1915 February 12 Cambridge Independent Press
British Farmers’ Red Cross Fund: Mr A Hurrell donated £2.
1915 March 26 Cambridge Independent Press
Band of Hope & YPCA meetings; Brotherhood meeting (military service has ‘thinned the ranks’), Mr J Black gave an address, quoting Kipling.
1915 April 9 Cambridge Independent Press
YPCA meeting, whist drive & dance in the schoolroom. Mr Charles Legge presided at the piano; £4 1s was collected for the Red Cross Society. Pte Thomas Collins of the 2nd Beds Regiment has been invalided home, having been wounded in the battles of Ypres and Neuve Chapelle (some embedded shrapnel in his ribcage could not be extracted). He had previously served in the South African war and was awarded the King’s & Queen’s medals with 5 clasps. A Whist Drive has raised £4 1s for the Harston Red Cross Society.
1915 April 16 Cambridge Independent Press
Cambs. Territorials, recruiting tour, visited Trumpington, Harston & Foxton on May 10. Brotherhood meeting, hymns ‘for soldiers & sailors’.
1915 May 14 Cambridge Independent Press
The tour of the recruiting party is nearing its end. The party marched to Harston where Mr Arthur Hurrell kindly added some money to the Government allowance to provide the men with an excellent dinner.
1915 May 21 Cambridge Independent Press
Cambs. Band of Hope, speeches at the Baptist chapel, on ‘Temperance & War’. (long list of delegates).
1915 June 4 Cambridge Independent Press
‘Miss E M Smith, commandant of the Cambs 24th VAD, thanks all who have contributed to The Red Cross Hospital, Great Shelford, and to those who loaned their cars for transport: T Hay, H W Hurrell, J Rodwell junior, T Smith, J Waldock, and also for gifts of food, papers & walking sticks etc.
1915 June 11 Cambridge Independent Press
Harston has sent 2 more recruits in response to Lord Kitchener’s (latest) appeal, Charlie Willows & Harry Lawrence have joined the Loyal Suffolk Hussars (Yeomanry). A quoits match was played (Harston vs. Shelford), however the Harston team has been weakened through loss of 5 of its players to military service this year. The Red Cross Hospital thanks Mrs Ashby for eggs, Mrs L Northrop for gooseberries, lettuces, & tinned pineapple, Mrs Rowley for pillow cases, Mr White for jam, Mrs Jude for gingerbread, Mrs Wedd for eggs & cake, Mrs Smith for cakes & jam, Mrs Phillips for a cheque. The Brotherhood held an open air meeting, cornet players etc. A collection for the National Association for Soldiers Blinded in the War raised 16s 6d.
1915 June 18, 25 etc Cambridge Independent Press
Gifts for the wounded included food, bandages, cigarettes etc. (lists of donors)
1915 July 2 Cambridge Independent Press
Gifts for the Wounded. The Commandant thanks the following for gifts to the Red Cross Hospital at Shelford: eggs Mrs Laurie Norhrop Miss Bliss; fruit Mrs Hayden Mrs Laurie Northrop; flowers Mrs Swann Miss Durbin; cakes Mrs Smith; groceries Mrs. Laurie Northrop Mrs Smoothy.
1915 July 19 Cambridge Independent Press
Gifts for the Wounded. The Commandant thanks the following for gifts to the Red Cross Hospital at Shelford: eggs Mrs Ashby, Mrs Wisbey, Miss Norden; fowls Mrs Gee, Mrs Hays; vegetables Mrs Laurie Northrop; flowers Miss Durbin; ; groceries Miss Norden.
1915 July 16, 23 Cambridge Independent Press
County War Census, ‘what the towns & villages are doing’, Harston, n=34 are serving, out of a male population of 326 (10%), mid-range of villages. Gifts for the wounded (Mrs Ernest Northrop, Mr Archibald Ashby, Mrs Waldock, Mrs Ray, Miss White, Mrs Laurie Northrop, Mrs Smoothy, Mrs W Lawrence, Mrs Smith, Mrs Swann, Mrs Lyon).
1915 July 30 Cambridge Independent Press
Baptist chapel, memorial service for the fallen; sympathy for the Mead family, mourning the loss of their son at the front.
1915 July 30 Cambridge Independent Press
War Loan Campaign, West Cambs open air meeting, urging people to invest, meeting at Harston on Wednesday, addresses by Mr Devereux, Conservative & Mr Kellock, Liberal. More gifts for the wounded. Baptist chapel, memorial service for the fallen; sympathy for the Mead family, mourning the loss of their son at the front. Roll of Honour, 63 men from Harston now serving, including 18 old members of the Basptist Chapel Sunday school.
1915 August 20 Cambridge Independent Press
Cambs villages & the war, Roll of Honour, for Harston, 45 are serving, 68 of military age are not serving (ca. average for the region)(note that these numbers are different from those published on July 30 – why?) . More gifts for the wounded. A Garden Fete was organised in the grounds of Harston Manor by Mr Sadler, the schoolmaster, in aid of Shelford Auxiliary Hospital. Tea was provided by Miss Cecily Smith, Commandant of Harston VAD. Some of the wounded (from the Shelford Hospital) were present, and appropriate sports were held, including egg-and-spoon race, bobble skirt race, pillow fights, etc; also a ‘hat trimming competition’ which ’caused much amusement’. Shies, at ‘Kaiser Bill’, Little Willie’ and ‘The Terible Turk’; also ‘guessing the weight of the cake’ and ‘the name of the doll’. Concert, dancing in the illuminated grounds, National Anthem, vote of thanks to Mr Rowley, event finished at 8.45 pm. £16. 4s 2d collected for the Hospital, see 10/9/2015.
1915 September 10 Cambridge Independent Press
Harston schoolmaster Mr W H Sadler collected £16 4s 3d at a Garden Fete, in aid of Shelford Auxiliary Hospital
1915 September 17 Cambridge Independent Press
Brotherhood meeting with address, music, etc, including a cornet duet; however numbers attending were reduced by war service.
1915 October 1, 15 Cambridge Independent Press
Band of Hope Clothing Club at the Three Horse Shoes. Gifts for the Wounded and for the Red Cross Hospital.
1915 November 19, December 12, 17 Cambridge Independent Press
More gifts for the wounded. YPCA meeting and entertainment.
1915 November 26 Cambridge Independent Press
Gifts for the Wounded. The Commandant (Miss Smith) thanks the following for gifts to the Red Cross Hospital at Shelford: groceries Mrs L Northrop; cakes Mrs Lyon Mrs Smoothy; fruit & vegetables Mrs L Northrop; magazines Mrs Gwilliams.
1915 December 3 Cambridge Independent Press
A concert given by wounded soldiers from Shelford raised £4 13s for Red Cross hospital funds. Gifts for Prisoners of War in Germany, hampers given, and £5 collected (house-to-house) and forwarded to the Prisoners-or-War Committee in Cambridge.
1915 December 17 Cambridge Independent Press
Gifts for the Wounded. The Commandant (Miss Smith) thanks the following for gifts to the Red Cross Hospital at Shelford: groceries and vegetables Mrs Laurie Northrop; eggs Miss Bliss and Miss Holben.