summarised by John & Hilary Roadley




1919 January 3, 17, 31 etc Cambridge Independent Press

George T Willers, now released from the army, wishes to give notice that he intends to carry on his father’s business as carpenter, wheelwright & undertaker at the High street, Harston, and is hoping for future orders..

1919 February 7, 21 Cambridge Independent Press

Comrades of the Great War, inaugural and second meetings of The Great War Association at The Pemberton Arms Headquarters, large numbers of (new) members attended. Mr Royston was elected chairman. Third meeting on 7/3, again a large attendance.

1919 March 7 Cambridge Independent Press

About 20 men have been demobilised and several discharged from war service.

1919 May 1 Cambridge Daily News

Court case. A ‘shell-shocked, blind and sick’ soldier (Sidney Dean Hart), a tenant of Stag Villa, Harston, is claiming £20 from his landlord, William George Judd of Quarry Farm, Haslingfield, for alleged ‘trespass’ and for (unjustly) demanding that he leave, and for destroying the contents of the garden at Stag Villa.The plaintiff (Hart) ‘had found it impossible to find another cottage in Harston’. The defendant (Judd) had said ‘You discharged soldiers are a nuisance to the community at large, and are a lot of cadgers’. Case adjourned (and re-adjourned on 29 May); £10 damages offered but declined.

1919 May 16 Cambridge Independent Press, Cambridge Daily News

There was another (5th) meeting of the Comrades of the Great War at their Pemberton Arms headquarters, thanks were expressed to Mr A Gentle & Mrs Grace Jude for entertaining the Comrades.

1919 May 30 Cambridge Independent Press

Sidney Dean, a shell-shocked soldier, of Stag Villa, Harston, claimed damages from William Jude, farmer of Haslingfield, for trespass and harassment – later settled for a a £10 payment.

1919 August 8 Cambridge Independent Press

Peace celebrations (on July 19), the committee included Mesdames Schofield, J Lawrence, Andrews, Frank Ashby, Haydyn & Miss White, Rev Schofield, Messrs Martin, Joseph Lawrence, H Lawrence, W Runham, Val Northrop, CG Webb, Eric Haylock,  Jorden H Valles, Symmonds. A Hurrell lent the Park for sports (30 events, including Tug-of-war). Tea was provided by Mrs Newling at The Swan; also banjo music, dancing until midnight, and finally The National Anthem. Mr Shemwell & PC Martin assisted, Mr Evelyn Gee acted as judge, and prizes were donated by Mr Rowley (The Manor) – these were won by H Spencer & Elliott Chapman junior.

1919 September 5 Cambridge Independent Press

Discharged soldier seeks situation as a poultry keeper or gardener, apply Brickfield, Harston.

1919 October 10 Cambridge Independent Press

Whist drive & dance at the Council School on 1/10 in aid of the Comrades of The Great War, prizes donated by Messrs. Rowley, Hurrell, H. Smith, T Hayes, Dr Young. Mr Harold Smith distributed the prizes. Dancing until 1.30 am. Mr V Northrop was Master of Ceremonies.

1919 October 24 Cambridge Independent Press

Initial discussion of a war memorial, proposed for Harston, committee formed.

1919 November 28 Cambridge Independent Press

Comrades of The Great War at The Pemberton Arms, 4 new members joined. Mr A Jude elected to represent Harston on the Grand Provisional Council.


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