Sunday, 26 October 2014

Heckmondwike Ladies Busy

From the Dewsbury Reporter, 24th October 1914.

Heckmondwike Ladies Busy for “Tommy” and “Jack”.

The members of the Heckmondwike Women’s Patriotic Guild Committee increase in numbers, as do the lady workers throughout the town.  Two parcels were despatched last week end, one to the British Red Cross Society, the other to the Navy League Work Depot, London.  The former contained 2 rugs, 17 bed jackets, 14 “nightingales”, 31 nightshirts, 51 pairs bed socks, 16 pairs men’s socks, 13 scarves, 11 knitted caps, 4 pairs woollen cuffs, and 1 pillow.  The parcel sent to the Navy League comprised 33 singlets, 13 mufflers, 3 pairs gloves, and 8 pairs mittens.  Twenty-five shirts have also been sent to the 5th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. at Sandbeck Park.  Many of the young ladies attending the various Sunday Schools are working hard for “Tommy” and “Jack”.

[Another random selection of garments, of the kind that similar groups were producing all over the country.   

The 5th Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. (King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) was a Territorial battalion, and so at this point was in training in this country before going abroad in 1915.]    

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