Tring in War Time, 1914-1919


Extracts from the Bucks Herald of 3rd April, 1915

Edited from British Newspaper Archive

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Undoubtedly the big news of the week was the death of Lord Rothschild - and there was a very extensive obituary. There were reports of the  Hertfordshire Territorials in action at the front, including the way Sergeant Raven had rescued an injured officer officer who had lain where he fell for four days. There was only the routine news of concerts and church services for the soldiers billeted in the town, except that two deserters from Tring appeared before the Petty Sessions in Winslow. William Brown held the Easter Fat Stock Show (detailed report) and also advertised the sale of 600 books from the Mechanics' Institute Library, the closure of which was announced last week.



Conservative and Unionist Association. — The annual meeting of this Association was held on Wednesday evening, 31st ult. A Report will appear next week.

The Rev. Charles Pearce. - Mr. Pearce's health continues to improve and his many friends will be pleased to know that there are hopes that his eyesight may be permanently improved by the operation which was performed.

Services for Soldiers. - soldiers on the evenings of Holy Week at St. Martha's Church, and gave a short address each evening. A number of parishioners attended the services.

Holy Week at the Parish Church. - The Rev Dr. T. C. Fry. Dean of Lincoln, has been giving addressee after Evensong in the Lady Chapel, marked by his customary charm and directness of appeal. He will address the members of the Parochial Guild on Thursday Evening and conduct the devotions at the Three Hours Service on Good Friday.

Soldiers' Concerts. The concert in the Medical Inspection Hall on Saturday evening was arranged by the Rev. K. E. Kirk. Amongst those who contributed to a capital programme were Sergt.-Major Hawkins (who is always popular), Sergt. Bennett (8th East Yorkshires), Mr. F. B. Fells, and one of the Sisters from the Military Hospital, who played a cello solo in a most acceptable manner, Mrs. Frank Wright. Mr. H. N. Hedges, and Corpl. H. Wright were the accompanists. — On Tuesday evening the entertainment was given by by a party of London artistes, brought down by the Soldiers Entertainment Committee.

Parish Church. ... ...



This annual show and sale was held on Monday, in Messrs. W. Brown and Co.'s Saleyard, and was in all respects highly successful. The following is the prize list:


Five fat tegs, which have been in the possession of exhibitor for not less than three months previous to the day of the show

l, £2:2 (given by Lord Rothschild), Mr. A. Cook;

2. £1:1 (by Messrs. W. Brown and Co.), Mr. G. Brown;

3, 10s. (by Messrs. H. Grange and Co.), Mr. H. Bailey;

r, Mr. W. Judge.

Five fat tegs (under 9 atone dead weight), the same conditions as above

1. £l, (by Lord Rothschild), Mr. J. Ashby;

2. £1:1, Mr. R. W. Bedford.


Three fat lambs (under four months old), bred by exhibitor

l, .2:2 (by Mr. Alfred de Rothschild), Mr. J. Clarke;

2, £1:1 (by ditto), Mr. W. Fulks;

3, 10s. 6d. (by Messrs. Davis and Bailey), Messrs. J. H. Hawkins and Son;

r. Messrs. M. Pratt and Son.

A prize of £1:11:6, for the best pen of lambs fed Mackinder's Lamb Food, was on awarded to Mr. J. Clarke.


Fat bullock (any age or breed), that has been in the possession of the exhibitor not less than three months -

1, £2:10 (given the Town of Tring), Mr. J. Ashby.

Fat heifer or cow (any breed), on the same conditions above

1, £3 (given by the Town of Trine), Mr. J. Gomm;

2, £2 (by Mr. J. G. Williams). Mr. W. Page;

3. £1, Mr. W. Fulks.

A prize of £1:1 (given by the butchers attending Tring Sale), for the best butcher's beast in the show - Mr. J. Gomm.


Fat calf (not exceeding twelve weeks old)

1, £2:2 (given by Messrs. W. Brown and Co.), Mr. E. F. Gregory;

2. .£1:1 (by Mr. F. J. Butcher). Mr. J. Ashby;

3. 10s. 6d., Messrs. M. Pratt and Son;

r, Mr. G. Brown.


Three porkers (not exceeding stones dead weight), bred by exhibitor, or have been in his possession not less than three months previous the day of the show

l, £1:11:6 (given Mr. H. J. Turner). Mr. J. Clarke;

2. £l :1 (by Messrs. Roberts and Wilson), Mr. F. Grace;

3. 10s. 6d., Mr. R. Wilkins.

Two bacon hogs, on same conditions above

1. .£1:11:6, Messrs. Roberta and Wilson;

2. .£1:1, Mr. C. Gregory.


A prize of £2:2 (given by the consignors) to the largest purchaser of stock at Tring Sale from September 20, 1914. to March 29, 1915, inclusive - Messrs. Wright and Son, Tring; 2nd. £1:1. Mr. J. Treacher, Tottenham.

The sale, which included all the stock exhibited, consisted of 310 sheep and lambs, 42 beasts, 13 calves, and 38 fat pigs. As was anticipated, a very large company of buyers attended from a wide district, and very high prices were realised in each department, every head of fat stock being sold.

The sheep were first offered, the highest price being realised for Mr. A. Cook's first-prize pen, which were sold to Messrs. North and Sons, London, at 95s.; Mr. G. Brown’s second prize sold to Mr. G. Outlaw, Berkhamsted, at 87s. 6d.; and Mr. G. King, Leighton Buzzard, bought Mr. H. Bailey's pen, which took third prize, at 89s. The two pens in the class for tegs under nine stone made 72s. and 74s. 6d., the purchasers being Mr. W. Roper, Finchley, and Messrs. Wright and Sons. Tring. Other tegs not entered for exhibition made 53s. 5d. to 90s. 6d., the higher price being realised for Mr. J. G. Williams tegs, twenty of which averaged nearly 88s. per head. Ewes made up to £4:14. The prizes for fat lambs were taken by Mr. Joseph Clarke, Mr. W. Fulks, and Messrs. J. H. Hawkins and Son, the average prices being 50s. 10d., 50s., and 50s. 6d. respectively, others making 33s. 6d. to 46s.. and the average for ail the lambs sold being well over two guineas per head.

The cattle were next offered, and all were sold at the high average price of over £26:15 per head; Mr. J. Ashby’s prize bollocks making £27: 15 and £29.5. Mr. J. Gomm’s first prize heifer made £35:5, and one other belonging the same owner £31:5, both being purchased bv Messrs. Wright and Sons. Tring. The second-prize heifer, belonging to Mr. W. Page, Asheridge, was bought by Mr. E. G. Gregory, Long Marston. at £30:10. and Mr. W. Fulks’ third-prize beast was sold to the Tring Co-operative Society at £29: 10. Six bullocks from Tring Park Estate made £26:7:6 to £25:15; Mr. J. Knowles, two, £25:2:6 and £28; Mr. H. Barnett, two, one of which made £35; others made from £l7 to £29. Some especially good fat calves were exhibited. the one belonging to Mr. E. F. Gregory, which took first prize, realised the high price of £8: 17: 6. Messrs. F. North and Sons being the purchaser; Mr. J. Ashby’s second-prize calf made £7:10; others making from £4:15 to £5: 15.

Fat pigs were also very dear trade, and very high prices were again realised, the first-prize two bacon hogs, belonging to Messrs. Roberts and Wilson, making £6:12:6 and £8 The first-prize pen porkers not exceeding ten stone dead weight, from Mr. Jos. Clarke, made 47s. 6d.; and Mr. F. Grace’s second-prize pen 59s 6d.; other prices were 78s. to £5:11 for bacon hogs, and 37s. to 67s. 6d. for porkers. Fat sows up to £10:15 per head.

Next Monday being Bank Holiday, no sale will be held Tring on that day.


The County Regiment well maintains its splendid record the front. Lieut.-Colonel Viscount Hampden, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, having returned from the war for a few days, on Saturday inspected the Cadet Corps at Bishops Stortford He was taken the parade ground by the Headmaster Mr, F. S. Young. Lord Hampden told the boys that  had returned from France, where he had been commanding the 1st Hertfordshire Battalion, to which they were affiliated, and said he was sure they would proud to hear that only few days before he left the front Sir John French had sent for him in order to congratulate him on the splendid work the 1st Battalion of the Hertfordshire Regiment had done. Lord Hampden went to say that he believed the war would be a protracted one. Some of the cadets before him were very young, and would make easy mouthfuls for the Germans, but he was sure the oldest of them would be very shortly serving their country in the Army.

In a letter Major Page Croft. commanding the 1st Hertfordshire Territorials, has sent home, tells thrilling story of the heroic rescue of a wounded officer by a Territorial sergeant. In a spirited charge a of number the King Royal Rifles were caught in a concealed German trench, over which was barbed wire covered with earth. At the same time the Germane opened heavy fire on them from machine guns, and also shelled them with petrol bombs. When the Hertfordshires relieved the Rifles four days later a wounded officer was seen in an exposed position, and when night came Raven went out at great risk from flying bullets and brought in the officer, who, wounded in both ankles, had lain where he fell for four days. The Colonel of the Rifles wired to Major Croft and also to Raven, thanking the latter on behalf the corps for his gallant action, and the incident is recorded in the battalion orders. It is also reported from the front that three of the Hertfordshires have been congratulated by the Brigadier-General for valuable information gained by them when they volenteered to search out the concealed positions of the Germans.

Sergeant Raven has since been awarded the D.S.M.


14th Northumberland Fusiliers v 13th Rifle Brigade

In the semi-final of this competition, instituted by the Mayor of Wycombe for the teams of the 21st Division, the Northumberlands met the Rifle Brigade at Aylesbury on Saturday. The Fusiliers, who are stationed at Aylesbury, have proved themselves one of the best sides in the district since they hare come into Bucks, and they gave a taste of their quality on Saturday, when they were returned as easy winners by 3 - 0.

 12th Northumberland Fusiliers v 9th Brigade (R.F.A.)

In the other tie the Fusiliers from Tring were beaten 3 goals to 2. Auld (2) and Taylor scoring for the winners, and Linley and Payne for the losers.



The Mechanics' Institute Library,




By direction of the Members,

On FRIDAY Next, April 9th, 1915, at 5 o'clock precisely.

 Messrs. W. BROWN & CO.,

At the Library Room (Mr. Grace’s), opposite the Post Office, Tring.

The books will be on View from 11 till 12 o’clock, and from 2 till 4 o’clock, on the day of Sale.

The proceeds will devoted to Local Institutions, among them being the Tring Nursing Home.


Petty Sessions

Deserters - ... James Henry Thompson, of North Shields, and James Barton Sweeney, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, were charged with being absentees from the Northumberland Fusiliers (at Tring) They admitted the fact, and were remanded to await an escort.

Lord Rothschild Ill

Lord Rothschild has just undergone a serious operation, and I am glad to say he has passed through the ordeal very well.

Daily Mirror, 29th March, 1915


The new peer, the Hon Lionel Walter Rothschild, on the right side fifty, but looks rather older, chiefly account of his large expanse of forehead. Although he had ten years in Parliament, and described himself in a popular book of reference as "employed in business" he is much better known as a zoologist than as a politician or a financier. Hs absorbing passion has resulted in the establishment at Tring of the finest private zoo in the world, together with a splendid library containing thousands works on natural history in every language. His knowledge the subject is enshrined in a remarkable book on extinct birds which coat him something like £20,000 to produce. Each copy sold at £25, and the paper and binding are of "imperishable " material.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 1st April, 1915


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