News Snippets for 1914

What follows are news snippets with Crich Parish interest from various newspapers for 1914.

This was beginning of the war years. A great many of the newspaper transcriptions between 1914 and 1918 relating to the men who served and other parish events were included in the WWI project and will not be repeated. To see these war snippets go to:

As with all transcriptions there could be "typos" which is always a possibilty with audio trancriptions, although care has been taken.

The following index shows parish names that appear in some of the reports – allow for spelling variations; plus omissions are possible owing to human error. The list is of transcribed names, there are other names in the images.


In the transcriptions names have been capitalised to aid quick searches; also some transcriptions have had minor edits.

Many of the newspaper reports of weddings at the time contained full details of clothing, bestman, bridesmaids, congregation and a list of presents received. Only the basic marriage details have been transcribed. Similarly funeral reports often gave long lists of mourners and floral tributes received. Refer to the original newspapers if the additional information is of interest.

1914 newspapers

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 2 January 1914
John BOLLINGTON, of Crich, quarryman, pleaded guilty to having been drunk and disorderly at Crich, on December 20. Evidence was given by P.c. WOODWARD, and the superintendent stated that this was defendants 30th appearance. He had, however, conducted himself better of late. Fined 10s and costs.

Belper News 9 January 1914
A marriage took place at Crich Parish Church the other day between Mr Fred Geo BLACKHAM , of Ambergate and Miss Annie HARRISON, second daughter of Mr William HARRISON, of Crich.
[there followed a full report of the wedding]

Belper News 9 January 1914
Recently a wedding took place at the Baptist Chapel, Birches Lane, the contracting parties were Mr Harry MOSS, second son of Mr T. MOSS, of Swanwick and Miss Mary Ann CURZON, eldest daughter of the late Mr Joseph CURZON, of Crich.
[a short report of the marriage followed]

Belper News 9 January 1914
George SHIPSTONE, a Crich labourer, was summed for being drunk and disorderly at Crich. Defendant, who pleaded guilty, was ordered to pay the costs 7s 6d, he having kept straight for 15 years.

Derbyshire Courier 31 January 1914
A wedding of interest to Crich and Alfreton residents took place at Belper on Saturday, the contracting parties being Mr Leslie PEACH, youngest son of Mr Joseph PEACH, of Alfreton, and Miss Jenny BYARD, of Park Head, Crich, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Thomas BYARD, of Park Head. The bridegroom is also very popular in the Swanwick district and is a member of the Swanwick Amateur Football Club.
[there followed a full report of the wedding]

Belper News 27 February 1914



Derbyshire Courier 10 March 1914
Several suggestions were made at the inquest on Monday for the prevention of a similar accident that which occurred at the South Wingfield Manor Colliery on Saturday morning, in which a Crich pony driver named Thomas WRAGG lost his life.
The accident happened at an incline, and appears to have been caused by the omission of a drag chain to steady the tubs. Consequently the pony failed to hold the loaded trams, and the deceased, who was in front, was run down and killed.
Edward WRAGG ,Thurlow Booth, Crich, Quarryman, father of the deceased, identified the body. His son, he said, was 14 years of age and had worked at the colliery for about six months as a pony driver. Deceased was a strong, healthy life.
[there followed a long report of the inquest, with special mention as to the role of the drag chain]

Ripley and Heanor News 6 March 1914
On February 28 at Crich, Thomas son of Edward and Rebecca WRAGG, aged 14 years.

Derby Daily Telegraph 13 March 1914
The well-known Derbyshire rat catcher, Mr John GAUNT, who lives at Bull Bridge, Crich, uses several foxes for this purpose. He has trained them up from cubs to work with ferrets, and declares that they are superior to the best of fox terriers for the work. He has not had any difficulty in training the foxes; in fact, they appear to the manor born for such work.

Derbyshire Courier 24 March 1914

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Derbyshire Courier 18 April 1914
The Parish Church Crich, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Easter Monday, when Percy Travis WALKER, third son of Mr and Mrs Benjamin WALKER, of South Normanton, led to the altar Edith May BROWN, third daughter of Mr George BROWN, of the Market Place Crich. The service was witnessed by a large congregation, both bride and bridegroom being popular in the district.
[there followed a long report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Times 25 April 1914
We have been requested to state that Mr and Mrs Charles PERRY, of Church View, Crich, will be thankful for any information regarding the whereabouts of their son, Maurice, who left home on Good Friday morning and was seen in the company of an older youth from the same village, who was also disappeared, and has not since been heard of. Maurice PERRY is 17 years of age, height 5 foot 7 ½ inches, black hair, brown eyes, tip of third finger on left hand missing, was wearing light brown rainproof cap and striped tie, has a rather deep voice, manner older than his years; had about 14s in his possession. His parents are in great distress and anxiety concerning him. He was employed at the Oakerthorpe Colliery.

Derbyshire Courier 28 Apr 1914

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Derbyshire Times 13 May 1914
We regret to announce the death of Mr Philip COOPER, at the age of 53 years, who passed away at his home on Sunday morning at Fritchley, after being ill for 15 months. Mr COOPER will be greatly missed by his fellow workmen at the Ambergate Wire Mills, where he worked for nearly 35 years. His wife predeceased him, and he leaves a family of six children, most of whom are grown-up. The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Crich Parish Church, the vicar conducting the service. There was a large attendance of friends and relations.

Derbyshire Times 23 May 1914
Charles OLIPHANT, of Park Head, Crich, met with an accident on Monday morning at the Manor Colliery, Oakerthorpe. He had one of his legs broken by a fall of bind and was conveyed to the Derby Infirmary.

Belper News 29 May 1914
P.c. J W HARRISON, of Crich, has been promoted to the rank of first class constable.

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
The remains of the late Mr REDFERN , of Bull Bridge, who was 62 years of age, were laid to rest at the Crich Parish Church, on Thursday, the 21st
[there followed a short report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
On Tuesday, about nine o’clock, a daughter of Mr WRAGG, newsagent, of Crich, was in the company of other girls opposite her father’s house in the Main Street, Crich, when she was accidentally knocked down by Mr ROLLESTON’s trap. Her injuries, we are glad to say, are but slight.

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
Joseph COOPER, son of Mr Philip COOPER, of Fritchley, met with a nasty accident at the Oakerthorpe Colliery on Tuesday. Whilst using the pick he accidentally himself on the leg. Dr RANKIN, of Crich, attended to him.

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
On Tuesday Mr Fred SNOW, of Chase Cliff Farm, Whatstandwell, had a narrow escape serious injury. He was thrown out of his cart, and although he manages to attend to his work he limps, the effects of the fall.

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
The funeral took place on Saturday of the wife of Mr James LIMB, of Crich Common, aged 65 years. Her health had been indifferent for a considerable time.
[there followed a brief report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
The funeral took place on Friday of Mr Joseph RADFORD, of South Fields, Fritchley, whose death we briefly reported last week. The deceased, who was 65 years of age, was laid to rest at the parish church, Crich.
[there followed a brief report of the funeral]

Derbyshire Times 30 May 1914
The severe frost and ice which we had on Tuesday morning last has caused much lamentation amongst the cottage gardeners of Crich and Fritchley. It has done much damage the kidney beans and early potatoes – in fact ruined them. We sympathise with the sufferers.

Derbyshire Courier 6 June 1914
A pretty wedding was witnessed at the Parish Church Crich, on Saturday, when Mr Alfred ANDERSON, of Crich, son of the late Mr John ANDERSON, of Lea Wood, led to the altar Miss Rosetta LUDLAM, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs John LUDLAM, of Mill Green, Fritchley.
[there followed a report of the wedding]

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 27 June 1914
A terrific hailstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning broke over Crich district on Sunday afternoon. The lightning struck a house occupied by Mr HORSPOOL, on Crich Common, and tore off a portion of the roofing and a quantity of plaster from the wall of one of the rooms. Fortunately none of the occupants were injured.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 June 1914
Two accidents of a serious nature occurred near Whatstandwell. A motorcyclist named SIMS, of Crich was coming down steep Crich Carr Hill, and ran into two sisters, named WHITMORE, of Crich. One was badly hurt, and the other escaped. Miss WHITMORE is under medical care. At the time of the collision a Sunday school parade was in progress. The other collision was between the horse and trap of Mr VERNON, a local farmer, and a motorcar, near Ambergate. Mr VERNON and with him to gentleman and a lady, and the car he collided with contain three gentlemen and a lady. Just as Mr VERNON was turning sharp corner the collision occurred. The passengers in the trap were thrown to the ground, but, along with those in the car, escaped unhurt. The car and the trap were damaged, and the horse was injured.

Ripley and Heanor News 26 June 1914
A pretty wedding was solemnised in the Parish Church of St Michael’s, Crich, on Saturday last the contracting parties being Mr Harold John PARKIN second son of Mr John James PARKIN (manager of the Bull Bridge Lime Works), and Miss Betsy Vary DAWES (daughter of Mr John DAWES , Dimple Villas, Crich)
[there followed a report for the wedding]

Ripley and Heanor News 31 July 1914
On July 25, at Crich, Emily, wife of Vaughan TAYLOR, aged 65 years.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 August 1914
A pretty wedding, in which considerable local interest was centred, was solemnised at the parish church, on Monday, when the marriage of Mr Zedekiah PAYNE, youngest son of Mr and Mrs J. PAYNE, of Heage, and Miss Mary Saxton SMITH, youngest daughter of the late Mr George SMITH and Mrs SMITH of Crich, were celebrated. Both bride and bridegroom are well-known in the district.
[there followed a report on the wedding]
After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride, a large number of guests assembling. Later in the day the newly married couple left for Morecambe, where the honeymoon is being spent.

Belper News 7 August 1914
Albert BAINBRIDGE, of Crich, was fined 15s inclusive, for not sending his daughter to school.
George Henry BOLLINGTON, Crich, summoned with bring drunk at the village on July 20. On him promising not to enter a public house twelve months, defendant was placed on probation for a similar period.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 22 August 1914
It was with general regret that the members of the Fritchley Congregational Church heard the news that their pastor, Rev George W. STANTON, intended to leave the district. The announcement was made by Mr STANTON from the pulpit on Sunday. He has received calls from Brighton and Whittington Moor.

Derbyshire Courier 24 October 1914
The marriage has taken place this week at Crich of Captain CAPELL, of the Northamptonshire Regiment, son of the Revd G M CAPELL of Passenham Rectory, Stony Stratford, to Miss DEACON, daughter of Mr Maurice DEACON, Cliffe Chase, Crich, Managing Director of the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co. Ltd.

Derbyshire Courier 31 October 1914
A well-known resident of Crich, in Mr John Briddon HARTSHORNE, of Rock Terrace, met with his death on Friday under tragic circumstances.
The deceased who was 72 years old, was engaged in getting spar on Crich Cliffe for his son Mr Jos. HARTSHORNE, when a large piece of clay from the bank fell onto his side pinning him to the tip. Mrs HARTSHORNE, decease daughter-in-law, happened to be near, and she called her husband to give assistance. After being extricated the unfortunate man was conveyed home, and Dr RANKIN called in to attend to his injuries, which were mainly on the face and hand. Despite medical attention the injured man passed away the same. evening.
[there followed a report of the inquest and the subsequent funeral]

Derbyshire Courier 14 November 1914
Under the auspices of the newly formed Guild, held at the Wesleyan Church Crich, a lecture on “Patriotism” was given by Mr Joseph BURTT of “Greenhurst”, Crich Common. Mrs E ROSS presided over a good attendance.

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 28 November 1914
On Monday, at Matlock, Mrs J. MARTIN, a former well-known resident of Crich, passed away, after an illness extending over several months. The deceased, who was 59 years of age, was the daughter of Mrs Isaac DAWES, of Crich, the oldest parishioner, whose 89th birthday occurred the day following her daughter’s decease. The remains were interred at the Parish Churchyard, Matlock, on Thursday, the family mourners from Crich included Mrs A. DAWES (sister-in-law), Mr J.W. DAWES (nephew), Mrs G WRAGG and Miss F. DAWES (nieces).

Derbyshire Courier 28 November 1914
In view of the fact that H.M.S. Canopus has probably been probably the most discussed vessel in the Navy for the past fortnight, owing to the difference its arrival in time would have made the naval engagement at Chile, when the Monmouth and Good Hope were lost, it is interesting to note that Crich had a representative on the vessel. Mr Charles KNOWLES, of Bull Bridge Crich, who is a naval reservist is serving on the Canopus as a marine. He was transferred recently from the Caesar.

Derbyshire Courier 5 December 1914
Mr Fred STREET, formerly of Crich, who has been in the Argentine for over four years, arrived home unexpectedly on Monday coming from Liverpool, where he had disembarked earlier in the day from ss “Amazon”. This vessel has brought a company of about 200 men from the Argentine district, most of whom have been employed in various sections of railway work. It is the intention of them, Mr STREET included, to enlist in His Majesty’s forces, they having obtained permission from the Argentine Government to come over expressly for this purpose. Since his emigration to the South American country, Mr STREET has made headway as an engine driver on the Argentine State Railways and he hopes, when the war is over, to return. Another Crich emigrant to return on Monday was Mr William E. HARTLE, who has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr HARTLE coming in by the C.P.R. boat “ Missanerbie”, which usually enough, was alongside the landing stage at the same time as the “Amazon”. Mr HARTLE states that the outlook in the near future is known to write for the Canadian Colony, owing to the withdrawal best of his manhood of British birth or descent, who have come over fight for the Mother Country, this leaving the Colony largely in the hands of emigrants from foreign countries.