1917 January 5 Cambridge Independent Press
Christmas services etc., held in the chapel. Gifts to Soldiers, Mrs Burnett’s Women’s meeting & Band of Hope, prepared a parcel of woollen clothing, 210 candles, 60 cakes of soap, forwarded to the men in the trenches via chaplains in France.National Egg Collection – Harston 20.
1917 January 10 Cambridge Daily News
Exemption granted to Arthur Wisbey (25) to cart wheat, flour, coal etc to and from the railway station and the Mill.
1917 January 12, 19 Cambridge Independent Press
.Exemption granted to MG Wright, horsekeeper & stockman ‘until a substitute can be found’; conditional exemption for George T Willers, wheelwright & carpenter, ploughman & horsekeeper on 9 acres of land. Also (ditto) for J Day (19), horsekeeper, for 7 horses, applied by Mr Rodwell.
1917 February 10, March 27, June 5 Cambridge Daily News
Temporary exemptions granted to: Harold J Impey, flour packer, Fred C Wisbey, granary hand, AJ Pearman, baker, Bertie Northrop, bricklayer, Frank Henry Hall, carpenter (but not to C Chapman, assistant baker for Mr Baldock)
1917 February 23 Cambridge independent Press
Sergeant Claude Leopold Beaumont of the Queen’s Westminster Rifleresss was killed at Gommecourt on 1 July, leaving a widow & 2 children. Pte Edgar Beaumont is now serving with the Salonica force, and Oswald Percy Beaumont, after 2 years in the Grenadier Guards and 4 months with the Officers Cadet Corps is now a Lieutenant with the Middlesex Regiment ‘somewhere in France’. Their father is now ‘dangerously ill’ .
1917 April 27 Cambridge Independent Press
Exemptions granted to Harry Wisbey, stockman & Frederick Charles Wisbey, granary hand (until substitutes can be found), but not to Arthur Wisbey or Claude Chapman. During July, exemptions were also granted to Maurice James Ilsley, night operator at Harston telephone exchange and Lionel Edward January, 36, butcher. However, an exemption certificate granted to John Herbert Waldock, miller, was withdrawn.
1917 May 18 Cambridge Independent Press, May 17, Cambridge Daily News.
Pte W Taylor, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action on April 28 after serving for 16 months. He is the 5th man from Harston to be killed; sympathy expressed to his parents, living in Button End. Lieutenant OP Beaumont has been seriously wounded and is in hospital in Rouen.
1917 June 8 Cambridge Independent Press
Memorial service for Pte William Taylor, 21, at the chapel. Killed in action in France, he had been a Sunday school scholar & member of the Brotherhood. Exemption granted until 1/9 to Frank H Hall, builder & carpenter.
1917 June 15 Cambridge Independent Press, June 15, Cambridge Daily News.
Exemption for 6 months, Havelock Hammond, 33, haycutter, of the Old English Gentleman, on hardship grounds
1917 June 22 Cambridge Independect Press
Photo of Pte W Taylor, Suffolk Regiment, Harston, killed in action on 28 April
1917 June 29 Cambridge Independent Press, June 23 Cambridge Daily News
Exemption application adjouned pending medical exam: John H Waldock (29), miller, corn & seed merchant.
1917 July 10 Cambridge Daily News
Withdrawal of exemption certificate from John Herbert Waldock, 39 y, miller & seed merchant.
1917 July 13 Cambridge Independent Press
Photo of L-Cpl Laban Thoday, South African. Infantry, of Harston, killed in action July 15th. 1916
1917 August 19 Cambridge Independent Press
Memorial service at Baptist chapel. Harston Roll of Honour read out 113 names recorded, 12 of these on ‘In Memorium’ list
1917 September 12 Cambridge Daily News
News received by Mr & Mrs Wisbey of Fountain Farm that their sixth son Leonard has been slightly injured.
1917 September 14 Cambridge Independent Press
Home on leave, Elliott Chapman, Arthur Lee, Claude Chapman, Charles Warren, Leonard Northrop. Leonard Wisbey of Fountain Farm has been slightly wounded.
1917 October 5 Cambridge Independent Press
War Savings: Harston Mill, £39 19s 6d. school, £2 9s 10d
1917 October 8 Cambridge Daily News
Dorothy Bliss of Harston has illustrated a book on the VAD called ‘In Blue and Grey’ by Lorna Cobbold; profits to the Red Cross.
1917 October 26 Cambridge Independent Press
Wedding: Miss Lucy Eveline Haylock to Pte Frank Ashby who is about to return to the front. Exemption denied to Arthur Robert Lawrence, 18, assistant to Mr Pask, grocer & pork butcher
1917 November 2 Cambridge Independent Press
Colin Rae, youngest son of James Rae of Harston was killed in action in France.
1917 November 23 Cambridge Independent Press
6 months exemption: CMJ Ilsley of Harston Post Office, passed C3, secretary of 3 approved lodges.
1917 November 30 Cambridge Independent Press
Jumble sale to buy Christmas presents for the soldiers & sailors of the village, £45 (including some subscriptions) was raised
1917 December 7 Cambridge Independent Press
Picture of Corporal Colin Rae of the Sussex regiment, son of Mr James Rae, killed on 26/9. Band of Hope, now 7 yrs old, 120 members – entertainment.
1917 December 21 Cambridge Independent Press
Parcels being despatched to all Harston soldiers & sailors from proceeds of jumble sale. Difficult to be sure of their correct addresses! Home on leave – Sgt Ives from France having had spell in hospital for bronchitis; Ptes Elliot Chapman & Reginald Northrop from France; Len Wisbey recovering from wounds in England; Percy John Newling from East Africa 10 days leave; Arthur Lawrance joined up having reached the age of 18. 3 months exemption for George T Willers (36), wheelwright & carpenter, and for Bertie Northrop, 34, bricklayer, whose wife ‘is an invalid’. Made conditional on his being ‘at the disposal of the War Agricultural Committee’.