Bathroom at Beamish Museum, County Durham [Wikimedia]
Thursday 2nd December 1915: An appeal has been made to the people of Bedford to allow the use of their bathrooms by soldiers billeted in the town. Alfred Haizelden of the Y.M.C.A. says that they are repeated asked “Where can I have a bath?” If fifty people would allow the use of their bathroom for one or two hours twice a week it would be a tremendous help. A number of private baths have been given on this basis, but they are all booked a fortnight in advance.
Another group in need of assistance are the young Belgian children who have been rescued from behind the firing line and are now being taught in school colonies. Mrs Shenton of 28 Spenser Road will be glad to receive gifts of clothing for the children either at her home or at the Corn Exchange.
Source: Bedfordshire Standard, 3rd December 1915
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