Soldiers entertained at Apsley Mills

From the Hemel Hempstead Gazette

 31st October, 1914



Hemel Hempstead

The following newspaper article describes an evening's entertainment attended by members of the

8th London (Howitzer) Brigade Royal Field Artillery


Arranged by the Masters and friends of Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead, a  free entertainment was given in the Girls Dining Room, Apsley Mills which was open to Territorials and the general public. Among a very large number present were

Mrs & Mrs Percy Christopherson Headmaster of Lockers Park School
Miss Olive Christopherson  
Rev and Mrs Derman Christopherson Chaplain of the 8th Brigade and brother of Percy Christopherson
Mrs and the Misses Mitchell Innes Family of Edward Alfred Mitchell Innes, County Councillor
Mr Woodd-Smith Norman Woodd-Smith, school master
Mr Malden J W S Malden, schoolmaster
Mr Stafford Northcote  
Mr Ravenscraft  
Colonel & Mrs W B Emery Commanding Officer of the 8th Brigade
Major Eley Edward Henry Eley, Later became Commanding Officer of 8th Brigade
Captain Largent W G Largen. in charge of 8th Brigade Ammunition Column
Lieutenant and Mrs Winch George Bluett Winch
Lieutenant Kindall F P Kindall
Lieutenant Cooper E N Fitz-G de R Cooper  of the 8th Brigade
Lieutenant Taylor S Taylor
Sergeant Major Hoxey  
Gunner Hubbard  
Rev F O Houseman Frederick Oliver Houseman, Vicar for St Mary's, Apsley
Rev & Mrs J H R Lendrum James Herbert Reginald Lendrum, Curate for St Mary's, Apsley

Program part 1:

Pianoforte solo, Mr Woodd-Smith

Vocal duet, "Sweet and Low," The Misses Mitchell Innes

Song, "Four Jolly sailormen" (encore), "Devon, Glorious Devon," Mr Stafford Northcote

Dance, Miss Elizabeth Mitchell Innes

Song,"Keep pegging away" (encore), "Land of Hope and Glory," Mrs Derman Christopherson

Humorous vocal duet, "The Twins" (encore), Mr Woodd-Smith and Mr Malden

Recitations, "Orphan Annie" and "The little Dutch boy," Mrs Winch

Song, "My Dusky Maid," Mr Malden


It was announced that the second part of the programme would be given entirely by Mr Frederick Chester, who had come down from Town to entertain them that evening. Mr. Chester's repertoire included humorous songs, with patter, feats of ledgerdomain and ventriloquial sketches, all of which were very amusing. Mr Chester concluded his entertainment with two songs in character, "The Somerset Ploughman" and "Widdicombe Fair."


Colonel W B Emery said that they had spent an enjoyable evening for which they were indebted to the kindness of the Masters and Friends at Lockers Park, and to Mr. Frederick Chester.



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