Frederick Fisher – at the Front
  • Sergeant George Cooper – at the Front
  • John Fisher – joined the Army
  • Lance Corporal Albert Fisher – joined the Army
  • Herbert Fisher – joined the Army
  • Bob Fisher – joined the Army
  • Willie Collins – joined the Army
  • William Dennis – joined the Army
  • David Dilley – joined the Army
  • 2nd Lieutenant Evelyn Collisson – joined the Army
Flitton and Greenfield
The war slides shown at the Parish Room have so far raised £1 1s 3d. In addition £6 2s 0d has been raised for the Red Cross Society by the sale of fruit of vegetables, from a concert got up by Miss Leach, and through subscription by the employees of Messrs Copping and Sibley.

The Infant School has been closed for four weeks from October 27th due to an outbreak of whooping cough.

Source: Monthly Magazine for the parishes of Barton-le-Cley, Clophill, Flitton and Greenfield, Gravenhurst, Silsoe, Westoning, November 1915 [P21/30/17]

[1] Of these men only Lionel Miller, Walter Redman and Evelyn Ernest Arnold Collisson (son of the Rector Revd. Thomas Collisson) appear on the Gravenhurst war memorial.

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