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Herts Advertiser & St Albans Times - 1944 (October)

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6th October p3



Just home after over four-and-a-half years' service overseas, Corpl. George A. Harris. of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Harris of 12, Cranfield-road, Wootton. Bedfordshire, married Miss Tilly Webb, fourth daughter of Mr. Mark Webb, of "Log Cottage," Marshall's Heath, Wheathampstead, and the late Mrs. Webb, at Wheathampstead Parish Church, on Saturday, 

The Bride and Bridegroom

The service, at which the Rev. A. M, Baird-smith officiated, included the hymns "Love Divine" and "Lead us, Heavenly Father." Mr. E. G. Lee was at the organ. 

Given away by her eldest brother (Mr. J. Webb), the bride wore a white satin dress with quilted bodice, and a long embroidered veil held in place by a coronet of orange blossom, which was lent by a friend. She carried pink and white carnations. 

The bridesmaids were Miss Mary Webb (sister of the bride), who wore a dress of heavy figured satin, in lemon, and a matching headdress of velvet flowers; Miss Betty Webb {another sister who was in a lavender dress of net over taffeta, with matching coatee; and the Misses Eileen and Violet Harris (sisters of the bridegroom), who were similarly attired. The last three had head-dresses of velvet flowers. 

Two small attendants - Louise Webb and Marina Harris (niece of the bride and sister of the bridegroom, respectively) had white georgette dresses, one trimmed with pink ribbon and the other with blue ribbon, and white frilly hats, trimmed with ribbons. 

Bouquets and posies of chrysanthemums to tone were carried. Mr. E. Harris (brother of the bride-groom) was best man. 

Leaving, later for Birmingham, the bride wore a turquoise blue camel-hair coat and dress to match, with burgundy accessories.




Conditions relating to the water supply at the Fol1y Fields received the attention of Wheathampstead Parish Council on Wednesday, the Chairman (Dr. R. T. Leiper) reporting that he had forwarded correspondence which he had received on the matter to the St Albans Rural Council. 

It was stated that householders had to carry water from a tap at the bottom of the hill, and Mr. T. Sparrow recalled that some time ago the owners of the property were approached with regard to the cost of connecting it to the supply, but they were not prepared to pay. 

Mr. W. R. Euinton said he thought the same position applied at Amwell 

Mr. T. Thomas spoke of twelve houses at the Folly having the use of one well, buckets that were used for other household purposes being lowered by bits of rope tied together. 

Mrs. C. Hoskyns-Abrahall: The next thing you will have there will be an epidemic.

The Clerk (Mr. W. F. Hewitt) was asked to write to the Rural Council stating that the Parish Council are concerned with conditions at the Folly and at Amwell and asking if steps can be taken to compel the owners to connect the houses to the supply as it is the Parish Council's wish that they should do so. 

Playing-Field Trouble

Interference with the see-saw by lads, resulting in children getting hurt, was reported in a letter received from the caretaker of the Melissa Playing F1eld, and in addition. to making enquiries concerning the offenders, it was decided to send the letter to the Headmaster of the Senior School.  Swings which are badly worn and unsafe are to be taken down for inspection, 

No Precept.

No precept is to be issued for the ensuing half-year, sufficient funds being in hand. 



The Rev. Prebendary Bevan, Vicar of Hammersmith. was the preacher in the evening at the Parish Church on Sunday, when harvest thanksgiving services were held. Collections were for local hospitals and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. 

The Grocery and Provision Business of Edwin Bangs, 45, Hatfield-road, Wheathampstead, has been taken over by Mr. W. Oldfield. We should like to thank our customers for their past kind support and will they continue to patronise our successors?-(Advt.) 

The marriage of Captain Jack Arnold, of the Pioneer Corps, third son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Arnold, Brewhouse-hill, Wheathampstead, and Miss Margaret Simpson, third daughter of Mrs. M. Simpson, of Ashgill, Lanarkshire, took place at Dalserf Parish. Church, Lanarkshire. The bride wore a dress of cream brocaded satin with train a tulle veil and a head- dress of lilies. She carried a bouquet of roses, carnations and white heather. Her twin sisters (the Misses Barbara and Isabel Simpson), who attended her, were attired in petunia-coloured taffeta with turquoise velvet sashes and headdresses of the same material, and carried bouquets of pink carnations. The best man was Mr. Lloyd Arnold (brother of the bridegroom). The service was conducted by the Rev. -.Watson. The couple left later for the honeymoon at Troon, on the West Coast of Scotland.

20th October p3



After a British Infantry Division , had penetrated the Appenine defences of the Gothic Line, and rain came down to bog their only channel of supply, a soldier set off in the dead of night to lead some mules up the slippery precipitous slopes of the narrow mountain road out of shell-scarred Pallazuoli. 

He was Sergeant R. M. Sorbie, of the R.A.S.C., of 11, Marshalls-way, Wheathampstead, who was hurrying on with rations ahead of the main party , plodding through thick mud which had made the track impassab1e to jeeps. 

When the weather broke, the long mule trains began to trek from Mule Head at the hill hamlet of Ronta, up the muddy steep slopes of "Bu11ock Track:" There was some shell-fire which caused casualties among the mules, but the greatest menace to the safety of animals and supplies was mud upon steep gradients. There were occasions when the skill and care of muleteers and the R.A.S.C. men in charge of the train could not prevent mules slipping over the pathway and hurtling down the steep banks with their loads.

"It is a tribute to their skill and caution that such incidents were not more frequent," writes a military observer. "It should be remembered that these men belong to transport companies and are not used to pack transport work. The speed and efficiency with which they delivered their supplies is, therefore, greatly to their credit."

The party climbed up the difficult track, round the hairpin bends. Past the dark, steep chasms falling away to the valley below, and the towering rock walls, which led them up to the highest point 3,500 feet above sea level. 

Sergeant Sorbie. hurrying on ahead, came to a large demolition in the track which was impassable to mules. A message was sent forward, and more mules were brought down to the demolition. The remainder of the mule train came up, and ammunition and supplies were unloaded and carried over the demolition through thick mud by the men of the R.A.S.C.

The supply and ammunition dumps were set up by 02.30 the following morning, ready to meet the needs of the fighting troops in the hills. Mule supply continued and the Pallazuoli dump never failed in its vital obligations


The wedding took place on Saturday, at the Methodist Central Hall, Billingham, of Private Joyce Postie, of the A.T.S., eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Postie, 52, Cowpen-lane, Billingham and L/Corpl. Frederick George Dickerson, Royal Corps of Signals, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F Dickerson, 1 Necton-road, Wheathampstead.  The bride, who was given away by her father, was dressed in a dusty pink two-piece costume, and was attended by one bridesmaid - Miss M. E. Dickerson (sister of the bridegroom) - who wore a pink dress in a lighter shade that that of the bride.  The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. L. W. Archer (brother-in-law of the bridegroom).  The service was conducted by the Rev. J. S. Twinney, and the hymns "The voice that breathed o'er Eden" and "O Perfect Love" were sung.



The death occurred, in the Middlesex Hospital, London, last week, of Mr. Frederick George Crawley, who had lived with his widowed mother at Wheathampstead-hill. He had suffered a long and painful illness, and was 45 years of age. He was the youngest child of the late Mr. William Crawley, and served in the last war with the Beds and Herts Regiment and the Royal Fusiliers. He afterwards served in India, where he contracted illness from which he had suffered ever since.  For many years subsequently he worked for a local firm, and for two years was a special constable at Messrs; De Havilland's. Both his parents were members of the Congregational Church. The Rev. J. Henderson conducted the first part of the funeral service in the church, on Tuesday, the interment being in the parish Churchyard. The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Crawley and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crawley (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. H. Daniels (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. .M. Bayliss, Mrs. J. Crawley and Mrs. G. L. Rockell (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. C. Green. Mrs. J. Butcher and Mrs. Shields (cousins), and Rita and friend. Mr. C. W. Clark (Hon. Secretary) represented the British Legion Branch, of which Mr. Crawley was a member.

27th October p3


Peace Sunday. -United service. Parish Church. November 5th, 3 p.m. Speaker: Viscount Davidson. All cordially invited.-(Advt.) 

Missionary plays and a dialogue were presented by scholars and teachers of the Folly Methodist Sunday School, on Tuesday. Mr. W. E. Sanders presiding. The plays were : "Presents from the Mission Field" and "The Children's Angel," and the dialogue, presented by five children, was "Spreading the Good News." Mrs. C. Deaville and Miss Monica Smith were the accompanists. A collection for church missionary funds realised 5 8s. 6d.

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