The Foxearth and District Local History Society
1915 Suffolk & Essex Free Press newspaper archive

January 5th 1915

At a meeting of Belchamp Rural District Council, the surveyor reported that he had met the owners of the land concerning the improvement of the corner at the Green Man in Belchmp Otten. The committee recomended that the hedge and bank be removed round the corner to a distance of 18 yards and iron fencing put in it's place. Mr Ward said the work should begin at once while the men could not work on the land.

January 13th 1915

The following letter has been received by the landlord of the Henny Swan.

Dear Mr Jezzard, Please accept my compliments for your kindness in sending me the most valuable items that are needed in this cold weather, I hope there will become a time when I can bestow some kindness on you, as long as Germans don't blow the " Swan" down I dont mind because I want a barrel if I live to get that far again. I am only 30-40 yards off them in the trenches and can easily shout " Good Morning" to them but they have got no heart to put their heads up in the daytime. I hope to keep my health and spirits up and see the whole affair through to the end.
Wishing you all at home a brighter and more prosperous New Year.
Yours truly,
 A.Sycamore, No 8251
 A Company 2nd Essex Regiment, 12th Brigade 4th Division

P.S. I wonder if old Ted Snell would like some more eggs, remember me to them all in the Tap.

February 17th 1915

Mr Jezzard the landlord of the Henny Swan has received two letters from the front, one from Pte. F.W.Newman of the 4th Div. France. Thank you for the clothes received through subscriptions at the tap. Also there was a letter from Pte A.Sycamore of the 2nd Essex Regiment which reads.
Dear Mr Jezzard and the subscribers at the tap, best wishes to them for their kindness bestowed on me by them for sending me that lovely parcel, a more needed one could not have been sent, I quickly burnt the ones I had on and chamged into the ones you sent, you can guess why I burnt them, it is a treat to rest for a day or two without scratching.
The Germans are still in front of me and we exchange shots day and night with no rest for either side with shells and aeroplanes keeping each other awake. It is pleasant to have dry clothes on. The other morning the Germans were firing more than usual so I put a piece of board up for them to shoot at, they hit it three times running so I shouted " Well done Fritz".
P.S. Good luck to Tommy Tuffin if he comes this way.

January 20th 1915

At Sudbury Market wheat was 56s and Barley to 38s.

March 14th 1915

There was an inquest at the George Inn at Clare on the body of Joseph Ince, aged 56 years, who was found hanging from a beam on Tuesday night. Suicide.

April 14th 1915

Marriage at Cavendish of Mr Harry Brockwell the youngest son of Mr H.Brockwell the church clerk and Miss E.B.Beaumont the youngest daughter of Mr B.Beaumont of Cambridge. The reception was held at the Old Manor House the home of Mr Brockwell, senior. Amongst the many presents was a handsome marble clock from the bridegroom's employer, Mr D.Ward of Foxearth, there were also presents from the office staff and other employees at the brewery. (Harry Brockwell lived at Glebeside and was for many years clerk at the brewery, secretary of the mens club and also of the cricket club.)(G.H.)

April 14th 1915

The was a reopening service at Belchamp Walter Primitive Methodist Church. A most successful service was held in connection with the above, was held on Sunday last, the preacher was Mr A.B.Clarke, a lay Pastor. The service was held in the open air.

April 14th 1915

The twittering of swallows was welcome at Borley on Monday, the cuckoo was heard a fortnight ago.

May 19th 1915

At West Suffolk Licensing Committee the only question was the licence of the White Horse, Clare. Mr Lake, for Greene King, offered no opposition to the extinguishing of the license.

May 19th 1915

The following message written on a piece of cardboard in blue pencil was found in a garden at Southend after an air raid, it read, You English, we have some and we'll come again soon, kill or cure," German".

May 26th 1905

There was an inquest at Clare on Tuesday afternoon on David Pawsey aged 36 of Rede who was killed at Clare station while unloading timber. The father, Mr David Pawsey, identified his son.
A party of men were engaged in cutting down trees in the football meadow at Clare and carting them to the railway station at Clare. When they got to the station, the engine driver, David Pawsey, jumped off the engine when one piece of wood rolled off the top of the load on top of him, killing him immediately, not moving a finger. Mr F.Grainger, a woodman of Hawkedon, said the load was loaded up safely. Accidental Death.

June 2nd 1915

Writing home to his sister, Trooper Jack Deeks of Belchamp refers to Trooper Fred Bell of Earls Colne, saying " he was too brave and kept on firing after two fingers were shot off but was afterwards hit and killed, no man could die better, Fred was a man and a gentleman. The officer has also written confirming the bad news to his parents Mr and Mrs Bell of Queens Road, Earls Colne.

June 9th 1915

The Essex Otter Hounds met at Sudbury and a good days sport was enjoyed by a large field, there was an exciting chase and a kill was achieved at Lamarsh.

June 16th 1915

There are quite a number of families in Sudbury who have as many as four or five sons in France, in Ballingdon, Mr and Mrs White have four sons in France, they are Robert in the 18th Hussars, G.White in the R.H.A., Sidney in the Lancers and A.White who is in the A.S.C..
Another family, Mr and Mrs Thomas Panton of Inkerman Row have four sons and three son in law's in the army, they are Bert in the A.S.C., Segt.T.Panton in the 5th battalion of the Suffolk Reg., E.Panton in the Suffolks, Lance Corporal H.Panton in the 5th Lancers, son in laws are Segt.Major G.Felton, Chas Bell in the R.F.A. and Chief Petty Officer Bagley in the Navy.

June 16th 1915

John Read aged five years drowned at Clare on Saturday.
He was paddling with his sisters Doris and Meta along Mill meadows when he slipped off the bank into the water, one child ran home to tell the mother and met William Ince in Maltings lane but unfortunately the little girl could not tell exactly where the spot was so it was sometime before the body was located. The Coroner praised Ince's conduct.
Accidental death.

June 30th 1915

Mrs Adelene L'Amy of Cavendish Hall has left an annuity of £ 52 to her maid.

June 30th 1915

The Cavendish Estate of 1318 acres has been sold to the sitting tenants. This includes Colts Hall, the Lodge, Robbs, Wales End and Wales farm.

August 18th 1915

After the very severe storm at Cavendish at about half past eight a messenger arrived from Houghton Hall with the intelligence that a fire had broken out at that place by the lighting and required the fire brigade, they were quickly on the spot and succeeded in confining the fire to a straw stack where the fire originated. Houghton Hall is owned by Mr Dixon.

September 8th 1915

It is sometimes asserted that the Holstein breed is a poor butter cow so it is interesting to know that butter made solely from British Holstein milk gained the highest honours at the Royal Dublin Show for Mr Wilkinson of St Oswalds, Balingarra, Limerick in Ireland who was one of the first to found the British Holstein Society and Mr C.H.Westropp of Melford Place at Long Melford purchased some of his cows. Mr G.Carter of Cheshire bought a fine specimen from Mr Westropp and here is his message to the secretary of the Holstein Society," you will be interested to know that " Melford Diamond" has given 17.740 lbs of milk in the recording year of 365 days and 18.900 in 400 days, she is the champion cow in Cheshire County Milk Recording Society being 300 gallons above any cow of any breed". I have heard that Holsteins are poor butter cows said Mr Westropp to our representative and that he is particulary gratified by this record not only that he bred and sold the animal but because of his long interest in the British Holstein Breed as he was one of the first founder members of Society and chairman for the first three years and has been judging the breed for some time.

September 22nd 1915

A party of swell cracksmen, apparently the same as has been operating in other counties visited Melford Hall last weekend and got away with a considerable amount of valuable treasure.

November 24th 1915

Albert Good of Church Walk, Sudbury, was the victim of a disastrous accident in Sandy Lane. For some years he had been employed as a bottle washer at Mauldon's brewery in Ballingdon, on Saturday he started a new job at Mr Wilson's a baker who was showing his new hand the round, while coming down Sandy Lane the cart ran into a tree root beside the road, overturning the cart, Good fell under a wheel, killing him instantly with a fractured skull. Accidental death.

December 8th 1915

The proceeds of a concert at Cavendish enabled the committee to spend £ 5 on Christmas presents for Cavendish boys at the Front, these were dispatched to the Dardanelles to Sgt.Ince of the 1st Suffolks, Pte Ince, 1st Suffolks, Pte.G.Deeks of the 4th cycle company and Pte.Hutchinson R.F.. To France to Cpl.Page of the R.E., E.Brown 7th Suffolks, A.Brown A.S.C., C.French, Beds. M.Fitch 2nd Suffolks, L-Cpl G.Maxim, L-Cpl R.Savage, Pte Chatters, J.Johnson.W.Mason, F.Underwood, A.Wells, G.Argent, all of the (9th Suffolks, H.Bullock R.G.A.. Prisoners of war-Sgt J.Argent, Pte W.Mitson.
Pte S.Clarke, Pte A.French.

December 30th 1915

About 30 Cavendish men have been medically tested, sworn in and placed in several groups in Lord Derby's scheme, five men being declared unfit for service, another man has since joined the forces and is the first one in the place to wear an armlet.

December 22nd 1915

At Sudbury Petty Sessions the clerk has received a report in respect of the Red Cow beerhouse in Sudbury which is owned by Messrs Ward of Foxearth. The Inspector of the police was directed by the court to inspect the alterations of the premises and to see if the alterations were carried out according to the plans. The Inspector said there had been a great improvement.

January 16th 1916

The trails in Southern Alberta are black with teams hauling grain to the market, the majority of the elevators being full and the railways are having difficulty moving the immense yield. Mr Craig says after a recent trip through Southern Alberta that the yields are incredible, in some cases up 50-60 bushels per acre.

January 22nd 1916

Wheat at Subury Market. 58-60s, Barley 63-66s.

February 9th 1916

Bertie Atkinson, Stan Sargent aged 15 and Charles Pashler aged 12 years were summoned for unlawfully ringing the bell at a residence on the Market Hill, Clare. Bound over.

February 16th 1916

There was an inquest at Wakes Green, Chappell, on the death of Philip Root, aged 62 of Wakes Green. On Tuesday, Root was found in a dying condition in a lane, he had been with the threshing gang all the previous day and had left off at 5-30 am and went to the Thatchers Arms and had three pints of beer, he did not go home, next morning he was found in a dying condition by men going to work, they informed the police. Mrs Harriet Root, mother of the deceased, said her son was unmarried and was usually employed with the threshing machine, some years ago, on a Bank holiday, he had been stabbed in the head by a gypsy and nearly killed, since then he had been not quite right, he used to take too much beer sometimes and would not go home, he slept rough, he suffered from neuralgia lately. On Monday morning he went to work at 6am and she did not see him until they brought him home dead the next morning.
Harry Leatherdale, a machine minder of Chappell, said deceased came to work at 6-45 in the morning and left off at 5-30pm, he said he was going to Mount Bures for a pint, next morning the deceased's bag was found lying near the farmyard. Chronic heart disorder hastened by exposure.

March 1st 1916

The Belchamp District Tribunal. Mr Nott of Butler's Farm, Bulmer applied for deferment for C.Underwood, applicant has 436 acres. 3 months deferment. Mr Barnes of Wickhan St Pauls, refused.
J.S.Clover of Bulmer Mills in partnership with his brother as a grist miller and engine driver, brother has a defective eye and cannot do the work of applicant, refused. Mr F.Nott applied for Percy Honeywood a ploughman, 750 acres, 16 hands, 3 months extension. William Warren of Wickham St Pauls applied for John Walford, a stockman, 116 acres 1 man employed, 3 months deferment. E.Tilbrook of Walter Belchamp for man named Tredgett aged 20 and another employee, Mr Warren said in August this employee was described as a labourer now he is a foreman, 262 acres 6 men. 3 months. Application by Col Burke for A.Rowe but he has now joined up. C.P.Nott for Percy Howard, 400 ares, 5 men and a boy aged 12. 3 months. William English of Twinstead Green for a thatcher, drillman, stockman. 3 months. E Gardiner of Jenkyns farm, Bulmer, 7 men on 312 acres, manages farm for father who has ill health.3 months. Rev Bull, Pentlow for F.Kent, groom and gardener, 25 years. Refused. G.Page of Hill Farm, Bures for Robert Page, 216 acres, 9 hands. 3 months. H.Playle of Manor Farm, Belchamp Otten for J.W.Playle, 155 acres, 3 men, 3 months deferment. Fredrick Wilson of Fishers farm, Belchamp Walter, for H.C.Scrivener, stockman, 120 acres. 3 months. By Albert Rowe of Upper Houses, Bulmer, in partnership with Frank Marsh, machine driver.12 months. J.H.Price of Belchamp Walter for George Levett, Rippingales farm, 123 acres. 1 month. A remarkable case was that of William Joseph Pannel of Gestingthorpe, a carpenter undertaker, aged 38 years, who had not been exempted but we must be buried without coffins which will result in heavier crops of grass, 6 months. Oliver Stebbing for P.White, shepherd, 250 acres, 3 men, 150 sheep, 3months. Mr Brand of ( years. Refused. G.Page of Hill Farm, Bures for Robert Page, 216 acres, 9 hands. 3 months. H.Playle of Manor Farm, Belchamp Otten for J.W.Playle, 155 acres, 3 men, 3 months deferment. Fredrick Wilson of Fishers farm, Belchamp Walter, for H.C.Scrivener, stockman, 120 acres. 3 months. By Albert Rowe of Upper Houses, Bulmer, in partnership with Frank Marsh, machine driver.12 months. J.H.Price of Belchamp Walter for George Levett, Rippingales farm, 123 acres. 1 month. A remarkable case was that of William Joseph Pannel of Gestingthorpe, a carpenter undertaker, aged 38 years, who had not been exempted but we must be buried without coffins which will result in heavier crops of grass, 6 months. Oliver Stebbing for P.White, shepherd, 250 acres, 3 men, 150 sheep, 3months. Mr Brand of Foxearth applied for Richard Duce a thatcher and ploughman, 650 acres including Huntsmans and Brook Hall, 650 acres also for J.B.Pryke a horsekeeper aged 21, for Tom Chambers. Duce and Pryke 3 months, Chambers refused. R.T.B.Payne of Borley for A.Clarke, 25, foreman flour mill, for Herbert Gardiner, stockman, cowman, for Frank Scrivener a ploughman, Clarke 6 months, Gardiner 3 months, Scrivener refused, Mr Payne also applied for Frederick Raymond Of Pinch Hill, Bulmer, 24, refused, for Charles Messenger 29 a stockman, 3 months, for Percy Gardiner, horseman, 28, 3 months, the applicant has 960 acres with 27 men, 2 in the mill. 3 months. Sidney Wells from Pentlow Hall for Reg Johnson, cowman, 27, single, 250 acres.5 men and 1 boy, 3 months. C.Hearn of Clarkes Farm, Belchamp Walter, farm bailiff, 215 acres, 12 men. 12 months. John Stebbing for John Stebbing, 260 acres, 12 months. R.C.Mauldon of the Rookery, Belchamp Walter, 25, desires exemption, 102 acres, 12 months. Robert Hearn of Park Farm Gestinthorpe for W.Hearn farm steward, 220 acres, 12 months. W.P.Ewer and J.S.Ewer of Foxearth, 28 and 26 years, 19 men, 700 acres, 680 sheep, 177 bullocks, 20 horses, 19 men, also farms two more farms of 305 acres, J.Ewer 12 months, W.E.Eewer postponed. J.G.Vince of Blackhouse farm, Bulmer, 130 acres, 4 men 12 months. C.Cant of Lamarsh in the employment of his mother 375 acres, 9 men, 12 months.

March 8th 1916

Mrs Murrels of East Street in Sudbury was knocked down by a runaway horse on the Market Hill on Thursday. There was a large crowd on the hill when they heard the rattle along Friars Street, the crowd scattered but the horse hit Mrs Murrels with full force, causing blood to run freely from her head, a soldier and a civilian took her into the Q.M. stores near the Black Boy and Dr Wisdom was soon on the scene, bandaging her head and conveyed her to St Leonards. It was an army horse which had been purchased at the sale yard and was being taken to Mr Turkentine at Ballingdon when it got loose.

March 8th 1916

Clare and Bumstead Tribunal. An absolute exemption was applied for a kennel man as he was indispensable to the Hunt there being only one man and his two sons at the kennels. There was a letter from the Director of Remounts to the effect that they were concerned about the maintenance of the Hunt as continuance was neccessary for the breeding of light horses for the cavalry. Mr Thomas said it was disgraceful and Mr Loverseed said " I wonder what they would say over in France". Mr Ketteridge said " what would they have done without the Hunt horses at the beginning of the war", the tribunal agreed to exemption.
A Withersfield gamekeeper aged 19 applied on his own behalf saying he had four brothers in the army with one being killed, he had a sister at home with consumption but was not being attended by a doctor. Refused.

March 8th 1916

Mr George Page of Bures Hamlet regrets owing to one son in the army and the second now being compelled to join and his own ill health, he will be unable to travel his two Suffolk stallions in the coming season. At the Melford Tribunal there were 20 cases from Hawkedon and Glemsford mostly from J.and R.Marsh who have 13 sets of machinery, two motor tractors for ploughing, three men required for each of these machines, 5 sets of traction engines, chaff cutters, etc, 5 drums and 7 hullers. C.H.Westropp of Melford applied for Alfred Copsey and Alfred Whittle, one milks and the other delivers, the assistant cowman goes to plough, 375 acres with 75 pasture, 140 cows, 14 heifers, he keeps them in the National interest, he has had six men enlist, has 10 men and two boys. Six weeks exemption. Fred Smith from Ducks Hall, Cavendish applied for for Robert Smith and Ernest Pidd a cowman, 230 acres.
Conditional exemption.

March 22nd 1916

Belchamp Tribunal. C.Ray presided, Rev C.Bromwich,(Gestingthorpe)D.Ward, F.Nott, E.Marriot, M.Lupton, C.Deaves, clerk F.Boshier, military representative, S.Moger.
Application for William Bird of Butlers farm, Belchamp St Pauls, 125 acres, father is overseer for Mr Wood of Kings Lynn, refused. G.Offord of Lovelands, B.S.P.for Walter Golding, 37, milkman, 300 acres, 9 men. Refused.
Mrs Thistlewood of Belchamp Otten for Fred Thistlewood. Refused. For Wilfred Ewer, farm bailiff at Cardinalls and Claypit farm, Foxearth, 7 men, in charge of three farms, 305 acres, described as a non sportsman, teetotal, widowed mother, has lost several hands, does buying, feeds stock, cuts corn. 3 months exemption.
Executors of C.S.Ewer, Foxearth, for A.Tweed, shepherd, 400 pedigree sheep, they also applied for Frank Chinery, 25, ploughman, described as being from " Billybones", 395 acres 17 men, steers drill, refused. C.Offord of Whitehouse farm, B.S.P. for G.Tarbun 39, horseman, 12 men, 12 months.
For C.Chaplin, 37, shepherd, medically fit for home service only. 1 month.
Thomas Tilbrook, Belchamp Otten, for F.Barrell, ploughman, 400 acres, 5 men, only man that can work self binder also for W.Barrell who was defered for 3 months and F.Barrell for 2 months. William Hardy of Belchamp Otten for J.Hardy, 146 acres, 1 man. E.H.Gardiner for John Felton, 40, single. 3 months. F.Bird of Otten Hall for Peter Finch, 139 acres, 4 men, 3 months. F.Ruffle of Park Gate farm, Gestingthorpe, for Isaac Coe, 425 acres, refused. Mrs Brand of Brook Hall, Foxearth, for Ernest Deeks, 9 men, 1 boy, also for R.Duce of Huntsmans farm, 650 acres, 16 men, 2 boys. Deeks refused, Duce 3 months. Stanley Brand of Pentlow for himself, 400 acres, 12 months deferment. Mr D.Ward for W.Chambers and E.Scrivener of Rodbridge a motor lorry driver also for William Merry a mineral water manufacturer engaged in mixing syrups etc, the military adviser asked Mr Ward if mineral water was necessary, he believed ale was but not minerals and was it true that the Government making them brew smaller quantities of beer, Mr Ward said they are going to restrict us, the military man said don't make it weaker. Mr Ward said he had lost 15 men and that they had raised a volunteer training corps made up entirely with brewery men. Chambers refused, Scrivener 3 months deferment, Mr Ward had retired during the case. Frank Nott of Wickham for Ernest Pilgrim, 19, a stockman, and for A.Jay, 750 acres, 16 hands. Pilgrim refused, Jay 3 months. R.T.B.Payne of Eyston Hall, Borley, for Fred Pearson, 19, horseman, 180 acres, 5 men, has sent 7 men to the colours, 950 acres altogether. Refused. Mr Ray applied for Thomas Meekings, 30, and Thomas Meekings 19, both from Sheering Place, Belchamp St Pauls, 560 acres, 14 men 1 boy. Both 3 months.
Melford Tribunal. Otto Adams a roadman from Cavendish again came up, works for Melford Rural Council, widowed mother who depends on him for a home, the only son, adjourned till the next meeting, the applicant said " cant you settle it one way or another, I have been here twice on the job, I don't care a button for myself, it's my mother".

March 29th 1916

Sudbury Licensed Victulars have raised the price of beer from 2© d to 3d,© d all round was the decision.

March 29th 1916

Mr J.Dixon of Houghton Hall, Cavendish applied for Fred Fitch, 35, ploughman and William Fitch, 31, ploughman, for George Wells, 530 acres, 13 men, 20 beasts, 15 horses 100 pigs, he had tried to get women but they wont come as there is too much mud about there. George Wells, 1 day?, others 6 months. May 3rd 1916. Melford Tribunal. Charles Cornell of Nether Hall, Cavendish, for William Deeks 22, 1 man. C.S.Goodchild of Blacklands for Robert Death who manages 500 acres, conditional, for Harry Ballard of Pool Street, Cavendish and Alfred Brown, conditional. Henry Creane, Cavendish, for himself, 6 months. G.Richardson of the Fir Trees for T.Richardson, farm bailiff, 2 months. Harry Richardson a publican and Job master of Cavendish, has two horses, 2 months. Henry Brewster of the Stores, Cavendish, conditional. S.Garrett for Asaph Ince, conditional. John Miller of Tye farm, Acton, conditional.

May 17th 1916

Sudbury Tribunal. Composed of - Dr H.D.King, chairman, H.Baker, A.Hitchock, H.Giller, W.Middleditch, C.Grimwood, clerk, R.Death, military representatives-Brig.Gen.Coxhead and J.Loverseed.
C.H.Westropp represents the Board of Agriculture.
Charles Death, 28 of Ballingdon, coal merchant, for himself, 3 months. Mr Grimwood applied for Daniel Foreman, 30, a building foreman, exemption wanted for 6 months as he is in charge of the building of an extracting house for Stafford Allen, chemists, at Melford, which is being built of ferro concrete. 2 months. Edward Byham for son Leonard Byham 22, who milks 17 cows, 3 months. W.A.Hitchcock for Aubrey Sandford, 25, 3 months.
C.E.Mauldon, brewers of Ballingdon for G.Nice, 32, of Middleton, a foreman horseman, looks after 14 horses, 42 houses to serve, 14 hands. 3 months.
Charles Mead, 30, a hairdresser, for himself, he attested he had been passed for clerical work only, adjourned sine die. William Raymond a hairdresser of Friars Street, for himself, conditional extension. Ernest Ashby, 36, in the employ of the exors W.Gurteen of Park farm, Belchamp St Pauls, horseman, 11 hands which includes Mr Basham who made the application, 430 acres, 4 men. A.V.C.Lambert of Foxearth for Sidney Deal, 24, thatcher, under shepherd, 400 acres, 14 men, 2 boys, refused. Allen Felton, baker of Gestingthorpe for himself, 1 month. Mrs King of Larrets farm Belchamp Walter for George Reeve, 27, farm steward, 4 months. C.S.Ewer of Foxearth for Mark Piper, 30, 4 months. Stanley Brand of Paines Manor, Pentlow, for Albert Maxim and Ernest Pask, 600 acres, 4 months. Rev Bull, Pentlow, for W.Plumb, 32, horseman, ploughs, drives binder, gathers corn, 226 acres, the Rev gentleman said he was endeavouring to produce more food stuffs, 4 months. J.P.Brand for Fred Plumb of Blacksmith's corner, Pentlow, and for Hugh Frank Mayhew of Pentlow Street who sees to stock and drives binder also for Sidney Chambers, 20 men on 1050 acres, for Leslie Mayhew, 19, of Bradfields farm, 3 brothers at war, 1 died in the retreat from Mons, for Bertie Pryke, 31, and R.Duce. 4 months each.

May 31st 1916

Robert Johnson a military recruit of Cavendish, collided with a motor in Sudbury on Wednesday. Johnson came to Sudbury to recruit but forgot his marriage certificate, he borrowed a cycle from a friend and cycled back to Cavendish to get it, as he was passing down North Street he turned his head to speak to some men he had passed when he met a motor containing wounded soldiers and Miss Hyde Parker coming the opposite direction of Johnson, he did not hear the horn and ran into the motor and was thrown violently to the ground, Dr Trimble attended and he was conveyed back to Cavendish in Sir Hyde Parker's motor suffering from shock and bad bruising.

May 31st 1916

Walter Oakley aged 11 and Robert Bloomfield aged 10 of Glemsford were charged with stealing two hen eggs valued at 2d from Mill Hill farm, Glemsford. Mr Goodchild said he did not want the bench to deal harshly with the boys but he must make an example of them. The chairman said " you Oakley a son of a soldier, it is great indignity to your father and the King's uniform, the police are ordered to give them four strokes of the birch rod but if your parents like to undertake the duty in the presence of the police the bench will be satisfied", the punishment was duly carried out.

June 7th 1916

David Sargent 52, a labourer of Great Waldingfield was found dead at the bottom of a ditch, the ditch contained two inches of water. Decease had heart trouble. Accidental death.

June 7th 1916

Belchamp Tribunal. Mrs Brand of Foxearth applied for H.Steggles, stockman, ploughman, refused. June 7th 1916. Melford Tibunal.
Capt.Woodyat of Cavendish applied for Charles Wordley, gardener, refused.
Belchamp and Bumstead Tribunal. T.B.Ambrose for Charles Murkin, 6 months.

June 14th 1916

Annual sale at Kirby Hall, Castle Hedingham for Dudley Payne. The sale was attended by a large number of farmers, dealers and butchers. Prices were satifactory, there were 70 cattle, 120 fat lambs, 94 pigs and various implements. Shorthorn buds to £ 10 10s, 1 fat heifer made £ 35 5s, lambs to 83s ewes to 101s, pigs to 28s for feeders, fat hogs to £ 7 18s.

June 28th 1916

The death of Dr Waring of Cavendish is annouced, he was married to Mr Gainsborough Dupont's daughter who was a nephew of the great artist. He was 72 years old, about two years ago he disposed of the practice at Cavendish to Dr Ritchie, due to ill health. He was married twice, he leaves a widow, two daughters and five sons.

June 28th 1916

The run of bad luck which P.C.Gibbons of Glemsford has had was told at Melford Petty Sessions when his landlord, Mr Pettit, applied for a distress warrant for rent owing which was 3s 6d a week. The constable said he had paid the rent since he had been back at work, his wife had been laid up for 13 weeks and on the day she went to be churched he got kicked while on duty at Melford Fair and was disabled for 7 months, it was true he got paid while off work but they had lost a child aged 11 months and while the child was ill his illness caused some expense. Order was made for payment of rent and 7s 6d a month off the arrears.

June 28th 1916

Arthur Brown of Cavendish, aged 16, to pay 4s for taking the gates off their hinges and laying them across the footpaths.

June 28th 1916

Belchamp Tribunal. J.Prigg of Crows farm, Belchamp Walter for G.Levell of Rippingales, ploughman, stockman, 128 acres, 3 months.
(Fred Chatters b 1906 says Levell was killed in France and he also said his father Ernest Chatters was the last local person who saw him, meeting him in France). Henry Pocklington, 41, poultry farmer of Moat farm, Gestingthorpe, for himself, the poultry farm was started in 1913 on the American system, 500 fowls, his produce sent to London which involved careful packing, also erects his own buildings from rough timber, produces 100 eggs a day, it was in the national interest that he stayed at home. 3 months, the military authorities said they would appeal. D.Ward of Foxearth for E.Scrivener, 25, for Fred Woods who has since joined and W.Hardy., Scrivener was lorryman, assistant stoker, steersman on steam waggon, they have lost 27 men out of 42. Hardy 4 months, Scrivener 3 months. W.S.Courtnall of Bulmer for himself, 430 acres, 11 hands, conditional. W.H.Pinhey of Lamarsh for Albert Tokely, head horseman at Lamarsh Hall in addition applicant owns Mewmans and Burnt House farm, 294 acres, 4months. J.Gallienne of Belchamp St Pauls Hall for himself and Felix Harrington, horseman, 4 men on 400 acres, conditional.
Exors of Col Burke for George Bunn, horseman, 38, 4 months. F.Ruffle of Gestingthorpe for F.Surridge and himself, 428 acres, conditional. G.Miller of Goldingham Hall, Bulmer, for A.Pearson, 9 men 430 acres, 4 months. Messrs Ewer of Foxearth for F.Eady, 4 months. R.H.Pinhey of Gestingthorpe, small farmer, for himself, 92 acres, conditional. C.Offord, Belchap Otten, for S.
Wright, 9 men, 2 boys 310 acres, 2 months. A.V.C.Lambert for Arthur Taylor, 36, G.Balaam, shepherd, J.Ward, cowman with 30 cows in his charge, 600 acres, only 5 men can plough, 2 able bodied only, 2 aged 80 and 72, all 4 months. R.T.B.Payne of Borley for A.Butcher, shepherd, S.Carter, head horse man, for W.Gardiner and W.Smith who is aged 41 and single, 4 months each.
C.Ray, of Belchamp St Pauls for T.Meeking, 30, ploughman, thatcher, 6 months.
July 5th 1916. The second son of Mr G.Richardson, of the Fir Trees, Cavendish, Fred Richardson, died suddenly last week, aged 29, he leaves a widow and one child.

July 5th 1916

Haverhill Lamb Sale takes place as usual on the meadow near the station, there are 5000 head, 250 from Mrs Brand, 320 from R.T.B.Payne, 200 from J.P.Brand, 150 from A.V.C.Lambert.

July 5th 1916

Clare and Bumstead Tribunal. A.R.French, 26, landlord of a beerhouse at Ovington for himself, refused, W.Sargent, 40, grocers's roundsman of Clare, employed by Mr Lufkin, extention for 6 months. William Mizen of Clare for E.Mizen, 18, horseman, 6 months. Melford Tribunal.
Charles Day of Potters Tye farm, Acton, for himself, conditional. G.Deeks of Gt.Cornard for himself, conditional. Fred Bowyer of Yorley farm, Lt.Cornard, for himself, 70 acres, himself and 1 boy, conditional.
James Andrew, baker of Sudbury, was summoned for selling a loaf of bread which was under weight at Borley,£ 1.

July 12th 1916

At Haverhill Lamb Sale last week, Mr Frank Sainsbury of Little Wratting topped the sale with 75s for 25 Hampshire Ewes, 40 Suffolk ewes from J.P.Brand of Pentlow made 74s 6d, 20 ewes for R.T.B.Payne of Borley made 72s. The price for lambs was Mr Payne of Borley with 48s, Mrs Brand of Foxearth made 58s 6d for 250 lambs, A, V, C, Lambert of Foxearth made 67s, J.P.Brand, 200 made 67s each.

July 12th 1916

George Prigg, 13, employed by Mr Henry Ruse, butcher of Melford, was accused of embezzling 9s 3d from his employer, the school attendance officer said the boy had a liking for the sea and might be sent to a training ship. Adjourned for a ship to be found.

July 12th 1916

Melford Tribunal. George Bigg of Burton's farm, Melford applied for George Martin, 41, stockman, granted. C.S Goodchild of Glemsford applied for Richard Hickford 23, 9 men for 11 teams on 375 acres, although he employed 20 men, 3 were on threshing machines and one was a shepherd, asked why he had not made any application for women he replied that they were not worth having, Sir John Aird replied that he had 4 women and that they worked like niggers. Mr Goodchild said he had 13 ploughmen and had lost 4, exemption till October.

July 12th 1916

Belchamp Tribunal. Mr D.Ward of Foxearth for Alfred Woodgate, 39, foreman of the cask washing shed and cooper, doing all repairs to barrels, 3 months. Mr Stennet of Armsey farm, Bulmer, for James Stennet, 18, he leads the stallion, drives reaper and engine, grinds corn, ploughs, 16 horses, not enough men to work the 412 acres, you might put me down as worth four men, also for Charles Rose, 24, only man besides myself who can carry a sack of corn, Rose 4 months, Stennet to report to Colchester where he will have an option to return home until he is 19.
Elijah Amos, 36, for himself, carrier from Ovington to Clare, small holder, 20 swine, 1 month. Frederick Wilson, 32, of Fishers farm, Belchamp Walter, for himself and Robert Scrivener, 29, 120 acres, 4 men, Mr Wilson has a stud of horses and it is in the national interest that he remains at home, also for Harry Scrivener, 20, stallion leader, ploughman, the chairman said " we told you last time that when the stallion season was over this man will have to go".
Mr Tilbrook for Arthur Chaplin, 32, only good stack builder on the farm, 4 months. Mr T.Teverson of Gestingthorpe for Robert Cross, 34, only man on Birds farm, 71 acres, Belchamp Walter, has 8 hands mostly aged men and cripples, also for Arthur Smith, shepherd, this man is a hunchback, Mr Moger, the military representative, said it is that bad hill that caused that, he had 82 lambs to look after. The chairman said he is out of it.

August 16th 1916

Robert Kitson was charged with assaulting Cecil Whittome at Brundon Hall. Kitson having broken his contract with Mr Whittome, Whittome refused to pay some money owed him and was entitled to sue Kitson who left his employment without due notice. Defendant was engaged as 2nd machine man at 22s a week, he worked two full weeks and one part week then turned up asking for money due him which Whittome refused to pay, Kitson said he had children at home, he came again and repeatedly rang the bell, defendant got hold of Whittome by the collar saying if you dont pay I will take it out, Whittome got hold of his throat and threw him down on the ground, Kitson siezed his leg and witness put his knee in his stomach until he let go, when getting up defendant kicked witness in the face causing severe injuries. The chairman said " have you been in the trenches", defendant replied," not in this war". £ 1.

August 16th 1916

A lad named Oliver Whittle of Westgate Street, Melford, was drowned in the floodgates near the Drug Works at Melford where he was with two other lads, one of them named Ruled tried to rescue him.

August 16th 1916

Witchcraft at Tilbury.
William Byford a labourer was charged with assaulting and beating Ruth Kemp at Tilbury, near Clare.

Complainant rattled off a statement which was difficult to follow, she said she remarked to Byford that there would be a storm and he replied " there is a blue mist coming up and how many imps was she was going to burn tonight", he threshed her door and called her a ---- old witch and said both she and her son were witches and that he would kill one of them tonight.he punched her in the chest, knocking her down, she then had a fit, she had felt it coming on and was out for 1© hours, when she came round she ran to her husband who was making hay and asked him whether he could prove she was a witch or not. She said her sons are all at the war so they do not want any killing.

The Clerk asked Mary Byford, the mother of defendant, what she knew about all this, she said my son William came home tired and went to the " Bell" for some beer, he had had a little beer during the day but there were people in there that didn't ought to be so he stopped with them, I went after him and took his arm and brought him along, when he got home he went to bed, he never went nigh that woman but I am hard of hearing, he said something to the woman but he didn't hit her as he was rods off when he fell in Lizzie Chambers yard.

Defendant said " I hope you will be lenient with me as I have an aged mother and three years ago I had inflamation of the brain caused by sunstroke, when I have a little beer it affects me".

The chairman said it is the same old trouble, when beer is in sense is out".

Bound over in the sum of £ 5 and to keep the peace with Ruth Kemp particulary. Costs 4s, defendant said I hope I will be in the army before long.