September 25 – On this day in Cambridgeshire history
Each day, Mike Small and I browse the archives of the Cambridge News and tell some of the stories that happened on that day in history.
Archivist “horrified” by Godmanchester charters
The old charters of Huntingdon were kept in a safe which lacked ventilation, which had led to the deterioration of some documents.
And one was gone.
Archivist PG Dickinson said he was “horrified” when he saw the state of the Godmanchester charters.
They were kept in a wooden crate and were in poor condition, requiring immediate attention.
King John’s famous charter had been damaged by bedbugs and needed special attention, he reported.
Graduates nestle in pewter trunks as new term begins
In a hundred Victorian houses, the landladies renew the notices in the bathrooms.
Along Sidney Street, a young man in a yellow turtleneck sweater rolls a handcart carrying a pewter trunk, two leather bags, a violin case, a worn armchair and a colorful bird cage lively.
His unoiled hair slides sideways towards his ears as he pulls up to allow a bus full of office workers to hurry.
Towards Madeleine, a mechanical horse slowly growls pulling twenty-two identical cabin trunks.
A new term has started.
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“I could no longer look a rice pudding in the face”
The first two ex-Cambridge prisoners from the Far East are back home. They arrived late Saturday evening after being flown from India.
The men are Private James Craft, First Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. PB Craft of Holbrooke Road, and Private Morris Foreman of the Royal Norfolks, son of Mrs. E. Foreman of Burleigh Street. The two seem surprisingly fit and cheerful after their long ordeal.
Private Craft was taken prisoner in Singapore in 1942 and, during his captivity, was in approximately 29 different camps in Burma and Siam.
“I had a pretty difficult time,” he told a reporter, “and at one point my weight had dropped to six stones. But I am now back to normal “
Released on August 31, he said life has been like a dream ever since.
“Everyone, everywhere, has been almost too nice to us,” he said. “But words can’t describe my feelings when I finally got off the train at Cambridge station.”
The conditions in the large camps were quite comfortable, but in the jungle things were not so good.
“Our food consisted mainly of rice. I could no longer look a rice pudding in the face. Yet the first meal, which they gave us when we arrived in England, included a sweet rice. I didn’t eat that, ”he said.
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Woman learns her husband may have escaped from Singapore
Among the Cambridge men missing in the fall of Singapore was Sapper William Hall, of 178 King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge.
His wife has now received news from a Mrs Harradine of 13 Owlstone Road, Cambridge, that her husband was among those who escaped from the Japanese.
We will remember the escape of Mrs. Harradine’s husband. Lieutenant RR L Harradine was reported last March.
Ms Harradine has now received a letter from her husband saying Sapper Hall was with him when he left Singapore.
Ms Hall, however, has had no news from her husband and is trying to get in touch with him.
The display of anti-glare car headlights dazzles its audience
The largest anti-glare display for car headlights ever was held at Midsummer Common.
The crowd was dense, however, in more than one way: drivers had to choose a route marked with white pickets but these were constantly obstructed and some got completely wrong and ended up on the south side of the town.
Participants included officials from the Department of Transport and Scotland Yard, police chiefs and scientific experts who carried out technical measurements.
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Chesterton Guardians rejects wife request
The Chesterton Guardians had a new request in front of them at their meeting yesterday when Petty Officer MA Wild informed the council that there was a man waiting downstairs who wanted to know if the council could provide him with a young woman as his wife.
In the past month, the man had visited him twice on the same issue.
He had told the man that he couldn’t help him in this matter, but he wanted to see advice.
Mr. Cross: Is he from Histon?
Teacher: Yes. He’s downstairs. I didn’t send him away, but I told him I didn’t think you could help him.
Mr. Hawkins: Is there no one in the house who would like to take on this position?
Teacher: I don’t think so, sir.
The Cantabrians caught up in the disaster of the cruisers
News of the disaster of three of the British fleet’s cruisers was officially known on Tuesday and men from Cambridge were said to have been aboard each of the three cruisers.
The ships HM Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy were each torpedoed by German submarines and sank. Local men known to have been on board are:
On HMS Aboukir, Midshipman CAG Cooke, son of Dr K. Cooke, Bridge Street, Cambridge. Mr. Cooke was among those who were saved.
On HMS Hogue, PO First Class Percy James Warrington, Union Road, Cambridge (reported safe and disembarked at Harwich), Signalman John Toombs, East Road, Cambridge and Naval. Reservist JL Claydon, 6 Benson Street, Cambridge.
On board HMS Cressy, Marine Reservist O. Hinson, 57 Garden Walk, Cambridge, Mr. Hinson, who is a married man with one child, has been employed at King’s College as a porter for about six years.
Midshipman Cooke said he was in the water for three quarters of an hour before being picked up by one of the Cressy’s cutters.
He was then taken to a fishing trawler, later transferred to HMS Legion and disembarked at Harwich. He is now at home in Cambridge on a short leave.
Mr. W. Maskell of Sawston, who had a son serving on the Aboukir, received a telegram from him Wednesday morning to inform him that he was among the rescued.
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People over 70 are now entitled to old-age pensions
A new economic era in the life of England began with the introduction of old age pensions.
Any 70-year-old man or woman who has less than twelve shillings a week has the right to go to a post office and fill out a form to claim additional income from public funds.
In Cambridgeshire there are around 1,500 eligible people and in Cambridge around 1,300.
There are those who predict an era of economy, improvidence and national bankruptcy. But we do not think there is any cause for alarm.
The “shameful case” of donation that sued a graduate
An academic sued an undergraduate student for almost £ 100.
He had paid the boy’s loans, lodging and the tobacco bill, and had given him a horse, as well as a quantity of saddlery, which he had kept for nothing in his stables.
But then they had a fight. The judge said it was the most shameful case he had ever tried.