Tuesday, March 27, 2012

August 22-28, 1940

The death of two young Swindon soldiers was announced this week. Previously reported missing, 21 year old Private Frederick Arthur Andrews of the Queen’s Royal Regiment, was officially declared dead. Formerly employed in the GWR Rolling Mills, Private Andrews had only been in France three weeks when he was killed.


Eighteen year old Richard Anthony Haynes, of 78 Commerical Road, son of Frederick and Florence Haynes, died following a head on collision whilst on despatch riding duties in the South East of England. A member of the Territorial Army, Gunner Haynes was given a military funeral at Whitworth Road Cemetery.


And one kind hearted Swindonian answered the plea of a grieving mother. Mrs Annie Turner of Manchester had appealed through the pages of the Advertiser for the return of her son’s gold watch lost when he was stationed in Swindon. Her son, Lieut Thomas Buckley Turner had later been killed in action.

Mr W.T. Brooks, Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire, informed readers that the watch had been sent anonymously to the Swindon Police Station.

‘So far the harvest has been one of the easiest since 1921,’ reported the Advertiser with a predicted bumper haul of oats and barley following the increase in cultivated land. The harvest proceeded without a hitch and with no need to call on voluntary help.

Tractors were already out in the fields ploughing up the stubble to avoid the possibility of hostile aircraft attempting to land and to prepare for the crops of 1941.



Eighty one year old George Saunders from Primrose Cottage, Greenhill, Lydiard Millicent, pictured was asked by an Advertiser reporter how he had acquired the art of hurdle making. “L’arned un vrom m’vather.” Asked where his father had learned the secrets of his craft he replied, “Vrom iz vather, too, ‘spose.”

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