Wednesday, February 22, 2012

August 2-8, 1940

Regimental Quartermaster, Sergeant B.L.L. Carter made a trip up to London this week in 1940 where he received an MBE from the King at Buckingham Palace.

Sergeant Carter of the 4th Wilts Regiment was believed to have the longest service record of any Territorial in the Southern Command.

Mr Carter, who lived at 39 York Road, joined the ‘Terriers’ in May 1911 and served in India and Palestine during the Great War. Mentioned in despatches during his time in Palestine Sergt Carter had numerous medals, including two Territorial long service medals, one bearing a star.

And yet more local families received welcome news this week with the official notification that their missing men were prisoners of war.

Mrs F. Porter of 10 St Philip’s Road, Upper Stratton, who told an Advertiser reporter that she was certain her missing son, Private Edward Charles Porter, was alive, ‘probably in a prison camp somewhere,’ had her belief confirmed.

Bombadier George Vernal Pounder, the son of Mr & Mrs Tom Pounder of 40 Prior’s Hill, Wroughton, was reported to be a prisoner at Stalag Camp while the relieved family of Gunner A. Brown, RA of 6 The Pry, Purton thanked their neighbours for the kindness shown since their son was known to be missing.

Reported missing when HM Submarine Shark was lost early in July, Lt. Dennis H B Barrett, RN, son of Major F W Barrett, of Wroughton Hall, Wroughton, was also officially stated to be a prisoner of war.

One little 2 year old boy received the best birthday present ever when notification reached the family that his father, Rifleman John Hooper (pictured right) was a prisoner of war. Mrs Hooper, a voluntary air raid warden received the good news at 240 Whitworth Road where she was staying with her mother and her young son.

The Mayor of Swindon praised the work of the newly formed 19th Wilts Men’s Division of the British Red Cross at a dance held at the Bradford Hall, Swindon.

“I understand they would like new members, and you will agree this is a very necessary and a very worthy cause,” said the Mayor (Coun. H.R. Hustings.) “When anyone is ill or injured, first aid is often the means of saving someone’s life, and they are here to help you.”

Music was supplied by John Styles and his band, and refreshments by the ladies’ section of the 69th Wilts Division.

Madam Dockray donated a quantity of scrap metal to the war effort, including some treasured relics of the Great War, among them a piece of aluminium taken from L32, the first Zeppelin to be brought down over London.

“These were given me by the boys in the last war,” she said. “I value them very much but I think the Germans ought to have them back!”

Madam Dockray gave more than 1000 concerts for the troops on Salisbury Plain during the Great War.

Holy Rood schoolchildren were pictured digging for victory at their newly acquired allotment ground in Upham Road. The hard work proved well worth the effort and the youngsters were rewarded with a bumper crop of vegetables.

Photograph of Madam Dockray and her choir is published courtesy of B.Townsend and Swindon Central Library - visit

No comments:

Post a Comment