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World War One in Dymock Village

World War One In Dymock Village

Kington Reporter Newspaper 15 08 1914
A very pleasing and interesting little ceremony took place in the schoolroom on Tuesday last, when Mr MARMONT headmaster, presented Miss HORN, headmistress of the Girls School, with a beautiful gold bracelet, on behalf of the teachers and scholars (boys and girls) of the schools. Miss HORN has been headmistress for the past 4 1/2 years, and during that time has won the respect and esteem of all those with whom she has come into contact. Immediately it became known Miss HORN was retiring, the scholars expressed a wish to show some token of their love and goodwill, and consequently Miss DAVIES, her assistant, and Miss GRIFFITHS, of the boys' department, undertook to receive subscriptions, and so arrange for presentation. The bracelet was supplied by Mr W C MANN, of Gloucester, and bears inside an inscription E. M. H., 1914. Miss HORN, who is of a retiring disposition, made a nice little speech, thanking the teachers and the boys and girls for their kindness, saying how very much she appreciated the little reminder of Dymock, where she had spent such a pleasant time.

Kington Reporter Newspaper 29 08 1914
In aid of the Prince of Wales's National War Relief Fund, a Dance will be held at the Rifle Hall, Dymock, on Thursday, Sept 10, from 8-30 p.m. to 2-30 a.m. Tickets, one shilling each, at the Beauchamp Arms. - T W HUTCHINS. - Advert.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 19 09 1914
The Main meeting held in the Rifle Hall, Dymock, on Thursday Night, in order to encourage enlistment in Lord Kitchener's Army, was enthusiastic to a degree, and it will long be remembered by those who were present. It was a continuation of a series of meetings which are to be held in every village in the district, but we are all informed, there will be a lull in the proceedings, so far as the hoppicking districts are concerned, for a short time - afterwards to be pushed forward even more vigorously, if that be possible.
At the meeting on Thursday night, the chair was occupied by Sir Arthur ANSTICE R.C.B., and supporting him on the platform were Mr DEANE, DRUMMOND-DEANE, Mr. G. L. ACWORTH, Mr. A. R. ROWDEN, Mr. Ellis HICKS BEACH, MR. H. C. CROFT, Mr. Dyer EDWARDS, and the Rev. MARSTON (vicar of Dymock).
After singing the National Anthem, letters of apology at inability to attend were received from "Squire" DEANE and other sin the district, also from Mr. W. A. H. MARTIN, who had gone to London to see his son before the latter proceeded to the front.
The Chairman delivered a telling speech in which he eulogised Gloucestershire in general, and Dymock in particular, for the number of recruits that had been sent to help deliver a knock-out blow to Kaiseriam.
Mr. ACWORTH urged all men of the right age and if physically fit, to at one join the Army to fight the Germans-it would be a fair nobler game than playing football, hockey, golf, etc. Let them think what it would mean in the country if the German-Huns were victorious. The example set by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, ought to stimulate the men of this country if nothing else did.
Mr. Dyer EDWARDS spoke at some length on the work accomplished by the National Service League, and observed that if the programme of the League had been carried out, and this country had accepted National Service, they would not like the voluntary system; and it seemed to him that it would require the whole of the men of the country to settle the Germans.
Mr. DRUMMOND-DEANE was the next speaker, and he referred to the great value of the training the recruits would receive. Mr. ROWDEN congratulated the county of Gloucester and also Sir Arthur ANSTICE (as chairman of the Territorial Association for the county), on the splendid response that had already been made for recruits. He briefly reviewed the circumstances leading up to the declaration of war against Germany and said that now was the time for the men of Dymock and district to add glory to themselves, to their homes, and to their country.
The Vicar added a few words, during which he said that Dymock had sent about 10 to join the colours, and read out their names, which were greeted with loud cheers. The usual votes of thanks and National Anthem, concluded the meeting.
During the evening, Mr. CROFT, Mr. WHYLD, and Mr. TEAGUE, rendered songs, and the Ledbury Vocal Quartette (Messers. WHYLD, BACHE, HOBRO, and TEAGUE) contributed the chorus for the mens voices, "Comrades in Arms" Mr. HOBRO was the accompanist.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 03 10 1914
Mr. A. CHEW, Callow Farm, Dymock, reserved two bins of hops in his hopyard which were gratuitously picked by friends from Dymock and Newent and district, in aid of the Red Cross Society, which will benefit something like £4 as the result of the work. The total was made level by a small collection amongst the other pickers in the yards.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 10 10 1914
The harvest thanksgiving services in connection with the Mission Room, Four Oaks, took place on Sunday last, when the special preacher was the Rev. W. PONTIFEX, Newent. The room was nicely decorated and the services were bright and hearty.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 17 10 1914
The question whether Mr. George BROOKE held a freehold office as sexton of St. Mary's Church, Dymock, Gloucestershire, was decided in the negative on Tuesday in the King's Bench Divisional Court before Justices DARLING, COLERIDGE, and SHEARMAN.
Mr. HANSELL, who appeared for the vicar and the churchwardens, opposed an application by Mr. BROOKE that he should be restored to the office of sexton. He stated that at a vestry meeting 25 years ago, Mr. BROOKE was appointed as sexton, and had performed the duties, such as ringing the bell for services, digging the graves, and looking after the church. The affidavit of Mr. BROOKE stated that he was at first paid £5 a year, and afterwards £8 with fees for marriages and burials. In May, 1913, he received six months notice of dismissal, which the respondents said was due to the sexton's neglect of his duties. They submitted that there was nothing to show that Mr. BROOKE was properly appointed or that his office was a freehold one.
Mr. HARDING, for the applicant, said that it was a matter of law that the sexton and the parish clerk held freehold office for life. The complaints against Mr. BROOKE were very trivial, and he had no opportunity of defending himself. Even Adam and Eve were not turned out of the Garden of Eden till they had been called upon to show cause. (Laughter)
Mr. Justice DARLING: Who laid that Down. (Laughter)
Mr. HARDING: It was laid down by Mr. Justice FORTESCUE. I think he said he had heard a learned brother say so.
Mr. Justice DARLING: The learned brother was only speaking from hearsay. (Laughter). After quoting Lord CAMPBELL as saying that Adam was heard in his own defence, he added " It' s perfectly plain however that Adam was only a tenant at will. : (Laughter).
Mr. HARDING: Quite a different position. (Laughter)
The Judges refused the application of the sexton holding that there was no evidence to show that he ever was elected to the office as a freeholder.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 28 11 1914
Monday. Before His Honour Judge A. B. ELLIOTT.
Kate Elizabeth MANNS, Kempley, sued Mr. Harry GUILDING, Print House Farm, Kempley, under the compensation Act.
Mr. S. LOWRY PORTER, of Oxford Circuit, instructed by Mr. F. P. TREASURE, appeared for the applicant, and Mr. T Hayes DUFFELL, Birmingham, for the respondent.
Mr PORTER made a long opening statement in which he stated that the applicants was in the employment of respondent, and in December, 1909, she met with an accident to her knee which incapacitated her from December, 1909, till June, 1911. She was attended by Dr. LESLIE, Newent. During that time the amount she received from respondent was £7.
Considerable correspondence was read.
Several witnesses were called, after which there was a lengthy legal argument.
His Honour reserved judgment.

Messrs. E. and R. HOOPER and their sister (Mrs. KNIGHT) brought an action against Mrs. William MAYS (widow), Hillgrove, Dymock, to recover furniture £100, which belonged to their mother at the time of her marriage with the said W. MAYS, which, according to the will, the furniture was to be delivered between her respective children.
Mr. WALLIS, Hereford, appeared for claimants, while Mr. W. ORME, Ledbury, defended.
Mr. E. HOOPER, gave evidence of the furniture being his late mother's property at the time of her marriage with Mr. W. MAYS, it being this 60s. 6d.
His Honour adjourned the case till next Court.

Ledbury Guardian Newspaper 05 12 1914
At Dymock on Friday - before Mr. G. L. ACKWORTH - George WILLS, a tramp was charged with begging alms at Kempley the same day, and on the evidence of P.C. Green was sentenced to 14 days hard labour.

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