FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS 3rd January 1918 (Page3, Col. 6)
Shotton “Soldiers & Sailors Appreciation of Gifts”
Since the outbreak of war over one hundred young men belonging to the Marsh Mills Packing Shop have joined the Navy & Army, and ever since then parcels etc. have been sent to them regularly. This Christmas, however, special efforts were made by the men left behind & Mr. Richard DAVIES (Foreman) collected many ponds, with the result that as far as possible, each man on service has been supplied with a useful parcel. The following are extracts of letters written by the recipient’s of gifts:- (Note – I have only transcribed the names of the men that may be of interests to their descendents and not their comments)
Seaman G.H. BARRETT
Private J. SWINNERTON
Private J. TULLOCK
Private H. TULLEY (J. GRIFFITHS killed recently*)
Private F. MILLIARD
Private J. COCHING (Ireland)
Driver W.J. GRIFFITHS
Private Charles HEZEL
Private E. WEAVER
Private A. MESHAM(sic)
Private Arthur J.PARRY
Sergt. C. HEWITT
Private Walter PARRY
- I have no knowledge of J. GRIFFITHS, he is not on any local war memorial that I know of and I have no information on him except his name and he “died recently” meaning not long before the publication. If anyone has any idea who he was, he needs to be remembered somewhere, bless him.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS 10th January 1918
SOLDIERS WIDOWS AND ORPHANS ENTERTAINED.
The members and friends connected to St. Mark’s and St. David’s Churches entertained the widows and orphans of fallen soldiers last week-end at the Dee-road Infants School. Those present were made as comfortable as possible by Mrs. J.W.THOMAS of Mold Road.
The arrangements were carried out by a committee, of which the chairman was the Rev. E.J.DAVIES, vicar of St. Mark’s; hon secretary, M. J.W.THOMAS; and the treasurer, Mr. T.H. EVANS, Lloyds Bank.
The committee consisted of the Rev. C.E.ENGLAND, Messrs Ll. JONES, J.SCOTT, T.HUGHES, E.WILLIAMS, S. FOULKES, J. JONES, T. GRIFFITHS, Mesdames R.WILLIAMS, WEAVER, BUTLER, T. HUGHES, W.JONES, T. LATHAM, G.SCOTT, J.JONES, HEWITT, PARKIN, LAMBERT, BAGNALL, W. HUGHES, T. WILLIAMS and Miss CRUIKSHANKS.
After tea an enjoyable programme of music was sustained by Mr. REES, Shotton; Miss EVANS, Shotton; Mrs. David BENNETT, Mr. HALEWOOD, Miss Myfanwy JONES.
A selection was given on a gramophone lent by Mr. Tom HUGHES. The choir also sang several carols. The accompanists were Miss CARTER and Miss FREME. Before leaving each widow received a sum of money, and some 64 orphans received sweets, oranges, games etc. The promoters were heartily thanked for their kindness.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER & NEWS 14th February 1918
SHOTTON – Gratitude of Servicemen. –– Mrs. Richard DAVIES, Foreman at the Marsh Packing Shop, Hawarden Bridge Works, Shotton, has received letters of thanks for parcels sent to former employees. The writers include:- Pte. R. JONES, who says that he was wounded in the big push near Cambrai; Seaman B.W. ACTION; Private G.A. GRIFFITHS; Lance-Corporal E. WOOD; Private W. PARRY; Gunner A. JACKSON; Driver J. FOX; and Pte. W. THOMAS.
FLINTSHIRE OBSERVER – 28th February 1918
8000 Women Dismissed From Munitions Works
As a consequence of the termination of certain contracts bout 8000 women munition workers had received notice of dismissal during the past three weeks, said Mr. KELLAWAY, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions, in the House of Commons, on Tuesday.
Every effort was being made to place these women in other forms of national service, and the giving of them free railway passes to their homes was having sympathetic consideration.
A fortnight’s notice was given to the Employment Exchanges, and a week’s notice to the women. We believe a large number of girls have been liberated in the Flintshire area.
BRITISH HOSPITAL SHIP SUNK – ANOTHER GERMAN OUTRAGE
The Admiralty announced yesterday that the hospital ship “GENART CASTLE” Union Castle Line, 6824 tons) was sunk in the Bristol Channel at 4.a.m on Tuesday. The vessel was outward bound and had all her lights burning.
There were no patients on board.
The Cardiff correspondent of the Evening News states the 25 survivors have landed at Swansea, and nine more at Milford. The total number on board was 200.