About Dry Drayton

Local news from the Dry Drayton Blog

Diary of Dry Drayton Events

Is the A14 running?

Dry Drayton Parish Council

Dry Drayton Village Hall

The Black Horse Dry Drayton

Dry Drayton Key Contacts

Dry Drayton School and Village Association

Little Owl Pre-school

Other Dry Drayton Organisations

Dry Drayton Local Politics Page

Dry Drayton Facilities

Dry Drayton Newsletter

Dry Drayton Footpaths

Dry Drayton Weather

Local and Family History

Natural History

Recommendations from Dry Drayton folks

Dry Drayton Business Ads

Dry Drayton Free Ads - find or get rid of stuff

Dry Drayton Food and Drink, including recipes

Local Links

Dry Drayton, 1915 to 1920 from local news items in the Cambridge Newspapers.

 

Back to History Introduction

1770s | 1780s | 1790s | 1800s | 1810s| 1820s | 1830s| 1840s | 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s | 1900-1905 | 1905-1910 | 1910-1915 | 1915-1920 | 1920s | | INDEX |

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 August 1915 p8. Fruit Pickers' Tea.
Mr. Chivers' fruit pickers at Dry Drayton finished their fruit gathering season last week, and celebrated the event on Friday with a tea in Mr.Chivers' barn kindly lent by Mr. Hacker for the occasion. After the tea, renditions were given on a gramophone lent by Mr T Huddlestone and Mr. Jude of Highfields sang a solo. Later the party adjourned to the Close, where races were held. The prizes consisted of tea and sugar, and were kindly given by Master Will Hacker. Credit is due to Mrs. T.Huddlestone, the organiser, who was assisted by Mrs. E. Impey, Messrs. K. Impey and G.Harper, and the Misses Markham. After the sports a return was made to the barn, where refreshments were served. The evening closed with a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs T Huddlestone and Mr W Hacker for their kindness.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 September 1915 p8, Funeral
The funeral took place on Saturday at Dry Drayton Church of Mr. W. Harper, who died on the previous Tuesday, at the age of 54, after a long illness. The mourners were : Mrs. Frances E. Harper (widow), Mr. Alfred Harper, and Mr. J. Harper (sons). Mrs. M. Impey and Grace Harper (daughters). Mr. W. Impey (son-in-law). Mrs. A. Harper (daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Lowling, Mrs. Hacker, Mrs. M. Impey, Mrs. A. Pratt, and Miss Ship. Wreaths were sent by the following: Mr. P. Mead (minister). Mrs. Harper and family. Mr. Alfred Harper and wife. M. Impey, W. Impey. Annie Lewis, Mr. and Mrs Hacker. Mr. and Mrs. Watts, Mr. and and Mrs. S. Huddlestone, Mr. G, Rooke, Teddie Huddlestone, Mr. and Mrs. Teddie Huddlestone, and C. Harper.—On Sunday evening a memorial sermon was preached by Mr. P. B. Mead of Cambridge, who chose as his text the words. "O Death, where is thy sting?” The organist was Mr. W. Neil, of Oakington.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22 October 1915 p4 Dry Drayton Pensioner Prosecuted
A Dry Drayton septuagenarian was prosecuted at the Cambridge Borough Court on Tuesday morning for alleged fraud in applying for an old age pension. After lengthy hearing the case was dismissed, the magistrates being satisfied that there was criminal intent.

 

The Mayor (Mr. W. L. Barnes) was in the chair, and the other magistrates present were: Mr. H. M.Taylor, Mr. G. Smith, Dr. J. H. C. Dalton, and Mr. P. H. Young. Defendant, Edward Hart, of Dry Drayton, was charged with on the 4th September, for tho purpose of obtaining an old age pension at a higher rate than that appropriate, knowingly making a certain false representation that, his wages were 18s. a week, and that two years ago they were reduced from £1 to 18s., which statements were false. Mr. T. Maitland, the Customs House, prosecuted, and Mr. S. J. Miller appeared for the defendant, who elected to be dealt with summarily. Mr. E. T. Maitland said: This is a prosecution under section (1) the Old Age Pensions Act, which enacts that any person who knowingly makes a false statement or representation for the purpose of obtaining or continuing an old ago pension shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months with hard labour. Of course, by the Summary Jurisdiction Act, 1879. Sec. 4. you have power to impose a fine not exceeding £25 instead. The defendant in this case is Edward Hart, married man, who made a claim for an old age pension on 7th July, 1915, and he then informed the pension officer that he earned 18s. a week and had no other means.

 

On the 4th September last the defendant appeared before the Local Pension Committee at the County Hall. Cambridge, and in reply to questions put to him by the Clerk to the County Council, he stated that his wages were not £1 a week, but 18s., and that about two years ago they had been reduced from £1 to 18s. and that he had to pay rent, but it never had actually been paid. A pension at the rate of 3s. a week was therefore granted. The statement by the defendant that his wages were 18s. a week and had been reduced from £1 two years ago is entirely false. His wages have never been reduced, and have been £1 for a very long time and a free house. Defendant has, as far as I know, a good character, but doubtless he, like many people, consider it a clever thing to swindle the Government. It is a very difficult matter for the pension officers to arrive at the correct means of people in these cases, and therefore it is very desirable that there should be no inclination on their part to deceive the officers, and naturally offences of this kind, involving extra expense on the revenue, coming at a time when the national resources are severely strained, is a very serious offence indeed. I feel, therefor, I must ask you to take a very serious view of this case. The Mayor: Has the wife any means? Mr. Maitland: No.

 

Mr. F. P. Sadler, officer of Customs, Excise, etc., said he received the claim on the 7th of July. He called upon the defendant at his house the same day at Dry Drayton and questioned him. Witness asked him what wages he was receiving, and he replied 18s. week, and stated he had no other means. He said he lived rent free. He said also that his wife had no means. Witness subsequently wrote to his employer and asked what wages Hart was receiving and he replied £1 a week and a free house. Witness saw the defendant at the Pension Committee meeting of the Committee of the Court on the 4th September. Hart attended, and in reply to questions of the Clerk, he stated that his wages were 18s weekly. Witness asked him if his wages had been reduced since witness saw him on the 7th July, and said “No." but his wages had been reduced from £1 to 18s. a week about two years ago. The Committee on this awarded him 3s. a week. The pension awarded was an increase of Is. over what the witness recommended. Witness had taken the employer’s figures. Mr. Sadler added that he interviewed the employer on the 10th of September to clear up the question of wages. Witness went into the yard where defendant was employed, and said to him, "I have come to see you again about your wages in connection with your old age pension. What are they?” He replied "18s. a week.” Witness then said. “I understand that they are £1 a week, not 18s.” He replied “If you want to know anything more you had better ask the Rector.” Witness said. “I’ve seen the Rector and he says you get £1 weekly. Is it correct?" No reply was given to the question. Witness asked what wages he received in the previous week, and replied "£1” "And the week before?” he again answered ‘‘£1.” Asked who paid the insurance, he replied “There is no insurance now. but until I was over age I paid 4d. weekly.” Witness asked how he explained telling the Committee that his wages were only 18s. when they were £1. He remarked that he told the Committee the truth, and walked quickly away, apparently to avoid further questioning.

 

Cross-examined by Mr. Miller; at the first interview with the defendant he did not say he would book the wages at £1 a week. Witness admitted he had given the defendant notice that the pension would be 2s. week. That was based on the employer’s statement. Defendant did not tell him that by what amount a pension was received his wages would reduced. He did not tell him his wages would be reduced by the amount of pension received. Mr. Ashley Tabrum, Clerk to the Local Pension Committee, said that on the 4th September the defendant came before the Committee. Witness asked him questions to ascertain the correctness of the report which the pension officer had made, he asked him particularly the wage he was receiving, and he said he was receiving 18s. a week from Canon Winkfield. Calculating his mean on the basis of the wages, brought his share of the joint income of his wife and himself below £26 5s. and the Committee awarded 3s. a week pension. If the wages had been £1 his share of the joint income would have been over £26.5s. There was a free house. If the share had been over £26 5s. the pension would have been only 2s. The Committee had the employer’s statement before them, but, they believed the defendant. They had the defendant's statement.

 

The Rev. Richard Winkfield, Rector of Dry Drayton, said he had known the defendant for over 10 years, and all that time had employed him. He had given him £1 a week and a house, for the last ten years at any rate. He had never had less. Witness knew he was trying to get an old age pension. He advised him to apply for an old age pension. Mr. Miller; Did you tell Mr. Hart at the time that you were asked what his wages were by the Pension Officer?— Yes. Did you tell him the reply?— Yes, I told him I had said the wages were £1 weekly and a house. Did you tell him more than once to apply for a pension?—l think I did. He did not apply for a little time, and you said he had better apply?— Yes. He was 70 years of age sometime in April, and did not apply till July?—Yes. Further questioned, witness said that he told him that when he got the pension there would a re-arrangement of his wages. Before he applied? Did you say that or after? —Yes, before. Before he applied for the pension you told him there would be a re-arrangement of his wages?— Yes. When he received notice that he was awarded 2s. weekly did he consult you?— Yes. What did he say?—He said he was not satisfied with it, and that he thought he would not accept it. Did you tell him what he had better do? An appeal was allowed and I advised him to appeal. And that would be his appeal before the Committee according to the notice on the 4th of September ?—Yes. Have you in fact reduced his wages since he got, the pension fixed?—l didn’t understand it had been fixed. Had you reduced his wages?— Yes, I have reduced them now to 17s. per week, the last two or three weeks. You have been paying 17s. per week?— Yes. You told us he had been in your employ for over 10 years. Can you tell us something about his character?—He has been a very hard-working, faithful, valuable servant the whole of the time. As to his honesty?—ln money matters and all connected with his work he is absolutely honest. Have you ever found him greedy or grasping for money—Quite the reverse, absolutely the reverse. Have you been able to depend on what he tells you?— Yes. always.

 

Mr. Taylor: Which was the last week you paid him £1? I paid him 17s. twice. Last Saturday was the second time. Dr. Dalton; Did you tell him you would reduce his wages before September or after?—l told him practically when he made his first application in July. Answering the Mayor, he said he had written a letter to the Local Government Board dated the 28th of September in which he stated that Hart was coachman and gardener for him, and that his wife was an invalid who for many years had not been able to leave the house. The letter added that Hart was ageing fast and was unable to do the work of a younger man, and that he was now reducing his wage to 17s. The letter added that Hart had well earned the old age pension, and expressed the hope that the Board would allow it. Witness said that the Committee had his statement before them when they awarded the pension on the alleged statement the defendant. Why did they alter the assessment of the pension? They had the same evidence they had on the recommendation of the officer.

 

The defendant said he was a groom and gardener employed by the Rev. Winkfield. He was 70 years of age last April. On the 3rd July he applied for a pension. He had previously spoken to his master about it, and he had told witness to apply. He said that there would be a re-arrangement of the wages when he got the pension. Then he wrote to Mr. Sadlor. He had spoken to no one else about applying for the pension. On the 7th of July Mr. Sadler came to see him. Something was said about the cottage being worth 2s. weekly, and Mr. Sadler said he would book the wage at £1 a week. The master said he had been written to about the wages, and that he had replied that he stated the wages at £1 weekly and a cottage. He got the paper fixing the pension at 2s. weekly, and consulted his master, who advised him to appeal. At the Committee he told them his wages were 18s. because he had an idea that was what his wages would be if he got the pension. He was asked when his wages had been reduced. He said they had been. They didn’t say, "When were they reduced to 18s.?” Witness told the Committee his wages were reduced two years ago. His meaning was, when he paid the National Insurance his wages were reduced. He had told the truth before the Committee.

 

By Mr. Maitland: I never said 2s. a week when I spoke of the reduction. I meant the insurance. What sum in cash did you receive that week, September 4th? —19s. 8d. And the week before? —19s. 8d. Mr. Miller said a mistake had been made and also by the Committee in this matter. As far as false representation was concerned, he submitted that there was not sufficient evidence to convict him upon this serious charge. Mr. Winkfield said he told the man to apply for the pension in the first instance, and at the same time told him that there would be a re-arrangement of his wages. The man understood from that that his wages would be reduced by the amount of the pension, and told the officer that his wages were I8s. or would be 18s. and also told the Committee. Mr. Miller urged that the man was looking at the future, it was evidently intended to reduce the man’s wages by the amount received as pension, and in fact the wages had been reduced to 17s. weekly, leaving the amount of the pension to which he thought he was entitled. Mr. Miller said that defendant's remark, to go to the Rector for information, showed that there was no fraudulent intention. The Mayor referred to supplemental answers of the reply of the Rector to the Committee. This the Committee had before them. In answer to one question, said the wages .£1 weekly, etc., and on that the Committee had no power whatever to grant anything more than 2s. weekly. Why did they raise it? He thought the answer was to be found in connection with the question they asked as to whether in the next twelve months the man would probably receive wages equal to what he was paid in the past twelve months. Mr. Winkfield replied: Probably not. The man is ageing fast, and I am making other arrangements. On that the Committee was not influenced, clearly by anything the defendant said. If the defendant did ever think as suggested and was out for fraud, it was inconceivable that he would have gone on having known that Mr. Winkfield was stating the truth. He and the employer both knew the new arrangement would be made, and it was quite clear that there was no criminal intent.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 3 December 1915 p6
Information wanted - Trooper Sidney Stearn (youngest son of Mr and Mrs Stearn of Dry Drayton) of the Australian Light Horse, who has not been seen since he left Egypt in June for the Dardanelles. His parents will be glad of any information concerning him.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 31 December 1915 p8. Mr. T. F. Hooley's Affairs.
Second Application for Discharge from Bankruptcy. Order suspended on terms. Mr. Terah Franklin Hooley, formerly a farmer of Papworth Everard and Dry Drayton, before his Honour Judge Wheeler, K.C., at the Cambridge County Court on Thursday, Dec. 23rd, made his second application for discharge from bankruptcy.

Mr. A. V.Clements represented the bankrupt. The Official Receiver (Mr. Howard W.Cox). said that the previous application made the 21st February, 1912, was refused. His Honour pointed out the report of the Official Receiver was almost identical with the previous report, except for the figures, which were totally different, because the previous application was made before the assets were realised and the proofs dealt with.

 

The Official Receiver stated that the bankrupt, now aged 33, had since 1906 carried on farming at Dry Drayton and the adjoining parishes. According to his statement of affairs, of August, 1911, there were liabilities in respect of that business estimated at £766. Other liabilities, otherwise incurred, a total amount scheduled contingent of £101,900, were estimated to rank for dividend at £16,900. The proofs, however, actually lodged and the possible claims, amounted to £205.337. This very marked difference was due to the bankrupt’s opinion that he was not liable for a very large portion of those claims. The Official Receiver pointed out that eight creditors had withdrawn their claims, making the actual amount ranking for dividend £56,439. Three dividends, amounting together to 2s. 4d. in the £, were paid on proofs for that amount. After dealing with the history of the bankruptcy, the Official Receiver submitted that the assets were not of a value equal to 10s. in the £ on the amount of the unsecured liabilities, and that the bankrupt had contracted the debts in connection with the land transactions, set out in the report, without having at the time of his contracting them any reasonable or probable ground or expectation of being able to pay them, and that the bankrupt had brought or contributed to his bankruptcy by rash and hazardous speculation and by culpable neglect of his business affairs in connection with the land transactions referred to. Mr. Clements said that in making the application for the discharge, he would venture to put before his Honor features in the whole of this unfortunate proceeding which he trusted his Honour would be able to take into account in some way mitigating the very serious state of affairs in which his client had been landed. The Official Receiver’s report, if be might be permitted to say so, was beyond reproach because it did give Mr. Hooley credit for a considerable number of what he might call misfortunes which were not his own, and also because it gave him credit for having conducted properly and probably with profit what he might call his legitimate business, the business with which he was immediately concerned alone. With regard to the assets. said Mr. Clements. Mr. Hooley was very nearly correct when he estimated them at £8,900 The first thing he would draw attention to in the report was that Mr. Hooley was in effect persuaded into these huge land transactions by outside influence, influence which probably was stronger than his own. The Official Receiver admitted in the report that Mr Hooley did not know at the time that some of these transactions had taken place, although afterwards Mr Hooley did commit some acts to make himself legally liable, to his own knowledge, upon these commitments. A great deal of these commitments were undertaken in Mr. Hooley's name without his knowledge, and without anything being explained to him when they did come to his knowledge, as to what way he had been made liable. Here was a young man. and those engineering these transactions were men far his senior, and men who, naturally, he would be inclined to follow. Mr Hooley, proceeded Mr. Clements, backed £1,000 bills for £1000 because his father asked him to do so. He admitted that no man would do a thing like that just because he was asked to do it. but when they got the relationship between parent and child, as in this case, his Honour would see that it was a very hard thing for a young son to refuse to do so what his father asked him to do. He did not think that the whole blame for matters like this ought to be thrown on the bankrupt. His Honour: His father is still an undischarged bankrupt? Mr Clements added that there was still £56.439 ranking for dividend if they included the claim of Sir Henry White, which they honestly believed was withdrawn and satisfied, which would reduce the amount to something like £54,000. These large liabilities up to the extent of practically £50.000 had not caused any out-of-pocket loss to the creditors. He thought that the Official Receiver would probably bear him out that to the extent of nearly £50,000 these liabilities were for commissions for gentlemen carrying on, he believed, what was known as high finance. Thus there was not the hardship on the creditors as would have been the case if these had been debts payable to tradesmen who had actually paid out of pocket for the goods supplied. Therefore the creditors were not the losers out of pocket to the extent that they might have been. Mr. Hooley had been under the cloud of bankruptcy for practically four years. At the present time he was carrying on, as one might describe it, as farm bailiff of various farms for his mother’s trustees, and he drew a salary of £3 a week. There was not a stick or stone or animal of any description upon these farms that belonging him. It was perfectly certain that if Mr. Hooley was discharged from his bankruptcy as soon as the law would allow, he would not be able in any way, even if he desired it, to get himself or creditors into this difficulty again, because the name was so well known in England that there was not likely to be anyone who would deal with him in transactions unless they saw that there was cash there to be paid.

 

His Honour: So that discharge does not seem to be a matter of much moment.

Mr. Clements said that it was a matter of considerable moment, because when a man was under the cloud of bankruptcy, he was under a certain stigma, and was always regarded as a man under a very heavy financial cloud, so it was only just to the man to free him from that prejudice. This was not going to endanger future creditors, and it was not going to prevent the present creditors from getting further assets. So far as he was instructed, there was no probability of there being any property acquired subsequent to the bankruptcy that was likely to be available as assets. Mr. Clements contended that Mr. Hooley, who was now 33 years of age, had been sufficiently punished. He was a man who was now carrying on a business which was of national importance; at any rate it was regarded as such a national importance that Mr. Hooley had not been approached under Lord Derby’s scheme, and he ranked as a “starred” man. He was living, therefore, a perfectly honest life, and there had been nothing since the date of the bankruptcy to suggest that he would follow these treacherous courses in the future, and the treacherous courses he did follow, Mr. Clements submitted, were not his own fault. The second point was that the creditors were not likely to receive any more acquired property, and the third point was the one he had mentioned about the name being so well known in the kingdom that Mr. Hooley was not likely, even if he desired it, to have people as losers by him in the future. He asked his Honour to take into consideration, if he could, every mitigating circumstance in order to make the suspension of this bankruptcy as short as he felt consistent with justice. He pleaded for all the mercy his Honour could show. After a comment by the Judge, Mr. Clements remarked that, at the risk of incurring his client’s displeasure, he suggested that he had been a fool, and it was his weakness and the stronger influences brought to bear on him which had led him into these difficulties. He felt that his Honour ought not to take such a severe line as he did on the previous application. His Honour: I looked upon that application as an audacious attempt, and I treated it as such. Mr. Clements: I hope you won’t take such a severe line now. His Honour: I don’t think I shall.

 

The Official Receiver said that with regard to the statement in his report that the bankrupt did not always know that these things were being done, wished to say that it was perfectly true, but what was complained of was that Mr. Hooley did not attempt to stop these proceedings. After the first one, he could have stopped the others had he chosen, but he did not so choose. He did not think that portion of the report was intended to be particularly favourable to the bankrupt. His Honour; That pretty much bears out what I have indicated. The Official Receiver: The case, even now, requires to be treated very seriously indeed. I am content entirely to leave matters in your Honour’s hands, and simply to say that I think some further dividend ought to be paid if possible later on. His Honour: There seems no-possibility of it. Mr. Clements: It is a question, I suppose, of submitting to a judgment, and I think if a judgment for a moderate sum was entered up, in all probability it could be discharged. Of course, I can’t say we can discharge a judgment for a large sum, because if I do say it, and a judgment for a heavy sum is entered against us and we are not able to comply with the judgment, it would look as if we had been trying to get mitigation of the bankruptcy on a false representation. But, of course, we should be very pleased to let some of those creditors have something more, and my instructions are that it is quite possible, though I have no evidence, that in the event of a small amount, or rather of an amount being forthcoming, a certain number of these creditors will withdraw their claims altogether, so that the sum available for the remainder of the creditors will be larger. His Honour: I can't deal with that to-day. The Official Receiver said that in whatever was entered up he would like it to be stated that the discharge be granted as soon as the bankrupt had paid him some fixed sum of money. It took a considerable amount on these figures to pay dividends. Mr. Hooley had paid 2s.4d. in the £ and if the sum were brought up to 3s. a payment of £2,030 would be necessitated. Having regard to the large figures in this bankruptcy, he suggested that was putting the sum at a very low figure indeed. He was only suggesting this as an alternative to suspension with a judgment. The thing most objected to was any differentiation between creditors, and this he had no right to countenance at all. Mr. Clements said that they could submit to an order in the terms that the discharge be suspended until such a time as a dividend made up to 3s. in the £ on the proofs submitted. The Official Receiver: Rather until the bankrupt has paid to the trustee the sum £2,050 with “liberty to apply’’ if he could not do it within a reasonable time. His Honour: It is only fair say that I take a very severe view this case. Mr. Clements: We are prepared to accept the order suggested. His Honour: That suggestion may very much mitigate anything I might say. Mr. Clements said that his instructions allowed him say that they would accept the discharge being suspended until such a time as a sum of £2,050 was paid, with "liberty to apply" if they found it impossible to find the money. His Honour ; I think it would be wise, because you might or might not be able to carry it out. Mr. Clements: We should do our best. His Honour: I will assent to the course. The Official Receiver said he did not see that he could object. Mr. Clements: I take it the discharge will work automatically from our bringing in to the Official Receiver £2.050. If we don’t bring it in we are still bankrupt.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 January 1916. Townlands Trust, wedding and Parcels to the Front
The Trustees of the Townlands Chanty distributed the usual Christmas gifts of coal to 19 householders in the village. The recipients desire to express their gratitude to the Trustees.

Wedding. The marriage of Mr. Walter Fensom to Miss Grace Hacker? took place in the Parish Church on Saturday. In the absence, through illness, of the Rector, the Rev. H ? (Vicar of Madingley) officiated.
Christmas parcels to the Front. Two acknowledgments have been received from soldiers at the front, to whom parcels were sent. They expressed great pleasure in receiving them and seemed thoroughly to enjoy their contents.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 21 January 1916 p8. Wedding
Former Resident be Married.—A marriage will shortly take place between Mr. Richard Ernest Winkfield of Calcutta, only surviving son of the late Mrs. Winkfield, Dry Drayton, and Miss Dorothy May, only daughter of the Rev. D. A. and Mrs. Lewis. The Rev. D. A. Lewis was late vicar of Nash (Mon.)

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 January 1916 p8. Entertainment
An entertainment was given in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Thursday evening before a crowded audience. The Rev. Vasery presided, and among others from Cambridge were Mr. Edwards and Mr. S. Green. The following programme given by friends: Solo, “That old song." Mrs. Chapman; recitation, Mr. Edwards; solo, Mr. Knights; recitation, Mr. Edwards; solo, Mrs. Green; recitation, Miss Doggett; solo, Mr. Knights; recitation, Mr. Edwards; solo, Mrs. Chapman. Afterwards came the prizegiving. At the close, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to all who had helped to make the evening a success.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 4 February 1916 p4. Awards for Cambridgeshire Heroes
Letter to Mrs E.Wilson St Neots Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge. In December, Mrs Wilson received the following letter. Madam, I have it in command from His Majesty the King to inform you as next of kin of the late Gunner James Wilson No 28744 of the Royal Garrison Artillery, that this Gunner was mentioned in a despatch from Field Marshall Sir John French dated the 31st May 1915 and published in the London Gazette dated 22nd June 1915 for Gallant and distinguished service in the field. His Majesty desires to condole with you on the loss you have sustained and to express his high appreciation of the services of the late Gunner James Wilson. I have the honour to be your obedient servant, Tech Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Military Secretary.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 March 1916 p8 Wedding etc
The marriage took place in the Parish Church on Tuesday of Mr. Daniel Cross and Miss Sarah Ann Soles.

Children's Treat. The children of the Church Sunday School were entertained to tea on Tuesday. A Christmas Tree afforded much delight. Better late than never. Mrs. Stonebridge, of Edinburgh Farm, received a letter last week, dated Feb 15th. from her second son, Lance Corpl. E. Seaby, who is serving with the Irish Fusilliers in Salonica, saying he had just received his Christmas parcel that was sent from the Rectory, and that what it contained was very nice. He mentioned that he had rather a hard time of it when marching from Serbia to Salonica but that he was keeping quite well.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 March 1916 p6. Chesterton Tribunal
The Chesterton Tribunal sitting at the County Hall on Wednesday. A father willing to go. Mr. Alfred Parcell, of Dry Drayton, applied for exemption for Sidney Alfred Parcell, his son, who was his horsekeeper and agricultural worker. He also did carting for the County Council and the District Council. He had 40 acres, four of which were grass, and he had four horses. He had no other sons, Applicant, on leaving the room, said, "If you can't do without him. I’ll go, for he is more use at home than me. I am quite willing to go.” A month’s exemption was granted. Messrs Chivers' Employees. William Hacker (21) of Dry Drayton, applied for exemption on the ground that was employed by Messrs. Chivers and Sons as farm foreman and no one understood his work. Major Papworth: Messrs Chivers are not applying for you?— No. Major Papworth: Messrs. Chivers can do without you. No exemption was granted.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 March 1916 p2. Licensed Victualler Fined
Sunday Afternoon Surprise at Dry Drayton. The visit of a constable to a Dry Drayton public house on a Sunday afternoon resulted in the appearance before the Cambs. Divisional Bench on Saturday of the licensee of the Black Horse on two charges. The defendant, Walter Impey, was defended by Mr. A. V. Clements. Lieut-Col. Hurrell was in the chair, and the other magistrates present were; Mr. E. H. Thornhill, Mr. H. Maefarlane-Grieve, Mr. A. Macarthur, Mr. W. W. Clear, Mr. A. P. Humphrey, Dr. G. D. Liveing, and Mr. C. V, Stretton. Defendant was first charged with opening his licensed premises during closing time about four p.m. on the 5th of March, for the sale of intoxicating liquor.

Mr. Clements pleaded not guilty. P.C. H. Gutteridge, of Madingley, said that at four p.m. on Sunday, the 5th, he was on duty at Dry Drayton, near the Black Horse. He went to visit the house and knocked at the front door twice, but got no answer. Between the knocks he heard people talking in the taproom and the rattling of money. He tried the door and found that it was unlocked. As he stepped into the passage-way he was as met by the defendant, who had a handful of money —silver and coppers. Defendant; Speak the truth, sir! Proceeding, the constable said that he (the defendant) stood in front of him and prevented him passing. Witness stepped on one side of the defendant, who stood again in front of him and prevented him passing. Witness said, “let me pass." and witness pushed him on one side and looked over the settle, and saw William Radford, of Dry Drayton, sitting on a form in the taproom, and that on the table was one blue-coloured pint mug, one large pint glass and a small one. The glasses were empty. Witness stepped into the taproom and saw that the door of the passage lending to the back way was slightly open. He threw the door open and saw Herbert Radford and Philip Maile hiding in the passage—a dark passage.

 

Witness asked what the men were doing in there at four o’clock in the afternoon, and the landlord replied. "The Radfords are my brothers-in-law, and Maile is a traveller.” Maile and Herbert Radford then left the house and went to the back yard. Witness could see then that Maile was drunk, and told Maile that he would report him for being drunk on licensed premises. Maile said. “If I am drunk I can ride a bicycle,” and left the house by the front door. Witness told the landlord that Maile was drunk, and that he would report him for permitting drunkenness upon licensed premises. Impey answered. “All right. if you say he is drunk I must put up with it." Witness then went into the taproom, and going to see what was in the coloured pint mug, found that the mug and the glasses had been cleared away. Witness then went into the private room with defendant, and said. “What time did the Radfords come to your house?” Defendant said, “Just before closing time.” Witness added. "Did they have anything to drink?” and defendant produced the two glasses in his private room, and said that they had one lot of beer before closing time, and that they paid for it. Witness asked the defendant what time Maile arrived, and he replied that he arrived just after closing time, and had one lot of beer.

 

Witness, continuing, said that the defendant called on him the following day at Madingley at 10 in the morning and asked him what he was going to do. He wanted witness to let him off, and said that there were only the two of them, and that he (witness) could square it. Witness told him that it was not in his place do such a thing. Witness said. “You saw the condition Maile was in?" and he said. "I should not say that the man was exactly sober.” Defendant : No. sir. Mr. Webb: I wish you would quiet, please. By Mr. Clements: "The door was on the latch, not locked?" "Didn’t defendant use the words, Were you going to look over it?" —He said. "You might look over it; there are only us two.” I said. "I can’t look over it.” I suppose he forgot about the men in the house. Further questioned, witness said that he saw no money pass between the parties in the house.

 

Walter Impey, the defendant, said that he became the licence-holder of the Black Horse in 1903. He had never had any trouble with his licence. On Sunday, the 5th, he did not see the Radfords come in. He first saw them when he went into the taproom at 2.15. He served them; with one bottle of beer before 2.30. One of the Radfords, a cripple, was asked to tea on the Saturday, as he had been in the Hospital for 14 or 15 weeks. He had asked him the Saturday before, but the weather was rough, and he could not come down. The other brother, therefore, he asked to stop, also to talk over the death of witness’s wife’s mother, for the Radfords were his wife’s brothers. William Radford was the cripple. Maile, who lived at Chesterton, came in at three. He was cycling. Maile was a friend of his, and came once a fortnight, and sometimes at an interval of three weeks. When he came in, there was no indication of his having had too much. He served Maile with one pint of beer and a glass. Mr. Clements; The constable suggested that you moved in such a way that he could not get past you? -I don’t agree with it. I stood opposite the wall. Did you obstruct him in any way whatever?— In no way whatever. How was it that your door came to be unlocked at four o’clock in the afternoon?—My wife had let in the two youngsters, who had been to Sunday school, and the door was left for two more to come in. What made you go and see Gutteridge?—l went on Monday morning and called upon him, and asked him what he thought about it, and he asked me what I thought about it. I said " Are you going to look over it?” and he said he could not. Do you agree with him that when you saw him you used words asking him not to take action, and that there were only you two in it?— No, I deny it.

Deputy Chief Constable Webb, cross-examining; Was the bottle of beer all the Radfords had? —Yes - you seriously swear it?— Yes. The constable said that he saw the money in your hand?— Yes; I was turning the money over in my pocket, and he could not see it. When was Maile there last before last Sunday? No Sir. Has he ever been to your house on a Sunday afternoon before this day?—He might have been. Has he?—l could not say for certain. You said he frequently came on Sundays?—No sir. Has he ever been to your house on a Sunday afternoon before?- I should say he has. Can you tell when? —I could not. This year - Yes. Your house a Sunday afternoon?—l really could not say. You know he has not? —(No answer.) Has he ever been to your house on a Sunday afternoon before?— Yes. - When?—l could not say. And you still ask the Magistrates to believe that these men were sitting in your house from quarter-past two till 4 o'clock with empty glasses? -- I never served them a drop after 2.15 and I will take my dying oath on it. Mrs. Clara Impey, wife of the defendant, said that the Radfords were her brothers. They came about 2 o'clock the previous Sunday. She did not serve them with anything. She left a small glass in the taproom. There was no blue jug or big glass at 2.30. Maile came in and her husband served him with a pint of beer in a pint glass. By Mr. Webb: They were preparing for tea? How often has Mr. Maile been recently? He sometimes comes once a fortnight, and some times once in three weeks. Has he ever been to your house on a Sunday afternoon? Not at these hours. Has he ever been to your house on a Sunday afternoon during closing hours? No. Your husband is not speaking the truth when he says he is there frequently? He is not always... Has he ever been at your house between 2 and 6 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon? No.

 

Philip Maile. 4. Springfield Terrace Chesterton said he went to the place the previous Sunday at about three o'clock as near as he could tell. At the house he found Mrs Radford's two brothers and Mr Impey. He had one pint of ale. After 3 o'clock he did not see anyone served with anything at all except the pint of beer he had himself. Mr. Clements (addressing the magistrates) urged that Maile was a bona tide traveller. If the two Radfords had been strangers, the case against Impey would have been far stronger and they were entitled to presume that the statement was quite correct, that they were staying to tea especially as one had just come out of hospital. And there was no evidence whatever that any liquor was drawn for the men after 2.30. and it was quite reasonable to say that the two Radfords were staying there for tea and not. necessarily drinking.

 

Defendant was then charged with permitting drunkenness to take place on the premises. P.C. Gutteridge restated his evidence of the visit to the house. He said that he could see that Maile was drunk. He told the landlord and the defendant said, “All right if you say he is drunk I must put up with it’’ The following day witness said. "You saw how he fell into the doorway and fell about" and defendant said, "I should not say that the man was sober himself the way he was falling about.” Defendant Impey deposed that he served Maile with a pint of beer and nothing else. He came by bicycle to his house, and the nearest house away was the Travellers’ Rest which was in the Borough. He was sitting down in the taproom when witness first saw him, that was not at all unusual. Witness did not see anything in the nature of staggering or falling about. There was a lurch when he stumbled over a gully. He did not see anything about the man’s behaviour to suggest that he had had too much. By Mr. Webb: he did not make the statements the constable attributed to him? Will you swear that he was perfectly sober? I can honestly say that he was not the worse for drink, he was sober. Mrs. Impey said that she did not see Maile served with anything except one pint of beer. Phillip Maile gave evidence that he had a glass of beer before leaving home, a half a glass. He Cycled straight to Dry Drayton, where he had a pint of beer. He denied rolling about in the passage. He heard the constable tell Impey that he was drunk, but made no remark, as he could not speak, for he was thunderstruck. Coming back from the yard he caught his foot in a brick or tile of something and he had to catch hold of something. He rode his cycle home. Mr. Webb: Have you ever in all your experience known anyone admit that he was drunk?—No, I have never been drunk, sir. Defendant was fined £2 for the first charge. The second case, permitting drunkenness, was dismissed.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 2 June 1916 p6. Chesterton Tribunal
Mr A.W.Frohock of Dry Drayton for the exemption of his ploughman and man, Herbert Charles Fitches, aged 18. Several men had left him and if any more went he would have insufficient labour to work the farm . Four months exemption was granted by the Tribunal.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 July 1916 p7. Chesterton Tribunal
An application came from Dry Drayton - that of Mr A.W.Frohock for Chas Anable (26) a farm hand. On 430 acres of heavy land only four men remained, ten having joined the army. Conditional exemption was allowed.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 July 1916 p6. Cambridgeshire Roll of Honour.
Sergeant Major W.G.Brookes Suffolk Regiment of Dry Drayton killed in the Great Advance of July 1st. He was described by his officer as a pillar of strength to the Battalion.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 July 1916 p5. Casualties
News has reached Dry Drayton village of the death of Pte.W. Hankins, of the Suffolks, who was badly wounded on July 1st He lay on the battlefield three days and nights with his left leg and arm smashed and his right arm paralysed through his lying on it so long. He was at last picked up and brought over to England, bur died on Wednesday. Mr. Chas. Thompson has received a letter from his son, Pte. S. Thompson, of the Suffolks. who was wounded on July 1st by shrapnel in his chest and leg. He is now in the hospital at Netley.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 July 1916 p6. Chesterton Tribunal
Mr. Terah F. Hooley, farmer, Dry Drayton, applied for the exemption of himself and 12 men. Mr. Hooley farms 1000 acres of heavy land, and has from 24 to 26 heavy horses. The total labour on the farm 17 men, 8 boys, 1 old ago pensioner and some women. Six men have enlisted. Mr. A. V. Clements appeared in support of the applications; which were disposed of as follows; Conditional exemption: Mr. Hooley; Wm. Smith (32), married, with two children, in sole control of a stable of five horses, including a shire stallion; Wm. Huddlestone (35), married, with three children, thatcher, ploughman and drillman; Frederick Huddlestone (33), married, with one child, thatcher and fat sheep shepherd; Ernest H. Brown (36), married, with one child, stockman and general labourer, who also looks after pedigree pigs; Wm. J. Martin (4O), married, with three children, who feeds a threshing machine and does general work; Wm. C. Hobbs (30) married, with two children, who is foreman for the whole of the farm; Peter Cross (40), married, with two children, head herdsman of pedigree pigs; John A. Hurling (4O), married with eight children, shepherd, in sole charge of a flock of breeding sheep; and Arthur George Bennett (36), married, with one child, threshing engine driver; exemption until end of September; Herbert Johnson (31), married, with two children, estate wheelwright, carpenter and bricklayer; refused exemption: Richard John Wright (29). married, with three children, who does general agricultural work, and Chas. A. Parcell (23), married, with two children, ploughman and drillman.
Mr. Parcel, farmer, Dry Drayton, applied for the exemption of his son, Sydney A. Parcell (29) single, his horsekeeper. He is the only man applicant has left to help carry on the work of the farm of 80 acres and carting for the District and County Councils.— Applicant, who said he was 57 years of age. and was often laid up with rheumatism, created great laughter among the members of the Tribunal by exclaiming in cheery tones that was "quite willing to go himself." he would go straight way at once if he was was put into khaki.—Four months’ exemption was granted his son.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 25 August 1916 p7. Casualties
Mrs S Huddlestone of Dry Drayton received on Sunday last the news that her husband Pte S Huddlestone had been wounded.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 October 1916 p4. Roll of Honour
Mr Blunt Dry Drayton, has received news that his son Lance Corp Blunt has again been wounded, this time in the arm. He is progressing favourably.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 13 October 1916 p5 Roll of Honour
No further news having been received of Lance-Corpl. Frederick Arthur Fensom. of the Suffolks, who had been reported missing, he is now presumed to be dead. Mrs. C. Fensom, the mother, has received a letter from the Army Council expressing their sympathy in her loss, and adding "The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of his Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow.’' Lance-Corpl. Fensom served six years before the outbreak of the war in Malta and Egypt.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 27 October 1916 p8. Red Cross Society.
A collection was made in Dry Drayton on October 19th in aid of the British Red Cross and Order of St. John Ambulance, amounting to £2 11s.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 November 1916 p6. Local soldiers killed in action
Pte A.Tack, Suffolk Regiment of Dry Drayton, missing since July 1st

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 November 1916 p8 Stock Club.
The annual meeting and dinner of Dry Drayton and District Stock Club was held on Monday last at the Three Horseshoes Inn. Nearly all the members were present. After an excellent dinner, served by Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, the usual business of the club was gone through, and the officers were elected for the ensuing year; President, Mr. F.Walker, sen.; treasurer. Mr. J. T. Osborne. Madingley; secretary. Mr. W. White, Madingley. After paying all expenses the funds amount to £lO7 18s 5d in hand, which was considered highly satisfactory for a small club.

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 November 1916 p7 Chesterton Tribunal
Dry Drayton. A.W.Frohock, farmer, Dry Drayton, who has six men (two of whom will shortly be called up) and six boys on 430 acres received conditional exemption.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 November 1916 p5 Local Casualties
News has reached the village that Pte H.Stearn of the Suffolks, eldest son of Mr J.Stearn of Dry Drayton, was wounded on October 26th in the leg by shrapnel. He is in the General Hospital in Bristol.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 December 1916 p6. Chesterton Tribunal
Mr A.W.Frohock, Dry Drayton, applied for Charles Anable (26) milkman and ploughman on 430 acres. Ten men have already gone into the army and Anable is the only man who can and will milk. He has six men working for him. Exemption granted for four months.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 15 December 1916 p5 Local Casualties.
Son of Mr. J. M. Brooke, of Childerley Hall, Killed. Lieut Arthur Goulhourn Brooke. R.F.C. youngest son of Mr J.M.Brooke, of Childerley Hall, Chairman of the Chesterton Board of Guardians, was killed while flying on Sunday and will be buried at Dry Drayton Church this Friday afternoon at 2.30. Born in 1892 he was educated at Chigwell School, and at the Leys School, Cambridge. Five years ago he went to Canada, but returned on the outbreak of war and enlisted in the Northants yeomanry. Alter serving in the trenches in France for about a year, he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted on October 15th 1915. He obtained his wings in March last and has been acting flight-lnstructor for the last six months. His only surviving brother Lieut H. Brooke, has been on the Western Front almost continuously since the the outbreak of the war.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 22 December 1916 p7 Appeal Tribunal - military appeals
The military appealed against exemption being granted to Charles Anable (26) married, milkman, employed by Mr Frohock of Dry Drayton . There were six milking cows on the farm. The military appeal was allowed, the man not to be taken until a substitute was provided.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 10 January 1917 p4 Chesterton Tribunal
Mr Parcell, senior, applied for Sidney Alfred Parcell, horsekeeper, ploughman etc. Forty acres of land were being farmed and carting was carried on . Exemption till a substitute was found was given.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 24 April 1917 p4 Accident at Dry Drayton
John William Wilson (30) of St Neots Road, Dry Drayton, an agricultural worker, while engaged in the fields at Dry Drayton with a steam plough on Monday, slipped, and his foot was badly crushed beneath the plough. He was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital the same evening, where he was detained.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 15 June 1917 p4. Chesterton Tribunal
Mr Hooley of Dry Drayton applied for exemption for three men of 18, Charles Daniel Cross, assistant stockman and horseman, W.Jeffrey, horsekeeper, and A.J.Burling, horseman. Mr A.V.Clements stated the case. There were 970 acres, 800 arable, and there were 17 men, an old age pensioner nine boys and six women. It was agreed that Jeffrey should be granted no exemption and Cross and Burling four months.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 20 July 1917 p5. Other local casualties
Lance Corporal H.Impey, of the Suffolk Regiment, after serving 11 months in Fiance was severely wounded on April 28th in the chest and left shoulder, and has since been seriously ill. After an operation hemorrhage set in, but Lance Corporal Impey is now convalescent.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Saturday 21 July 1917 p4 Ely Tribunal
The military representative appealed against the exemption of Charles Daniel Cross (18) single, assistant stockman and Alfred John Burling (18) single, horseman, both in the employ of Mr Hooley, Dry Drayton. Mr A.V.Clements contested the appeals which were allowed. Not to be called until October 1st.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 3 August 1917 p3. Dry Drayton Fatality.
Inquest on Farmer Who Was Run Over by a Cart. An inquiry into the circumstances attending the death Mr. Alfred Parcel, aged 57, of Huntingdon-road, Dry Drayton, who was run over by a cart containing about a ton of granite, was held by Mr. A. Wright (Deputy Borough Coroner) at Addenbrooke's Hospital yesterday (Thursday) evening. Mr. Parcell was a farmer and carter. Mrs. Sarah Ann Parcel!, Mr. Parcell's wife, said that she last saw him alive at about 4pm on Tuesday, when he was in quite good health. He was then about to take a horse and cart to the station. One the horses was a new one, and he had only had it about fortnight. Wm. Kirk, farm labourer, employed by Mr. Paroell, said that at about 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday he was carting granite from Oakington Station with Mr. Parcell. They had about a ton of granite on the cart. Witness was leading the trace horse, and Mr. Parcell was leading the horse in the shafts—the new one. They had started away from the station, when the new horse reared up, swung round, and knocked Mr. Parcell over. The cart passed over the lower part of his body. Witness then shouted for help, and some railwayman came out and put Mr. Parcell on a barrow. Mr. Parcell only said, "Oh, dear" three times. Mr. Parcell was then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Dr. John A. Wright said that Mr. Parcell was quite dead when admitted to the Hospital. Witness made a post-mortem deceased. There were no bruises the body, but there were very extensive breakings of the bones, and there was a great deal of hemorrhage in the body. The cause of death was shock, caused by the extent of the injuries. A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 August 1917 p5. Roll of Honour.
The Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that Pte Allen Tack, Suffolk Regt, who has been missing since July 1st 1916 is dead, and that his death took place on that date. He was the son of Mr John Tack, foreman at Lolworth Grange and prior to joining up was employed at Scotland Farm Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26 October 1917 p8. Funerals
The funeral took place on Monday, the 15th, of Miss Dora Elizabeth Impey, aged 18 years, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Impey. The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs Impey (father and mother), Herbert, Hettie, George, and Alice (brothers and sisters), Mrs. S. Mason and Miss K. Impey (aunts), Mrs. and Miss Brown (aunt and cousin), Mrs. and Miss K. Berridge (aunt and cousin), Mr. and Mrs. W Impey (uncle and aunt), Mr. and Mrs. H. Impey (uncle and aunt).—The funeral took place on Wednesday, the 17th, of Mrs. Moses Impey, aged 53 years. The mourners were: Mr. Impey (husband), Miss Lily Impey (daughter), Mr. C. Impey, Miss Maggie Impey, Agnes, Willie and Harry (sons and daughters), Mrs E.Impey (mother in-law), Mrs C.Impey (sister-in-law), Mr. Thomas Impey (brother-in-law), Mrs Harper (friend).

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 2 November 1917 p8. Stock Club
The annual dinner of the Dry Drayton and District Stock Club was held at the Three Horseshoes Inn on Monday evening, when nearly all the members were present. Dinner was served by Mr. and Mrs. F. Thompson in a most satisfactory manner. The treasurer reported that the club had paid away in losses during tho past year £35, leaving a balance in hand of £88 17s 9d. The following officers were re-elected: President, Mr. F. Walker: treasurer, Mr. J. T Osborne: secretary, Mr. W. White; Messrs W. Anable and W. Impey were elected stewards for the next half-year.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 9 November 1917 p8 Funerals
The funeral took place on Wednesday of Mr. William Huddlestone, aged 71, whose death occurred suddenly the previous Saturday. The mourners were Mr. J. Huddlestone and Mrs. H.Radford (son and daughter), Mr. F. Huddlestone and Mrs D.Watts (son and daughter), Messrs. Fred and Stephen Huddlestone (sons), Mr. William Huddlestone and Miss Florence Huddlestone (son and granddaughter), Mr. H. Radford and Miss. Pratt (son- in-law and sister), Mrs. J. and Mrs. Frank Huddlestone (daughters-in-law), Mrs. Fred and Mrs. S. and Mrs. W. Huddlestone (daughters-in-law), Mrs. Parfitt, Ada, Hilda, Nellie, Violet, Marie, Teddy, and Jack Huddlestone (grandchildren), Mr. J. Markham and Mr.R.Impey represented the Shepherds Club of which deceased was a member. Messrs F. Walker and Son were the undertakers.
The funeral took place on October 27th of Mrs. Day, who died at the age of 81. The mourners were Mr. R. Day and Mrs Gadomoki (son and daughter), Mr. W. Day and Mrs. West (son and daughter), Mr. R. Jarvis and Mrs. Day (brother and daughter-in-law), Mr A.Day (grandson) and Mrs S Crowley (granddaughter) and Mrs. R. Day (daughter-in-law), Mr. A. Day (grandson) and Mrs. Lindsey. Mr. F. Walker, Dry Drayton. was the undertaker.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30 November 1917 p3 An uncontrolled dog
Cambs Divisional Bench. Before Mr. J. O. Vinter (in the chair), Mr. W. W. Clear, Mr. H. H. Wiles, Canon Pemberton, Mr. A. S. Campkin, and Mr. C. J. D Stretten. M.V.O. An Uncontrolled Dog. Frederick Walker, sen., of Dry Drayton, was summoned for not keeping a dog under effectual control after sunset, on November 18th, as required by the Cambridge Control of Dogs Order, 1907.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—P.C. Gutteridge said that he saw a dog running alone against the church at Dry Drayton on the day in question. He tried to catch it, but failed. He told defendant about it and defendant said he did not know. At 6.40 the dog came home. —Defendant said the dog was sent home from church, and arrived home within half an hour. The Deputy Chief Constable (Mr. W. V. Webb) said that reason for this action being taken was that there were several cases of sheep worry in the district, though there was no complaint of that with this dog.—The Clerk (Mr. J. E.L.Whitehead): This is a church-going dog, evidently. (Laughter.)—A fine of 5s was imposed.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 30 November 1917 p8. Our Soldier Boys
A few of our local men have recently been home on leave, viz., Pte. E.Ingle, Driver S. Melsher, Pte H. Ingle, Corpl. H. Impey and Pte R. Thompson. Mr. Stephen Huddlestone, discharged from the Army through the loss of a leg, has gone to Norwich to learn a trade, and all wish him success.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 28 December 1917 p8. Share Out Club.
The members of the Black Horse Share Out Club held their annual meeting on Friday. The amount per member, after paying sickness and management expenses, was £1.1sh 8d. A most successful meeting was held. A supper was provided by Mrs Rivers. The refreshments were kindly given by Messrs J and J.E.Phillips.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 4 January 1918 p8.News of local soldiers
Our Soldier Boys. Signaller George Girling has been home on 14 days leave from France and returned to France on Saturday last. He was looking well. Shepherds. The annual meeting of the Peace and Unity Lodge 31 (State Section) will be held at the Lodge Room, Dry Drayton on January 13th at 8pm, for the election of officers and members of the East Anglian District Executive Committee.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 15 March 1918 p8. National Egg Collection
National Egg Collection. The children of Dry Drayton collected 26 eggs and 11s 8½d in money during the special children's week. The total sum collected since November amounts to £7 9s 8d.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 4 April 1918 p4 Death of soldier
Lance Corporal H.Impey. News has been received by Mrs Elizabeth Impey of the death of her youngest son Lance Corporal Horace Impey of the Suffolks, from wounds received in action on March 28th. His mother, brothers and sisters wish to thank all friends for kind expressions of sympathy.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Thursday 4 April 1918 p4 Cambridge and District Shepherds
The annual meeting of the Cambridge District of the Order of Ancient Shepherds was held on Tuesday at the Peace and Unity Lodge Room, Dry Drayton, under the presidency of Bro. G. Argent, P.C.S. There were also present: Bros. W. Bard. D.P.C.S., C. E. Moore, P.P.C.S., E. J. Hall, District Treasurer, J. A. Sharp, District Sec., and the following delegates: Royal David Lodge Cambridge, Bros. H. E. Hall and W. J. Wolfe; Sons of David Lodge. Bros. Albert G. Worboys, Chas. Gauge and Joshua Baker; Bakers' Hope, Cambridge Bro Jas . Badcock; City of Refuge, Cottenham. Bros. W. Rogers and A. Young; Wheatsheaf, Swavesey Bro. J. Linfold; True Britons, Grantchester, Bro. E. Bass; Bond of Friendship, Castle, Cam. Bro B. Woodley; King David, Chesterton, and Peaceful Brothers, Milton, not represented.
The Provincial Chief Shepherd, Bro. G. Argent, in his address, laid great emphasis upon the necessity of obtaining still more juvenile members. He also expressed strong approval of the proposed Ministry of Health, and remarked that the drain upon the Funeral Fund had been extremely great owing to this terrible war. In conclusion he thanked all the officers for their support during the last year. The Chief’s address was received and adopted, on the proposition of Bro. H. E. Hall, and seconded by Bro. A. G. Worboys.—lt was agreed that a vote of sympathy and condolence be sent to the relatives of Bro. J. S. Richardson, a past officer the District, who had died since the last annual meeting. It was stated that he had been one of the most useful members in the District, and his loss would be greatly felt. The Secretary (Bro. .T. Sharp) gave an address, and alluded to the heavy sickness and funeral claims. He reported that the present membership of the Distinct was 1,352 males and 21 females, a total 1,373, of whom 1,138 were also state insured members. He remarked that £460 had been paid away for members' funerals, and the Management Fund showed a small balance in hand, a large deficiency having been wiped off during the year.—The Treasurer (Bro. E. J. Hall) gave a full report on the year’s working, and urged the necessity of the Government coming to their assistance in the large death claims which the war had unexpectedly thrust upon them. In the report only two lodges showed financial gain for the year, and the combined funds showed a loss on the year.—The election of officers resulted as follows: Pro. C.S., Bro. W. Bard (Grantchester). D.Pro. C.S., Bro. W. J. Wolfe, P.P.C.S., Bro. G. Argent (Cambridge); Dist. Treasurer, Bro. E. J. Hall; Dist. Secretary, Bro. J. Aldham Sharp; Lodge auditors. Bros. H. E. Hall, J. Aldham Sharp and E. J. Hall (Cambridge), District auditors, Bro. E. Bass (Grantchester) and Bro. A. G. Worboys —It was decided that the District should be represented at the A.M.C. this year, and Bro. A. G. Worboys was elected delegate.— Bro Bard invited the next annual meeting to Grantchester and the invitation was accepted. —With the installation of the newly-elected officers the meeting concluded.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 9 April 1918 p4 Horses and parasites.
Farmer Fined £5 for Failing to Give Notice, The Cambs. Divisional Bench on Saturday morning, before Mr. K. H. Thornhill (in the chair) and other magistrates, Bernard Buttress, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for failing to report that three of his horses were suffering from parasitic mange, contrary to the Diseases of Animals Act, 1894, and the Parasitic Mange Order, 1911.—Mr. G. A. Wootten appeared for the defence, and pleaded not guilty. Deputy Chief Constable W. V. Webb stated that no report was made. On March 27th he accompanied the veterinary inspector, and saw the three horses.—P.C. Gutteridge spoke to reporting the matter to Mr. Webb, after having noticed the horses in the street. The hair was coming off in great patches.—Mr. George A. Banham, F.K.C.V .S., County Veterinary Inspector, said that he examined the horses, took scrapings, and found the mite of mange. They had been dressed, and had been suffering about two months. The disease was quite obvious.—By Mr. Wootten: Defendant told him that the horses were suffering from lice. They were affected with lice as well. A horsekeeper might not have been able to tell whether the horses were affected with lice or mange.—Mr. Wootten said that he could not dispute that the horses were affected. Lice were attacking horses in large degree now, owing to the impoverished food, and the defendant did not think that they were suffering from anything but lice. The Veterinary Inspector was only able to discover that they were suffering from mange after microscopical examination of the scrapings, and defendant could not be expected to go to that length.—Defendant, in the witness box, said he treated the horses for lice, and did not think there was anything else the matter with them. There was nothing very noticeable. Mr. Banham said that he could not say if it were mange without microscopical examination.—By the Deputy Chief Constable: His horses had suffered from mange on two previous occasions, but then it was very apparent.—William Radford, of Dry Drayton, employed by defendant, spoke to being with the horses when P.C. Gutteridge spoke to him. The constable did not mention the horses.—The magistrates retired, and on their return the Chairman said that defendant would be fined £5, and the Veterinary Inspector's fee (£l Is.).

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 3 May 1918 p7 Chesterton Tribunal
Leonard H. Doggett (18) single, Top Farm Dry Drayton, farm labourer employed by Mr A.W.Frohock. Mr Vinter said this was another of the cases of certificates cancelled by the Proclamation dated 20th April withdrawing certain certificates of exemption. The whole matter rested with the War Agricultural Committee. The case was accordingly adjourned.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 17 May 1918 p1 Advertisement
Wanted good general [servant], 3 in family, Apply Mrs A.W.Frohock, Dry Drayton

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 May 1918 p8 Chesterton Tribunal
Dry Drayton. The case of Leonard H.Doggett (36) thatcher Grade 1 was adjourned sine die as he holds a certificate of the War Agricultural Committee.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 5 July 1918 p6. Suicide
The Borough Coroner (Mr. G. A. Wootten) conducted an inquest at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Saturday morning on the body of Sidney Alfred Parcell, who was found with his throat cut at Dry Drayton on Thursday last. Daisy Parcell, of Dry Drayton, identified the body as that of her brother, who was 35 years age, and single, and lived with her. He was formerly doing agricultural work for his father, but since the death of his father, had been under the doctor for neuritis and gastric trouble and had done no work. He did not behave strangely, but seemed worried by the fact that he could not work. On Thursday he got up at 12 o'clock and went out. Witness did not see him again until about 5 p.m., when she heard him coughing, and went out to look for him, as it was raining and he had no coat. She found him lying by the hedge with his handkerchief to his throat. She looked at his throat and found a nasty wound there. His clasp-knife (produced) was by his side. She sent tor Dr. King, who advised her to send her brother to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He had seemed rather depressed since his illness and the loss of his father. Dr. John Watkins, house surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, said that Mr. Parcell was admitted to the hospital on June 27th at 7.30 p.m. The cut was about 31/2 inches long, and went right into the throat. Witness closed the wound, and the man had been nourished since by tube. He made no progress, however, and died at about 6.20 Friday morning. The cause of death was septic pneumonia, caused by the wound. In answer to juror, witness said the man recovered consciousness, and said that he had been depressed since the death of a near relation. The Coroner briefly summed up the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict "Suicide while temporarily insane.”

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26 July 1918 p8. Concert
On Monday evening the ladies from Homerton College, who have been assisting at the fruit picking on Messrs. Chivers and Sons' Farm, gave a free concert in the Big Barn. It was a great success, and afforded a most enjoyable evening's entertainment to those who attended. The programme consisted of part songs, nursery rhymes, recitations, a short play, dances, and plantation songs. Those who took part fully deserved the vote of thanks accorded to them. A collection for the Red Cross Fund amounted to £1 9s 9d.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 6 September 1918 p4 Advertisement
Cambridgeshire Education Committee. An uncertified assistant mistress is required for the Dry Drayton School .

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 27 September 1918 p1. Advertisement
Wanted working farm foreman 400 acres, heavy land, Apply Frohock, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 25 October 1918 p8 The influenza Epidemic.
Schools Closed in Cambridge and the County. Over a thousand children ill The epidemic of influenza, from which the whole country, and indeed Europe, is now suffering, is being felt very severely both in Cambridge and the county. On the advice of Dr. Andrew Laird, the Borough Medical Officer of Health, all the public elementary schools in Cambridge were closed on Tuesday last until Monday, November 4th, and since then both the County Girls' School and the County Boys' School have also been closed. Similar action has also been taken in regard to the Evening Continuation Classes. It is hoped that private schools and Sunday schools will follow the example of the other schools in order to stamp out, as far as may be possible, the present epidemic. Proprietors of cinemas in the town have been approached, and have agreed to refuse to admit children to their places for the next fortnight. The management of the New Theatre, Cambridge, have also decided to close the theatre to children for the present.
Influenza is not a compulsorily notifiable disease, and it is therefore impossible to say how many adults are affected in the Borough, but we understand that something like 500 children have been reported ill, and undoubtedly the great majority of these are suffering from influenza. These cases come from nearly every part of the town. Several deaths of adults and children have been reported in tho borough. In the County, up till yesterday (Thursday), 14 schools had been closed, the parishes chiefly affected being: Bottisham, Burwell, Dry Drayton, Great, Shelford, Harston, Hauxton, Pampisford, Sawston, Shudy Camps, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior, Swavesey, and Willingham. Not only have the children been attacked by the disease, but in some of schools the teachers themselves have become victims. A rough estimate from reports received by the County Medical Officer, Dr. Robinson, show that between five and six hundred children have been absent from the schools which have so far been closed, owing to influenza. Fortunately, it would seem that no deaths have yet occurred. Dr. Robinson is doing his best to counteract the disease, and has prepared a circular letter which will go to all the teachers in the county, drawing attention to the epidemic, and asking the teachers to give immediate information when they have reason to fear that influenza is abroad in their parish. Early information is not always obtainable, influenza not being a notifiable disease. Dr. Robinson is also preparing for distribution a leaflet, mainly based on Sir Arthur Newsholme's memorandum, on what precautions to take, and this will be sent into the rural parishes. It is felt that many people do not fully appreciate the dangers of influenza and the necessity of taking adequate precautions for its prevention. They do not realise that at this time of year an infectious form of catarrh can be contracted which is very difficult to distinguish from influenza. Without proper care, pneumonia may very easily result. One way in which influenza is spread among country people is through the agency of the common cart in which they come into market. They are very often crowded together under a tarpaulin cover for a journey of some miles, and these conditions are very favourable for spreading infection. Precautions recommended. Under present circumstances every patient who has a severe cold or fever should go to bed and stay there for three or four days. Such is the advice given by Sir Arthur Newsholme, medical officer of the Local Government Board, in a memorandum setting out the known facts to the history and prevalence of influenza. He points out that if one attack conferred any considerable immunity against repeated attack, influenza would become much less prevalent; but unfortunately this is not so, and the difficulty of prevention is correspondingly increased. The general preventive measures available are the same as for an ordinary catarrh and for the more serious influenza. Initial difficulty in securing their adoption is that the patient for several days may not recognise the serious nature of his illness. It is probable that infection is chiefly spread during the earliest stages. Control over the disease is practicable only with the active co-operation of every member of the community. The only safe rule is to regard all catarrhal attacks and every illness associated with a rise of temperature, during the prevalence of influenza as infectious, and to adopt appropriate precautionary measures. Both in London and in the country generally influenza continues to spread, and reports from many places speak of the wholesale closing of schools until the epidemic abates.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 15 November 1918 p8. Horse and Cattle Club.
The Dry Drayton and District Horse and Cattle Club held its annual meeting at the Three Horseshoes Inn on Monday evening last. At the close of the meeting the Treasurer stated that they had in hand the sum of £86 16s 2d. The following were elected officers for the ensuing year: Chairman, Mr F.Walker, treasurer Mr J.T.Osborne, Secretary Mr W.White, Stewards Messrs W.Anable and W.Impey.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 13 December 1918 p8. Obituary
On Thursday last the death occurred, after a short illness, of Walter, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Binge. Mrs. W. Brickwood, passed away on the same day, after a long illness. Both funerals took place on Friday. On Friday the news was received of the death at the 1st Eastern Hospital of Mr. Walter Fensom, from the effects of influenza. The funeral took place on Wednesday, the mourners being Mrs. W.Fensom (wife), Mrs. Fensom (mother) Miss L. Fensom (sister) and a friend.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 3 January 1919 p8. Shepherds
L.O.A.Shepherds. The annual meeting of the Peace and Unity Lodge 31 (State Section) will be held at the Lodge Room on Tuesday January 14th at 8pm. All members are requested to attend.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 January 1919 p1. Advertisement
Horsekeeper wanted for Scotland Farm Dry Drayton. New house and large garden extras for drilling etc Apply T.F.Hooley, Dry Drayton Cambs.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 24 January 1919 p1 Advertisement
Incubator. 390 egg size, Gloucester make, complete with self turning trays etc in perfect condition . What offers? M.Hooley, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Monday 17 February 1919 p3. Local War Hero Honoured
Driver Arthur George Wheeler, R.F.A., 36th (Ulster) Division, of Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton. son of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, has been awarded a Certificate for Gallantry and Devotion to Duty, displayed at Laesigny, on 22nd April. 1918. Driver Arthur George Wheeler, who is serving at the General Headquarters, R.F.A., in France, was formerly employed at Holloway, and joined up in April. 1915.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 28 February 1919 p2. Important sale of pure bred large black pigs at Dry Drayton.

John Thornton and Co will sell by auction on Wednesday, March 19 at 12.30pm at New Farm, Dry Drayton, seven miles from Cambridge Station, about 150 Large Black Pigs. from Mr. Terah F Hooley's noted prize winning herd, which was established in 1907, and since then has won many prizes, gaining no less than £2000 worth of prize money. The sale includes a Grand Lot of in-farrow Sows and Gilts. many of them fit to show and win, as well as Boars ready tor service and Young Gilts and Boars. Catalogues may had of Mr. Terah F Hooley Dry Drayton. Cambridge; or of John Thornton arid Co., 7, Princess street, Hanover Square. London. W. 1.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 9 May 1919 p8. Funeral
The funeral took place on May 3rd of Mr John Girling, who died after a short illness leaving a widow and three sons and one daughter. The mourners were Mrs Girling (widow), Messrs G.Hubert and Percy Girling (sons), Miss Lily Girling (daughter), Mr Girling (brother). Mrs Girling wishes to thank all friends for flowers sent.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 23 May 1919 p3. Motor Car Left With Engine On.
Arthur William Frohock, Dry Drayton, Cambs, was summoned (1) for failing, on the 16th May, to stop the machinery of a motor car which was stationary so far as was necessary for the prevention of noise; (2) for failing to produce his licence when called upon to do so, at the same time and place.—Defendant did not appear, but was represented by Mr. S. J. Miller, who tendered a plea of guilty in each case.—P.C. Keeble said he saw a motor car standing outside No. 4. Bridge Street with the engine running, and kept it under observation for five minutes. Defendant, when asked, failed to produce his licence. —Mr. Miller said defendant got out of his car to speak to Mr. Papworth about cricket for the village, and left the engine running, not knowing he would be that length of time. A fine of 5s. was imposed for failure to produce the licence, and no penalty in the other case.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Monday 23 June 1919 p4 Rabies - Keeping dog under control
Arthur Chapman (27) of Dry Drayton, gardener, was summoned for not keeping a dog under proper control, at 11.15pm on June 10th. P.C. Gutteridge said he saw the dog running about the road about three quarters of a mile from defendant's house. Defendant stated to witness that he had chained it up before going to bed. Supt Allen: we have been asked by the Board of Agriculture to pay particular attention to these stray dogs, owing to the outbreak of rabies, Fined 5s.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 August 1919 p11. Peace Day
The Peace Day celebrations in this village began with a cricket match between soldiers and civilians, which ended in a win for the soldiers. Sports began at two o'clock, and comprised children’s races, men's and women's races, slow bicycle race, and a tug-of-war for men and also one for women. At four o'clock the children sat down to a meat tea, and there was tea for the adults at five o’clock. After tea Mrs. Brookes, of Childerley Hall, distributed the prizes, and an entertainment was given by the ladies of Homerton College. Dancing and fireworks brought the evening to a close. Mr.P Papworth and Mr.Hooley kindly lent a shed for the occasion. Much credit is due to all the committee for the way things were carried out, and also to the ladies who helped.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 1 August 1919 p5. Theft Charge

Dry Drayton man charged with theft. Charles Martin, Dry Drayton, was charged with with stealing a billhook, value 6s 6d, the property of the Cambs War Agricultural Committee on April 24th. Mr. S. J Miller appeared for the prosecution. and Mr. A. V. Clements for the defence. William Munsey of St. John's-yard, Castle End, farm labourer, said he found a bill hook similar to the one produced, against an old hut near Madingley. He reported the find, and subsequently lost the billhook again, having left it in the field where he was working. He reported the loss to the police. P,C. Gutteridge, stationed at Madingley, stated that on April 24th he received a complaint from the previous witness respecting the loss of a short handled billhook. On July 9th witness saw defendant at Dry Drayton, and told him he was making inquiries respecting the billhook. When asked if he saw anything of it, defendant said "No". He said he used a long handled billhook but he had one short-handled one. Witness asked to see it and defendant went to his shed, opened the door, picked up a small billhook which was on the floor, and stood it in the corner against the boards. Defendant then looked round the shed, and picked another hook up from the opposite side. He said it was the only one he had in the place. Witness asked him about the hook placed against the boards, and defendant denied having picked one up. Witness then produced the hidden billhook and asked defendant if he wished to account for it. Defendant said he knew nothing about it. He did not know it was there. Witness examined the hook, and found that it answered the description of the one Munsey had lost. Witness took possession of the hook, and defendant then said he had found it on Trinity grounds about Christmastime, when the German prisoners were working. The billhook produced was the one witness took possession of by Mr. Clements: Witness had heard of other tools being left about by German prisoners. Alfred Blaze,13 Rathmore Road, Cambridge, traction officer for the Carribs. Agricultural Executive Committee, identified the billhook, as the property of the Agricultural Committee. It was valued at 6s. 6d. This concluded Mr. Miller's case, and he asked for permission, if necessary, to amend the date of the charge. Mr Clements said that the whole of the evidence as to the loss of the hook was based upon a particular date, and if the date were amended, he, (Mr Clements) would have to review the circumstances before he could proceed with his case. He asked for a three week adjournment. The bench granted the permission to amend the date, and also adjourned the ease for the |three weeks. The adjourned case was reported in the Cambridge Daily News Sat 16 August 1919, when the case was heard again and the defendant was convicted and fined 10s.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 15 August 1919 p12. Funeral
Mrs. E. Impey, aged 79, who died on August 5th, was buried on Saturday. Mourners were: Mr. R. Impey (son), Mrs. Mason (daughter), Mr. Walter Impey (son), Miss Maria Impey (daughter), Mr Harry Impey (son), Mrs. Risley and Miss Kate Impey (daughters), Mrs. R. Impey (daughter-in-law), Mr. Mason (son-in-law), Mr. Richard Binge (nephew), Mrs. Harry Impey (daughter-in-law), Mr William Impey (nephew), Mr. George Curtis and Thomas Melcher (friends). Several floral tributes were received. Mr. R.Impey carried out the funeral arrangements.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Wednesday 20 August 1919 p2 Farm sale
Messrs Chalk's advertisements for forthcoming sales: Thursday September 25th, Dry Drayton, Cambs, The live and dead stock for Mr J.M.Brooke.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Friday 22 August 1919 p2. Farm sale
The Rectory Farm Dry Drayton. To let with possession at Michaelmas next, the Rectory Farm situate adjoining Dry Drayton Village, comprising farmhouse, 2 cottages, 2 sets of buildings, total are 400 acres. For rent, particulars and Order to View, apply Messrs J.Carter Jonas and Sons Land Agents, Sun Fire and Life Offices, St Mary's Street, Cambridge.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 2 September 1919 p1. Advertisement
Wanted, pony and governess cart suitable for children. Mrs Hooley, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 12 September 1919 p1. Advertisement
Grass. Two good rich meadows to let until end of year. 10½ acres, not fed since mown, heavy feed. Apply Bernard Buttress, Dry Drayton.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Tuesday 16 September 1919 p2 Farm sale
Rectory Farm, Dry Drayton. Sale of the valuable live and dead farming stock, comprising 8 horses, consisting of 1 two year old cart colt and 3 fillies, 2 yearling cart colts, bay colt, foal, dark brown nag mare, quiet to ride and drive. 73 cattle viz 44 shorthorn heifers (been running with the bull) 15 18 month old shorthorn steers, 14 two year old shorthorn bullocks, swine and an assortment of agricultural implements. Also 8hp portable engine by Clayton and Shuttleworth, a double blast finishing threshing drum, a 25-30 hp all work tractor in good order, 2 tractor ploughs by Massey Harris, covered bullock wagon etc, Messrs Chalk are instructed to sell by Mr J.M.Brooke, by auction on the premises Wed Sept 25th 1919.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 10 October 1919 p12. Harvest Festival
On Sunday last Harvest thanksgiving services were held in the Parish Church. The collection, which amounted to £7 11s 6d, were for Addenbrooke's Hospital.
A regular Scholar. Miss Keith Impey, daughter of Mr Walter Impey, has received a medal and five bars for 6 years regular attendance at school. She is 13 years of age and has been to harvest work for a month.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 17 October 1919 p12 Boot repairing
Mr William Day, boot and shoe maker and repairer of Dry Drayton has opened a shop at Oakington and will attend there on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All orders will receive prompt attention.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 7 November 1919 p12. Local Will
Mrs, Elisabeth Bulstrode, of The Rectory, Dry Drayton, widow, formerly of The Rectory, Stoke, Suffolk, whose death occurred on the 27th June last, left estate valued £8.924 19s. 7d. with net personalty £8,829 1s 7d. The Rev. Richard Winkfield, of The Rectory, Dry Drayton, is one of the executors. Testatrix left her household effects to her brother-in-law, Richard Winkfield. The residue of her property she left to her said brother-in-law for life, and then one-fourth to the said Richard Winkfield absolutely, one-fourth each to her Stepson, Percy John Bulstrode, her brother, the Rev. Thomas Jackson Nunns, and her brother, the Rev. Robert Augustine Luke Nunns.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Monday 24 November 1919 p3 Poaching
Cambs Divisional Bench, Saturday. Before Mr. W. W. Clear (in the chair), Mr. A. S. Campkin, Mr. George Hart, Col. L. Tebbutt, and the Mayor (Mr. G. P. Hawkins). Game Trespass Case Adjourned. Francis Jas. Thompson, of Dry Drayton, was summoned for being suspected of coming from land where he had been in search of game, one rabbit and a gun being found on him. —Mr. G. A. Wootten appeared for the defence, and pleaded not guilty.—P.C. Gutteridge staled that at 11.30 a.m. on November 18th, he heard three reports of a gun. He went along the Scotland-road, and saw defendant on Mr. T. F. Hooley’s land, with a gun and a dog. He “worked” the hedge for a few minutes, and then went to a pond in the middle of the field, and later came on the road. Witness searched him, and found in his possession one rabbit and a gun. —Cross-examined by Mr. Wootten: Witness said defendant sometimes went to “beat” with Mr. Hooley, but he was not now a gamekeeper.—Defendant, on oath, said he went to the land to meet Mr. E. T. Hooley about killing some rabbits. Witness found he was not there, and on his way back searched for a rabbit, found one, and shot it. Witness saw the constable get off his bicycle, he went to him and spoke to him. The constable walked down the road, and witness walked down the field and got over the gate and came to the road. Witness gave the constable the rabbit, and he took the gun from witness. Mr. T. F. Hooley was the owner and occupier of the land, but witness was engaged by a Mr. Hunt, who was supposed to hire the “shoot,” to look after the land. Recently witness had been engaged by Mr. E. T. Hooley to assist in killing the rabbits and keeping down the vermin.—The case was adjourned for the appearance of Mr. E. T. Hooley.

 

Cambridge Daily News - Monday 1 December 1919 p4 Poaching
Francis Jas. Thompson (55), of Dry Drayton, publican was summoned for being in possession of certain game, to wit, a rabbit. which had been unlawfully obtained at Dry Drayton. on November 18th.” The case was adjourned from last week. —Mr. G. A. Wootten, defending, said he was now satisfied that the defendant was under a misapprehension altogether. He was not under the direction of the real owner of the shoot, and Mr. Wootten therefore advised defendant to plead guilty. He did not want to prolong the case, except to address the Bench upon the consequences which might follow conviction. The defendant had permission from one Mr. Hooley, but not from the right Mr. Hooley, and was therefore there unlawfully. If this were an ordinary case of game trespass, the magistrates might order him to forfeit his gun. A valuable gun was an expensive thing nowadays, and Mr. Wootten did not think Mr. Hooley wished to press the case to that extent. He therefore asked the Bench not to forfeit the defendant’s gun. — The Chairman said the Bench had decided to inflict the small fine of 5s., and pointed out the necessity of the gun being forfeited.

 

Cambridge Independent Press - Friday 26 December 1919 p1. Houses, land etc for sale
For sale,well built cottages in Dry Drayton, all erected within the last ten years, close to telephone and Post Office, 3 miles station and 5 mile Cambridge: vacant possession can be given , apply T.F.Hooley, Dry Drayton.

 

Back to History Introduction

1770s | 1780s | 1790s | 1800s | 1810s| 1820s | 1830s| 1840s | 1850s | 1860s | 1870s | 1880s | 1890s | 1900-1905 | 1905-1910 | 1910-1915 | 1915-1920 | 1920s | | INDEX |